One of my new favorite blogs these days is by a couple of NW guys, and fellow precision rifle competitors, called The 6.5 Guys, that discusses the PRS sport and and gear that goes along with it. I am also a follower of their Youtube channel which I recommend you do as well if you want to get in to this game. I have noticed in the last year of precision rifle competitions that the tripod is a valuable asset to have. Most of the time when a stage calls for the offhand position, unless otherwise stated people can use a tripod. Easy enough but you realize quickly that not all tripods are alike. You need to think of weight since you are carrying everything with you for 10 hours a day. And of course stability is your number one importance.This is different than a photographer’s tripod. Think of it as a tactical tripod.
Ed and Steve the 6.5 Guys take a look at a small selection of tripod gear shooters typically employ. They discuss the tripod gear they are currently using and talk about the rationale behind their choices. Steve and Ed also provide a brief overview of some of the techniques they are currently using to shoot off a tripod support from different positions (kneeling, seated, standing).
Ed and Steve employ different techniques – one uses a ball head and the other doesn’t. You can also see how a sling can be used to control elevation and stabilize the rifle. Most importantly they explain why they have adopted their respective techniques and this illustrates how different things work for different shooters. In other words, just because something works for somebody else, your equipment and physique may dictate something else. The 6.5 Guys also discuss the differences between the Hog Saddle and the lower cost Pig Saddle.
The video is about 27 minutes and worth every minute of it. Subscribe to the 6.5 Guys Youtube Channel while you are at it.