The real problem is that I have a leaky faucet that is driving me crazy and it was more fun taking stupid pictures than tryng to cure a 60 year old faucet. Of course when my wife got home from work she wanted to know why the faucet was still leaking. Being partially deaf comes in handy every once in a while. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
What I needed was a light shooting platform that could be packed in for a day trip and back out in the evening with all of my other gear. Shooting from prone with a bipod is usually not feasible here in the east. Having tried to work up a tripod that was steady enough for 1K ranges I found they were just too heavy. After drafting up several different designs and looking at weight issues, I happened upon a Coleman “high stand” for about $30 and it is rated for 100 pounds of weight. It is 28 inches tall and is used from a sitting position. The stand by itself is a little rickety so when putting the top together I installed the hooks so they would keep everything under tension and fully locked. I epoxied a small piece of 2X4 onto the ¼ plywood and then epoxied in a threaded rod coupler into the 2X4. This allows one to attach a front rest onto a threaded rod and adjust the height of the front rest to shoot uphill at pretty extreme angles. The front rest platform is an old hose hanger that is all aluminum and was lying in a corner of the lawn mower shed. It bolts onto the top of the threaded rod. I haven’t quite finished trimming it down to the minimum size but the aluminum doesn’t weigh anything.
A couple of poly pellet bean bags are needed which also weigh nothing. I think I am fixing to learn how to run a sewing machine.
I have not yet located a good “free” carrying bag for it to fit into (REI has plenty but they want some money for them). At the current time it weighs just under 7 pounds. I am considering a fixture for a spotting scope and/or range finder but haven’t figured out how to do that.