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I am always looking for the improved mouse trap. In my business I have to stay on top of the latest and greatest of the long range shooting world. A while back I caught wind of development of the Gunwerks G7 laser rangefinder (LRF) and of its capabilities. Given these rumored capabilities I thought a call to Aaron and Mike Davidson at Gunwerks would be in order. After a lengthy conversation with the owners (great guys to talk to) I had a Gunwerks G7 laser rangefinder on the way to my shop to test and evaluate.
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Old 01-15-2012, 04:14 PM
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Re: Gunwerks G7 BR2 Rangefinder Review

Good article Shawn, very good anologies. But I will admit I was surprised that you didn't set up to do some testing where the larger beam of the G7 could get you in trouble. Although these instance are not often, they do arise like when ranging just past an obsticle to the actual target. I really like the idea of the G7 but with some issues I have had in my past I siply could no longer rely on a RF with a beam even larger than the Swaro again.

Thanks for the good read and report.

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Re: Gunwerks G7 BR2 Rangefinder Review

That sounds like a pretty good review. I am sure alot of people will be satisfied with that unit.
Seems that Broz and I were typing at the same time and we both have the same concerns.

Now for my question: How well does it perform on flat ground?

The beam divergence seems to be a question that needs to be addressed IMO. Just from watching all of the DE/Shawns' dvds, It seems that he hunts and shoots in pretty steep country with good solid backdrops directly behind his targets most of the time.? It's fairly easy to get a rangefinder to read accurately when the landscape is only a couple of yards behind the target.

But how about out here in the flat land, where you can see 3 miles and there may only be 100' of elevation change over that entire stretch (some places there is virtually no elevation change over a 3 mile stretch of land). Out here where I live and hunt, the landscape (or a piece of brush, or small cutbank) can easily be 50 yds beyond the target and easily within the beams pattern. IME the rangefinders tend to bounce back off these reflective things better than the antelope or coyote or prarie dog that we're actually trying to get the range of.

Someone stated that the algorithems (maybe not spelled right) used in the G7 kinda eliminate the problems associated with large beam divergence, but frankly that is talking over my head. I'd like to see it in action.

Shawn, did you get to test the unit on flat ground? I would be more than willing to test this unit out on the praries and write a "flat land review" if Gunwerks would be willing to send me one. Hell, if it performs like Shawn experienced out on the praries too, I'd even buy the unit. I am sure this would be interesting to the readers of LRH.
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Re: Gunwerks G7 BR2 Rangefinder Review

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Re: Gunwerks G7 BR2 Rangefinder Review

Shawn, Thanks for the unbiased review.I talked to both you and Len before I decided to purchase a G7 rangefinder. At the time I was torn between the PLRF10 and the G7. After weighing all the issues, I went with the G7 and have been plenty satisfied.People try to pick apart many new or innovative products without having any first hand knowledge of them. I used the G7 for over 80 days of whitetail hunting here in Georgia and it did everything I needed. The ballistic program "only" works out to 1400 yds, but in reality, how many people shoot at game that far? I might need to rephrase that and ask "how many people can make a killing shot that far?" As far as beam divergence,if the "far" and "near" functions on the G7 are understood,I think the problem will be eliminated. I ranged a whitetail buck across flat ground 864yds at 1pm in bright sunlight.One afternoon about sundown I ranged an oak tree ten times.Results were 2537 nine times and 2536 one time. I am not assossiated with Gunwerks or the Davidsons in any way, but the G7BR2 rangefinder is a good product. Gary Campbell
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Re: Gunwerks G7 BR2 Rangefinder Review

Thats interesting Gary, I thought I had read pretty extensivly about the G7 and I don't remember hearing about this "near" "far" function. Or did I miss that? Anyway I was not aware of it when I used the unit either. Which I will admit was a short test. So what does this function actually do? Does it somehow controll the beam size. Or does it just remove or eliminate the unit from ranging close items out to a certain distance. This could make a difference in my opinion for sure depending on what it actually does.

Did you kill that buck at 864 yards and was the shooting correction the unit gave on?

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Re: Gunwerks G7 BR2 Rangefinder Review

interesting article.
my main interest in the lazers is finding one that actually works every day out to the advertised distance.
as for mountainous terrain being easier i can assure bruce thats not the case.
my swarovski will range a mile one day and not even 1000 the next with a mountain backdrop. and yes its been back to the factory.
the honest guys i know with other make units claim the same problems.
i dont understand all the beam width talk and frankly dont even care to.
some guys say class 1 is class 1 and those are the realities of it.
i dont care much about weather information. i just want a unit that will work every day i can see the target.
thank god i still own a barr&stroud and a wild i can rely on.
i have recently been reading good things about the vectronix.
ive been asking broz questions about them also.
it appears they could be my answer.
but im now hearing talk about them being registered with big brother.
is that true? and if so is this one registered also?
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