By: Steve Wall

Quality, value and durability are aspects that I look at when making a decision on new hunting product purchases.  Having a young family, I need to be smart about my purchases.  A quite a few years ago I picked up a pair of Vortex Diamondback 10×42 Binoculars.  These binoculars met my standards in quality, value and durability.  I have put these binoculars through years of use hunting deer, turkeys, bear and elk.

This past fall, while scanning the woods with my binoculars, something didn’t seem quite right.  I was not able to see anything through the right eyepiece.  After looking them over, I noticed that there was a loose piece inside.  Now, I was fully aware of the Vortex VIP Warranty, but never I never had to use it and didn’t know anyone personally who had.  I really wasn’t sure what to expect.  I went online and printed out the service form.  After filling out the form, I packed up the binoculars and sent them off to Vortex.  Within a few days I received an email stating that they had received my binoculars and gave an estimated turnaround time.


I was very surprised when within 2 weeks I received another email letting me know that I had a package coming from Vortex.  I was surprised because I sent my binoculars in around the holidays and know that many people take vacation around this time which can increase turnaround time.  I received the package the next day and couldn’t wait to see my repaired binoculars.  A note was listed on the packing list that they were unable to repair my binoculars.  Since the binoculars were not repairable I received brand new Diamondback 10×42 binoculars!  I was blown away with the outstanding customer service!  I can definitely say that Vortex stood by their VIP (Very Important Promise) Warranty!


Even before I had this great experience, I purchased a 3x9x40 Diamondback Riflescope from Vortex for my deer rifle.  I am not sure that I will ever purchase any other brand of optics than Vortex!  The great quality, value and durability of their products along with the VIP Warranty is tough to beat!  I know that someday I will be able to pass these great optics down to my son!

If you are in the market for new optics, I highly suggest that you check out www.vortexoptics.com




SRB Field Rests

By Steve Wall

How did you start the company?

SRB Field Rests started in a muddy goose field in 2008. I needed a dry clean place to lay my gun besides on my old carpet and pillow. I finally found some forked branches and used them. While waiting for the geese I got to looking at the branches and thought maybe this would be a handy idea for a rest. When I got back that night I started drawing and came up with an idea for the rests. After searching for a molder to make some prototypes for 2 to 3 months I found one that would work for me. We got the molds and poured several heads then I found some PVC rods for the posts and glued them together to make the rests. These were very blocky and a little heavy. After a few shows and a trip to SHOT SHOW with a good friend, I decided there was enough interest to go to injection molding.  After about $30,000, I had a mold and some product to show. Then Packaging! I got a company that makes cardboard packaging to make a flat cardboard and had a design printed on it and had to tie the rests and sockets on that with twist ties. People kept telling me to get clamshell packaging so I went on the hunt again and had clamshells and the inserts made. That is where we are now, still working on getting them into the retail stores and to the people. We have built a great team of Pro Staff that have helped promote the rests but it is a brand new concept and people still do not realize what they can do for the average hunter. Keep yours weapons safe, clean and ready while hunting the fields, popup blinds, layout blinds, marshes, tree stands or even in the boat. I also received a patent on the rests in May of 2010.

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