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Y’all asked for it! January’s “Hunting Guns Blog” is hereby devoted to coyote rigs, Let’s go!
DPMS Prairie Panther Kings Snow Shadow
I don’t have more than a smidgen of snow here in Wisconsin (and strictly because I’ve type those words, we’ll probably be inundated with a blizzard any minute now), but a bunch of you have plenty of white stuff on the ground. Since everything stands out on a white background, it’s essential that you blend in as much as possible. That includes your gun, which makes the Prairie Panther Kings Snow Shadow from DPMS an awesome pick for snowbound ’yotes.
To be sure, there are about a bazillion AR-15 variants out there to choose from, and this is just one, but DPMS has a solid reputation for reliable firearms. This particular model comes with a 20-inch heavy contour barrel that gets a target crown, flattop receiver (essential for optics use), two-stage trigger, and a Magpul Winter trigger guard, which allows ample room for a gloved hand. Other pluses include a ceramic overcoat on the Snow Shadow pattern (good for durability), skeletonized stock, and a carbon fiber free-floating handguard tube. These last two features help reduce weight, keeping this Panther at a walk-the-countryside 7.1 pounds (sans scope). In the original .223, buyers can order with two bolt-carrier options, one in chrome, the other in titanium.
MSRP: Current listing on the DPMS website is $1,249, really quite reasonable for today’s out-of-the-box AR-types.
Love to hunt howlers with an AR-15-type rifle? Got one with a Picatinny rail on its underside? Then you need Harris’ RBA—Rotating Bipod Adaptor, also known by the company as the Rota-Pod. Finally, you can use one of Harris’ wonderful ’pods and be able to move when your quarry does. Simply latch on the adaptor to your rifle’s underbelly Picatinny rail via the adaptor’s quick-detach button (no screws!), slap on any Harris bipod, and then, from sitting, prone, or whatever position you’re in, you can set up in the general direction you want to aim, while still having the flexibility to swing on a coyote sneaking in from a weird angle without picking up and moving your entire rifle setup, a big movement that could give your position away.
The Author Recommends: The things you can do with an AR-15-type rifle are nearly limitless these days. In that spirit I heartily recommend Gunsmithing the AR-15 by expert Patrick Sweeney. Repairs, maintenance tips, and plenty of ideas for accessorizing are all over this must-have reference book.
About the Author: Jennifer L.S. Pearsall joined Gun Digest in summer 2011 as a books editor. She began her career selling guns in a retail gun shop and handgun range in Northern Virginia in the early 1990s. Recruited by the NRA to join its editorial staff in 1999, she then went on to succeed as a freelance writer and photographer. She's been a competitive shooter in many disciplines, including sporting clays, IPSC, and metallic blackpowder cartridge silhouette, and she has been an avid hunter for many years.
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