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

    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.

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