10 Best Handgun Shooting Rest

Updated on: October 2022

Best Handgun Shooting Rest in 2022


Caldwell Pistolero Adjustable Ambidextrous Pistol Handgun Shooting Rest for Outdoor Range

Caldwell Pistolero Adjustable Ambidextrous Pistol Handgun Shooting Rest for Outdoor Range
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2022
  • DIMENSIONS: 23 inches L x 19 inches W with 3 inches of vertical adjustability and 5 inches of horizontal adjustability
  • ACCURACY: With vertical and horizontal adjustability, a soft front cradle and soft hand support, this rest is made for comfort and durability
  • NON-DESTRUCTIVE: The rugged construction of this rest makes it virtually impervious to the elements
  • EASE OF USE: Adjustment knobs are conveniently placed to allow for easy adjustments that do not require removing the gun from the rest
  • VERSATILITY: This rest accommodates a handgun like the 1911 just as easily as the big Smith and Wesson 500

Caldwell Matrix Adjustable Ambidextrous Rifle Pistol Handgun Shooting Rest for Outdoor Range - 101600

Caldwell Matrix Adjustable Ambidextrous Rifle Pistol Handgun Shooting Rest for Outdoor Range - 101600
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2022
  • DIMENSIONS: 23 inches L x 19 inches W with 4.5 inches of overall length adjustment
  • ACCURACY: With a spring-loaded tension mechanism and height adjustment knob, a wobble free front cradle and multiple rigid supports molded to the frame, this rest is made for rock-solid stability
  • NON-DESTRUCTIVE: This rest features an over-molded front and rear cradle with non-marring material that will securely hold your gun without damaging any point of contact
  • EASE OF USE: Adjustment knobs are conveniently placed to allow for easy adjustments that do not require removing the gun from the rest
  • VERSATILITY: This rest features a removable rear rest that will allow for handgun use, as well as a storage area with removable over-molded lid and a rear rest that is adjustable to fit any long rifle; including detachable magazine rifles

MTM Case-Gard Front Rifle Rest & Handgun Pistol Rest, Red

MTM Case-Gard Front Rifle Rest & Handgun Pistol Rest, Red
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2022
  • MTM Front Rifle Rest offers locking, precision dialed adjustments; 3-Inch of vertical deviation for pin-point accuracy
  • Non-Marring, Rubber Shooting Pad supports nearly any shape stock or barrel
  • Wide, Wobble Free Stance; Gripping Rubber Feet; Two-Point Rear Footing for added stability
  • Handgun Support, extra wide, rear leg designed comfortable handgun support
  • Made in USA

Caldwell Steady Rest NXT Adjustable Ambidextrous Rifle Shotgun Pistol Handgun Shooting Rest for Outdoor Range - 548664

Caldwell Steady Rest NXT Adjustable Ambidextrous Rifle Shotgun Pistol Handgun Shooting Rest for Outdoor Range - 548664
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2022
  • DIMENSIONS: 27 inches L x 10 inches W with 3 inches of vertical cradle adjustment. Front section is 11 inches L
  • ACCURACY: With vertical adjustability, a soft front cradle and rear cradle and a neoprene hand support, this rest is made for comfort and durability
  • NON-DESTRUCTIVE: The rugged construction of this rest makes it virtually impervious to the elements. This rest also features soft, non-marring material in the front and rear cradles
  • EASE OF USE: Adjustment knobs are conveniently placed to allow for easy adjustments that do not require removing the gun from the rest
  • VERSATILITY: This rest has three sections that can be connected or disconnected to create the perfect length for your pistol, long rifle or shotgun

Caldwell Handy Rest NXT Adjustable Ambidextrous Rifle Pistol Handgun Shooting Rest for Outdoor Range

Caldwell Handy Rest NXT Adjustable Ambidextrous Rifle Pistol Handgun Shooting Rest for Outdoor Range
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2022
  • DIMENSIONS: 12 inch diameter, 9.5 inches L with handgun support. 3 inches of vertical cradle adjustment
  • ACCURACY: With vertical adjustability, a soft front cradle and a durable, reinforced construction, this rest is made for comfort and durability
  • NON-DESTRUCTIVE: The rugged construction of this rest makes it virtually impervious to the elements. This rest also features soft, non-marring material in the front cradle
  • EASE OF USE: Adjustment knob is conveniently placed to allow for easy adjustments that do not require removing the gun from the rest
  • VERSATILITY: This rest features a removable handgun support that allows for use with pistols and revolvers, in addition to a rifle. This rest also features a front sling stud clearance groove

MTM Predator Shooting Rest PSR-30 Rifle Pistol Handgun Shooters Rest for Ranges

MTM Predator Shooting Rest PSR-30 Rifle Pistol Handgun Shooters Rest for Ranges
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2022
  • Predator Shooting Rest is a rugged, fully adjustable, easy to transport, modestly priced shooting rest
  • Two piece unit, equally suited for both rifle and handgun enthusiasts. Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Precision dialed screw pedestal adjusts forearm level for exact positioning
  • Non-marring rubber shooting pads give solid, gripping support to gun stocks and barrels (whatever the shape)
  • Four rubber feet provide wide, slip-free stance on any shooting bench for amazingly solid hold; Color: Red; Made in USA

CTK PRECISION Compact Shooting Rest

CTK PRECISION Compact Shooting Rest
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2022
  • Construction: Heavy-duty steel construction.
  • Finish: Durable E-coat finish inside and out.
  • Rear Shooting Pad adjusts to accommodate both pistols and rifles with pistol grips.
  • Y Rest adjusts vertically to quickly get you on target.
  • Made in the USA!

Caldwell DeadShot Shooting Bag Combo

Caldwell DeadShot Shooting Bag Combo
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2022
  • DIMENSIONS: Front Bag - 10 inches L x 8 inches H x 7.5 inches W with a weigh of 7 lbs 10 oz - Rear Bag - 5" L x 5" W x 4.5" D
  • EASE OF USE: Bags come filled with corn cob media to allow for immediate use
  • VERSATILITY: Can be used on virtually any surface and can be adjusted to any position needed while in use
  • DURABLE: Constructed of water-resistant, 600 Denier polyester
  • CONVENIENT: Easy transport with the Quick-Connect System that secures the bags together for added organization

MTM K-Zone Shooting Rest KSR-30 Rifle Pistol Handgun Shooters Rest for Ranges

MTM K-Zone Shooting Rest KSR-30 Rifle Pistol Handgun Shooters Rest for Ranges
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2022
  • K-Zone Shooting Rest is a fully adjustable rugged rifle and handgun shooting rest
  • Precision dialed screw pedestal adjusts forearm level for exact positioning.
  • Front and rear shooting pads are made of non-marring rubber
  • Handgun pad can be adjusted for different sized pistols and removed for sporting rifle style firearms
  • Heavy-weight performance with lightweight design; Weighs 4 pounds; Made in USA

Caldwell The Rock Jr Adjustable Ambidextrous Rifle Shooting Rest for Outdoor Range

Caldwell The Rock Jr Adjustable Ambidextrous Rifle Shooting Rest for Outdoor Range
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2022
  • DIMENSIONS: Weighs approximately 5.5 pounds with a 10 inch diameter and 8 inch vertical adjustment
  • ACCURACY: With fingertip elevation adjustment, a rubber or metal feet option, a cast iron base and a ¾ inch diameter steel elevation post with a lock lever, this rest is made for rock-solid stability
  • NON-DESTRUCTIVE: This rest can be used with a filled, medium varmint bag (included) and is compatible with any Caldwell Deluxe Universal Front Rest Bags that will securely hold your gun without damaging the barrel or stock
  • EASE OF USE: Adjustment knob is conveniently placed to allow for easy adjustments that do not require removing the gun from the rest
  • VERSATILITY: This rest has interchangeable rubber feet or metal spiked feet to securely sit on any surface and works with all Caldwell filled front rest bags

What My Favorite Song Means: Gringo Pistolero by Tim Henderson and Allen Damron

Gringo Pistolero is just one of the songs on which Tim Henderson and Allen Damron collaborated over the years. They were both Austin-based singers/songwriters. Both were founders, with Rod Kennedy and others, of the famed Kerrville Folk Festival.

Gringo Pistolero is based on an actual event from the history of the Big Bend area of Texas. From More Tales of the Big Bend by Elton Miles, " On August 10, 1919, an airplane flew out of Marfa on a regular patrol of the Rio Grande ... Lieutenants H.G. Peterson, pilot and D. H. Davis, observer-gunner." The Gringo Pistolero actually existed. He was Captain Leonard F. Matlack, a U.S. Army Cavalry officer stationed along the border since 1917.

Tim and Allen take some "poetic license" with historical accuracy for the sake of a good song or "corrido." Gringo Pistolero contains a villain, a hero, a beautiful victim and some of the best combination of English and Spanish
The steely-eyed determination and seriousness of the Gringo Pistolero is exemplified by this lyric:

"A drunken bandit captured, with the message,
'Talk or Die' in the eyes of the Gringo Pistolero"

The cruelty of the villain is shown by these lines:

" In a jacal of adobe bruised and tied up one the floor
wept the sweet wife of the rancher Juan Otero."

and

"Angry cutthroat said, 'Ignore the weeping Lady on the floor!' "

Another poetic license taken by Tim Henderson and Allen Damron in the writing of Gringo Pistolero was to change the villain from Jesus "Pegleg" Renteria who kidnapped the aviators to Chico Cano. Both were border bandits and revolutionaries of the era in the Big Bend area. Chico had a bigger reputation and was blamed for many exploits for which he was not, in fact, responsible. However, it is known that he and Captain Matlack had interactions, both peaceable and not. Besides, Chico Cano fits a rhyme scheme with more facility than does Pegleg Renteria. Pegleg is very colorful, but it's a bear to rhyme another word with.

For a romantic hook, the two male aviators morphed into a beautiful, young woman. After all, a brave Army officer rescuing a beautiful, young woman is more romantic than a brave Army officer rescuing two other Army officers.

Tim Henderson and Allen Damron create vivid pictures throughout Gringo Pistolero. This lyric is but one example,

"Weeping red tears from a third eye that the guilty cannot feel
from the Springfield of the Gringo Pistolero"

Another part of that same verse relates how the shot was fired from 800 yards away. The marksmanship skills it would take to make a "between-the-eyes" shot with a 1903 30.06 rifle with peep sites, in a heavy wind are impressive! Only two songwriters who also possess the knowledge of marksmanship skills could have written those lines or these,

"Big Colt autos spitting thunder death at everything that moved
Flashing lightening in a jacal, long and narrow"

In the above lyric, Tim and Allen refer, of course, to the Colt's 1911 model .45 semi-automatic handgun designed by John Moses Browning. Now because I knew Allen, I know that the Colt .45 was his favorite carry pistol jacal after dark, would indeed look very much like huge lightening flashes in a completely dark environment. The sound of multiple .45 cartridges being fired in a small enclosed space would be as deafening as the loudest clap of thunder you've ever heard.

If I had to choose two lines from Gringo Pistolerothat make it my favorite,

"Ending hate and greed and cruelty with final flying truth
from the sure hand of the Gringo Pistolero"

When my [now] husband introduced me to this song in 1988, we had been dating a short time. He worked in the District Attorney's office and I was a Parole Officer. As we talked about our work, we found that I was often supervising parolees that he had helped to convict! Since a large part of my caseload was sex offenders with a preference for children, the above line appealed to me in ways few people can truly understand. But, my husband understood exactly how it felt. He especially understood with the repeat offenders and the murderers.

The justice meted out by Captain Matlack as described by Tim Henderson and Allen Damron in Gringo Pistolero is the kind of justice many people working in the Criminal Justice system fantasize about. It was beginning to be missed even in that era,

"That although 'the law' be empty words still Justice could be found
for no border stopped the Gringo Pistolero"

The entire song is not grim and dark, however. The last verse tells about the "young bride" and her return to husband and home.

The old wives have their version,

"And lived happily through children and the years of silver hair"

The young women tell another version of her life after her rescue,

"...Otero did not treat her well back there,
So she left him for the Gringo Pistolero"

As Allen Damron sang that last, he would have a smile on his face and a wicked twinkle in his eye. He had a way of caressing the words when he sang if the mood of song called for it. He could spit a distasteful adjective out of his mouth so that the listener, whether in person or on a recording knew the subject of that descriptor was deserving of all the contempt Allen had just given him/her/it.

Allen's guitar playing was a component of tone setting throughout the song,too. Allen Damron was a great finger picker. He would alternate the picking with strumming, to change moods as the song progressed. As he came to the end of the verse and the words "Gringo Pistolero" he gave the guitar a flourish. It was a consistent, repetitive motion, because as he did it, he would fling his hand off the guitar and up in the air briefly.

Every time I visualize the Gringo Pistolero, I don't see Captain Leonard Matlack, although I have seen his picture. I see instead the face of my own dearly beloved husband. I know that it is one of his favorite songs as well, but that's not why I see his face. I know that were I in danger, he would move heaven and earth, even to the extent the Gringo Pistolero was willing to, in order to ensure my safe return. What woman could not like a song that reminds her of how very much she is cherished?

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