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April 15, 2011

Monopod Shooting Sticks

A monopod shooting stick is quick and easy to set up.

A monopod shooting stick gives you a quick and steady shot.

A monopod is the best shooting stick for a fast setup. Without multiple stick legs to adjust and balance, you can steady your shot in no time.

Wood or Aluminum Monopod

An aluminum monopod is adjustable, which makes it more flexible for use on uneven terrain or by more than one hunter. The downside to aluminum is that if knocked against a tree or rifle stock, it can spook your quarry with a ‘ting’ noise. Be careful not to hit anything with the monopod while you are walking to your stand.

Wood is natural material, which is fairly quiet if knocked against a tree or other object. It’s not adjustable or collapsible, which makes it less convenient than an aluminum monopod, but it provides a sturdy support.

How to Use a Monopod

Hold the monopod in your non-shooting hand. Grab it near the top with fingers two, three, and four. The rifle fore end should rest in the pocket between your thumb and forefinger. Keep a firm grasp on the rifle and monopod, allowing the rifle to rest on your hand and not on the stick.

December 8, 2010

Using Shooting Sticks for a Steady Shot

Rubber and carbon tapered tips for use on different types of surfaces.

KillZone shooting sticks come with rubber and carbon tapered tips for use on different types of surfaces.

Shooting sticks give you a steadier shot, especially over long distances. Gripping the shooting sticks takes a little practice, but once you’re comfortable shooting with sticks, you may wonder how you ever got along without them.

Rubber and Conical Tips

You may notice that the tips of most shooting sticks are either pointed (conical) or rubber. Some also come with snow or mud discs. The rubber tip works best when shooting off concrete (such as at a shooting range) or other impenetrable surface.

The conical tip lets you dig in to the ground for more stability when shooting out in the field. With the leg tips firmly in place, you won’t need to worry about the legs splaying out under the force of the recoil.

Snow and mud discs act like snowshoes for your shooting sticks. They prevent the legs from sinking too deep into the snow or mud.

How to Grip Shooting Sticks

It seems even the experts vary slightly on how to grip the shooting sticks. Some say to grasp only the rifle and place your hand or wrist in the “V” with the rifle resting in the palm of your hand. Some say to grasp both the sticks and the rifle together, with the rifle resting on thumb and index finger as a buffer between the sticks and the rifle.

Grasping both the rifle and the sticks together can make it easier to adjust their positioning, but do whatever feels comfortable for you. Either way, the rifle should not rest directly on the gun rest. Resting the gun directly on a hard surface can throw your shots off and cause the gun to recoil differently. A soft and somewhat yielding support (such as your hand or sandbags) will give you a more accurate shot.

Also, make sure the fore-end of the rifle (and not the barrel) is resting in the “V” section. This will give you a steadier shot.