My Top Favorite Buys from 2013


I wish you all a very happy New Year filled with joy, good health, and success. 2013 was an amazing and busy year for me.  I worked, traveled and hunted a lot.  Although I didn’t have a successful hunting year, I am so grateful for the opportunities I received and the memories I made from each trip.  One of my resolutions for the New Year is to continue to push my boundaries, improve, and keep my positive cheerful attitude.  I’m a strong believer that hard work does pay off, but I will admit there are times I get frustrated from the miles and mountains I’ve hiked public land hunting (not to mention all the gas dollars), but I have to remind myself…  stay focused and be thankful for the journey.  Find happiness even in the simple things in life.  After all, at least I’m burning calories!  🙂

I purchased several new items in 2013 for shooting, archery, and hunting.  Below are my personal top picks that I wanted to share with you.

The Remington Versa Max Sportsman shotgun, built on the same platform as the Remington Versa Max, is extremely comfortable, shoots very smooth, and costs $200-300 less (all you give up is the extra choke set and some rubber over-molding on the stock).  In the past I’ve shot shotguns which left my shoulder sore.  With this gun, I have yet to feel any pain.  The Supercell recoil pad is a shoulder saver making shooting clays even more enjoyable.

Remington Versa Max Sportsman

The Ruger 10/22 Takedown is fun and inexpensive.  It breaks down into one small pack, it’s lightweight, and it comes in multi-cam.  If you have kids, this is a great rifle to have them hunt small game.

Ruger 10/22 Take Down

I installed Trijicon HD Night Sights on my Sig Sauer P226 which is my main home defense handgun.  The Tritium-phosphor lamp lights up brightly in low-light or no-light environments for fast and accurate target acquisition.

Trijicon HD Night Sights

During Shot Show, I picked up some Manta Rail Guards and I love the way the grip feels.  It’s very similar to silicone material and it can endure high temperatures.  It comes in black, fde, and od green.

Manta AR-15 Rail Guard

Depending on the season, hunting in the California mountains can range from 15-110 degrees.  From hiking in the snow trying to climb steep mountains looking like I was on the NordicTrack, to blistering heat boiling water in my pack, if there is one thing I have learned is dressing properly.  I don’t mind the heat too much because I can wear light layers, but the cold is one thing I cannot stand if I am not moving around.  Hunting still in a tree stand or blind early in the morning I am miserable.  I hate the cold.  For females our core body temperature is approximately 10 degrees or so colder than a male.  I have purchased a lot of different hunting clothes, and one thing I will never go without hunting in the stand/blind is a PrimaLoft jacket.  I purchased a Russell Outdoors APXG2 L4 Primaloft Lightning Jacket for $40 because the brand was discontinued.  I had no idea I ran into such a gem of an item.  Although for me it is a little on the heavier side as far as weight is concerned for hiking, it has kept my upper body snug and warm while waiting in the stand/blind for deer to pass by.


I’d love to hear what products our readers enjoyed.  Please feel free to share and happy shooting!


  1. Thanks for sharing your product list! I just bought a Remington Versa Max Sportsman a few weeks ago and I am definitely enjoying it! It’s a great addition to my hunting collection. Additionally, I decided to purchase a few extra gun safes to keep my guns protected especially since many of them are rather expensive.

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