Shooting benches are many times an invaluable tool in the world of shooting sports. A good shooting bench though is sometimes hard to find. Then when found, having some “green” leftover in your wallet after acquiring it can be just as hard. Harder still may be the search for a rock-solid and user-friendly yet portable bench. With this emphasis in mind, I introduce to you Wade Loudamy and the Legacy Shooting Bench.
Legacy Shooting Products
Wade Loudamy grew up in a small west Texas town where guns and hunting were as much a way of life as they were a hobby. Over time gunsmithing and competitive shooting have also been added to Wade’s credentials, including a 3rd place finish at the Texas State BPCS Championship. It is with this background and knowledge base that Wade builds portable shooting benches. On the top of Wade’s list of priorities you’ll also find God and family. He has included both in his business enterprise – Legacy Shooting Products. His three boys work alongside him in creating these fine shooting benches, and a portion of the money raised goes to help spread the word of God, literally all across the world.
So how about the bench? The Legacy Shooting Bench is a heavy duty yet portable four-legged bench with a hidden, internal compartment for the storage of the bench’s legs. A small wooden wedge is also provided to give stability when being used on concrete or other hard surfaces. It is simple, straightforward and sturdy by design. Wade offers it in right handed, left handed and also ambidextrous patterns. It comes with your burned-in initials, name or other feature of 6 characters or less, as well as the option for a printed quote, picture or saying on the bench’s top. It’s priced attractively starting at $329.
I was at work when my model arrived at my house. Its weight was somewhat noticeable as I hauled it up the stairs to unbox it after finally getting home that night. The first stop after unboxing was the bathroom scale, just to see what kind of numbers it would put up… just a few tenths over 53 pounds. After further research, that’s about average when it comes to other “portable” shooting benches. One surprising aspect was the bench’s top… it was absolutely beautiful! Beautiful grain, good finish and the initials and wording added a nice touch. I loved it immediately. The bench top is made up of multiple layers of heavy duty plywood, totaling roughly 2.25 inches thick. All the corners are nicely rounded, and there are two small half-moon cutouts (one on each side of the forward part of the bench) which will hold the barrel of your rifle, should you choose to lean it against the bench.
Four 2” diameter female couplings are embedded into the underside of the bench, into which the legs are threaded. The threads are a tapered “pipe” thread and when tightened there is absolutely no wiggle or jiggle in the legs and couplings, truly a solid setup. A trapdoor, which slides in tongue-and-groove fashion, covers the compartment that stores the legs and wooden wedge. This also keeps the legs/threads from getting damaged during transport. Wade advertises that the bench can be set up in less than 2 minutes. I did it easily in 1:45, no rush. The assembled bench is just over 34 inches tall, ground to table top. The actual top is a rectangle measuring 27 inches by 47 inches, with an 11 by 27 inch rectangle removed from one corner to complete the typical shooting bench outline. The wooden wedge was just the ticket when I set up the bench out on the concrete driveway. No wiggle here! Carrying the bench is best done under one’s arm while gripping the inside corner of the “L” shape, though a well-placed handle from the hardware store might prove handy as well.