CTD News Briefs (Sept. 22, 2012)

  • Retailers Prepare for Surge in Gun Demand if Obama is Re-Elected
  • Leupold Lowers Prices on RCX Trail Camera Systems and Kits
  • New Stealth Cam Professional HD Incorporates ZX7 Processor
  • Leica Sport Optics Production Video

Retailers Prepare for Surge in Gun Demand if Obama is Re-Elected.

The Wall Street Journal reports that outdoors retailers have two plans for the winter hunting and holiday seasons: one if President Barack Obama is re-elected, and one if he isn’t. WSJ asked companies in the guns-and-ammo business how they are preparing if Mr. Obama wins a second term. Answer: They expect a surge in sales — the same as they saw after he was elected in 2008 — from buyers fearful the president would back policies to make buying a gun more difficult. If Republican challenger Mitt Romney wins, though, the chain plans to stock more items such as waterproof boots and camouflage hunting gear. Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., and Olin Corp., the maker of Winchester bullets, are just two companies WSJcited as anticipating another bump in sales this winter if President Obama is re-elected.

The Kel-Tec Sub 2000 9mm folding carbine is just one example of a self-defense rifle that has seen surges in popularity due to political influences. Overall length is 30 inches, and its folded length is 16.1 inches. Weight unloaded is 4 pounds, and it accepts Glock 17-compatible magazines, including 33-rounders. Photo courtesy of TMMG.

Leupold Lowers Prices on RCX Trail Camera Systems and Kits.

The RCX-1 Camera will now have an MSRP of $199.99, with the RCX-1 Kit at $229.99. The RCX-2 Camera will be $229.99 MSRP, with the RCX-2 Kit at $249.99. The “hub” of the system is the USB controller/viewer, which plugs into either a RCX-1 (eight megapixels) or RCX-2 (10 megapixels) camera. The controller/viewer has a three-inch display screen, and can be used to download and view images from the camera on the spot, eliminating the need to remove photo/SD cards and check them at another location. With the controller/viewer, users can also get real-time alignment of the camera’s view and instant access to all program settings, without opening the camera or removing it from the mount.

New Stealth Cam Professional HD Incorporates ZX7 Processor

Stealth Cam’s new Professional HD Camera is an ultra-compact game camera that now features the ZX7 Processor, which produces even faster trigger speed and longer battery life. It has a 720P high definition digital video with running data stamp. The Professional HD’s ZX7 Processor also features new Quick Set technology, which provides pre-set program modes for ease of use. The Professional HD provides HD video at 30 FPS with audio clarity. The camera can also be programmed to capture still images with an 8.0, 3.0 or 1.3 megapixel densities. Capable of recording 5- to 300-second adjustable video clips, the Professional HD is equipped with 54 infrared emitters and can record in either color or black-and-white HD. MSRP: $270. To see Stealth Cam items we stock, click here.

Leica Sport Optics

[vimeo Leica Manufacturing (5:12)]   Leica Sport Optics products pass through many pairs of highly skilled hands on their way from Germany to the consumer. The accompanying film shows some of the steps optics go through to win the Leica stamp of “Made in Germany.” Sappy music, but cool looks at precision lensmaking machines.

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