January 10th, 2009

Shooting Mats for Bipod and Prone Shooters

We’ve been doing a lot of bipod shooting lately with the Anschütz 64R Biathlon rifle we’ve received for testing. (Great little rifle by the way — accurate, ergonomic, versatile. It’s a definite winner for the Rimfire Tactical game.)

Anschutz 64R biathlon rifle

rifle shooting mat padShooting off the ground with bipod has taught us the importance of a good, comfortable shooting pad, with non-slip areas for the ‘pod legs and sufficient length (and thickness) to cushion our middle-aged hips and knees. Creedmoor Sports offers a high-quality Shooting Pad for $75.00. This mat, popular on the High Power rifle range, has a waterproof vinyl bottom and a marine finished top with extended textured non-slip pads for elbow placement. Interior jute padding provides ample protection for the shooter in the shooting position. The Creedmoor pad measures 29.5″ X 68″.

ChampionShooters.com offers a similarly-sized shooting mat with some additional features. The 27″x72″ Champion Deluxe Roll-up Mat is soil-resistant canvas with a vinyl waterproof bottom. It has a 25″ X 21″ rubberized section added to the shooting area. To provide additional protection there are leg flaps on either side at the bottom, together with a dust flap in the front. This pad weighs 8 lbs. and costs $74.00.

rifle shooting mat pad

Desired Upgrades for F-Class Shooting
For F-Class shooting, one thing we’d like to see from the pad manufacturers is a second no-slip, rubberized section in the middle of the mat for the rear sand-bag. We’ve seen some pads that have been modified with a rubber-covered aluminum plate in the middle of the mat for the rear sandbag. That provides great stability for the rear bag, but a hard plate demands that you fold the mat, rather than roll it up.

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January 10th, 2009

IBS Annual Meeting Jan. 23-24

The 2009 Membership Meeting of the International Benchrest Shooters (IBS) will be held January 23-24 at the Harrisburg Holiday Inn & Conference Center in New Cumberland, Pennsylvannia. Zip (for finding directions) is 17070. On Friday, the 23rd, there is a social get-together starting at 7:00 pm. Serious business commences Saturday morning, the 24th, at 9:00 am sharp. For hotel reservations, call (717) 774-2721, and ask for the special “International Benchrest Shooters” (IBS) rate.

Active IBS members in the region should attend if possible. Many important topics are set for discussion on the 2009 Meeting Agenda. IBS President Jim Borden also reminds members that annual dues are now $50.00 for regular members and $15.00 for associate memberships.

CLICK HERE to download the Full Agenda for the IBS Meeting. (Adobe .pdf file)

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