Rifle of the Year and More in the May Gear Review from Bob Ward and Sons
By Matt Schauer

Posted: May 1, 2012


Frogg Togg’s Pilot™ Guide Jacket has been reviewed alongside $300 – $400 jackets in its category, and stacked up pretty well – especially for a jacket under $100. Made with the same waterproof materials as your breathable waders, this guide jacket has good length, plenty of room, and lots of external gear storage.


  • 100% waterproof with sealed seams
  • Adjustable, roll away storm hood
  • Zipper front with storm flap and rain gutter
  • Adjustable neoprene sleeve openings
  • Full cut swing back design makes this the perfect jacket for fishermen


The Fenix PD30 LED Flashlight is a high-tech, rugged LED flashlight perfect for any lighting application. It features 6 levels of output, allowing for the best compromise between brightness and runtime and the ability to aid in an emergency. In turbo mode, this amazing LED flashlight throws a remarkable 250+ Lumens beam, an incredible amount for a flashlight of any size.

If you’re looking for a flashlight with solid reliability, digitally regulated brightness, and compact size, the Fenix PD30 LED Flashlight is for you.


  • Types of Lighting Output: 6 • Lifespan = 50,000 hrs
  • Size: 4.7”(L) x .85”(D) • Weight: 1.9 ounces (excl. batteries)
  • Waterproof to IPX-8 Standard

Included accessories: holster, lanyard, body clip, 2 spare o-rings, rubber switch boot

Available for $64.95 at Bob Ward’s stores and online at bobwards.com


Smith & Wesson’s new M&P15-22 is a dedicated M&P15-format rifle designed and built as a true .22 LR semi-auto from the ground up, with all the standard operating features and accessory specifications of a modern-version centerfire M&P15 rifle. Built with high strength polymer upper and lower receivers. This creates a reduced weight rifle that retains the looks and operating features of the standard M&P rifle, but weighing a mere 5.5 lbs., it’s light enough to carry all-day on small game hunts.

At around $500.00, this rifle is a strong value for your dollar.


  • 6 Position Collapsible Stock
  • Functioning Charging Handle
  • Adjustable Rear and Front Sights
  • Two-Position Receiver Mounted Safety Selector
  • Cartridge Case Deflector
  • Bolt Catch
  • Recessed Magazine Release Button
  • High Strength Polymer Magazine
  • Light Weight, High Strength Polymer Quad Rail Handguard
  • Match Grade Precision Barrel



See these and other fine products at one of the 5 Montana Bob Ward & Son’s store locations including Bozeman, Butte, Hamilton, Helena and Missoula or shop online at www.bobwards.com (firearms not available online).

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