HAVE A REST
Phill Price is impressed by a rest. The RuggedRest does it all
We all need a good rest to hold our rifles steady as we work on them. These come in many different forms, but what about if you had one that did double duty on the firing line? Most rests are fixed in position, so are of no use for jobs like zeroing and pellet testing, but the RuggedRest from The Shooting Party is quite different. The two padded parts that contact your rifle are on a pivoting arm that can be precisely adjusted with a threaded bar, letting you set your vertical element perfectly. Side to side is adjusted by simply sliding the rest on the bench, and the fore end rest pad can be adjusted vertically to get you roughly set to adapt to any shape of rifle.
I think the name RuggedRest came from the amount of thick-walled, box-section steel used in the construction. Subtle it is not. This is a big chunky job with a good heft to prove that it’s made to last. The weight is a good thing on the workshop bench, and the range bench too. You don’t want anything flimsy and wobbly when you’re trying to get the very best groups you can.
No so simple
I suppose you could say that this is quite a simple device, but I think that would be to sell it short. It’s clear that a lot of time and effort has been put into making this as effective as it is, and things like the adjustable-height front feet and solid contact points show that it was designed by people who know about shooting.
The assembly instructions leave much to be desired, but there’s only a handful of parts in the box, and if I can work out how it goes together, then anybody can. I’m primarily a PCP shooter so this is ideal for me, but I’m not sure how it would affect the firing cycle of a recoiling gun.
On the range, it took just seconds to get myself set up and shooting. As I’d hoped, the RuggedRest felt solid and stable, making precision shooting easily possible. It’s also handy to be able to leave the gun on aim as you reload magazines or change scope settings. Overall, I enjoyed using it and might have to drop a hint to The Shooting Party to see if I could add it to my test kit permanently.
www.the-shooting-party.co.uk Tel 01543 480 361 RRP £49.99
“As I’d hoped, the RuggedRest felt solid and stable, making precision shooting easily possible”
Mainw: The name says it all. From the bench it felt good and solid