African Sporting Creations Shooting Sticks

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I actually never knew this was a “thing”…  I am definitely intrigued.

African Sporting Creations is the only company that manufactures wood and carbon fiber monopods, bipods and tripod shooting sticks in the USA backed up by an unconditional lifetime warranty. Each set of sticks takes more than 100 different steps to craft and goes through a rigorous quality control process. They are the quietest, lightest and most rigid shooting sticks available and have been in continuous use by Professional Hunters around the globe for over a decade.

The heart of every model is its proprietary take-down connector – the strongest on the market – which is machined from a solid block of aircraft aluminum and allows the sticks to screw together in about a minute. Since beginning operations twelve years ago, African Sporting Creations has never had one of their positive locking connectors fail.

They boast over twelve different models with a variety of styles, lengths and options, that can all fit in a full-length airline case (the super compact versions will fit in a takedown rifle case).  Prices start at $189.

I am sure a number of you have used these (or something like them).  What are your thoughts?  I like the idea, and it passes the sniff test, but never having used them I don’t know…

You can see their products at: http://www.africansportingcreations.com/index.php



Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • DrewN

    Unless you have bearers, I find the bipods/tripods unwieldy. Occasionally I will use a trekking pole with a “V” mount, with the proper stance I find it just as secure as the multi legs.

    • LG

      African Sporting Creations have monopods also. Their monopod, especially with the wide U for double rifles, works quite well.

  • Julio

    Quad sticks (2 linked bipod sticks) are the most stable, but tripods have the often-welcome property of remaining standing before and after you rest your rifle on them. Some quad sticks, such as Andreas Jakele’s fold together very neatly to form a single, sturdy walking staff.

  • LG

    if ones hunts Africa, then African Sporting Creations is a must stop to select sticks. The camps all have usable sticks, but one size does not fit all, especially if one is using a side-by-side rifle.

  • Nicks87

    “I actually never knew this was a “thing”…”

    That’s because they are for lazy rich people on safari, that don’t know how to (or cant) shoot from a standing position.

    • Bear The Grizzly

      I disagree greatly. There are quite a few different ways to hunt and sometimes having a mobile shooting rest is an excellent advantage. A cheap homemade pair can easily be made for barely $20 and I see no reason not to use them as long as they’re not a hindrance. If you really want to talk about lazy go check out those Caldwell lead sleds they now make for hunters to bolt on to their tree stand or a blind chair.

    • LG

      Obviously you have not hunted Africa. I do not use them in the continental US, but in Africa, they are GREAT. Yes, I can shoot from the standing position, with or without a hasty sling, but in Africa, if there is not a convenient termite mound or tree, one of my trackers ALWAYS puts up my sticks.

      • Graham2

        If they are so great, why do you not use them in the US?

        • LG

          To be correct, I use there pro staff, a monopod, in the US. In Africa I use a set of their “tripod” sticks cut to my size but carried by one of the trackers. If I have my double, then the pro staff comes along.

    • hjalleedvard

      you should always seek maximum support when hunting regardless of where you are.

      only exception is driven style hunts or shotgunhunting birds where you need to swing with the target

  • Michael Bane

    I first started using sticks when I was training for an African hunt a couple of years ago, and, indeed, most of my shots on plains game were off sticks. I still routinely practice on sticks…I have a shorter bipod and a longer tripod, both from Bog-Pod…because it’s a useful skill to have. FTW Ranch’s instructors, BTW, do a great job on showing the versatility of sticks. When I go back to Africa, hopefully next year, I will bring a set of the African Sporting Creations sticks because…AFRICA!

    Michael B

  • Barney Samson

    I first learned of- and made- shooting sticks when I was a Boy Scout, ca. 1968. Our Scoutmaster, Bill Hawn, was the man responsible for that along w/many others.

  • Cameron Bissell

    i could see these being great for plains game, but for most of my hunting in scrubland and swamps (most of the US) they are a hindrance. If i ever go to Africa i will buy some.