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GUNS Magazine January 2012 Digital Edition - Page 46
AcAdemy of excellence 20 years of high Standards! Winners ver 20 years ago, FMG decided to create an award program unlike anything our industry had ever seen before. Rather than having our editorial staff judge which new products were most innovative in each category, FMG reached out to the industry. We asked a broad cross-section of manufacturers, dealers, distributors, independent writers and other industry professionals to judge their peers on their own merits. It had nothing to do with how much advertising applicants had bought, or how much FMG staffers may have liked the products or people involved—it was, simply, all about just how good the top entry in a category actually was in the real world. Over the following 20 years, the Academy has garnered a reputation for honest objectivity, and a spotless record for plainly being the vehicle that people involved in the outdoor and shooting industry use to make their votes known. We’re proud to showcase the winners of the 2011 Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence awards, many of which you’ve either seen in our pages, or will appear down the road. O Roy Huntington Shotgun of the Year award A BeNelli USA SUper ViNci 12 gAUge ble to handle 3-1/2" Magnum loads, the Benelli Super Vinci 12 Gauge offers a range of features sure to please any hunter. The In-Line Inertia-Driven action, superior balance, light weight, reduced recoil and minimal muzzle climb puts the Super Vinci at the top of the “must-have” list for hunters everywhere. It can also chamber light 2-3/4" rounds up to those big 3-1/2" ones! Call it a “Supersized” Vinci! (See the full review by John Barsness in this issue.) ight, loaded with features and accurate out to 1,000 yards, Leupold’s RXL 1000i is filled with the kind of engineering touches hunters and shooters want. The True Ballistic Ranging (TBR) technology accounts for incline, range to target and even your own ballistics information. Coupled with three reticle choices, machined aluminum body, weatherproof construction and a host of other features, it’s obvious why Leupold won! leUpold rx-1000i tBr with dNA rANgefiNder hunting Product of the Year A 46 leUpold Vx-r 3-9x40mm rifleScope oPtic of the Year state of the art illumination system, exclusive “FireDot Reticle” and other features launched Leupold’s VX-R to the top of the category. Leupold’s “Motion Sensor Technology” activates the FireDot reticle whenever the rifle is moved, the 30mm scope body offers more range of adjustment and the Extended Focus Range eyepiece makes keeping the field of view sharp fast and easy. W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 2