column By: The Upland Almanac Staff | March, 21
Plano Rustrictor All Weather 2 Shotgun/Rifle Case
• Rust prevention technology infused for extra protection
• Airline approved, rugged, industrial-strength construction
• Special dry-lock gasket creates a watertight, dustproof seal
• Easy customization
Plano has added their Rustrictor technology, perfected in their tackle boxes, to the All Weather 2 Shotgun and Rifle Case. The impenetrable outer shell construction will protect your firearms from truck bed abuse and careless baggage handlers.
The case interior consists of Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor (VCI) infused into a resin and foam emitter with a leading corrosion preventative to help keep your firearms from rusting. Although our testing period was not long term, Rustrictor claims it has been proven to block rust and corrosion five times longer than competing products. Another great interior feature is the pre-perforated pluck foam that allows for easy customization and cradles your favorite firearms safely and securely.
Perfect for the traveling wing shooter, the case includes built-in cargo wheels and a comfortable carry handle for easy transportation, two dual-stage lockable latches and a pressure release valve to equalize pressure caused by altitude or temperature changes.
Made in the USA and built to last, the Plano Rustrictor All Weather 2 Shotgun and Rifle Case will protect firearms.”
Garmin International, Inc.
Alpha 200i Handheld
(bundled with TT15 Mini Collar) – $999.99
• 31⁄2-inch, easy-to-read diagonal touchscreen in varying light conditions, 282 x 470 pixels, along with six buttons
• Weight: 9.9 ounces
• Offers both tracking and training capability, handles up to 20 dogs up to 9 miles with 2.5-second updates
• Dog List and Group Management: inactive dogs’ set-up information is retained in system
• inReach system helps user stay in communication with the outside world where there is no cellular signal with two-way text messaging (active satellite subscription required)
• Interactive SOS (active satellite subscription required)
• Downloadable BirdsEye Satellite Imagery (free from Garmin) directly to the handheld for accurate views of route, trailheads, clearings and more
• Navigation utilized Garmin Mapping and Sensors, see public land boundaries, micro SD card slot allows for loading of more mapping options, such as TOPO U.S. 24K and HuntView Plus maps (each sold separately)
• Access Global Iridium Satellite Network (GPS and Galileo, active satellite subscription required)
• Navigation sensors include a barometric altimeter and three-axis compass with a simple, at-a-glance tracking that shows which direction and how far away dogs are, plus see when a dog is “Treed” or “On Point”
• User-replaceable battery, rechargeable lithium-ion (included), lasts up to 20 hours per charge (15 hours with inReach enabled)
• IPX7 water rating, meaning the unit can be submerged in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes
• Location sharing with home and/or with others afield
• Garmin Explore app (free on Google Play Store) is available for use with compatible smartphone to replay day’s events
• Compatible for use with TT15, TT15 Mini, T5 and T5 Mini collars
The Alpha 200i Handheld is state-of-the-art design, yet we found it to be as user-friendly as it can be with so many features in one small package. The unit comes with a belt clip; optional lanyards and holsters are offered by Garmin. Some features require a satellite subscription (see discover.garmin.com/en-US/inreach/personal/#subscriptions) for plans and pricing. The unit also features high-speed USB interface and 16 GB of memory. Huntview Map Cards are available for all 50 states. Cards are available from Garmin at a cost of $89.99.
TT15 Mini Collar – $299
• Unit dimensions : 3.1” W x 1.8” H x 1.4” D
• Weight: 7.3 ounces for transmitter and antenna (without collar); 10 ounces total weight (with collar)
• Battery type: rechargeable lithium-ion pack; user replaceable
• Battery life: 20-40 hours
• Range: 9 miles
• Interface: USB
• Water rating: 1 ATM, meaning unit withstands pressures equivalent to a depth of 10 meters
• Neck size: minimum of 9.5” in circumference
• High-sensitivity GPS/GLONASS receiver
• GPS antenna
• LED beacon lights
• Rescue mode
• Frequency mode: MURS (In addition to Astro 2001, TT 15 is compatible with the Astro 430, Astro 320 and the Alpha 100 only. TT 15 can be configured for operation with either handheld but cannot be tracked simultaneously by both the Astro 430 and 320)
• Replaceable collar straps available
• Collar compatibility, 1 inch
A top-mounted, high-sensitivity GPS/GLONASS receiver, the TT 15 dog device uses 18 levels of continuous and momentary stimulation, plus audible tone and vibration activated from Alpha 100. It’s compatible with Astro 430 and 320 for tracking only. Water-resistant to 10 meters, it allows for tracking and training up to 9 miles away. The stimulation features enable training of each dog separately: Traditional stimulation allows for quick changes (low, medium or high) within a predetermined stimulation level (1-6), whereas linear stimulation allows progressively more stimulation from levels 1 to 18. The LED beacon lights can be remotely operated, built into the dog device, to help locate dog in low-light conditions.
TT 15 ships with a 1-inch red collar strap. Replacement straps are available in multiple colors (sold separately). Overall, we found the TT15 collar to be quite rugged in design as well.
Upland Briar Hunting Shirt
• Roomy fit
• Built of 6.25-ounce sanded cotton
The Upland Almanac staff is always pleased to test another upland hunting shirt like the Capital Sportsman Upland Briar Hunting Shirt.
We found the shirt to be very comfortable, with extra room in the shoulders and longer sleeves for quick gun mounts. It’s lightweight, yet provides some wind resistance and warmth for cooler days.
The tan shirt is accented with a blaze orange padded right shoulder and reinforced forearm patches for extra visibility and protection.
Not only is this traditional shirt ideal for upland bird hunting and sport shooting, but also Capital Sportsman advocates for the conservation of upland habitat by giving back 10% to organizations that support upland wildlife conservation.