Best Shooting Rests For Sighting In, Plinking and Hunting!

By Kopfjäger  

Will A Rifle Rest Help Improve Your Mark?

Tripod shooting rests provide users with a stable platform to bear the weight of their firearm while aiming and shooting.

Nearly all long-range precision shooters and hunters use some type of gun rest: tripod, bipod, monopod, shooting stick or shooting table.

Tripods support the weight of your rifle, allowing your arms to rest before taking your shot. Also, they enable quick-target acquisition by reducing the shaking and tremors of your reticle.

Tripods enable users to easily switch from guns to cameras. This establishes a steady system to transition from the click of a camera to the pull of a trigger without sacrificing accuracy.

Sighting-In With A Rifle Rest

For shooting activities, safety is paramount. After that, accuracy is the name of the game. What’s the point of shooting a firearm if you aren’t hitting your target?

Shooting rests make sighting-in a quick and easy task. For those unfamiliar with sighting-in a rifle, all you need is a 100-yard range, your unloaded rifle and a laser boresight.

Sighting-In is much easier with a shooting rest!

Chamber the laser boresight into your rifle like a regular round and look through the optic. Dial the windage and elevation turrets until your reticle is centered on the laser.

Sight-in at 25 yards, then move back to 50 yards and repeat the process. Do it again at 100 yards. Once you’re sighted-in at 100 yards, remove the laser boresight.

Now, you’re laser bore-sighted.

Load 5 live rounds. Go ahead and shoot. If your 5 rounds are grouping neatly on the target, you’re zeroed.

Fine-tune as needed. It’s just that simple.

Shooting rests greatly aid this process because they keep your rifle perfectly anchored and stable during the whole process. This eliminates a variable factor, i.e., your rifle position.

Plinking With A Rifle Rest

Plinking is just casual shooting! Find somewhere you can safely and legally shoot and set-up whatever targets your heart desires!

Going to the gun range can be expensive and tedious. There are usage fees, target fees and membership obligations. Range masters tell you when to shoot and where to shoot. You’re enclosed in a concrete or steel box while you shoot.

This is not the nature-connected activity many shooters need or want.

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A metal bucket – a classic plinking target

Plinking is the opposite. Find somewhere you can safely shoot, somewhere rural, with a nice berm or other backdrop to absorb your ammunition.

From there you can set up soda cans, road signs or other homemade targets and shoot till your heart is content! Plinking is the relaxing version of range shooting, and naturally, shooting rests make the activity more accurate and enjoyable!

Of course, you can ‘plink’ at the gun range, or just do casual range work—these activities are not necessarily exclusive. However, most plinkers choose to shoot somewhere far-removed from the beaten path.

The Kopfjäger system improves accuracy, even if you’re just casually putting lead downrange. Developing muscle memory and a ‘sixth sense’ of straight shooting is a great byproduct of casual plinking with the Kopfjäger system!

Hunting With A Rifle Rest

Now that we have established that shooting rests help keep your rifle stable and accurate, the crossover benefit to hunting should be obvious.

Most long-range shooting happens with a rifle rest. Whether you’re using a stump, a window ledge or boulder, you’re using a shooting rest. The difference is Kopfjäger tripods keep your weapon from getting dirty or scratched and are stable and height-adjustable.

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A hunter using the K700 tripod

When hunting, you want to take ethical shots. Anything short of a lethal shot is undesirable. You want to harvest your game animal with precision and humanity, or in other words, put your prey down quickly.

Shooting rests enable accurate, ethical hunting. Your prey will taste better, you’ll save ammunition and your rifle will be clean and protected. So what are you waiting for? Start hunting with a Kopfjäger rifle rest today!

Kopfjäger Tripod Systems

Fans of high quality shooting rests have likely heard of the best brand in the business: Kopfjäger.

The Kopfjäger system, created by Dallas SWAT officers, includes the Kopfjäger Reaper Grip, Reaper Rail and associated accessories.

Kopfjäger Reaper Grip

The Reaper Grip is the most recognizable and prestigious Kopfjäger product. Its distinct upward ‘claws’ grip nearly any straight or tapered rifle stock or chassis without scratching or damage of any kind.

Assembled in the USA, the Reaper Grip attaches to the Direct Mount Adapter and smoothly pans 360° and tilts 109° to give users focus and flexibility.

hunter tripod restKopfjäger Reaper Grip Upper Assembly

With the powerful Reaper Grip, users can easily manipulate their rifle’s orientation, and its offset design allows easy magazine changes.

If you currently own our Reaper Grip, you can convert it to a Reaper Rail with just the purchase of the Rail Plate and Cant Level (mounting screws included). Tripods with the smaller 1/4-20 threaded stud require an included adapter to allow it to work on those models as well.

Kopfjäger Reaper Rail

Whether you run a Picatinny or Arca Swiss rail on your rifle, Kopfjäger has you covered. The Kopfjäger Reaper Rail easily mounts either a Picatinny or Arca Swiss Rail and provides a stable base for long-range shooting.

Like the legendary Reaper Grip, the Reaper Rail provides smooth pan and tilt movements. It also boasts locking cant adjustments to minimize human error and features a user-friendly offset design.

Kopfjäger Tripods

Combined with the Kopfjäger System are two ultra-stable tripods that can be used for a variety of purposes: Law enforcement, competitive shooting, hunting, game observation and more.

In addition to providing firearm stability, tripods adjust to your desired height and provide smooth panning movement while scanning with your rifle or camera.

The two Kopfjäger tripods are the K700 and K800. Each one has different strengths, weaknesses and other unique qualities.

Kopfjäger’s Heavy Duty Aluminum Tripod

Kopfjäger K700 Aluminum Tripod

Let’s begin with the K700, Kopfjäger’s aluminum tripod. The K700 is heavier than the K800, so once it’s planted properly, it likely won’t need heavy bags or additional weights to keep it in place, especially if there is a large camera or firearm mounted on top.

Also, the K700 is also less costly, due to its aluminum material, and that also means the K700 can withstand especially high or low temperatures. Its drawback is the added weight. If you are persistence hunting, hiking, or if you need to do extensive climbing, the K700’s extra weight can become draining.

Additionally, aluminum gradually degrades in wet weather, so products like Everbrite Protectaclear coating may become necessary.

Kopfjäger’s Carbon Fiber Tripod

tripod shooting restKopfjäger K800 Carbon Fiber Tripod

The K800 is Kopfjäger’s alternative to the K700. This tripod is carbon fiber, meaning it weighs less, but is also stronger and stiffer than the K700.

The K800’s stiffness means it won’t shake or vibrate when a firearm is mounted and will allow for a clearer picture when a camera is mounted.

The K800’s weight means it’s easier to carry long distances, and can be set up more quickly, allowing more shooting time. Finally, the K800 is also extremely durable—carbon fiber is famously resilient and likely won’t deteriorate over its useful lifetime.

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Main Tripod System Differences

K700 Aluminum Tripod K800 Carbon Fiber Tripod
$99.97 $319.97
Aluminum material; 5.5lbs Carbon Fiber material; 3.8lbs
Can hold up to 25lbs Can hold up to 20lbs
Operating heights from 72’’ to 10.75’’ Operating heights from 64’’ to 19.75’’
3 leg extensions 4 leg extensions
Slip-resistant rubber feet Slip-resistant rubber feet
Leg lock levers Leg lock levers

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Kopfjäger Tripod Lifespan

Given proper care, the service life of Kopfjäger tripods can be measured in decades. However, if subjected to rough handling, a carbon fiber unit will likely come out ahead as it is more durable than its aluminum counterpart.

For both, wear and tear usually manifests in the form of dings and scratches. With each of these products, Kopfjäger includes a case and camera thread adapter.

Again, choosing the correct tripod comes down to the user’s purpose, expertise and experience.

To complete the Kopfjäger Tripod Shooting Rest System, consider purchasing a Kopfjäger Reaper Grip and associated accessories.


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