Okay folks, I needed an inexpensive portable shooting rest that supported the front of a back and a rifle to keep in my shop. I dug around a bit and found the MTM K-Zone Shooting Rest on Amazon. It had 4.5 stars with 480 reviews. I knew it would be plastic so some of the reviews that called it light duty didn’t bother me. At any rate, for $39.99 and Prime shipping, I went ahead and ordered it.
It arrived a week ago and I took it out of the box immediately noticing that some assembly was required and then the included pieces caught my eye. I noticed that a lot of the major parts were in halves and unscrewed.
At first I thought they were saving money and were pushing some of the labor onto they buyer. I actually opened the instructions and immediately saw that they had left it this way for people to fill the voids with bird shot to make it heavier – YES!!!!!!! I was all over it like hens on bugs. I had a bunch of 7 shot in containers that I then 3/4 filled the various voids leaving room for plastic on the top.
A perk of having a gun parts business that makes plastic furniture via compression casting is that you have gallons of liquid plastic!! I mixed some up, added just a touch of black dye for giggles and poured it in on top of the shot thus sealing everything up nice and sound – no irritating rattling. Now, if you don’t have plastic laying around, you could mix up epoxy or Bondo and have very similar results.
Once the plastic cured, I then used the included screws to put everything together. It’s pretty straight forward with easy instructions to assemble it. I used the rest this morning and it was nice and solid. Sure, it’s made from plastic but it ought to work just fine for what I need. If you are looking for a nice basic rest, check this out. By the way, one nice feature is that you can pull the buttstock extension out and just use the front portion as a handgun rest. Pretty cool.
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