The B&T BT53 Silo – A Built-In Bean Bag Rest

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B&T Industries released in December their BT53 Silo, a novel built-in soft rest for your rifle. The BT53 Silo features “soft” resting points for the rifle on the sides (rubber stripes) and bottom (bean bag). It mounts to the rifle via standard picatinny rails and screws but also has the option via the BT54 flushcup stud for easy donning and doffing.

On their website, the rest has an interesting genesis:

The SILO was conceived on a crop control hunt where an actual grain silo was used as a blind.  One shooter, an active SOF community member was using a bean bag strapped to his Atlas bipod legs to rest his rifle on the silo window ledge.  This was a bulky solution to providing a “soft” interface between the rifle and concrete ledge.  As the hunt continued the conversation turned to gear, which led to the SILO.

Description courtesy of B&T:

The BT53 SILO is a novel and patent pending product that attaches by means of a Picatinny rail and provides; a textured front that can be pressed into barricades, Rubber side bars for “soft” side bracing and grip, a bean-bag bottom for “soft” interface on ledges, windows etc. and two flushcups.  One Flushcup is designed to accept the Novel BT54 “Flushcup Stud” so the Silo can installed and removed with the push of a button.

  • Weighs 7.8 ounces
  • 6061T6 machined aluminum
  • Type III Hard Anodize dyed black
  • 1000 Denier Black Cordura
  • Forward Rifle Support
  • Made in America

The BT53 and BT54 are both available from B&T directly. The BT53 is listed at $89.95.



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Cytoxan

    What’s next, a spork holder, or rail mounted toilet paper dispenser? Will it be available for Key-mod? Just need to wait and see if the air-soft crowd copies it, and you will know that it is tacti-cool… “Gaaaaranteeeed to reduce recoil and improve accuracy”

    • David Sharpe

      Well, the weight will reduce muzzle rise… =P

  • Pretty good idea. Now that many hunting rifles have picatinny rails, I can see this being quite useful.

  • Kevin Riley

    Necessity is the mother of invention.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    An 8oz block… In place of my bipod… So I can rest the rifle down without having to put the rifle on the bag itself…?

    Proof that whatever B&T comes out with people at SnipersHide will line up for. I just sold my Atlas and went back to LaRue Harris, feeling pretty great about the move seeing BT’s new innovations

    Full disclosure… If they update the Atlas to a full v2, I’d probsbly try it again.

    • Anonymous

      Ever shot a precision rifle from a barricade? Ever have to shoot from multiple types of barricades at high speed?

      There’s a reason why the fore-end padding products have gained traction (so to speak), and why B&T developed this. Trying to use sand bags can be a serious pain in the ass depending on bipod type, height off the surface, engagement angle, and your bag size. If you spend all of your time on a normal square range shooting from a bench, this product is a waste of money. For competitive shooters and snipers, this could be pretty damn useful in the right situations.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Yes, I do shoot precision rifle from a barricade now and then, and to do so I usually slam my bipod leg againt and sandwidth in with my support hand, or use the bipod mount on the front or back.

        Basically everything you would do without having an expensive 1/2pound pillow on the front of your gun. So while I can configure my bipod to do non-bipod things… Good luck configuring a 8oz pillow to be anything but a pillow.

  • Dracon1201

    I can actually see use for this. Good idea!

  • santi

    This is brilliant but I have to say, I think there should be a version where the bag is much bigger and plush. So that I can squeeze it while in prone to adjust my shot. That would be a deal maker for me.

  • Jacqueshacques

    I have a sewing machine and some rubber bands, so I’ll keep my $90.

    • ozzallos .

      Searching for “bean bag” on Amazon will offer a number of options that, when combined with a Tier One Tactical Elastomer Device (black rubber band), will yield similar high speed, low drag results for your wallet.

  • Grindstone50k

    Looks gimmicky and totally unnecessar- wait, what’s that? An SOF community member invented it? I’ll take twenty, please.

  • Mr. FN

    AHA! I WAS RIGHT! ABOUT SOMETHING! MAYBE?!

  • jeff k

    the mall ninjas are gonna love this. another piece of junk to hang off their rifles

  • Bill

    I’m digging it, thought it’s as pricey as I’d expect from B&T. I gotta say that if you don’t get it, you probably haven’t hauled 30 – 40 pounds of kit into a hide, or dyed tube socks to match different environments and filled them with beans.

    It’s a pretty basic principle in marksmanship, not resting a hard object like a fore-end on a hard object like a piece of cover.

  • Leroy Jergens

    I’d buy one if I didn’t already have a leather shooting bag that folds over the window on my truck. It’s pretty handy for shooting “targets of opportunity” on the ranch…and it’s not permanently attached to one rifle, so I can pass it to a passenger.

  • KungPaoChicken

    I need two to put on the sides of my BeowulfX!!

  • Burt Maclin

    I really like this. A bipod adds a lot of weight to the front of your weapon when you don’t have it deployed and can take precious seconds to deploy properly if you do need it. Sandbags are commonly used by some SOGs because they are quick and easy to set up when fractions of a second count (i.e real firefights). Bipods are good for people firing from fixed positions with a support team. Sandbags are ideal for mobility.

    I remember seeing a lot of pictures from the Iraq War where regular soldiers were having to improvise rests for their rifles when they had to fire from rooftops and broken stone walls. You really don’t want to rest your polymer hand guard on that type of surface while repeatedly firing.

  • David Sharpe

    I agree that having a bag attached to your rifle is kinda a good idea, depending on your situation, but 90 bucks? All you’re paying for is the name and the machined block, a regular bag and some rubber bands, bungee cords or zip ties will do the same job.

    But for those who want a picatinny rail attachment, this will work..

  • CJS3

    My wife and I had a good laugh. Mall ninjas strike again!