As spring approaches I look forward to more trips to the range and some more long distance shooting. In my preparation, I knew I needed to upgrade some of my equipment. At SHOT Show this year I visited Lyman and saw their Bag Jack and Match Bag combo. My old bag rest is showing wear so the Match Bag was a no brainer, but the Bag Jack is another story.

    I am old and well over six feet. Having to conform to the concrete stations at my gun club is not an adventure in comfort.  Bending and contorting down to a platform built for a short person and trying to relax is an effort in aggravation. I am all for having an affordable way to improve my shooting. Yes, by all means, improve!

    Lyman agreed to send me the Bag Jack and Match Bag combo to review. After a couple of months of review here is what I found.


    A simple design, with infinite points of adjustment

    The Bag Jack is an adjustable shooting platform. It is made up of two 10″X10″ heavy steel plates. The scissor type lift mechanism is made from aluminum. The top is coated, giving a better grip for less movement.

    It is a pretty simple design and works well. Mine was very easy to adjust, even with the weight of the bag and rifle.  I found some “rocking” parallel to the adjustment knob, but none at all perpendicular to it. It handled the recoil of a 7mm Rem Mag without a problem. And I didn’t have to contort into positions I haven’t been in since my 30’s.

    The Jack in its lowest position

    Jack at its highest position, infinitely adjustable from 2 3/4″ to 12 3/4


    The Match Bags are made of heavy nylon and sport a rubberized coating on the bottom for better grip and a suede padding on the top where your rifle rests. It is heavy and durable. Velcroed openings on the ends of the bottom bags allow easy access to the filling for replacement. Wondering what was used as filling I had to peek in. On inspection initially, it looked like fine gravel so I had to go to the Lyman site to figure out what it was. Lyman says it’s filled with “ground plastic material”, but it feels solid and heavy to me.  On the bottom, there is a strap to help secure it to the jack.

    The velcro flaps allow for easy refill


    Shooting comfortably makes the sport more enjoyable. Initially, I found it awkward not having to bend and twist to get behind the rifle, however, I soon realized comfort makes a difference. The motion of the stand was irrelevant when I was holding the rifle ready to send one downrange. The Lyman Match Bag and Bag Jack Combo have an MSRP  of under a 100$. In fact, you can find them online for prices below your chiropractor co-pay. Check it out.

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    Mike R

    Mike spent his entire adult life riding an ambulance throughout the Southwest US. He found humor in long in-depth philosophical conversations with crack heads and other urban street survivalists.

    His highest point was being invited to instruct for some “special” medics in the military. He spent almost 10 years there. A 30 year gun enthusiast, he started down the path of reloading to keep up with his desperate need of more ammo. Reloading is like medicine, you never stop learning.

    He can generally be found at the local range picking the brains of the old timer, looking for brass, and banging away at gongs. He reloads everything from .32 to .45, .223 to 7 rem mag.