May 2016 Gear Guide

Shotgunning Accessories

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Photo © Ron Spomer

Piles of waterfowling gear are stowed for the summer, but off-season shotgunning remains an important aspect of preparing for the season. This collection of shotgunning accessories will serve you all summer, and well into next season.

DU Shooting Kit by Pyramex

The Ducks Unlimited Shooting Kit by Pyramex features a pair of ultralight, high-impact shooting glasses and adjustable earmuffs with a noise-reduction rating of 26 decibels. Pyramex is an official DU licensee, and your purchase of these products supports DU's conservation efforts. www.pyramexsafety.com

Real Avid Smart Mat

Real Avid's Smart Mat is the perfect surface for gun cleaning at home or on the go. This 43 x 16-inch oil-resistant mat comes with parts trays and a magnetic compartment for small screws and pins. www.realavid.com

Birchwood Casey Renewalube Oil

The most recent addition to Birchwood Casey's long line of firearm lubricants,  Renewalube deters moisture, prevents corrosion, and serves as a high-viscosity, long-lasting lubricant. This product is available in an aerosol can or pump spray. www.birchwoodcasey.com

Birchwood Casey Sportlock Series Gun Cases Cover and Protect

The Sportlock Series features a floating, 52-inch case designed for waterfowl hunters who want to protect their waterfowling-gun investment. This case offers peace of mind with supreme protection and it includes water resistant A-TACS Camo™, brass clips for added durability, and an external pocket with extra webbing. www.birchwoodcasey.com

Hoppe's No. 9 Gun Medic Cleaner and Lube

Hoppe's Gun Medic all-in-one formula cleans and lubricates firearm actions in one simple step. The solvent dries in less than 60 seconds, leaving a thin layer of lubricant to protect against corrosion. www.hoppes.com

Carlson's Chokes Features Triple Shot Technology

Carlson's Waterfowl Cremator Choke Tubes are built with 17-4 heat-treated stainless steel and come standard with their Triple Shot Technology. This design creates a series of gradual steps prior to the parallel section that creates the transition of the shot and the wad column – reducing pellet deformation, shortened shot strings, and generates less flyers. Waterfowl Cremator chokes are available solid or ported. www.choketube.com

Otis Technology Ripcord

This handy cleaning tool by Otis Technology consists of a 45-inch flexible cable with a Nomex fiber surface, molded rubber core, and threads to fit all the manufacturer's cleaning components. The Ripcord is available in 12- and 20-gauge versions. www.otistec.com

SportEAR X-Pro Series Ear Plugs

SportEAR's X-Pro series ear plugs can be turned on and off with the push of a button. Made of soft, hypoallergenic, medical-grade polymers, they offer a noise reduction rating of 19 to 30 decibels. www.sportear.com

Plano 1812 Magnum Field Box

Plano's 1812 Magnum Field Box is a surefire solution for toting and protecting your shooting accessories. This durable molded plastic box contains a full-size lift-out tray, two dividers, top-access storage, a padlock tab, and a durable carrying handle. www.planomolding.com

Birchwood Casey Universal Shotgun Cleaning Kit

The Birchwood Casey Universal Shotgun Kit comes in a compact carrying tube. The kit contains all the essentials for shotgun maintenance, including a three-piece 33-inch cleaning rod; brass patch puller; bronze brushes for 12- and 20-gauge shotguns; a silicone cloth; and cleaning patches. www.birchwoodcasey.com

Protect Your Hearing with Howard Leight Impact Sport

Howard Leight's Impact Sport electronic hearing protection offers the ultimate in amplification and noise-canceling ear muffs. An integrated power and volume knob easily controls ambient amplification which automatically shuts off at 82 decibels. This allows wearers to hear important communications, but their hearing remains protected during the shot. The Impact Sport features a compact design, leather headband, and the ear cups are extremely low profile. This hearing protection has a noise-reduction rating of 22 and runs on two AAA batteries. www.howardleight.com