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Tactical Tailor’s new Rogue line available

PACK RAIN COVER

Tactical Tailor’s Pack Rain Cover is a water resistant cover that envelopes the pack in order to help keep water from soaking through to your gear, keeping rain and snow away from pack openings and zippers with water resistant 330D fabric with a DWR coating.
This cover comes in 4 sizes, Small to XL and in colors Coyote Brown, Multicam, and Atacs Snow Camo, perfect for ever changing, and unpredictable, weather conditions and environments.

ROGUE PLATE CARRIER

The Rogue plate carrier is a light-weight low profile carrier, designed with the utmost efficiency, and functionality factored in. This highly adaptable plate carrier can be used in Low Vis body armor situations, but with the additions of other Rogue products this carrier can be quickly converted into a direct action carrier.
ROGUE IFAK POUCH

This is a small bleeder kit designed to be light and small, but still offering the ability to carry lifesaving equipment. This pouch is sized to hold basic wound management items like gauze, 10-gauge needle, chest seal, and a small combat dressing. It weighs only 0.20 lbs.

ROGUE 5.56 MAGAZINE POUCH

The new 5.56 magazine pouches have revolutionized a staple product at TT. The new pouches have a stiff opening for ease of inserting the magazine, and the elastic compression ensures the magazine stays put until needed.

ROGUE ADAPATABLE CHEST RIG

The new Rogue Adaptable Chest Rig takes minimalist and adds versatility. The chest rig makes a great standalone range chest rig, or RECCE chest rig.

• Eight columns for pouches.

• Laser cut Rubberized Nylon with MOLLE channels for light-weight strength.

• Two inch shoulder straps with cable management built in.

• Built in Map Compartment.

• Chest rig can be mounted on the Rogue plate carrier with the hook back as a cummerbund flap.

• Removable loop and air mesh panel to protect your shirt from the hook back.

Can be used with the Rogue Skeletonized MOLLE Webbing when the plate carrier is not needed, but additional pouches are.

WEIGHT: 0.80 LBS

DAVE’S TAKES LEAD, TANGLES OUT OF FISHING WEIGHTS

 

 

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On a yearly basis new products arrive on the fishing scene. Rarely does one make a splash like Dave’s Tangle Free.

Lead has long been the standard for weight in terminal gear setups for Salmon & Steelhead. Drift fishermen, float fishermen, side-drifters, back-bouncers all utilize lead in their tackle boxes to accomplish one purpose – to get the bait/lure in front of the fishes face.

It’s really a simple concept – weight is used to target specific depths & water types.

So where does Dave’s Tangle Free fit in to this?

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Dave’s Tangle Free is a brand new alternative to lead. It has burst on to the scene with a few claims to fame. Here are three benefits:

1    Lead-Free : This alone sets Dave’s Tangle Free apart as a forward thinking, innovative company. States that have outlawed lead as a fishing weight will need high-quality alternatives to lead. Dave’s Tangle Free fills that need.

2    Tangle-resistant : The swivel system in place on these weights allows for “wiggle-room” and movement when caught up. Also, the rubberized outer layer (the core is steel) does not “grab” rocks like lead would. These two factors make for a weight that pulls out of snags more often than lead. We at Fishing Addicts Northwest have seen the benefit of this. Many times when a weight seemed a lost cause snagged-up, they pulled out without breaking the line or losing the weight. This is ultimately a money saver in the end and a relief to the fisherman.

3    Easy-to-Use : Besides the obvious benefits of being tangle resistant, the weights themselves come attached with a top “swivel” piece that is easily attachable to a snap-swivel or tie-able to any line. These weights have totally replaced my previous bobber weights as I prefer a three-way swivel with attachable weight when fishing a sliding float. Also, for those that would attach a “slinky” to a snap swivel, the Dave’s Tangle Free weight works great in place of that.

The feel of these weights on the bottom is different than “slinky’s” or traditional lead. This may be slightly off-putting at first for drift-fishermen but they will find quickly that the weights are super effective as well as stealthy. Back-bouncers have found huge benefit in the “tangle-resistant” qualities of these weights. The method of back-bouncing is prone to placing lead in precarious positions. With the rubberized outer core and versatile swivel, it’s simple: you will lose less weights.

Does this mean you’ll never lose a Dave’s Tangle Free weight? No, logs & certain other obstacles can still claim a weight or two, but every single person that I’ve spoken with has retained more Dave’s Tangle Free weights than any other lead option hands down. They simply come back easier. I’ve even started making my lead-line heavier so that I can apply more pressure to it and many times the weights have pulled out of difficult positions.

With that in mind we have seen a move in recent years to eliminate lead in many states. Certainly this comes as no surprise due to the “state of California” perspective on it and the simple fact that we’re filling our river-bottoms with lead. This alone may be one of the largest reasons for why Dave’s Tangle Free is a great option for your tackle-box. The Smallmouth bass guys in the Columbia river are already picking up on them too, not to mention numerous other fishing applications in our area.

Dave’s Tangle Free brings a fresh perspective to the weight world. No doubt the benefits of these weights will continue to be seen & shared in years to come.

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Ed Fast, a highly respected Portland-area Salmon & Steelhead guide had this to say about Dave’s weights:

“The slickest and trickiest weights you can buy! Dave gave me some back-bouncing weights to try and my clients and I loved them! I ordered a bunch more in all of the sizes I use and we only lost a few during my fall Chinook season. I also like them for my bobber rods.”

Ed mentioned to me how much lead he used to lose back-bouncing lead in upriver, bouldery situations, with the new lead he’s had considerably less lost weights and consequently; saved money on weight!

“When it’s available, I always try to use and promote local, quality, made in the U.S.A products. Dave’s weights meet all three of those criteria.

The fact that there is a functional, lead-free weight for some fishing situations is another thing I like about them.

And hey, they look really cool, too and let’s face it, that’s pretty important.”

For more, visit the website, http://www.davestanglefree.com/.

Not sure which weights to get? Check out the products page. The “Handi-Pack” retails at only $19.95 and features the perfect assortment of weights and sizes. We love these weights and we know you’ll find them to be an essential part of your tackle-box!

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Bi-Mart is now stocking Dave’s Tangle Free! Keep an eye out in the Fishing Department.

You can follow them on Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/DavesTangleFree

Stay Addicted! -Lucas

Editor’s note: This product review first appeared on the Fishing Addicts Northwest website under the the title Introducing Daves Tangle Free! and is used with permission of the author, Lucas Holmgren.

Makers Of The Ripchair, Howe And Howe ‘A World Leader In Extreme Vehicle Fabrication’

Makers Of The Ripchair, Howe And Howe ‘A World Leader In Extreme Vehicle Fabrication’

Howe and Howe Technologies, Inc., is a world leader in extreme vehicle fabrication and one of the foremost creators of advanced robotic platform solutions and applications.

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With a reputation for innovation, efficiency, and outstanding ethics, Howe and Howe Technologies continues to exceed expectations and impress industry and clients alike, from the U.S. Government to national utility companies to Hollywood movie makers.

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It is the ability to approach a problem uniquely, and overcome any obstacle or challenge that a project presents, that has allowed Howe and Howe to show, time and again, that sharp minds with the right motivation can change the world.

HOWE AND HOWE'S RIPCHAIR.

HOWE AND HOWE’S RIPCHAIR.

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PTLX Global’s Lights Shine Brightly

PTLX Global H.D. LED promises customers the very best marine LED
lighting solution available with PX12.

The PTLX Global PX 12

The PTLX Global PX12

The PX 12's beam of light in action.

The PX 12’s beam of light in action.

Superior illumination not only provides a safer working environment
but can mitigate the risk of injury and equipment damage from
dead-heads and debris.  Our PX 12, optimized for 12V and 24V type
marine vessels offers 7100 lumen at 70Watts and has been an instrument
of durability and efficiency for Pilot boats, Tug and Barge and
Commercial marine vessels throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Our
fixtures have lasted three to five times longer than competitive type LED units;
are made in the USA and is the best fixture LED system in its class
(backed by supporting independent laboratory tests and complete LM-79
reports).

The PX 6's beam (left) compared to a competitor's after one hour of illumination.

The PX6’s beam (left) compared to a competitor’s after one hour of illumination.

The same two products after nine hours. Note the still strong beam redflected by the PX6

The same two products after nine hours. Note the still strong beam redflected by the PX6

All our PX12’s are CNC machined from T5 6063 aerospace aluminum with
1/4 inch 316 stainless steel brackets and hardware.  We have tested
our PX12’s underwater up to 160 hours without failure.  Additionally,
our lights do not lose efficacy over consistent prolonged periods of
operation – meaning the same illumination performance after 12 hours
as when the fixture was first turned on.

For more information visit www.ptlxglobal.com or sales@ptlxglobal.com
– 800-397-7859

Zero Tolerance Rolls Out A Host Of Knives, Tomahawk For 2014

By Andy Walgamott, on January 23rd, 2014

Zero Tolerance Introduces the 0102 Tomahawk

Vanadis 4 Extra powdered steel makes it tough and durable

TUALATIN, OREGON— Zero Tolerance is proud to introduce our own tactical tomahawk, the new 0102.

This powerful tool is adept at everything from obstacle removal and dynamic entry to opening crates. Like everything else we do, the Tomahawk is overbuilt for extreme use. The back spike is designed for maximum penetration, while the pommel includes a sturdy pry bar.

Vanadis 4 Extra powdered steel makes the ZT tomahawk extremely tough, while the DLC coating protects the blade. G-10 handle scales offer a secure grip and are beveled for comfort.

The Tomahawk comes with its own sheath for storage and easy carrying.

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Model 0562 specifications:

• MADE IN THE USA

• INCLUDES SHEATH

Steel: Vadadis 4 Extra, tungsten DLC coating
Handle: Machined G-10 scales
Blade: 4.75 in. long & 0.2 in. thick
Overall: 16 in.
MSRP: $400

 

A New Fixed Blade from ZT & Rick Hinderer

• Based on Hinderer’s Fieldtac knife

TUALATIN, OREGON—Based on Rick Hinderer’s Fieldtac knife, the new Zero Tolerance 0180 is a smaller and lighter fixed blade knife, yet it’s built to handle tough duty.

The blade is made of Vanadis 4 Extra powder mettalurgical cold work steel. This steel is perfectly designed for hard use and offers good wear resistance. Resistance to chipping and cracking makes it an excellent steel for hard-use applications like the 0180. It is also very suitable for coating—which ZT does with Tungsten DLC non-reflective coating.

The 0180’s handle scales are G-10 for durability as well as reduced weight. The handle locks right into the hand and the forefinger contour provides grip security. Heavy jimping on the spine further enhances grip.

The 0180 comes with a convenient belt sheath.

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Model 0562 specifications:

• MADE IN THE USA
• FIXED BLADE
• FULL TANG
• CHAIN-RING HARDWARE
• INCLUDES BELT SHEATH

Steel: Vadadis 4 Extra, tungsten DLC coating
Handle: Machined G-10, dual chamfers
Blade: 4.2 in. long & 0.2 in. thick
Overall: 9.2 in.
MSRP: $275

 

New Zero Tolerance Blackwash™ Finish is the New Black

• Zero Tolerance is one of the first major manufacturers to use this new type of finish on production knives

TUALATIN, OREGON—Zero Tolerance introduces BlackWash.

A BlackWash knife is like a battle-tested tool or a favorite pair of well-worn jeans. BlackWash gives a ZT that already-broken-in look. Although a few custom knife makers have been using this process, Zero Tolerance is one of the first major manufacturers to use it on production knives. Like any coating, it will wear eventually, but with BlackWash, additional wear just adds to the look.

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0560BW specifications:

? MADE IN THE USA
? ASSISTED OPENING
? QUAD-MOUNT 4-POSITION CLIP
? TITANIUM FRAME LOCK, LOCKBAR STABILIZER

Steel: ELMAX®, Tungsten DLC BlackWash™ finish
Handle: 3D machined G10- front; 3D-machined titanium back, BlackWash™ finish
Blade: 3.75 in. (9.5 cm)
Closed: 5 in. (12.7 in.)
Weight: 5.8 oz.
MSRP: $325

0300BW specifications:

? MADE IN THE USA
? KVT BALL-BEARING OPENING SYSTEM
? QUAD-MOUNT 4-POSITION CLIP
? DEEP-CARRY CLIP
? TITANIUM FRAME LOCK, LOCKBAR STABILIZER

Steel: S30V, Tungsten DLC BlackWash™ finish
Handle: 3D machined G10- front; 3D-machined titanium back, BlackWash™ finish
Blade: 3.75 in. (9.5 cm)
Closed: 5.1 in. (12.9 in.)
Weight: 5.8 oz.
MSRP: $340

 

ELMAX® Blade, Hinderer & ZT Style and Toughness

• The new 0562 features a special Hinderer “slicer” grind

TUALATIN, OREGON—For 2014, Zero Tolerance and Rick Hinderer teamed up to build the new 0562.

The ELMAX® powdered steel blade features a special Hinderer, a flat-ground “slicer” grind that provides both slicing efficiency and a tough point. ELMAX is a third-generation powdered steel with virtually no nonmetallic inclusions. This means it offers an extremely uniform distribution of carbides for high wear and corrosion resistance. Zero Tolerance sharpens it to a hair popping edge and the ELMAX ensures it holds that edge for a long time, even under hard use.

The knife opens with a flipper and moves out of the handle on our smooth KVT ball-bearing opening system. A washer with caged ball bearings surrounds the pivot and makes opening the knife nearly frictionless; just pull back on the flipper and add a roll of the wrist and the 0562 is ready for action.

The handle has a G-10 textured scale in front and a stonewashed titanium back. For secure lock up during use, ZT uses a frame lock with hardened steel lockbar inserts and lockbar stabilization.

The unique pocketclip is reversible and enables extra-deep carry in the pocket.

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Model 0562 specifications:

• MADE IN THE USA
• KVT BALL-BEARING OPENING SYSTEM
• SPECIAL HINDERER “SLICER” BLADE GRIND
• REVERSIBLE (LEFT/RIGHT)
• DEEP-CARRY CLIP
• FRAME LOCK, LOCKBAR STABILIZER

Steel: ELMAX®, stonewashed finish
Handle: G-10 front, stonewashed titanium back
Blade: 3.5 in. long & 0.156 in. thick
Closed: 4.8 in
MSRP: $250

M390 + Carbon Fiber in our Newest Right-Sized ZT

• A carbon fiber front scale lightens weight and adds class

TUALATIN, OREGON— The cousin of our new 0562, this ZT features the same special Rick Hinderer flat-ground “slicer” grind that provides both slicing efficiency and a tough point, but on a Böhler M390 powdered steel blade.

With a high chromium and vanadium content, M390 offers good wear resistance with excellent corrosion resistance. This powdered metallurgy stainless steel takes a razor edge and holds it well. It can also be polished to a mirror finish and is very tough.

The 0562CF’s handle has a carbon fiber front scale and stonewashed titanium back. For secure lock up during use, ZT uses a frame lock with hardened steel lockbar inserts and lockbar stabilization.

The knife opens with a flipper and moves out of the handle on our smooth KVT ball-bearing opening system. A washer with caged ball bearings surrounds the pivot and makes opening the knife nearly frictionless; just pull back on the flipper and add a roll of the wrist and the 0562CF is ready for action.

The unique pocketclip is reversible and enables extra-deep carry in the pocket.

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Model 0562CF specifications:

• MADE IN THE USA
• KVT BALL-BEARING OPENING SYSTEM
• SPECIAL HINDERER “SLICER” BLADE GRIND
• REVERSIBLE (LEFT/RIGHT)
• DEEP-CARRY CLIP
• FRAME LOCK, LOCKBAR STABILIZER

Steel: M390, stonewashed & machine satin finish
Handle: Carbon fiber front, stonewashed titanium back
Blade: 3.5 in. long & 0.156 in. thick
Closed: 4.8 in
MSRP: $300

The Zero Tolerance 0770CF Now Comes with Carbon Fiber Handle

• A compact version of the award-winning Zero Tolerance 0777

* New carbon fiber handle for lightweight carry

TUALATIN, OREGON—The original, award-winning Zero Tolerance 0777 is a very limited-run knife. Yet interest in it is high among blade aficionados.

That’s why Zero Tolerance is proud to announce a new version of that award-winning knife—one that will be much more generally available. The 0770CF offers the style and performance of the award-winning 0777, but in a slightly smaller, streamlined version.

For ZT performance, the blade is built of ELMAX® powdered steel, which provides the ability to take a razor edge, excellent edge retention, strength, and toughness. A stonewashed finish on the blade hides hard-use scratches and makes maintenance easier.

The sweeping lines of the original 0777 are preserved in the lightweight carbon fiber handle that nestles securely in the hand. An inset liner lock secures the blade.

The 0770CF opens quickly and easily thanks to SpeedSafe® assisted opening and the built-in flipper. A deep-carry pocketclip ensures it rides securely in the pocket. For a final touch of class, ZT adds a handsome oversized pivot.

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0770CF specifications:

• MADE IN THE USA
• ASSISTED OPENING
• REVERSIBLE (TIP-UP/DOWN)
• DEEP-CARRY CLIP
• INSET LINER LOCK

Steel: ELMAX®
Handle: Carbon fiber
Blade: 3.25 in. (8.3 cm)
Closed: 4.3 in. (10.9 in.)
Weight: 3 oz.
MSRP: $225

 

Zero Tolerance & Emerson Team Up on Two New Knives

• Both will feature the Emerson’s patented “wave shaped feature” opening

TUALATIN, OREGON— Zero Tolerance and Emerson Knives put their hard-use heads together to create two new ZT knives: the 0620 and the 0620CF.

Both feature premium blade steel. Both feature the famous Emerson “wave shaped opening feature.” Both honor their commitment to innovative technology, award-winning design, and top-quality craftsmanship.

The patented Emerson “wave shaped feature” enables each of these new knives to be opened as it is removed from the pocket. By the time the knife has been fully withdrawn from the pocket, the blade is deployed and ready for use. A small wave-shaped tab on the top of the blade is built to catch on the pocket seam, opening the knife as it comes out of the pocket. This Emerson instant-open feature is a favorite among military, rescue, and law enforcement knife users.

Both knives feature a modified tanto style blade that locks securely into place with a sturdy frame lock. Hardened steel inserts in the lockbar make it extra durable. The 0620’s blade is ELMAX® steel with DLC blade coating, while the 0620CF’s is M390 steel with a stonewashed and satin finish.

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0620CF specifications:

• MADE IN THE USA
• WAVE SHAPED OPENING FEATURE
• THUMB DISK FOR MANUAL OPENING
• REVERSIBLE CLIP (LEFT/RIGHT)
• FRAME LOCK, HARDENED-STEEL LOCKBAR INSERTS

Steel: ELMAX®, DLC coating
Handle: G-10 front, bead-blasted titanium back
Blade: 3.6 in.
Closed: 4.9 in
MSRP: $250

0620 specifications

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• MADE IN THE USA
• WAVE SHAPED OPENING FEATURE
• THUMB DISK FOR MANUAL OPENING
• REVERSIBLE CLIP (LEFT/RIGHT)
• FRAME LOCK, HARDENED-STEEL LOCKBAR INSERTS

Steel: M390, stonewashed & satin finish
Handle: G-10 front, bead-blasted titanium back
Blade: 3.6 in.
Closed: 4.9 in.
MSRP: $300

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Husky Liners Protect Your Car From Messy Alaska

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How is that we have more SUV’s and fewer dirt roads than ever before?
That’s a lot of plow horses being driven like show ponies. But if you’re
one of the seemingly fewer and fewer people who still uses your vehicle to
its full potential, you’ll appreciate what Husky Liners Vehicle Armor does
for your car, truck or SUV.

With Husky Liners, you can do what you do without having to fret over the potentially messy consequences.                                                                                                            Our engineers use state-of-the-art laser measuring technologies to ensure an
exact fit. From the Classic Style , to the WeatherBeater , to the X-act
Contour  all our floor and cargo liners are made of tough, durable
elastomeric materials with ‘nibs’ on the underside to prevent sliding or
shifting.

Every one of our Husky Liners Vehicle Armor products is made
right here in America and are unconditionally guaranteed for life. So
visit huskyliners.com for customer reviews and to find the floor liner
that best suits your vehicle.  And then get out there and do what you do.

 

 

Funtime RV In Tualatin Features ‘Superb’ Locally Built Models, And Is ‘Committed To Our Customers’

Funtime RV Inc. has been in the RV business almost 20 years. We have grown because of our excellent reputation and superb products. We truly believe in under-promising and over-delivering to our customers. They always express their experience as the best they have ever had, and would gladly refer family and friends to us.

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Also, as a locally owned dealership we have superb products. That gives us a very good representation of what customers are buying today. We are almost exclusive Forest River, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, dealers, so we carry a lot of travel trailers and fifth wheels built in nearby Dallas, Ore. That reduces cost to our customers and it allows us to support the local economy as well. Plus, when we pick up RVs built there ourselves, not having to pay freight cost keeps our prices down.

The product that we carry that are built in the Western Oregon town are the Salem, the Surveyor, the RPod, and the Wildcats. Other Forest River products we carry are Cardinals, Blue Ridge, which are fifth wheels, while our motorhomes are Sunseekers, Soleras, F3s, Georgetowns and the Legacy diesel pusher. Plus, we have toyhauler Sandstorms and XLRs.

We are committed to our customers and want them to know they are important to us.

We are located at 18605 SW Pacific Drive, Tualatin, OR 97062

Our website is http://www.funtimervinc.com; our phone number is 866-925-9620; and you can email us through our contact page.

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KETICHIKAN
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KODIAK
Emerson Boat Works
(907) 486-0602
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Seapower Marine & Equipment
(907) 747-1502
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Forbes Offers ‘Extremely Accurate, Light Weight, Dependable Hunting Rifles’

Forbes Rifle LLC was formed in late 2011 with the expressed purpose of bringing quality, lightweight, accurate firearms of an award-winning design to market at an affordable price. The Model 24B, based on the New Ultra Light Arms Model 24 was introduced to the firearms and hunting communities at the 2010 SHOT Show as a primer of what was to come. Forbes Rifle is now in production at a facility in Westbrook, Maine, outfitted specifically for the manufacture of Forbes Rifles and products.

The Forbes Rifle’s revolutionary carbon fiber reinforced Kevlar stock reduces weight and recoil without compromising durability, and is offered in 15 different colors. Starting with 5 solid colors which include hunter green, forest green, buckskin brown, coyote brown, and charcoal gray, as well as 10 camouflage stocks; ranging from the full line of kryptek camoflauge patterns and  A-Tacs to wildfire and muddy girl.

The standard model 24B calibers include 30-06, 25-06, 280, 270, 6.5X55, and 35 Whelen, and all weigh around 5 ½ lbs, and the Model 20B  calibers include 308, 7mm08 and 243, and all weigh around 4¾ lbs. All calibers are offered in left or right handed action, and with a matte finish stainless or Mil Spec phosphate barrel.

If you’re looking for an extremely accurate, light weight, dependable hunting rifle, look no further than Forbes.

Like us on Facebook at Forbes Rifle LLC or visit us on the web at www.forbesriflellc.com or call Rick Campbell direct at (207) 899-3254.

Today’s Inflatable Boats Are As Tough As Alaska’s Varied Waters

By Mark Weissler

Fishing, hunting and transporting materials across rivers, ponds, lakes and ocean waters all bring Alaskans together with one essential need: a reliable boat. But what is the formula for the perfect match-up between man (or woman) and boat?

Boats built out of solid materials like aluminum and fiberglass impose a weight penalty, and the horsepower to move boats that weigh hundreds or even thousands of pounds can consume fuel at an astonishing rate. Storing, launching and maintaining these boats is also convenient and adds cost. Thus, the perfect Alaskan boat would be light, fuel efficient, highly reliable and easy to transport, launch and store.

An inflatable boat is tough, can carry heavy loads and will get you on the water for less initial investment, and cost less to power and fuel. An inflatable boat will be just as reliable as a conventional hull, and is much more convenient to store, transport, launch and maintain.

Today’s tough, inflatable or inflatable-and-rigid hull boats (RIBs) are made of layers of industrial-strength materials and polymers, both designed to be rugged and light. Most modern inflatable boats are designed with separate sealed chambers to ensure the boat stays afloat no matter what. They have the added benefit of being incredibly stable on the water. Instead of weight and deep hulls, they utilize flotation.

These light vessels require a fraction of the horsepower to go the distance on a tiny sip of gas. A small outboard between 9.9 and 90 hp is usually all that is necessary to power the inflatables.
Should a repair become necessary, it’s usually accomplished with the small patch repair kit included with each boat, not a welding torch. And these light, inflatable boats can be lifted onto larger vessels, towed behind in the wake, and car-topped with ease. They can be stored inflated or deflated in a shed or garage.

Choose your inflatable boat from a quality manufacturer with a solid reputation. You will be amazed at the selection, and astounded by the startup and operational cost savings awaiting you. Get more out of your Alaskan boating experience this season – go inflatable!

Author Mark Weissler is an avid Alaskan boater, fisherman and has marketed marine products in Alaska for over 30 years.