TSI Model 1000 Rifle Rest | by Bill Battles Of On Target Magazine
Target Shooting, Inc. makes what may be the world's best precision rifle rests. Case in point: the Model 1000. This Rolls Royce of rifle rests weighs almost 15 pounds--a good thing when it comes to precision work with a rifle. Built on rugged front and rear castings joined by two square steel rods, the Model 1000 has one rear and two front screw-adjustable feet with knurled locking collars. A bubble level in the front casting permits the shooter to obtain a perfectly level platform by adjusting the height the feet. Each foot includes a screw-out steel pin for use on wooden benches, with non-marring vinyl foot caps provided for hard-surfaced benches. Bed length is adjustable from 6 to 26 inches, more than sufficient to accommodate the longest rifle. The rear saddle is covered in soft black leather, and is adjustable for height, rotation, and fore/aft angle. The Model 1000's forend cradle is truly a work of art. It rotates 360 degrees, and is micro-adjustable for height via a large, knurled adjustment ring. The rifle's forend is cradled between two dead foam blocks, which kill rifle bounce and protect the forend. The width between the blocks can be set at up to 3.5 inches to fit the widest target forend, and when locked in they microadjust right and left using a large windage adjustment knob.
The front and rear castings are finished in an attractive silver-vein powder coating. Other steel and aluminum parts are left in the white. An optional pistol rest ($72) replaces the forend cradle, and has all the adjustability necessary to accommodate any carry, target, or hunting handgun. The model 1000 retails for $429.95, and should last for eight or ten generations of shooters. In fact, we like it so much that we've adopted the Model 1000 as the official rifle/pistol rest of On Target magazine! See it at your local gun shop, or for more information contact Target Shooting, Inc., Dept OT, P.O. Box 773, Watertown, SD 57201; Tel.: (800) 611-2164; Web: www.targetshooting.com