Sandbag shooting rests

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Are nothing new. However, a company that actually specializes in sandbags of all varieties, colors, and even camouflage patterns is trying their hand at making a sort of sandbag, benchrest, foldable mat. It is is 40 inches long, 7 pounds, and about a foot in width. The rest is foldable like an accordion, and thus can be adjusted for different heights with the rifle and body type being used. They come in Tan, OD Green, Pink, Black, Orange, DCU (Desert), Woodland BDU, and Army ACU. From the website

Unique roll-up design allows exact height adjustment to shooter’s preference. Tested and designed by competition riflemen, our Shooter Sandbags are the result of years of testing and development producing the most functional bench rest bag on the market today.

Detachable rubber handle and light-weight cleaning media fill for easy handling and transport. Bag weighs 7 lbs.

Rolled bag design for easy height adjustment.

Bag unrolls completely to create a 40″ soft padded surface for setting, cleaning and maintaining firearm.

Waterproof, dust proof, puncture-resistant 1000D Cordura fabric.

Comfort grip detachable rubber handle does not scuff or mark hard surfaces.

Now what’s the difference in making your own sandbags out of plastic bags and old socks? Or just using regular sandbags from Home Depot as well? I would say connivence, these ones pack away very nicely, and would seem to last a whole lot longer than a sock or a conventional sandbag. In addition I think these would be great in rural areas or outdoors where a solid position is needed for a competition or some accurate shooting. Or perhaps an actual competition where prone bench resting is allowed.

An advantage this company would have over other commercial sandbag rest products is that this company does sandbags, they do them all the time, and as a full time business gig. I would imagine that they know a thing or two about how to construct a proper sandbag that’ll last (not that I really know anything about sandbags except from the service about making sure to turn them inside out before filling them so the seam is facing inboard) whereas other shooting companies that make sandbag rests, they might make them well, but probably not to the quality and research standards that this company knows, from making them full-time.

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The pink version unrolled. 

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Army ACU rolled up and used from its side. 

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Orange version with removable carry handle. I personally would have vouched for the hand to be permanently attached to the bag, because if something can be lost, then it will be lost. But, if that interferes with the position of the rifle, then I can’t say there’s anything wrong. 

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A lovely Ruger, laid on top of the DCU patterned bag. This could be extremely useful outdoors where I’d want to keep my rifle out of the dirt as much as possible, this bag providing the raised platform for that, while cleaned or doing whatever I’m doing. 



Miles V

Former Infantry Marine, and currently studying at Indiana University. I’ve written for Small Arms Review and Small Arms Defense Journal, and have had a teenie tiny photo that appeared in GQ. Specifically, I’m very interested in small arms history, development, and Military/LE usage within the Middle East, and Central Asia.

If you want to reach out, let me know about an error I’ve made, something I can add to the post, or just talk guns and how much Grunts love naps, hit me up at miles@tfb.tv


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  • Sw

    Unfortunately, it is not wide enough to be used as a sleeping
    mat as well. In such case it would have been such a wonderful and versatile object

    • Paladin

      That would be awesome, but I imagine that would be tremendously heavy. If this is 7 pounds, making it wide and long enough to support a person would probably push it upwards of 20 pounds.

      Now you may be on to something if a synthetic (lightweight) filler is used instead of sand….

    • MR

      A little extra cushion on the spine, maybe.

  • 7 lbs is hardly “light-weight for easy handling and transport.”

    With the bags I use the 3lbs bag is considered a heavy fill bag.

  • That’s actually clever. I like that.

  • Joshua

    so, lug around the weight of my rifle again, or get an adjustable bipod that was at most 2lb, I’ll stick with my bipod thank you very much

    • iksnilol

      I’ll just stick with my sling that’s even lighter. ;P

  • Phil Hsueh

    FYI, the “ACU” version is not ACU but UCP. ACU stands for Amy Combat Uniform and is a uniform pattern (much like the BDU was) and can be in any camouflage pattern or color under the sun.

    • Chris Haas

      ACU is the the color name we use, as that is the name of the fabric color from the mill. Miles is only referencing the color name from The Sandbag Store website.

      • MR

        Ah, I would have called it digital…and still been wrong. Bit of trivia (for me, at least), might come in handy some day.

  • Don Ward

    You guys waste all of your money on fancy “sandbags”. I’ll just be here using my horse as a benchrest. Wot?

  • If it’s too heavy with sand in it fill it with sawdust from your table saw.

  • Chris Haas

    Thanks for the article Miles!

    • Don Ward

      I did not expect to start my day reading the phrase “irradiated crushed walnut shell media”. Neat product Chris. And while we’re all tightwads, the fifty bucks doesn’t seem that bad.

  • MR

    Just a slight note on the article, I didn’t see the actual name of the company anywhere. The name of the store would have been good place for a link to their website, what with some highlighted words on TFB taking me to Walmart’s or Cabela’s websites, rather than the subject of the article that I’m trying to learn more about. Wouldn’t be a big deal, but sometimes I’m short on time, with a slow data connection, and don’t have a lot of time to deal with backtracking and chasing wild geese. Just a thought, otherwise loved the article. Been looking for a good sandbag, might have to snag one of these.