Sandbag shooting rests

Miles
by Miles

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.

The pink version unrolled.
Army ACU rolled up and used from its side.
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.
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
Miles

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I've made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at miles@tfb.tv

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  • Chris Haas Chris Haas on Sep 18, 2015

    Thanks for the article Miles! These "sandbags" are not filled with sand. They are filled with irradiated crushed walnut shell media. If they were filled with sand they would weigh about 40 lbs. Yes 7 lbs is heavier than a bipod, however there are serious shooters that want a soft padded bag to shoot from. At The Sandbag Store we have spent many months on the range and at various gun shops and gun shows here in Las Vegas developing this product. The development process started in 2012 and we finally launched the bag for sale to the public only a week ago. We strongly believe that, for those that like to shoot from a bench rest bag, this is the most functional design out there.

    Anyone that has suggestions to the design, or would like to provide feedback on the product can email me directly: chris@sandbagstore.com

    • Don Ward Don Ward on Sep 18, 2015

      @Chris Haas 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 MR on Sep 20, 2015

    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.

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