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As it is such a trusted name in the rangefinder industry it is always a pleasure to check out products from Bushnell. These guys have been in the business long enough to know what is required from a good rangefinder and the G-Force DX ARC ticks all the right checkboxes. If you want a good rangefinder from a well-established brand that packs all the features you will need out in the field then the G-Force is probably what you are looking for. It is not the cheapest laser rangefinder on the market though, so read on to find out whether it is worth spending your hard earned cash on this product.
I have yet to be disappointed by the design of a Bushnell laser rangefinder and the G-Force DX is no exception. Anyone upgrading from the Scout DX 1000 will find that the housing looks virtually the same, but in this case it is made from metal instead of plastic. This added durability really comes in handy if you like to rough it out in the wild and also means that the G-Force DX has superior longevity. Protecting the housing is rubber armor which not only looks pretty sleek, but makes for a comfortable grip as well. With the G-Force DX you don’t have to worry about the elements either as it is fully waterproof. Thanks to the rubber armor the rangefinder doesn’t become slippery when it is wet either and you can keep a comfortable grip on it at all times. The G-Force DX held up well during my hands on time with it and there is plenty of glowing feedback from people who use this rangefinder in pouring rain or freezing cold conditions without any problems.
The G-Force DX weighs in at well below 8 oz making it a lightweight product. It requires a 3-volt lithium battery, which is secured by a posi-thread battery door, to operate. As it has a pocket sized design the G-Force DX can be carried around with ease. Like the Scout DX this rangefinder features a threaded tripod mount which is a must for anyone demanding superior stability.
As the G-Force DX has a straightforward design it is very easy to operate. It is activated with a touch of a button and pressing the button again ranges the distance to whatever you are aiming at. It also has a “Mode” button on the side of the rangefinder for selecting your targeting mode. Depending on how you hold the rangefinder it is easy to accidently hit this button though.
With an effective range of 5-1300 yards the G-Force DX is a rangefinder that means business. It has super sharp 6X optics which is further enhanced with Vivid Display Technology. The VDT provides improved clarity, contrast and light transmission which is very useful out in the field. With some rangefinders it can be tricky to read the digital readout in low light conditions, but the G-Force DX enables you to choose between four different intensity settings. One drawback is that the display is red which works well most of the time, but it would have been great to select the standard black display as well. The red display can be blinding or hard to see under certain conditions, but this is easily remedied by adjusting the intensity.
To prevent fogging the outer surface of the object and eyepiece lenses feature a water repellent coating called RainGuard HD. This is a patented coating used by Bushnell and it works very well for ensure that the lens remains bright and clear. The G-Force DX is powered by 2nd Generation E.S.P technology which means it is very fast and highly accurate. It has an accuracy of ½ yard as well as 1/10 yard display precision.
The G-Force DX is a rangefinder that is suitable for both bow and rifle hunters as it has a variety of modes to choose from to make your life easier.
To cope with uphill and downhill angles the G-Force DX is equipped with an integrated inclinometer which provides you with all the info you need for accurate shooting. In “Bow Mode” you can view the degree of elevation, line of sight distance and true horizontal distance between 10 and 99 yards. In “Rifle Mode” the bullet drop is calculated and displayed in either centimeters, inches or MOA. Of course the G-Force DX can also be used in “Regular Mode” where only line of sight distance is displayed. Finally, the G-Force DX can toggle between selective targeting modes such as standard with automatic SCAN, BullsEye and Brush depending on what you require.
Pros & Cons
The G-Force DX ARC offers a complete package that will appeal to bow and rifle hunters of any skill level. It is a bigger investment than the Scout DX 1000, but the increased range and Vivid Display Technology makes a big difference. Take a look at the list of pros and cons below to see why I highly recommend this rangefinder.
Bushnell G-Force DX ARC 6x 21mm Laser Rangefinder Pros
- Compact and durable metal housing
- Rubber armor design
- Comfortable grip
- Fully waterproof design
- Features a threaded tripod mount molded into the body of the rangefinder
- Very lightweight
- Easy to operate
- Effective range of 5-1300 yards
- Sharp 6X optics
- Features Vivid Display Technology (VDT)
- Features RainGuard HD lens coating to prevent fogging
- Powered by 2nd Generation E.S.P processor
- Features Angle Range Compensation
- Features rifle and bow modes with angle range compensation
- Features a brush mode for better accuracy in ranging background targets
- Features a BullsEye mode for ranging small targets without measuring background objects
Bushnell G-Force DX ARC 6x 21mm Laser Rangefinder Cons
- Too easy to accidently hit the “Mode” button on the side of the rangefinder
- Display is red only
- Requires a CRT 2 battery to operate
If you are looking for a rangefinder that will hold up well in any condition and packs all the features you need out in the field then the G-Force DX ARC is worth the extra money. It is one of the fastest, most reliable and durable rangefinders that I have personally used and should provide any hunter with years of reliable service. Of course, if you don’t need the extra range or Vivid Display Technology you can always settle for the slightly cheaper Scout DX 1000 ARC from the same manufacturer. When it comes to value for money though the G-Force DX is a great choice and one that you won’t regret.