Posts Tagged ‘bench rest’

Oct
4

American Bison Bag Rest

I recently had the opportunity to try out a new rifle rest bag for a few weeks from American Bison.

American Bison Large Front Bag Rest

American Bison Large Front Bag Rest

American Bison bags are made in the USA from top grain bison leather in a handsome two-tone configuration, and come in small, medium and large sizes. We’ll be looking at the large size bag today.

Did I say large? I meant HUGE.
The bottom of the bag measures 10″ x 6.5″, and when filled, the “ears” come up to about 8″ in height.

The American Bison Large bag measures 10x6.5x8

The American Bison Large bag measures 10x6.5x8

I filled this with fine sand, and it weighs at least 20 pounds. The bag was very easy to fill with the handy “EZ Pour” spout.

EZ-Pour spout makes for simple filling and emptying

EZ-Pour spout makes for simple filling and emptying

The suede top is very soft, and instills confidence when resting a high-dollar stock on it – there’s not a chance this soft suede is going to mar a thing.

Super-soft suede tops the American Bison bag

Super-soft suede tops the American Bison bag

The stitching on this bag is also exceptional. It’s nice and tight throughout, and you can tell that with a minimal amount of care, this bag is built tough, and is sure to last a lifetime.

Tight, even stitching throughout

Tight, even stitching throughout

The size, and subsequent weight, make shooting from this bag a dream. The anti-skid bottom helps create a very stable platform – between that and the weight, this rest didn’t budge on the table, even after several hundred rounds from an assortment of rifles.

Anti-skid bottom and lots of weight make this a VERY stable platform

Anti-skid bottom and lots of weight make this a VERY stable platform

Shooting prone with the Savage Model 10 Tactical on the American Bison bag

Shooting prone with the Savage Model 10 Tactical on the American Bison bag

Shooting an AR-15 from the bench

Shooting an AR-15 from the bench

If you need a good front rest bag, definitely consider this line of shooting rest bags from American Bison. They’re tough as nails, good-looking, made here in the states, and very reasonably priced.

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.