Sep
5

Benchmaster Black Rifle Rest

The Big Brown Truck showed up last week with a new rifle rest from Benchmaster.

Benchmaster products are made in the USA, and that was my number one requirement for a new rest. Other requirements were versatility and stability, but also portability – I didn’t want something huge and heavy, like most pro-grade bench rests. And lastly, price was a bit of a factor – I had a $200 limit for a rest, and this came in nicely at 129.95 from Amazon.

This particular model is the Black Rifle Rest, dubbed so because it supports the rifle in a higher position than common rifle rests. This allows for the extra height required to support the magazines and pistol grips of AR-platform rifles.

Benchmaster Black Rifle Rest

Benchmaster Black Rifle Rest

Of course, it also works just fine with traditional rifles.

Benchmaster Black Rifle Rest with Savage MKII

Benchmaster Black Rifle Rest with Savage MKII

This rest is put together nicely. It is quite strong and sturdy, with three stout, adjustable feet on which it rests. There is plenty of elevation adjustment for the casual shooter in the form of a 3-position coarse and fine-tuning adjustment knob.

Coarse and Fine elevation adjustments

Coarse and Fine elevation adjustments

There is a handy bubble level built into the front rest. The included filled front bag is nice and wide, and will suit a wide variety of forearms.

Level built-in to front rest

Level built-in to front rest

The rifle buttstock is securely seated in the leather pouch at the rear of the rest. Not only does this help hold the rifle nice and steady, it also absorbs a fair amount of the rifle’s recoil.

Rear support

Rear support

The Benchmaster Black Rifle Rest has been working great so far for my applications. It fits in my XL range bag and it holds the rifles plenty steady. If I shoot some magnum calibers off of this rest, I’ll put a couple sandbags on top of the frame, but it works great as-is for .22 – .270.

At this price point, this is a tough rest to beat.

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