How to Make a Homemade Shooting Rest

By David Somerset

A shooting rest is a necessary piece of equipment if you are going to be shooting a rifle from a bench. A shooting rest provides stability to a rifle and helps the shooter fire more precise shots. Shooting rests come in different shapes and sizes, ranging from simple homemade sandbags to commercial models that are highly adjustable and can cost hundreds of dollars. Unless you are shooting in precision rifle competitions, a homemade shooting rest will provide you with support when shooting at a bench for less than $10.

Cut the bottom off a pants leg. Sew one end of the pants leg shut to make a bag.

Fill the bag with rice. The bag should be the right height for resting the barrel of your rifle on when shooting from a bench. You can place the bag horizontally or vertically, depending on the height and width you would like for your shooting rest.

Sew the other end of the sand bag shut with the sewing machine. Use a pair of scissors to cut off the excess fabric from the end of the pants leg.

Repeat the above steps to create a second sandbag for the rear of the rifle. Make sure it is the correct height for the butt of your rifle to rest on with the barrel on the first sandbag.

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