Webster's Redneck Shooting Rest

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Robert Webster of Hamlet, NC and myself have been shooting a Savage Mark II rimfire rifle the past couple years and doing all kinds of things to them to get as much accuracy as possible from them.  We have fulfilled our goal of being able to shoot a squirrel in the head at 50 yards; one shot one kill but still trying to squeeze a little more accuracy from them for the paper targets.

Both Robert and myself do tend to think outside the box and come up with some unusual contraptions which can be rather unorthodox at times and how radical depends on whether we recycle materials that we have on hand and try not to reinvent the wheel and in Robert's case, not spend any money!  Some will no doubt fall into the category of Rube Goldberg.  I use the term "looks like a rat turd in a flour sack" and those that are old enough to remember when flour was purchased by the 50 and 100 pound printed cloth sacks and stored in flour bins, will certainly understand where the term comes from.  The printed flour sacks were later rendered into clothing items; "waste not, want not."  A more applicable term would be something in the neighborhood of "sticks out like a sore thumb" but the implication of the flour sack analogy is much more dramatic in the visual image effect!

Clermon Ward, Musical Instrument Repair man and instrument maker (deceased) used the flour sack analogy to describe a musical instrument someone had made that was very bad looking indeed and I picked the usage of that analogy up from him.

With that very long introduction, Robert decided to make a one piece shooting rest to enhance his rifle groups and below is a picture of his first model we nicknamed The Gun Turret Model:


The above rest was working pretty good for Robert, whereas his target groups were much tighter than before this rest and the rest is not that radical or Rube Goldberg looking and I keep telling him, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" which is like talking to a sign post!  The front rifle rest portion is an old sock with black eyed peas stuffed into it and the base is made from recycled redwood.

Robert decided to upgrade his current one piece model rest using a car jack for the main elevation portion.  Below are some thumbnail pixs of the car jack model one piece shooting rest:

One of Robert's sons, Wesley who is an Engineer, stated "It was a high tech redneck shooting rest and before he was done, it will be spray painted gold"......grin if you must!  Notice the spring attachment for stability; nothing left to chance on this one.

Robert in defense of his car jack model rest used the term FUNCTIONALITY and it definitely is functional.  If Jeff Foxworthy sees this rest, he will no doubt add to his show routine, "You might be a redneck if, you use a car bumper jack for a shooting rest".....grin if you must!  I have other semantic words for his usage of the term functionality but in the interest of Political Correctness; e.g.,  (DC's Democratic bull crap) will not publish them since there are too many labels attached to various ethnic groups already.

Below is the full resolution of his High Tech Redneck Shooting Rest:

I told Robert I would build him a wooden box to go around the car jack for increased eye appeal! 

Web published by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 02-04-16.


Below is a target Robert fired on 02-06-16 at 50 yards using his CZ 452 Trainer and his new and improved Redneck One Piece Shooting Rest:

Looks like his CZ 452 and rest are doing very well!  Then again, I don't see him using those Budweiser target backers anymore either.....grin if you must!

The ole cliché, "You can't judge a book by its cover" comes to mind on his shooting rest!

Web published update by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 02-06-16.


Below is pix of Robert's first draft of his home made windage adjuster.  He used a piece of angle iron, drilled a hole in it, welded a 1/2 coarse thread nut to the angle bracket and installed a 1/2 x 13 threaded rod with a knob on it which he already had.

He is going to cut the adjuster rod to the proper length, bolt the adjuster angle bracket to the table and give it another field test.

Web published update by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 02-09-16.

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