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Old 01-16-2015, 05:51 AM   #1
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Homemade Pistol Rest

303's thread about his ugly rifle rest has me thinking... I need to sight in my GP100 and in this cold weather I can't stand still! Not to mention that if/when I start to get into reloading I need to be able to replicate the same shot so I know what the ammo is doing.

What is the best thing to use for a pistol rest that won't break the bank. Looks aren't important: function is. Let's see them.
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:30 AM   #2
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I'm selling mine for $99. Custom finishes are extra. Actually I don't remember of ever shooting pistols from a bench. I see it done on occasion but have never paid attention.
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Don't waste your money on special pistol rests. Those are gimmicks that will only make getting your pistol sighted in correctly, harder to do. Get a store bought rest or make your own and then get an assortment of good bags. This is typical of what I use, though the number of bags vary a bit with how I'm going to be shooting the handgun.



To use a rest and bag combo, correctly, place either the action of the pistol on the bag or your hands or forearm on the bag. NEVER PUT THE BARREL ON THE BAG OR REST. The barrel is an ultra sensitive pressure point on a hand gun and you will not get consistent accuracy if it is touching anything, I know some will disagree, but this is based on my experience. It is not something I picked up off the internet.

For accuracy testing or guns that will see only benchwork, as with some of my TCs, I place the action right on the bag, forward of the trigger guard and then support my wrists with another bag or bags as needed. I do not place a bag under the butt of the pistol, however. That can get you some bounce that will wreck you accuracy. Again, experience, here.

For any handgun that I'm sighting in for use in shooting from a standing position/no rest, no part of the gun OR my hands are touching the bag. I rest my forearms on the bag and that's it. I know you won't get as steady a rest this way, but when you stand up and start shooting without a rest, you are going to have much less change in in POI than if you sighted in with the gun or your hands sitting on the rest.

I am amazed at how few shooters understand that the way you grip your pistol and the pressure points used with that grip have a BIG impact on where your gun is going to shoot. It's one of TWO things that make a difference as to where your gun will shoot (the other being your trigger technique). Your grip pressure points can't help but change when you go from having your hands and the weight of the gun supported by a rest to having the weight of the gun supported only by your hands. It's simple physics.

At the risk of sounding like a snob, the average level of skill I see with people shooting a pistol, these days, is so dismal that it probably doesn't make much difference how they sight in their handgun, anyway. If they can hit a torso target at three or maybe even seven yards, they're happy. The art of shooting a handgun at 25 yards and beyond, sometimes way beyond, is an endangered species.
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I have seen a few different rest in pictures for the barrel but never seen one in use.

I would really be hesitant to use a full rest that was too solid due to the recoil - I heard a story of someone that once put his hand on a fence post and then his 44 mag on top of his hand and when he pulled the trigger he quickly broke a few bones in his hand. Not so sure I would want to try that and ruin a nice looking wooden hand grip.
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MTM and Caldwell make some good cheap ones . A car scissor jack fasten to plywood base and wood top cover with leather covered V notch or sand bag with work for pistol or rifle . $2 will buy them at garage sales or junk yards

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I have seen a few different rest in pictures for the barrel but never seen one in use.

I would really be hesitant to use a full rest that was too solid due to the recoil - I heard a story of someone that once put his hand on a fence post and then his 44 mag on top of his hand and when he pulled the trigger he quickly broke a few bones in his hand. Not so sure I would want to try that and ruin a nice looking wooden hand grip.
I've placed my hands on top of tables before. Only thing to watch out for is splinters in the wood top. Now that I think about it our pistol range has higher table and you can use the bench standing. But I still don't ever remember using any device.

To comment on something NCG said. I use counter force on a pistol of equal amount.
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I have seen a few different rest in pictures for the barrel but never seen one in use.

I would really be hesitant to use a full rest that was too solid due to the recoil - I heard a story of someone that once put his hand on a fence post and then his 44 mag on top of his hand and when he pulled the trigger he quickly broke a few bones in his hand. Not so sure I would want to try that and ruin a nice looking wooden hand grip.
For sure, a 44 mag and up will teach you real quick how not to grip or rest it.

On my really nasty kickers, I give as much thought to where I place my off hand as to where I place my grip hand. On my big Encore kickers from a rest, I'll use my left hand to brace against the back of my shooting hand and wrist. That way my left is nowhere near the gun when it goes off.
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MTM and Caldwell make some good cheap ones . A car scissor jack fasten to plywood base and wood top cover with leather covered V notch or sand bag with work for pistol or rifle . $2 will buy them at garage sales or junk yards

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After a few iterations I finally put together a stable hunting pistol shooting rest using the Primos Gen 3 tripod.
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