Light Gear for the Dark Continent

posted on February 2, 2016

Leupold “Go” Afield Binocular Harness
Those who use a chest-mounted binocular harness already recognize its benefits; those who don’t should get with the times. This harness takes the concept to a new level of versatility with the addition of pockets for cell phones and calls, as well as the ability to attach a rangefinder or GPS. Other features include four-way adjustable straps and a quick-release bino tether. MSRP: $99.99.

Danner Pronghorn Boots
The fourth generation of this popular boot has an updated design with a lighter, more streamlined profile that will take any terrain Africa may dish out, be it the Kalahari Desert or the flooded Caprivi Strip. Waterproof leather and denier nylon uppers are attached to a breathable foot bed with wider toe-box and rugged outsoles. Gore-Tex membrane is waterproof and breathable. Available in multiple camo patterns, in 6- and 8-inch heights. MSRP: $190.

Galco Field Grade Culling Belt and Safari Five Cartridge Wallet
Designed to be worn over your clothing, the culling belt holds up to 20 big-bore showstoppers as large as .500 Nitro Express within easy reach. Sturdy cotton duck material is mated with rich brown leather and a solid brass buckle. For those wishing to carry a bit less, the Safari Five Wallet holds, you guessed it, five rounds from .338 to the meanest .458 Win. Mag., and everything in between. MSRP: belt $89.95; wallet $79.95.

Cabela’s Serengeti Safari II Short-Sleeve Shirt
While it won’t stop you from getting held up in the wait-a-bit bushes, you’ll be glad the tough 6.5-ounce cotton calico canvas of this mid-weight shirt is taking the thorns rather than your bare arms. Sports one sleeve pocket and two zippered chest pockets (perfect for your phone and passport), and two more pockets with button flaps, one of which has cartridge loops. MSRP: $39.99.

NRA 5.11 Taclite Pro Shorts
Made specifically to perform in hot and humid climates and designed to handle the rigorous duty of combat operators, these shorts will tackle the African plains with aplomb. Made of durable yet breathable rip-stop fabric. Additional features include deep front and rear pockets, two cargo pockets and one utility pocket. And of course, they sport the three little letters you proudly want to display: NRA. MSRP: $49.95.

Boyt Safari Gaiters
A simple yet useful tool in Africa, these boot gaiters keep the endless supply of grass seeds, thorns and gravel off your socks and out of your boots, meaning less time stopping and more time stalking that trophy gemsbok. Use them once and you’ll see why the PHs in Africa all wear gaiters. Made of 10-ounce canvas. One size fits all. MSRP: $16.


Browning X Bolt Speed Ovix SR Lead
Browning X Bolt Speed Ovix SR Lead

New for 2022: Browning X-Bolt Speed Ovix SR

The latest X-Bolt’s new Ovix camo pattern is suitable for a variety of environments, and its shortened, threaded barrel allows users to mount a suppressor while maintaining a reasonable overall length.

First Look: Franchi Instinct Sideplate

The new Instinct Sideplate sets itself apart with an elegantly engraved, color-case-hardened sideplate-style steel receiver, providing classical accents to its gold-plated trigger and complementing its rich AA-grade satin-finish walnut stock.

Savage Arms Announces Sponsorship of NRL Hunter Series Matches

Savage Arms is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the National Rifle League (NRL) Hunter Series—an evolving rifle competition that challenges participants with exciting ways to practice shooting skills in hunting-like conditions.

NSSF Retailer Surveys Indicate 5.4 Million First-Time Gun Buyers in 2021

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearm industry trade association, revealed that at least 5.4 million people purchased a firearm for the first time in 2021.

New for 2022: Bowtech SR350

An ideal combination of blazing speed and smooth draw, the SR350 is equipped with Bowtech’s Deadlock cam system, which the company says is the quickest, simplest way to achieve perfect arrow flight and repeatable accuracy.

First Look: Hoyt Ventum Pro 33

Hoyt has updated its In-Line System to make the new Ventum Pro even more streamlined, balanced and lightweight.


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