Wednesday, September 30, 2015

20 MM Vulcan Bullet Bottle Opener Review

Those of you who follow along may remember a review I did a while ago of a .50 caliber bottle opener, which you can read here. I thought it was such an awesome idea and still is one of my favorite things to show off whenever possible. Well recently I was contacted by them recently asking if I would do another review of their new line up of bottle openers. I thought to myself, how could they have improved on a decommissioned round turned into a bottle opener? Well they went bigger. They sent a .20 MM Vulcan cannon round bottle opener!

20 mm Vulcan Bottle Opener


I thought the .50 caliber was impressive, but the .20 mm vulcan cannon round is definitely a head turner. This bottle opener is really big. Then to top off the fact that it is a lot bigger, you can get this one engraved which makes it perfect for giving this as a gift. You can get up to 25 characters on the bottle opener in the .20 mm vulcan cannon round. Here are the different fonts you can chose from on their website:


Here is the description from Lucky Shot as well:

A real, demilitarized recycled, 20MM Vulcan shell casing made into a really big bottle opener. The aluminum projectiles are expertly milled to exacting specifications. If you own a 50 Caliber Bullet Bottle Opener then you'll erally love this cannon round turned bottle opener. Almost 3 times the size of a 50 cal. opener, the 20MM Opener can get any party started and makes a great conversation piece. Also see our 20MM Vulcan Cannon Round Beer Tap handles.


Here is a side by side comparison and as you can tell I had to hold the camera back a little further to get the .20 mm vulcan in the shot. Also, I over used filters back then so don't mind the different colored hands. The cannon round is massive and is bound to turn heads at home, camping, or wherever you decide to take it. It also works great on any size of bottle so don't think that just because it's bigger that your bottle may be too small. This will make quick work of taking the top off whatever you're drinking.

20 mm bullet bottle opener
.20 MM Vulcan Round
Real Bullet Bottle Opener
.50 Caliber Round



















 I was impressed with the .50 caliber and thought that it was pretty sweet. When the .20 mm vuclan came in the mail, I couldn't help but just think how awesome this is. I have shown several of my friends and they all have the same impression. Everyone of them just get wide eyed and say, "wow!"

Bullet Bottle Opener .20 mm


Be sure to check out their website and all that they offer. They have some really neat stuff over at Lucky Shot that includes bullet key chains, jewelry, military gifts, graduation gifts, all of which are bullet themed and will not leave you disappointed.


Website:   Lucky Shot




Disclaimer:
As with all reviews on High Country Bowhunter, the following review is my honest opinion, I received the Real Bullet .20 MM Vulcan Bottle Opener free of charge and agreed to provide a review in exchange. I am not sponsored by or associated with Lucky Shot and accepting no other compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this review.  My independent status may change in the future but, as of the date of publication, no relationship other than described above has been pursued or established.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Rocky Broadhead Boots - Gear Review

Broadhead Boot


One way to end a hunt early is to have unhappy feet. If your feet aren't happy, you aren't happy. There is nothing like hiking into the backcountry and getting blisters or getting your feet wet. For me, making sure you have the proper boot for the terrain you are hunting is one of the most important things to do. You will be able to stay out hunting longer and actually enjoy the hunt rather than ending a hunt early.

I recently was in search of a new pair of hunting boots and I have always been a fan of the brand Rocky for boots. My last pair of hunting boots were the Rocky Lynx and they were my favorite pair of boots. So when I started talking to Rocky Brand and they asked if I would review their Broadhead Boots, I was pretty excited to say the least.

First lets start off with what they tell you on the website about these boots:

  • EVA footbed
  • Guaranteed Rocky® Waterproof construction
  • 400 Grams of 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation
  • Rubber EVA Outsole
  • Cement Construction
  • Ripstop Upper
  • Moisture Management Lining
  • 8 Inches in Height
  • Each Boot Weighs 22.75 oz

Here is a little more description from the website about some of the features:

Rocky® Waterproof construction fuses a waterproof inner layer to the shoe upper providing a barrier that keeps water out. The waterproofing lines the entire boot, ensuring complete protection.

Traditional insulation - typically felt or polyfill material offers a thermal barrier without the added benefits of premium insulations

The moisture management lining does exactly as it implies; it manages moisture to help prevent your feet from sweating. It's a good feature to have because your feet will stay warm during those long hours of hunting.
Rocky Broadhead Boot
Waterproof Broadhead Boot




















My Take


Lightweight 

The first thing I noticed about these Broadhead Boots were the weight. I was very surprised at how lightweight they were. I am more of a spot and stalk type of hunter so I put some ground under my feet when I hunt. As I wore them on several outings, I sometimes forgot that I had boots on because they felt like I was wearing just a pair of shoes. They are very lightweight for a rugged hunting boot. For me I like a lighter boot to keep me from fatiguing faster than what I need. So when I saw that these only weighed 22.75 oz per boot I was happy. 

Rocky Broadhead Boot Review

Comfortable

When I laced the boots up for the first time I couldn't believe how comfortable they were. I felt like I didn't have to wait for the boots to be broken in. The boots are very comfortable right out of the box. This is a huge plus. Buying a new pair of boots and waiting for them to break in to see if you truly do like them can be a little nerve-racking, but I didn't feel that way at all with these boots.

Moisture Control

I have been wearing the Broadhead boots here in the Missouri heat and humidity and that definitely has put them to the test. I did get the 400g insulated boot and wearing them in 90+ degree weather and 75-80 percent humidity put the moisture management to the test. My feet did get sweaty while hiking around in the heat, but I must say that I have worn other boots on similar trips and felt like I had to take my boots off and stick them in the river to cool down. The Broadhead boots never felt that way to me at all since I have been wearing them. So my feet did sweat but it was an improvement from other boots.

Waterproof 

I tested the waterproof construction of the Broadhead boot several times. We all know that we won't obviously be standing in water all day while we hunt, but I wanted to see how these held up while getting wet. So I took to the river. During the hot summer days, I would go fishing and stand in the water with the boots just to see how long the waterproofing would last. I have had boots before that said they were waterproof and then after getting them wet a few times the waterproof material would fail.

Broadhead Boots in Water


After standing in the water on several occasions, my feet never got wet and continue to stay dry with each trip I take them out on. For waterproof boots I usually tend to stay with GORE-TEX® which Rocky Brands do use in a lot of their boots. The Broadhead boots uses Rocky® Waterproof construction which has done a phenomenal job so far. 

Tread 

The tread on the Broadhead boots is pretty cool if you ask me. It is very rugged and seemed to maintain traction very well and held up against some pretty rocky and muddy terrain. I did have a little bit of slipping occuring on some rocks after they were freshly wet just one time. I figured it had to do with the rubber being pretty new. It was only in one location so I wasn't concerned about it at all. 

Rocky Boots Broadhead  


The tread has broadhead shapes on the bottom, so if you are hiking around the mountains and you see footprints like the ones below, you'll know that someone has a pair of quality hunting boots. 


The Price

The Broadhead boots retail for $164.99 which is a pretty good bargain. I have been wearing these boots for a while now and I can attest to the fact that they will last a long time. I do know that Rocky does offer a 1 year warranty against any manufacture defect. For a high quality boot that is this light on your feet at that price is a must check out on your search for new boots. 

Conclusion

Overall I would have to say that these boots have been nothing but awesome for me. I really feel like the comfort, lightweight, and quality of these boots have met my expectations. I would definitely put these near the top of your list if you are checking out a new pair of boots. They will not disappoint you. 

Be sure to follow Rocky on Social Media:

Twitter: @RockyGear 
Instagram: @RockyBoot
Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/RockyGear

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


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BEX Sunglasses Review

BEX Sunglasses


I was given the opportunity to try out a pair of BEX Sunglasses. Now I know you may ask yourself why I would review sunglasses on a hunting blog and to you I would just have to say one thing; bowfishing. I walk the bank of the river or lake that I'm bowfhishing and seeing the fish sooner is key while bowfishing this way. The best lens to use while bowfishing, or fishing in general, is a polarized lens. This helps eliminate the reflection on the water allowing you to see beneath the surface and finding fish quicker.

ARSTYK II Sunglasses
Lightweight Performance SunglassesLightweight Sunglasses from BEX








When I opened the box and saw the pair of BEX Sunglasses, I was amazed at how light-weight they were. I tested out the ARSTYK II style of shades which are made of lightweight nylon polymer which allows for outstanding durability and flexibility. BEX has a whole line up of lightweight performance sunglasses made with either nylon or titanium. I know the big hype these days are minimalist and lightweight but with how lightweight these sunglasses are, it feels like they aren't even there.

Missouri Grass Carp Bowfishing
BEX Sunglasses and Hat


















I have been wearing these for awhile now and I can say that I have been very pleased with them. I have always had problems with sunglasses sliding down my face as I'm looking into the water with the sweat from the heat of the day. With this pair of sunglasses though I have very minimal slippage and they stay on my face. My wife has even taken them on her runs in the morning because they are so lightweight and they stay on her face.

They have now upgraded a little and the latest model is the ARSTYK III and this is the information from their website about them:
  • Hinge: Reinforced nylon with stainless steel pin.
  • Bridge: Nylon saddle bridge with comfort fit non-slip replaceable nose pads.
  • Frame:  Rimless sunglass featuring performance nylon bridge and temples.
  • Shape:  A mid-size rounded rectangular lens with generous coverage against the elements. Complimentary to a variety of face shapes.
  • Lens:  Available in Live Grey or Vibrant Brown BEX NYPO™ polarized lens with optical clarity. UVA, UVB, UVC and Blue Light protection.

Overall I would say that I was extremely pleased with these glasses. Will they make you a better fisherman or bowfisherman? No, but they are comfortable, lightweight, durable, and they stay on your face. They have some other great looking pairs of sunglasses as well as some great looking apparel. My advice, go check them out if you are wanting a new pair of sunglasses and you won't be disappointed.

Website: www.BEXSunglasses.com

Facebook: BEX Sunglasses

Twitter: @Bexsunglasses

Instagram: bexsunglasses



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


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Father's Day Gift Ideas

With Father's Day coming up, I wanted to put together a list of some gift ideas that I feel anyone that loves the outdoors would enjoy getting. So if you are having troubles coming up with some gift ideas for your dad, or you women who are struggling with what to get your husband, here are some great ideas. These would be great for any dad that loves the outdoors

OnXMaps


It doesn't matter if you hunt, fish, or just like to hike this is a valuable tool. You have options of either purchasing the chip to go in your GPS device or you can buy the app so you can have it on your phone or tablet. OnXMaps shows you landowner information that is valuable when scouting new areas for your adventures so you can gain access or just avoid a hefty trespassing fine.


Hunting GPS Maps chip for Idaho
Idaho Hunting GPS Maps Chip
















The chip will run you around $99 which is a micro SD card that you slide into your Garmin device. As land ownership changes throughout the years, they will send you an email letting you know when your chip has been updated so you can get the updated information on your SD card.


onxmaps appOnXMaps AppLayers of the OnXMaps App


The App costs $29 and you can install it on multiple devices. I have the app on my phone and tablet and it syncs across the devices. I can scout on my phone for new areas, save it, and see the same information on my tablet. I know what you are thinking though, "I don't have service where I hunt, fish, or hike so how can I see the maps?" You can cache the maps so that when you are out of cell phone service, you can still have your maps with all the information right at your fingertips.

Go check it out and they also have some great looking apparel too!


GEIGERRIG 


Water is essential when you are outdoors. Hydration bladders help keep you hydrated and keep you going. What I like about Geigerrig Bladders is that they are pressurized so you don't have to suck the water out of the tube. The bladder fits just like any other bladder in your pack, but with one extra tube to pressurize the bladder. Also, the bladder is extremely easy to clean. You can turn it inside out, put it in the dishwasher, and flip it right side out again. This is ingenious. They also sell an in-line water filter so that you can fill up the bladder in the field if you run out. They are tough as nails too. When you visit their website, be sure to watch their torture tests of their bladders, you won't be disappointed.


The 2 Litre bladder runs online at $48 and the 3 Litre comes in at $49. Overall with the durability of these bladders and the fact that you don't have to suck from a small tube after huffing and puffing up the mountain is the key. You can see in the picture that I used the bladder to fill my little pot to boil water for lunch. Also the picture of just the bladder has the in-line water filter on as well. These are very easy to use and very valuable. Now your dad won't suck!

Full Curl Brand


An awesome new outdoor lifestyle company called Full Curl Brand is dishing out some great looking clothing. Now they aren't just men's clothing either so you ladies that are buying for your husband or dad, you can pick you up something as well. I kept a close eye on these guys and I am impressed with their design and quality of gear. 

























These shirts and hats are awesome! They have a great design that captures the love of the outdoors. They are a new company and are coming out with some great designs so definitely keep these guys on your radar for some great apparel.

RepYourWater


This is another great apparel company, especially if dad loves to fish is Rep Your Water. This is a great way to sport some great gear that represents your state that you live in or are from. I have the Native Cutthroat hat and it is one of my favorite hats to wear. They also have some awesome looking shirts. Again this is another great idea for someone who loves to fish!

Rep Your Water Brand Shirt
Native Cutthroat Hat from Rep Your Water

















Idaho fishing Hat RepYourWater
RepYourWater Fish Hat

Plus, the company helps by donating to different organizations that support fishing conservation like Colorado Trout Unlimited, Wyoming Trout Unlimited, Wild Steelhead Coalition, The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, and the Alaska, Utah, and Montana Chapters of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. That's the coolest part, you get awesome gear and your helping with conservation!

Bex Sunglasses


Everyone loves a good pair of sunglasses. That's where Bex sets the new standard! Bex sunglasses are amazing. They have a style for just about anyone. The pair I have (the ARSTYK II) are extremely lightweight and polarized which is great for fishing and bowfishing.


Bex ARSTYK II SunglassesARSTYK II from BEX









Be sure you go check them out. They have a style of sunglasses for anyone and they have some sweet hats, shirts, and jackets. These are some great everyday sunglasses that are extremely lightweight and very durable. They cut the glare of the water and you don't even notice they are there. They fit snug on your head and don't fall off! They also have apparel which is just as awesome!  


The GunBox


I recently reviewed The GunBox on my blog and I must say, this is a must for every home. I think this is an all around great product and great safe that you can store your firearms or any valuable items you can fit in it. It is a great product that safely stores your firearms or valuables that can only be opened by programming a fingerprint or RFID bracelet or ring.

The GunBox Safe

Be sure to go and check out my review of The GunBox, and right now for Father's Day they are running a special. You can take 10% off your entire order plus you get free shipping! Check out their Facebook Page for the code to get the free shipping and 10% off your entire order!


MINOX Hunting Optics

www.Minox.com

What man doesn't like new optics. Whether it is a rifle scope or binoculars, MINOX has you covered. These are some amazing pieces of work and some quality glass. The clarity and durability of these optics are among the top. They have a great warranty and are extremely durable.

MINOX BinocularsMINOX Spotting Scope









These are some of the best optics I have looked through. These are German made and are just flat out amazing. Again feel free to read my thoughts on the MINOX hunting optics and be sure to check them out. They also make trail cameras that are small and compact yet are capable of some outstanding images and videos.


These are some of my ideas. I have plenty more from several other great companies but list list was already getting very long and wordy. But feel free to share your Father's Day gift ideas as well!



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tip for Beginning Female Bowhunters - Holibeth Helton

After my interview with Haley Heath, I realized even more how difficult it might be for female bowhunters to get started. I never really thought about it since my wife doesn't hunt, but I asked my friend Holibeth Helton if she wouldn't mind sharing some tips for beginning female bowhunters.  So read on and feel free to chime in on your thoughts or if you have additional tips! You can follow Holibeth on Twitter and on Facebook.


Female Bowhunter Tips


The number of women participating in the sport of hunting is increasing exponentially every year. It’s a decision that, if taken seriously enough, could change your life forever. Entering the industry as a female can be a little intimidating, but nothing you can’t conquer. Maybe you have hunted for years, but now you are considering becoming a bowhunter. Either way, there are a couple of tips I believe can help you seamlessly enter or transition into the bowhunting world.

Get Your Own Equipment


Hoyt ArcheryIf you are serious about bowhunting, there is nothing more important than having a bow that fits YOU! I've known several females that quit before they even start because their boyfriend/husband/etc. let them try their bow. We’re not built like a male, and ours bows should reflect that accordingly. Typically, our draw length is shorter and our draw weight lighter. There’s nothing wrong with this, but starting out on a bow setup for a male will most likely result in a bad experience. You could pull a muscle, tire out within very few shots by drawing too much weight, or slap your arm with the string because of the draw length not fitting. That’s painful, trust me! You don’t have to go out and buy a top of the line bow, but get something that will fit you and your preferences. My suggestion is to start with an adjustable bow—one that the draw weight can range anywhere from 15-70 lbs. You may need to start out drawing a low weight but the more you practice, the faster it will increase and you want a bow that can keep up with you.


Practice, Practice, Practice


Female Archery HoytArchery in general is a skill, not a talent. Very few pick up a bow for the first time and shoot tight groups at 50 yards. You have to work unfailingly in order to improve. It takes dedication and constructive criticism. After you get your bow sighted in, my suggestion would be to start at 10 to 15 yards. Just get comfortable holding the bow and shooting it. Don’t worry about where you hit, that will come naturally once you get your form and anchor points down. Some people start out with a kisser button, or a knot in the string. This provides a solid anchor point so when you draw your bow back you know exactly where to place it in order to shoot consistently. Also, don’t grip the handle tight. Instead, loosen your grip and allow the bow to roll naturally through the shot. Take advantage of your local archery shop. They have the knowledge and expertise to help you one-on-one with your form and shot. Don’t worry about making mistakes, even the professional archers started exactly how you are right now. The old saying “practice makes perfect” holds true. The more you practice and allow constructive criticism from those more experienced, the strides of improvement will come accordingly.

Learn to be a Duck


Hoyt Bowhunter Holibeth HeltonThis is possibly the hardest, yet most important lesson I've learned through my experience as a female bowhunter—you must learn to let negativity and criticism roll off your back. Not to try to scare you from this journey but you will more than likely be judged, critiqued, and harassed along the way. Anytime a female enters into a predominately male sport, there will be “haters”. Some just don’t understand that we are in it for the very same reason they are. We aren't here to “just look pretty”, “take selfies”, and “just go along for the hunt”. We are hunters—gender should play no role in prejudging our dedication and motivation. We are not afraid to pull our own weight. But, luckily, for every one “hater” you will find there are at least twenty others who are supportive. It’s an amazing industry to be a part of. The level of support available and knowledge base to pull from is second to none. So just remember, when those few individuals do critique and judge you it’s simply because they feel threatened. Let it go, like water off a duck’s back.

Being a female bowhunter is a rewarding experience, as hunting is in general. For those just entering the hunting world, be prepared for a journey that will change you forever. There’s nothing more rewarding than entering the woods and coming home to put organic, nutritious food on the table for your family. It’s an experience that simply cannot be put into words. Bonds are created through hunting that will last a lifetime.

Welcome to the bowhunting world and enjoy! 


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Interview with Haley Heath


Women of Weatherby Haley Heath



I recently had the chance to chat with Haley Heath who is the host of Yeti's Ultimate Hunt and one of the women on the new Women of Weatherby. Haley has a strong passion for the outdoors and hunting. But the thing she has the most passion for is her family. As I struggle to find time to balance between family and hunting I thought it would be a great experience to hear from Haley who is a mother, a wife, and a face for women in the outdoors.


- What made you decide to pursue a career in the hunting industry?


I actually didn't pursue this career it was just fate! At the time I owned two restaurants and had a toddler but I was entered into a contest on ESPN2 and was chosen out of thousands of applications! Although my way into the industry was a little different, I've been hunting my entire life and I've had the passion of introducing the outdoors to young girls and now women and families to the outdoors. It's always been my passion to get more females in the outdoors, now I have the platform to actually do that! Im truly blessed that it worked the way it did and now I've been able to raise my children in an industry that I love and they are just as passionate about taking their friends and helping others!


- Since doing this professionally, has it stolen some of the joys of the hunt?


I am blessed to do something that is my passion as my career. I am a hunter that happens to have a camera crew document all of my highs and lows in the field and sometimes out of the field! I'm just like any other hunter out there, I have success, I miss, and there are times I don't see an animal the entire week of hunting. At no point have I ever felt that doing this as a profession has taken the joy out of my hunts, instead I'm glad they are there with me, making memories and capturing it to share with a National audience. There have been a few adjustments like waiting until they have footage before I shoot or not enough camera light and I don't get my trophy but that just comes with the territory!


- What do you enjoy most about your hunting career?


Everything!! I truly enjoy taking my kids all over North America hunting with me and I love all the people I get meet. Hearing the success stories and how I've encouraged others to get in the outdoors is what keeps me going! I feel so blessed to have this as my job and although it's not easy by any means, it's my calling!


- What is the biggest challenge being a female in this industry?


Probably the biggest struggle about being a female in the industry is getting people and companies to understand that I don't want pink! I'm so thankful for the companies like Weatherby that take me serious as a hunter and see that I need products that are just as good as those made for men but made to fit a woman! 


- What is your favorite animal to hunt and why?


Elk is my favorite animal to hunt although whitetail will always be right at the top! There is something about a majestic bull elk coming within a few yards of you and bugling that rattles me to the core! However, hunting whitetails every Fall is what I love forward to most because it's hunting Whitetails where I get to sit in the woods with my husband and kids for hours on end year to year!


- Everyone has a bucket list hunt, what is your bucket list hunt? 


I actually just had my two top bucket list hunts this past year! Moose and anything in Hawaii were at the top and they were both amazing hunts!! Now my next bucket list is watching my kids get their dream animals.


- What is your favorite rifle and caliber?


My answer will mostly change a little by the time you ask me this question next year because the Women of Weatherby is building a rifle for women by women that will be unveiled January 2016! Although my answer may have another at the top next year, the Weatherby .270 packs a punch like no other .270 I've ever shot and I've completely falling in love with it! Not only is it the hardest hitting and most accurate rifle I've ever shot but the wood on both the Mark V and Vanguard is incredible and they are rifles that hopefully will be passed down for generations. 


- What is your current archery setup? 


I'm still shooting my Bear Homewrecker. I love all of my Bear bows but this one I have a hard time putting down! And the whole thing is decked out in TRUGLO and Apex accessories. 


- With the industry booming with women interested in hunting, what advice would you give to those who are just starting?


Don't be afraid to ask questions and if you feel more comfortable asking a woman then please feel free to join me and the team of women I'm working with on www.WomenOfWeatherby.com
This program is dedicated in helping all female hunters and shooters from novice to expert.


- Which hunt are you looking forward to the most in 2015?


I haven't finalized all my hunts for the fall but I'm really looking forward to a turkey hunt I have coming up with Women of Weatherby in OK!


- How do you balance being a wife, mother, and your hunting career?


Being a wife and mama will always be first in my life so with that I schedule as much as possible around them. When the kids were younger I had an agreement with the school and they would just go with us but now that they are older I try not to take them out as much.  During the Fall it gets tricky and I hunt but I try to still make all the school and sports functions too! It's all about priorities. Luckily, with all my job commitments they all understand and work well with me.

 


Haley Heath family hunt


Thanks to Haley for taking the time to answer these questions and be sure to follow her on her social media like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Haley shares this her passion with her family much like we all do. The best part about getting to interview Haley is realizing how down to earth she is and also how willing she is to be helping others in this industry. Be sure to give her a follow!


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.