Choosing a Pistol Shooting Rest
The new Bravo Shooting Rest series is constructed with a rigid, steel curved frame design and features non-slips rubber feet and a non-stick rubber butt rest. Overall weight is just 15 pounds and has a bullseye-shaped bubble top. It fits most full-size rifles (larger than 100-cc) and smaller pistols with barrel lengths up to 7.5 inches. This product also accommodates most standard-size cartridges for firearms of all calibers.
The pistol shooting rest is a lightweight piece of equipment that makes handling a relatively large rifle much more comfortable. There are several models of this product available in traditional A-frame, rimmed, fluted, and even open-faced designs. In addition, many models can be purchased with a front support plate that helps keep the rifle vertical while it is in use. This important accessory is especially helpful for pistol shooters who have shoulder-high rifles in use because the plate can help prevent the rifle from tipping backwards when the shooter tilts the gun upward.
The most common configuration for a pistol shooting rest is with a fixed, horizontal wooden butt-rest with a cantilever-type hand support attached to the top. Many shooters appreciate the cantilever hand support because it allows some room for error. If the butt-rest is not adjusted to an exact angle or height, the pistol may "bounce" or move down when held in a particular position. On the other hand, adjustable cantilevers allow shooters to adjust the cantilever higher or lower and thus compensate for any flaws in the pistol's height or angle. Some shooters also prefer the hand support provided by the fixed butt-rest over a more flexible adjustable butt-rest because the fixed butt-rest is often made of heavier material than many of the adjustable cantilevers.
Some shooters may prefer to use pistol shooting rests with a pistol grip instead of a rifle one. Some shooters prefer the feel of the pistol grip on their rifles but there are mechanical benefits as well. Rifles do not have many action components such as trigger systems which means that more time is available to make fine adjustments to the pistol shooting rest. Additionally, a rifle will not be opened like a pistol can be quickly.
For some shooters, a pistol shooting rest is an after-thought. After all, these shooters have shot hundreds of shots with standard rests and still are not comfortable. For these shooters, the best choice is a manufacturer's replacement. Not only will these be more comfortable, but they are often more durable. In addition, they can be used in any position, whether lying down, sitting down, or standing up. However, most manufacturers have stopped making detachable magazines for most rifles since the conversion process is so simple to do with most older models.
Some shooters who shoot at close range find that it is necessary to provide a good hand support. This can be accomplished with either a pistol rest or by adding a front cradle. The front cradle is designed to provide adequate support for the shooter's hand while they are either shooting from the hip or standing. This important hand support feature should never be overlooked when selecting a shooting accessory.
Some shooters favor steel frame shooting rests over other types. These shooting rests can be found in various configurations. For starters, you can choose between steel or aluminum construction. For shooting in cold weather conditions steel frames are preferable since they do not become excessively warm, unlike aluminum construction. Additionally, steel frames are typically cheaper than other types.
When shopping for a shooting rest for your pistol, you will come across many different options. For starters, you can choose between adjustable and standard height rests. You can also find pistol rests with locking straps, adjustable height and detachable accessories. If you plan on hunting, you might want to look for a scope mount or a hoist strap option. In addition, you can also get a pistol rest that has an anti-kickback system for better accuracy.