The editorial team here at Petersen’s Hunting is full of gear junkies. If it can kill it, grill it, get you there, or keep you alive, we want to know about it. And we want to test it.
For the past five years, we’ve turned our gear love into the Editor’s Choice Awards. Best-in-class products that embody the ideal combination of quality, craftsmanship, ingenuity, and value are given these awards. Hundreds of products are thoroughly tested by staff writers and editors in real-world conditions. Where scientific measures can be used for quantifiable results, they are. Where they can’t, years of hunting experience and practical field knowledge become the yardstick.
The Annual Gear Issue lists the best of the best products for over 20 categories spanning from centerfire rifles to arrows to headlamps. To be included is a testament to a product’s quality, but there can only be one Editor’s Choice winner per category, so let the games begin.
- <h2>Centerfire Rifles: Blaser R8 Classic Sporter</h2>This is quite simply one of the finest examples of a firearm I’ve ever laid my eyes (and hands) on. High praise, for sure, but the <a href="http://www.blaser-usa.com/index.php?id=1460&L=1" target="_blank">Classic Sporter</a> is most definitely worthy of a bit of hyperbole. The smooth straight-pull action combined with the high-grade walnut and the Rigby-style cheek piece make this rifle the epitome of functionality and aesthetics. <p></p> The only downside to the R8 Classic Sporter is that you’ll be spending a lot of time and money with this gun. Time in the field and at the range and money on the initial purchase and the wealth of upgrades offered by Blaser. <p></p> <strong>Price: $</strong>4,495
To see all of the other 202 torture tested products, head to the newsstand and pick up a copy of the Petersen’s Hunting Gear Annual.