Gunblast readers are by now long familiar with
my affection for the shooting rests produced by Wally
Brownlee at Target Shooting, Inc. I have used
Wally’s rests since buying my first one from him at a SHOT
Show many years ago. I test a lot of rifles, and to
determine just how accurate a rifle can be, I have to use the
steadiest rest possible. The goal when I am testing a rifle is
not to see how well I can shoot, but to see how well the
rifle/scope/ammo shoots. To do this, I need to eliminate as much
human error as possible, and I have come to trust Target
Shooting, Inc. rests above all others that I have tried. Their Model
1000 is the premier, top of the line model, and it is my
“go to” rest whenever I am testing a new rifle. The Model
500 that I have had for years is one that I take to the
field with me, and it is also a fine bench rest, but does not
have windage adjustment like the 1000.
The latest version of the Model 1000, which is
pictured here, uses front and rear sandbags for support instead
of the standard blocks on the original Model 1000. Many shooters
were requesting that Wally design a rest that uses sandbags, and
Wally delivered. The rest with bags weighs about 35 pounds, and
is an extremely steady rest from which to shoot. The sandbags
are made for Target Shooting, Inc. by Protektor, and are
securely fastened to the rest. Just like other TSI rests, the
1000 with bags works very well for lever actions and rifles with
extended magazines. Many rests on the market do not. The Model
1000 has rubber covered feet for shooting from a metal bench,
while removing the rubber covers exposes spike feet for shooting
atop a wooden or concrete bench. Each front leg has a leveling
adjustment, and the primary elevation is done with the huge
adjustment wheel. Windage adjustment is accomplished with a knob
on the side of the front rest. The twin rails are very sturdy,
and allow the rest to lengthen to fit any shoulder fired weapon
made, including the big .50 BMG rifles that are popular for 2000
The Target Shooting, Inc. Model 1000 is a fine
machine rest, and is now made even better with the addition of
the leather sandbags. It will also accept the standard Model
1000 accessories. I highly recommend it. If I knew of a better
rifle rest, I would own it, but the Model 1000 is, to the best
of my knowledge, the best such rest on Earth.
You can check out and order the full line of
Target Shooting products online at www.targetshooting.com.
Latest version of the Model 1000 uses specially-made
Rifle can swing 360 degrees for field / hunting use.
Robust elevation adjustment wheel.
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