Best American-Made Hunting Gear of 2019

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posted on June 25, 2019
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Cordova NRA Logo Cooler
Cordova says, “2A is in our DNA.” The company's new NRA logo coolers (the officially licensed coolers of the NRA) are built with as much pride as you’ll have using them. These roto-molded coolers sport thick aluminum handles with a built-in bottle openers, no-slip “goat's feet,” rubber latches, and a break- and leak-resistant drain plug. The stay-open top has a lip to keep items from rolling off. Every size, from the SM 28-can (shown) to the XL 120-can cooler, is IGBC-Certified bear resistant. MSRP: $222.99-$474.99; cordovaoutdoors.com.

Galco Gun Leather DAO Holster & Safari Five Ammo Carrier
The Galco Gun Leather DAO (Dual Action Outdoorsman) steerhide holster is available in right- and left-hand models and can be worn in strong-side or crossdraw positions. A retention strap secures the revolver, and a polymer tab aids in unsnapping the strap. Tension is adjusted via a screw. Fits belts up to 1.75 inches wide. Galco’s Safari Five Ammo Carrier holds five .338 Win. Mag., .340 Wby., .375 H&H Mag., .416 Rigby or .458 Win. Mag. cartridges in individually stitched cartridge loops. MSRP: Holster $119; Ammo Carrier $89; galcogunleather.com.

Buck Compadre Camp Axe
The 1.5-pound Compadre Camp Axe from Buck is the modern American outdoorsman’s axe. The 3-inch, 5160-steel blade is finished in black Cerakote to prevent rust and corrosion. The Micarta handle can be used one- or two-handed. Weight is distributed forward of center to increase usefulness when chopping. Includes a black leather sheath with a belt-loop attachment. MSRP: $150; buckknives.com.

Timney Triggers Elite Hunter Rem. 700
American trigger manufacturer Timney Triggers’ Elite Hunter Rem. 700 is a worthwhile upgrade for an American classic. Available in right- or left-hand models with a black or nickel-plated finish, the trigger has a pull weight that's adjustable from 1.5-4 pounds in .5-pound increments. The trigger shoe’s thickness and shape can also be customized. MSRP: $164.99; timneytriggers.com.

Alaska Guide Creations Kodiak C.U.B. Bino Pack
The Kodiak C.U.B. (Compact Utility Bag) is a soft, quiet and convenient bino chest rig, and it sports four zippered pockets including a front rangefinder pocket with a built-in tether. Main compartment uses a hook-and-bungee top for one-handed use. Durable auto-locking buckles loosen and tighten the harness straps without removing the pack. Available in Mossy Oak Break-up Country and other patterns and colors. MSRP: $99.99; alaskaguidecreations.com.

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