Friday, March 20, 2015

The GunBox - Gear Review



The GunBox Review


My brother had the opportunity to review The GunBox a while ago, and as soon as he pulled it out of the package that's all I heard about. He told me how it worked and sent me links to the website as well as videos of the product and all of its features. I couldn't help but be intrigued by the design and the concept of this futuristic looking gun safe. If you are a hunter or just have a firearm in the house, you want it to be safely stored but quickly accessible.

I grew up around guns and I am comfortable having them in the home. It took my wife a little while to get use to having guns in the home. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but trying to see eye to eye on gun safety and storage can be hard. When we lived in Idaho we lived in a small enough town with a low crime rate that we never really worried. We then moved out to Missouri this last year to go to grad school. While we are in a good area out here near St. Louis, this is definitely the biggest city we have lived in. We aren't paranoid but we are more aware of the increase of possible break-ins. 

I have two little boys that are ages 5 and 2. Their protection and safety is my number one concern and there in lies the problem for storing a firearm. Storing a firearm in the house that is easily accessible but safely away from curious little rugrats can be a challenge. That's where The GunBox comes into the equation.

When I received The GunBox RFID + Biometric model I immediately noticed the sleek design and the light weight. This was very light but I could tell it was very durable. There are many great features of the product but here are the specifications from the website:

Specifications:
  • 360 Biometric fingerprint scanner (holds multiple fingerprints)
  • RFID scanner
  • Aircraft strength aluminum alloy shell
  • Internal motion/vibration sensor with audible alarm
  • Sleek wristband for quick access
  • 2 USB ports for charging devices or connecting accessories
  • Battery backup with shut off switch
  • Mounting holes to allow for mounting in nearly any orientation
  • Kensington lock port (lock and cable not included)
  • Outside Measurements: 11.6" Wide x 10.0" Tall x 2.7" Deep
  • Inside Measurements: 8.9" Wide x 6.5" Tall x 1.5" Deep

Inside the GunBox gun safe


The biggest thing that makes this product worth every penny in my opinion is the fingerprint scanner. This feature allows me to scan my fingerprint to open the The GunBox, but not just one fingerprint but multiple fingerprints. That way if I am in a hurry I don't have to try and remember what hand I used or which finger. It also allows me to use my wife's fingerprints so that if I am not home and she needs access, she can do the same thing. The GunBox also comes with a bracelet that is programmed to open the safe as well. This makes it easier to open because all you have to do is place the bracelet over the GunBox and it will open. Now I understand that this may be a concern for a lot of people, but the people over at GunBox are experts on safety and already had a plan. You can also program the safe to open with a wave of the bracelet PLUS a fingerprint. That way your kids don't get a hold of the bracelet and open the safe on accident.
GunBox Bracelet


Open the GunBox














That also ensures that if we have a sitter for our children while we are away, they can't access the firearm as well as our children. I set The GunBox out and let my children try over and over to open it but of course it was impossible. This was a big reassurance for my wife to see how we could safely store a firearm in the house where it can be easily accessible without worry.


GunBox with handgun


The GunBox is a perfect size to hold my Smith & Wesson SD 40 with room to spare. The inside is lined with a neoprene type material that helps keep the firearm secure while also protecting it from getting scratched. As you can see in the picture above, it easily fits my firearm with room for the extra magazine. The safe is perfect for anyone trying to figure out how to safely store a firearm in the home without worrying if your kids will have access to it.

The GunBox has a lot of bells and whistles that I could go on and on about. Like I mentioned above, it has an alarm on it so if someone tries to move the safe from it's location the alarm will constantly sound. I thought about turning it on but with where I was storing the safe, I knew my kids would be grabbing it and moving it, so I didn't want the alarm to constantly sound.

The safe has a power cord and also has USB ports so if this is on your desk or somewhere in the open, you can easily charge your phone or other devices with a USB port. Now when the power goes out, the safe has a Lithium Polymer battery that will last 3 days when the switch on the bottom is turned off, and last 8 hours with the switch turned on. On the rare occasion that the safe won't open due to electronic failure or if the power has been out for several days, there is a safety screw on the bottom of the unit that can be removed with the Allen wrench that is provided.

Overall, this is the best safe that I have seen and been able to test. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who owns a handgun that wants to safely store them in an easily accessible area. This is a very versatile safe that gives you so many options on where to sore your handgun. It is very sleek looking with futuristic feel.

Go check out their products and all that they offer. I promise you won't be disappointed. They have a variety of safes that are bound to fit your needs. Visit their website www.TheGunBox.com and follow them on Facebook and on Twitter

If you want to know how tough and durable the safe is, check out this video from Vickers Tactical




Disclaimer:
As with all reviews on High Country Bowhunter, the following review is my honest opinion, I received The GunBox free of charge and agreed to provide a review in exchange. I am not sponsored by The GunBox and accepting no other compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this review.  My independent status may change in the future.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Jerky Dynasty - Review

I recently had the opportunity to review the sample pack of jerky from Jerky Dynasty. Jerky is the perfect snack and some of the best jerky is that from wild game. Jerky Dynasty has plenty of choices to choose from and you will not be disappointed. They have your typical elk and deer jerky but they also have a wide variety of exotic jerky as well. If you haven’t expanded your jerky tasting experience and tried alligator, ostrich, or kangaroo; you have to check these guys out. 

Exotic Jerky from Jerky Dynasty



I was excited to give these different types of jerky a try. The folks at Jerky Dynasty know what they are doing. I had never tried some of these types of jerky and was excited to give them a shot. There wasn’t one that I was disappointed in at all. If I had to choose an favorite, I would have to say that the best one was hickory smoked elk. I am biased to elk jerky because it is my favorite. I had never tried ostrich or kangaroo but they were amazing as well. 

My top three would have to be hickory smoked elk, buffalo, and the kangaroo. You have to check these guys out. Be sure to give them a follow on Twitter @JerkyDynasty and Facebook  and let them know I sent you!
The quality of jerky was fantastic. The jerky itself is not overly dry or tough. This is definitely some very great quality jerky from a very impressive company. These would make great stocking stuffers for the upcoming Christmas season so be sure to go check Jerky Dynasty out and give them a follow on twitter. 


Monday, November 18, 2013

Reel Bullet Fishing Lures Review

I have had the opportunity to review some great products from Reel Bullet and they never fail to amaze me. I was given the chance to review their latest product made from real bullets, their Reel Bullet Fishing Lures. That's right, fishing with real bullets. I was stoked to give these a shot and if anything I have to say they look pretty cool.

32 Caliber Bullet Fishing Lure
32 Caliber Detective 
Reel Bullet Fishing Lures
32 Caliber Detective



















I have been using these during the fall and even though I haven't caught a fish with these, I have to say that in general I haven't caught fish this fall anyways. I definitely don't blame the lure as I'm sure this is more user luck than anything for my situation. Overall these lures are designed very well and are easy to fish with.

Real Bullet Fishing Lure

Reel Bullet Fishing Lures has a wide variety of calibers, so head over and check out their different selections to pick up your favorite caliber. These are a great asset to any tackle box. They are definitely a company worth following with all the great products they keep coming up with. Go check out their fishing lures at www.RealBullet.com and see what other great bullet products they have to offer.

Disclaimer:
As with all reviews on High Country Bowhunter, the following review is my honest opinion, I received the Reel Bullet Fishing Lure free of charge and agreed to provide a review in exchange. I am not sponsored by Real Bullet and accepting no other compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this review.  My independent status may change in the future.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Baladeo Explorer - Survival Creek

I've always said that one can never have too many knives. So needless to say when I was contacted by Survival Creek and asked to review the Baladeo Explorer, I of course said yes. As a hunter and outdoorsman I constantly have a knife with me. It's not for protection but mostly as a tool. There are plenty of times when someone need something cut and that's where the "hunting guy" comes in. Like many outdoorsman (and women), a knife is an essential item for your day-to-day routine.

Survival Creek - Baladeo Explorer Knife

The Baladeo Explorer is constructed of 420 stainless steel with titanium coating and is a full tang handle with bamboo. The bamboo handle looks great with the lighter color against the titanium coated steel. The fixed blade is 13 cm (just over 5 inches) and the entire knife weighs in at 276 grams. The end of the handle has a loop which you could definitely attach some paracord to the knife. also there are three holes in the handle which also allows for tying some paracord or wrapping around the handle. Also if in a survival situation and you had paracord you could tie the knife to a stick for a spear or to reach up and cut some limbs.


Baladeo Explorer Fixed Blade Knife - Survival Creek
Baladeo Explorer - Survival Creek

Pros
- Extremely light weight
- The blade maintains a very sharp edge and sharpens up very easily
- The blade cuts extremely well
- The bamboo handle is a great touch for durability and light weight

Cons
- The handle is nice but it was pretty slippery when either you hand or the handle was wet.
- The sheath could be a little higher quality. This isn't as big of a deal for me as long as the knife is a high quality knife.

These are just personal preferences and just my opinion. The Baladeo Explorer overall is an excellent knife that keeps is edge extremely well. Having a knife that stays sharp and can sharpen extremely easy is very important. I would definitely recommend this knife to anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors or even just someone who enjoys knifes.

Be sure to check out Survival Creek and see all of the awesome survival gear that they offer. They offer knives, survival kits, food, and much more. They are on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!


Disclaimer:
As with all reviews on High Country Bowhunter, the following review is my honest opinion, I received the Baladeo Explorer Knife free of charge and agreed to provide a review in exchange. I am not sponsored by Survival Creek and accepting no other compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this review.  My independent status may change in the future.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Hunting Film Tour - Idaho Falls

I am a big fan of watching hunting videos on YouTube, Vimeo, and even on DVD. There are some great videos out there that capture the true essence of the hunt. Of course my favorite DVD is the latest ElkTour DVD that I was able to be part of. Recently there has been a big surge in watching hunting films on the big screen and I have been jealous of those that have had that opportunity. Granted, I could have gone to the Full Draw Film tour in Boise but that would have been a four and a half hour drive to see it. Now there is a film tour coming to my area.

Be sure to watch the trailer below!

The Hunting Film Tour is coming to Idaho Falls, Idaho. It is going to be nice to have it come here to Idaho Falls which is only a 30 minute drive away. So all of my local followers pay attention:

The Hunting Film Tour
When: Thursday August 15th
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: Colonial Theatre 450 A Street Idaho Falls, ID, 84302
Price: $10 online - Click here for purchasing
Discount Tickets: You can pick up $8 tickets at
The Gun Shop - 2788 N Holmes Ave, Idaho Falls, ID 83401?. (208) 529-4092
or
Mountain Archery - 2630 S 2000 W, Rexburg, ID 83440. (208) 656-0616


Corporate Sizzle from Hunting Film Tour on Vimeo.

I have been watching the trailer and I must say, I am pretty excited! There are some pretty intense hunts over on the website of the films that will be there. They are hitting a lot of different cities across the U.S. so check out the end of this post to see the tour dates and cities.

Giveaway


That's right, they are giving away some great prizes at every show. As quoted directly on the website:
"We love to give away free swag to our crowds! Everyone who walks past the velvet rope gets swag just for coming out to the show and they all get a chance to win some coveted gear from some of the best companies in the industry."
With great sponsors like Sitka, Yeti Coolers, Vortex Optics, Costa, Hunter Vids, and Kenetrek Boots you know you are going to have a chance to win some great gear!

Go check out the trailers of the hunts that will be featured, there are some great films! Also be sure to connect with these guys to get the latest updates.

Twitter @Film_Tour
Facebook: The Hunting Film Tour
Instagram: Hunting Film Tour
Vimeo: Hunting Film Tour


Here is a list of the upcoming shows for the U.S.


Mouse over schedule window to scroll through all 2013 shows