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Hunting for Shooting Accessories

March 2011
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Filson Dry-Finish Tin Cloth Shooting Jacket I’m no fan of Filson’s waxed Tin Cloth apparel, which I find too stiff and heavy, but I give the company’s dry-finish Tin Cloth clothing an enthusiastic two thumbs up. The new Dry Finish Tin Cloth Shooting Jacket in 100-percent cotton has the soft feel of stonewashed denim. Everything else is right about this jacket too, from the action-back design with adjustable snap tabs to the inner storm cuffs of knitted fabric that also help the shooter swing through without effort. To explain: Fabric on the back is gusseted to present a yoke-like look and to “give” when the shooter follows through. The gusset runs full-length on both sides except for the final six inches, where it splits to create a “tail.” Just above this tail are the snap tabs to tighten or loosen the fabric for that just-right feel. To my mind, this jacket is cut so full (it covers pants pockets) that it might more accurately be called a coat. The split-tail design, incidentally, adds comfort when sitting. And the storm cuffs prevent sleeves from riding up during the gun mount and shooting. A lot of thought went into the design. Shooting patches left and right have interior pockets to receive Limbsaver recoil pads. Deep cargo pockets sport drain holes and are double gusseted. Because the pockets are split, this feature helps separate the two compartments. Keep gloves or empties on one side and live shells on the other. A generous protective flap cleverly snaps to the inside or outside to provide quick access to contents or to prevent their loss. The chocolate-colored moleskin collar is an eye-catching contrast to the dark-tan jacket. On cold days turn up the collar and snap it closed. Adjustable cuffs and a hidden front zipper are other nice touches. So are the handwarmer pockets behind the cargo pockets. I was going to carp about the lack of an inside security pocket over the left breast but, voila!, it’s there—a bit lower, next to the cargo pocket. Overall, this unlined jacket is a range winner. Price: $245. Sizes: Small through XXL. C.C. Filson Co., 800-624-0201; www.filson.com.

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