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It’s Time to Upgrade Your Hunting Gear

Gone are the days of old-school hunting gear. With everything that’s on the market these days, it should be a no-brainer on leveling up your hunting gear for the 2022 season. Don’t get us wrong, we encourage everyone to get outside and get educated on conservation and hunting, but we guarantee the products below are going to make your hunting expedition 1000% more efficient and enjoyable. Let’s dig in!

Below we are going to be comparing old hunting technology to new and how new technology can improve your experience in the field. If you’re still on the fence and want to learn more make sure to check out our friends at ATN Corp for the full berth of what’s available, we promise, you won’t be disappointed!

Traditional Glass Scopes vs ATN X-Sight 4K Pro

Let’s talk about the pros and cons of a traditional glass rifle scope. First, the quality of the glass inside a rifle scope is a huge consideration. Ultimately, this factor determines the quality of the image that you are seeing on the other end. Another aspect that no one thinks about is the puzzle of little pieces and parts inside that black tube. The truth of the matter is that those tiny screws, springs, and funny-looking components are what determine if your rifle scope will perform for a lifetime or give out on you at the worst possible time. Time for the details, let get deeper into the differences between an old school versus new school technology.

Standard Scope

Specs on a Standard Traditional Rifle Scope (Specific Model)

  • Magnification: 5-25x (Others come in a large variety of sizes)
  • Micro Display: No Display
  • Eye relief: 90 mm
  • Video Record Resolution: No Video Record Capabilities
  • Ballistic Calculator: No
  • WiFi (Streaming, Gallery, & Controls): None
  • Bluetooth: No
  • Smart Range Finder: No
  • RAV (Recoil Activated Video): No
  • Electronic Compass: No
  • Smooth Zoom: Yes
  • Night Vision Mode: No
  • Micro SD card: None
  • Micro USB, type C: No
  • Mount: Not included
  • Battery life (Li-ion): No Battery
  • Waterproof rating: Water/Fog/Shock Resistant
  • Operating Temperature: Doesn’t Say
  • Swap between rifles based on caliber: Not with ease

Price for a traditional scope: $699

Specs on the ATN X-SIGHT 4K PRO

  • Magnification: 3-14x or 5-20x
  • Micro Display: 1280×720 HD Display
  • Eye relief: 90 mm
  • Video Record Resolution: 1080p @ 30/60/120** fps
  • Ballistic Calculator: Yes
  • WiFi: (Streaming, Gallery, & Controls) iOS & Android
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Smart Range Finder: Yes
  • RAV (Recoil Activated Video): Yes
  • Electronic Compass: Yes
  • Smooth Zoom: Yes
  • Night Vision Mode: Yes
  • Micro SD card: 4 to 64 Gb
  • Micro USB, type C: Yes
  • Mount: 30 mm Standard Rings (included)
  • Battery life (Li-ion): 18+hrs
  • Waterproof rating: Weather resistant
  • Operating Temperature: -20°F to +120°F / -28°C to 48°C
  • Swap between rifles based on caliber: Yes, using the Profile Manager

Price for the ATN X-SIGHT 4K PRO: $699 = More bang for your buck!

Old School Binoculars vs ATN Binox 4K

The difference between a $200 pair of binoculars and an $800 pair comes down to a few things: quality of product, the intent of use, and the technology. For example, when hunting bears, deer, or elk, you are going to have to be able to spot them in low light conditions. Inexpensive binoculars will work fine in daylight, but when the light gets lower, you will need a better pair that will still allow you to see clearly and an even better pair if you want to see at night.

Standard Binoculars

Specs for Standard Binoculars

  • Magnification: 10
  • Display Resolution: No display
  • Video Record Resolution: No recording capability
  • WiFi (Streaming, Gallery, & Controls): No
  • Bluetooth: No
  • Smart Range Finder: No
  • Electronic Compass: No
  • Electronic Barometer: No
  • Smooth Zoom: Yes
  • Night Vision Mode: No
  • Micro SD card: None
  • Charging – Micro USB, type C: No
  • Battery life (Li-ion): NA
  • Weather rating: Fog & Water Proof
  • Operating Temperature: Doesn’t Say
  • Laser Range Finder: NA

Price for Standard Binoculars Above: $999

Specs for ATN Binox 4K

  • Magnification: 4-16x
  • Display Resolution: 1280x720x2
  • Video Record Resolution: 1080p @ 30/60/120**
  • WiFi: (Streaming, Gallery, & Controls) iOS & Android
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Smart Range Finder: Yes
  • Electronic Compass: Yes
  • Electronic Barometer: Yes
  • Smooth Zoom: Yes
  • Night Vision Mode: Yes
  • Micro SD card: 4 to 64 Gb
  • Charging – Micro USB, type C: Yes
  • Battery life (Li-ion): 15+hrs
  • Waterproof rating: Weather resistant
  • Operating Temperature: -20°F to +120°F / -28°C to 48°C
  •  Laser Range Finder: 5-1000 y/m

Price for ATN Binox 4K: $899 normally, now on sale for $810

If you’re looking for value and getting the most out of your dollar, we highly recommend you shop with ATN. In addition to the specs that we covered above, most ATN products come with technology called ATN Radar. This radar allows game to be tagged with an ATN capable laser device and then the target’s location will automatically be displayed on a map overlay in your phone and ATN connected device. Any individuals using ATN Smart devices will see a mini radar in their field of view providing the relative direction and range to the tagged target, which makes the pack out a whole lot easier. We understand that no gear is going to be a substitute for hard work and dedication and there is nothing you can buy that will instantly make you a better hunter, but the technology that is available to you can make your hunts a little more enjoyable. You should still put in the hours scouting, dialing in your gear, and practicing at the range to truly improve your skills. Whatever hunting gear you are using this season, take smart shots, be still, be quiet, play the wind, and spend as much time in the outdoors as possible. Good luck!

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