Shooting Gear Roundup: Latest from Leupold, Hornady and Streamlight
Ed Head's newest favorite products from three great companies to do business with
New products from Streamlight include the TLR-2 and TLR-6 weapon lights and PROTAC 1L-1AA handheld light. (Photo courtesy of Down Range TV)
It must be part of getting older; as time goes by new things come along and I realize it’s something I really could have used at some time in the past. A case in point is the new Leupold Tracker, a small, handheld thermal seeker that lets you see heat sources day and night. I can easily think of hundreds of times this little gizmo would have been really useful to me when I was looking for bad guys. We had large, truck mounted scopes during my Border Patrol days but the Tracker would have been ideal as an individual tool for finding people. Leupold says you can see a deer with it at up to 600 yards, and that may be correct under the right conditions, but in my testing at night I would have to say the range is more limited because you can see heat sources at long distances but it’s difficult to know what they are.
At closer ranges it works very well in detecting critters and could be useful for tracking or locating game, securing a camp or seeing if anyone is skulking about on your property. A friend just left for an Alaskan bear hunt where they are going to be hunting out of tree stands until dark then walking back to camp. It seems like a scenario madefor the Tracker so I loaned it to him. Using a single CR-123A battery the Tracker will run for up to 10 hours. It has a 6X zoom feature and can be cycled through six modes to give you the best resolution, ranging from several versions of white, black, red and green. The Tracker is amazing, affordable technology with a street price of around $600.
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