A $1000 Dollar Bench Rest

A few weeks ago I was at a range and struck up a conversation with an old Vietnam Vet who was in the USAF. He was a neat old guy and told me about a particular prop plane he flew in Laos that was the same make as those flown by Air America.

This boy wasn't playing around. Serious setup.

This boy wasn’t playing around. Serious setup.

What he was doing was getting ready for a Varmint Match. That is a shooting game that is geared towards the smaller calibers. I believe they even shoot an silhouettes of small animals.

The curved bar in the center is the joystick.

The curved bar in the center is the joystick.

But what really caught my eye was his super fancy shooting rest. This thing looked like something straight from the Mars Rover Program. Pretty sure it was chrome plated but one of the neatest things was the “joystick” for fine adjustment.

Joystick goes through base for fine adjustments.

Joystick goes through base for fine adjustments.

It seems you dial it in with the knobs and then make your minute competition adjustments with the joystick! The owner said he thought the rest was made by a guy in Indonesia. And what I mean is, not made at an Indonesian factory, but was designed and sold by an an actual shooter who resided in Indonesia.

Go figure.

The rifle is a Savage 223.

The rifle is a Savage 223.

BTW…the rifle is a Savage. Which is not unexpected. Savage’s have a well earned reputation for supreme accuracy irrespective of their pedestrian price point. Think about it like this, if the guy is serious enough to drop $1000 on a rest, he could easily buy any rifle he wanted.

He went with Savage.

 

 
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  • MickeyG

    Got a couple of Savage Axis bolts (30.06 /.223), they were dead-on at 100 meters right out of the box. One of the better surprises in a while !

    • I’ve seen so many savages shoot lights out it is no loner a surprise in the precision community.

      –Marky

      • MickeyG

        No foolin’ Marky, surprised the heck out of me !

  • Brady

    I am and have been for quite a while, a Savage guy. Can’t say enough good stuff about Savage. I have the sweetest model 10 fpsr, Shoots like a dream. I credit them with the best out of the box trigger ever. Love me some Savage!

    • The Savage doesn’t get the credit in the cool-kid circles, but the shooters know Savage is no joke. They are doing something right. And not charging $4,000 for it either.

      –Marky