[SHOT 2016] Steadify

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This year (as I mentioned in another article), I had been pre-contacted for an interview for a company that had a couple of products of interest to me, International Supplies. Also, after publishing a press release for a company selling shooting sticks (earlier this year), my interest was piqued regarding the use of a portable stabilizer.

International Supplies has such a product, but in an interesting configuration—the stabilizer is attached to your body. Steadify is basically a single point collapsible stick with a quick locking system that attaches to a small platform that attaches to your body via belt.  It hangs down collapsed and out of the way when not deployed.. The end of the Steadify has a “Y” fork on which you rest your rifle. You can spin the “Y” around to provide a more flat platform for use with binoculars (or whatever).

Operation is pretty fast a fluid and you can pretty easily bring the Steadify up to a ready position in a single smooth motion, locking it in place with a short twist.

Side view of it deployed.

Side view of it deployed.

Attachment point to your body

Attachment point to your body

"Y" Fork to rest your weapon on.  Can be swiveled to provide for a flat shelf.

“Y” Fork to rest your weapon on. Can be swiveled to provide for a flat shelf.

Personally I’d like to see this offered with a way to attach to my own belt system, but the product definitely has some interest for me. I will likely be doing a review on it later this year so keep your eyes open if this is a concept that interests you.

You can find more information about the Steadify at: http://www.internationalsupplies.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=78&Itemid=102


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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  • BillC

    How can one be “pre-contacted”? Wouldn’t it just be “contacted”?

    • Andrew Durkel

      They called him before they even called him.

      • ruinator

        That’s some clandestine sh*t!… irregardlessly

    • M.M.D.C.

      Pre-contact:

      • jimminy

        I love it.

  • Dave

    How much is it? Based on this and their website I don’t even know how to go about ordering it if I wanted one.

    • BattleshipGrey

      You could probably make your own just fine. You probably wouldn’t even need the fancy ball joint at the hip.

  • Bob

    Hmmmm… I could see it as more appealing for myself if it was even more compact and attached to the rifle instead. I say this from more of a tactical/outdoor survival viewpoint than a casual hunter headed to a blind with a shotgun. I would like to be able to run around climbing over stuff, going prone, running, etc, without it getting in the way, or needing to fuss around with putting it on. Still, it seems like a good product just going by the picture and concept. As long as it isn’t $800 or something, it should sell.

    • Cornwallis

      I don’t know if I’m a “casual” hunter, but I do hunt predators 2-3 days a week and this rest might be a useful tool if it works from a seated position.

      • Bob

        Sorry, “casual” is probably not the best word. What I mean is someone who isn’t hiking around for days in the wilderness or goes that far out. More weekend deer hunter on one’s own property than week long moose hunt a hundred miles from civilization. Not trying to be insulting or anything, the weekend deer hunter is every other person where I live. Anyway, something lightweight mounted to the rifle would probably be better for carrying around for miles a day than the waist mounted version, which would be no big deal for someone headed out for a day in a tree stand or whatever.

  • SCW

    I saw this years ago at a local gun show. It didn’t have the belt system. It was just a fork that slipped over your belt.

  • LV-426

    Perfect for offhand .50 cal action. I do have a feeling, I would poke my eye out with that thing running around the forest tho hahaha.

  • Bill

    A (nearly) identical product has been available for photographers/videographers for years. Next someone with adapt a Steadicam mount to a gun.

  • Goody

    A more lightweight version of this product is called “Bone Support”.