Jason Reid reviews five of the best gun rest or shooting rests you should own and why you may need more than one.
New York –-(Ammoland.com)- Do you like when you pull the trigger, and your target goes down?
Do you want to know with certainty, when game enters your scope, you can hold up your end of the clean and ethical oath we all hold ourselves up to?
Having a good gun rest does the job of holding your gun rock solid, eliminating user error, while you make final adjustment to sights and optics, these are my go-to models.
Check out these Five Gun rest for the range and the field:
Proudly made in the USA, the P3 Ultimate Gun Rest from CTK Precision from CTK Precision provides quality machining on the heavy-duty steel construction which sports a slick E-coat finish inside and out for durability. The T shaped shooting system is 25” in length, 18” wide and weighs 7.75 lbs and provides serious value to any shooter regardless of firearm choice through the adjustable rear rest pad. The P3 Ultimate Shooting Rest has a with a vertically adjusting Y rest with Marine carpeting for secure and safe, and the rear-rest pad is adjustable both horizontally and vertically for both pistols and rifles alike. One of the bonus add-ons for this system is the Gun Vise Attachment. This dense foam lined clamp locks in any gun for an accurate shot.
P3 Ultimate Shooting Rest comes loaded with features, tested extremely well and is worth a closer look.
One of the go-to names for shooting accessories, Caldwell’s Lead Sled has carved a permanent place in the minds of many shooters and hunters.
Famous for reducing up to 90% of recoil from high powered guns, the “2005 American Rifleman Magazine Accessory of the Year” allows for four 25 lb. bags in its tray. Three large rubber feet help protect the surface it rests on and keep it in place upon shooting, and the all steel tubular design makes the system weigh in at just over 16lbs.
The filled Medium Deluxe Universal front bag is adjusted vertically with a simple crank, topping off the system many shooters prefer due to the simplicity.
Never satisfied with their products Caldwell has continued improving the Classic Lead Sled as shown in the following video.
BULLS BAG – X-7 Bag System, Tree Camo, Modular Style
Do you like the old sandbags for sighting in? They are the classic instruments for ripping off powerful rounds, and BULLS BAG has built a seven bag system based on this traditional method.
Long story short, you have seven bags, one vise grip bag, two rectangular bags, two owl/rabbit ear bags and two zippered sleeve hi-rest bags. The benefit of having different bags is the ability to create different shooting configurations for different situations.
However, these bags are not sand but are filled with cat litter, walnut, and corncob pieces to absorb shock. I can attest to cat litter is a great shock absorber and would like to see how walnut and corncob work.
This system provides further value through a stiff moisture-wicking polyester system, a needed aspect to any piece of outdoor gear.
For a stand-alone gun rest, the Remington Shot Saver Bench Rest is a simple design for quick trips to the range. The entire rest is built from cast iron and weighs 3.2lbs which aid in transportation, but also keeps the rest in place when shooting sighting in high powered rifles. Elevation is adjusted up to 8” by the large, rubberized T-handle grip, and the three adjustable feet also work to help you find the right adjustment for level shooting at the range.
“Shot Saver Bench Rest for rifle or pistol shooters. Take aim: Adjusts up to 8″ high; Screw type pointed anchor pins (removable); Filled shooter S Rest included. Order Yours Today! Shot Saver Bench Rest.”
The cradle provides basic firearm stabilization, nothing too fancy. Overall, other than some mixed reviews on social media, this product is simple and gets the job done at the range.
So you have sighted in your guns, time to hit the field. The Primos Family of trigger sticks have quickly risen in the ranks to be some of the best in-field hunting rests with many celebrity hunter endorsements.
From a simplicity standpoint, it is hard to beat the quick adjustment one can make, especially in adverse terrain. The Trigger Stick Family has evolved from the Monopod, Bi-Pod and Tri-pod versions, to include various lengths and heights. While the lengths may vary, there are basics which come standard. The telescoping legs make no noise while adjusted by the trigger release, and the V yoke rotates 360 degrees and detaches for camera attachment.
Now some of the new changes to the Trigger stick family have come with the use of 7075 aluminum. This light aluminum makes for an even lighter carry in the field. If you like hunting crazy terrain, you know the value in cutting weight in every which way. I recommend the Primos Gen 2 Bipod Trigger Stick.
A good quality gun rest will pay big dividends. Breath deep. Squeeze slow. Burn powder. Notch your tag.
About Jason Reid:
Jason Reid is a writer and business professional from upstate New York. After deciding to pursue his dream of becoming an outdoor writer, Jason started a blog from his dorm room at Houghton College, growing it and working hard to earn opportunities. While bowhunting big game is his ultimate passion, Jason welcomes all outdoor challenges which force him to push his limits. More of Jason’s work can be viewed on his website Pushingthewildlimits.com
AmmoLand Editor Comments: This article was updated to reflect changes in product improvements / availability on 11/15/2017.