Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose a Shooting Rest
If you are thinking about purchase of a shooting rest, it is worth paying attention to several aspects for the ideal choice of model. Perhaps the most important detail is that modern models are more convenient to use than models of past years.
What types of shooting rests are produced?
There are many models of shooting rest that can satisfy even the most picky buyer, but first of all it is worth paying attention to the most popular variations:
Traditional Shooting Rest
There are two basic models of gun rests. The first one is only for holding the firearm. This type includes sticks, tables, pods for shooting and so on. As you have already understood, they stabilize the weapons. That’s it, they are not designed for weapons with large caliber, rifles and shotguns. Specially for them invented the Lead Sleds.
So you might be asking “Why do I need traditional shooting rest at all?” Because they provide a good level of stabilization on any terrain and they are lightweight (you can find many models less than 5 pounds). And of course they have sighting-in and boresighting functions. This is an excellent choice for hunters who prefer an average caliber.
Shooting Rest Lead Sled
This gun rest is the ideal choice when you need to cut the massive reduction. Caldwell patent allows the hunter make a turn of shots without harm to the hands and shoulders. Robust construction and innovative technology of Lead Sled “absorb” the energy that is generated when shot, which allows you to reduce the return by almost 95 percent. Also you can increase the weight of the Lead Track, so it can be used with almost any caliber. This model is really universal: it is used for gun testing at famous factories and for improving groupings. It is also recommended for zeroing, ammo/gun test, patterning and so on.
Shooting Rest from Benchrest
It is also called Front Rest, this model belongs to the first category, the traditional ones. Though it has own particular qualities, this rest are produced for competitions, so they have increased mobility, which is not inherent for traditional models. Shooting Rest from Benchrest will interest you if you are an amateur or a professional who prefers mobility. Such characteristics you will not find in any shooting bag. At first glance you can be frightened by the high price, but don’t worry, because you can find many good and affordable models.
Types Of Weight To Use With
Depending on the caliber and type of weapon, you will need extra weight such as dumbbells, barbell weights, lead shot weight bags, sandbags and so on. The best option is lead shot weight bags, since they evenly distribute the return from the shot, which leads to a better result.
Assembly of lead sled seems complicated, but it is not so. It will take you only about 10 minutes and is explained in detail in the reviews for each model that you can find in the general table.
Now you know the types, features and best options of gun rests, so you can easily choose a model that will satisfy your requirements and save the budget. Shooting rests are divided according to their use: for hunting, daily training, fun, target practice etc. If you look through all the possible options, you will definitely find an excellent model that is ideal for shooting.