Inventive Technology Sharp
Shooter Bench and Rifle Rest
I sometimes stumble across interesting new
shooting gear in the darnedest places. A few months ago I was dropping some film off for
processing at the same time Kent Roberts, a local manufacturer, was making arrangements to
have photos taken of some new products he was about to market under the Inventive
Technology trade name.
When he brought his products in from the
truck, I did a fast double-take. The first was a flat piece of wood with a pair of sturdy
steel legs folded snugly against it. The legs unfolded to create a shooting bench similar
to the light, portable bench Ive used for several decades now. That super-handy
bench has long since been out of production, and I cant even remember who made it.
Like my old, faithful shooting bench, the new Sharp Shooter bench took up practically no
space in a car trunk or the bed of a pickup truck.
The other product was a sturdy steel shooting
rest with several useful features. The lower assembly consisted of a T-shaped base made of
miniature closed-sided girders 1 1/2 inches thick. The rear of the T rested on a square
rubber foot, while the Ts crossbar featured screw-adjustable legs. The base
supported a 24-inch steel arm with a rubber rear yoke slotted to fit a rifles butt.
Another yoke at the front of the arm consisted of a wide-mouthed vise with rubber-padded
jaws. This vise could be adjusted to firmly grip anything from a trim, narrow forend to
the wide beavertail stocks benchrest target rifles sport.
An opposing pair of knurled wheels allowed the
forward yoke to be locked at a particular height. Finally, a separate wheel 8 inches to
the rear allowed precise adjustments in elevation.
I introduced myself to Roberts and made
arrangements to pick the samples up after the photographer had finished with them. When I
headed to my desert shooting range to test rifles a few days later, the Sharp Shooter
bench and Magnum Sharp Shooter rifle rest came along.
Folded perfectly flat, the bench took up even
less space than my old favorite portable bench did in my Hondas trunk. The rifle
rest also took up very little room. When I unloaded the car and set up shop, the 24-pound
shooters bench was light enough to be carried one-handed to the shooting site. It
took only a couple of seconds to fold the legs down and lock them in place. The top of the
bench a laminated shooting platform 36 inches wide and 24 inches long was
scalloped at two corners, allowing me to snug up to the rifle without a sharp corner
poking me in the ribs. The platform was edged in protective PVC plastic.
A folding three-legged stool was an optional
accessory I passed on. I already had several folding camp stools in my collection, and any
of them would work fine. A pistol rest accessory was also available. The Magnum Sharp
Shooter rest tipped the scales at an even 10 pounds a pound lighter than listed in
My battered, old-faithful shooting bench had
three legs, which provided rock-steady tripod support. The new bench was four-legged, so a
little shifting around was needed to find a stable position. Once I had the bench
stabilized, I placed the Magnum Sharp Shooter rest on top and mounted a rifle in the
cradle. A few spins of the adjusting wheel snugged the forend firmly in place.