A PRECISION RIFLE BAG BUYER’S GUIDE
Rear bags for long-range shooting have become a must-have to help deliver hits down range. A rear bag is a low-tech and relatively low-cost solution that offers many benefits to precision rifle shooters — mainly the ability to stabilize the rear of the rifle, leading to greater accuracy and precision. While shooting bags come in many shapes and sizes, they all cushion the rear of the rifle, filling the space between the stock and ground or obstacle. Instead of having to hold and balance the rifle with your hand, the rear bag spreads the weight and makes it easy to maintain a stable hold on the rifle, kind of like comfortably sitting in a beanbag chair instead of sitting on the ground.
Rear bags stabilize the rear of the rifle, which increases consistency and precision when shooting. With this increased stability, it’s possible to have better follow-through on shots, shoot tighter groups, make more precise holds on target, and see more of what’s going on downrange. Using a rear bag enables minor but precise adjustments to el- evation and/or windage with a slight squeeze or release of the bag.
Additional benefits of these bags including aiding in non-firing tasks, like observing a target for long periods of time or ranging with the riflescope with the rifle resting on the bag, instead of the shooter having to hold it in place. Beyond rifles, bags can be used in conjunction with other equipment, such as cameras and lasers, providing the same stabilizing effect whether on terrain, branches, fences, tripods, or a pack.