As a part of my recent shooting facility upgrades, I just finished building a concrete shooting bench (see this article). To complement the shooting bench, I recently got an amazing rifle rest: the Sinclair Competition Shooting Rest. In this article I’ll give an overview of this rest, and share some great initial results from shooting with this rest.
Specs and Overview
From the Brownells Product Page:
The Sinclair Competition Shooting Rest is a result of our staff and our customer’s years of shooting experience on the firing line, and in the field. We’ve incorporated the best design ideas, materials, and craftsmanship to present you with a shooting platform that rivals any windage rest available today. Whether you’re competing in a benchrest discipline, F-Class, or wringing the most accuracy from your favorite shooting rig, the Sinclair Competition Rest offers the most versatile fit, function, and features in one complete package.
NOTE: You will need to order a front bag in addition to the rest. We recommend the Protector Leather/Cordura or the Edgewood Standard Front Bags.
Heavy and Compact
The Sinclair Competition Rest’s foundation begins with a one inch, solid steel base plate with a durable granite powder coat finish. This enables us to achieve a massive unit – over 30 pounds – with the lowest center of gravity, combined with a footprint that’s no larger than other tripod rests currently on the market. It’s nearly twice as heavy as our closest competitor.
Most shooting rests by design, are awkward and difficult to manage and maneuver. We solved this by machining a carry handle into the base plate for easy transport, making the Sinclair Competition Rest one of the most mobile units available,in spite of its enormous weight. No tacky looking handles or impossible two-arm lift methods are needed.
The Sinclair Competition Rest has the windage operation built directly into the base plate. It incorporates dual sets of twin tapered roller bearings for an effortless, non-binding windage operation. The oversized windage control knob is positioned near the rear speed screw where simultaneous one-handed adjustment is easily achievable. Nearly four feet of windage adjustment is offered at 100 yards – enough for any bench shooting discipline. The oversized, fluted handwheel also offers smooth vertical adjustment with the aid of a thrust bearing. A non-windage-adjustable model is available for shooters who prefer to adjust windage off the rear bag or do not have a need for the windage adjustable base block.
The unique construction of this windage unit platform enables an entirely ambidextrous set-up for right or left handed shooters. The post, center column, controls and windage adjustment disassemble and reassemble on the opposite side, for a completely mirrored, left hand use.
Hardware for Hard Wear
The Sinclair Competition Rest includes upgraded hardware: a beefed up center column (1.95″ up from 1.375″); threaded post (1″ diameter up from ¾”); leg screws (½” diameter up from 3⁄8″); and large diameter fluted speed screw – all made from high grade stainless steel to withstand a lifetime of abuse. All knob controls and handwheel are machined from aluminum then anodized or powder coated to provide a durable grip surface for all adjustments.
The Sinclair Competition Rest is completed with our Benchrest Top with new lockable forend stop assembly. Our Benchrest Top accepts both Edgewood and Protektor front bags in sporter, varmint, and benchrest configurations. The new lockable forend stop unit is adjustable for length (fore-aft), height, and cant. Our benchrest top is both NBRSA and IBS approved for competition shooting. The Sinclair Competition Rest is also available with our All-Purpose Top which features our updated Sinclair designed Edgewood Bag, easy adjust lockable bag ears and new forend stop. This top is an excellent choice for all Rimfire Benchrest competitions, particularly Sporter Rifle Class, as well as those wishing to attain the highest level of accuracy from all of their rifles.
The Sinclair Competition Rest includes mounting holes for aftermarket accessories you may wish to entertain. Such as our Port Level Ammo Block which enables the shooter to adjust their tray of 20 rounds of PPC or BR wherever needed. Move it close to your rifle port for fast shooting.
SPECS- Weight: 30 lbs., Height Adjustment: 5″ to 10″, Footprint Front to Rear: 13″, Footprint Right to Left: 11 3/4, Windage Adj. @ 100 yds: 60″.
I chose the Sinclair Competition Shooting Rest for the following reasons:
- It has all of the features I’m looking for: nothing more and nothing less
- Affordable price-point in its class
- Weight: I wanted something very massive
- Compatibility with Protektor and Edgewood front bags
- Quality (this rest has it!)
Here’s a breakdown of the features:
Above we have:
- Solid steel base (30lb for the base alone)
- Integrated bubble level
- Column lock (for coarse elevation adjustment)
- Front screws (with knobs and lock nuts)
- Fully adjustable forend stop (horizontal, vertical, cant)
- Adjustable front bag side plates
- Leather bag (Purchased separately, Protektor Model bag shown here)
- Elevation handwheel (medium level elevation adjustment)
- Elevation handwheel lock
- Speed screw (fine elevation adjustment)
The Proof is In the Results
I recently set a personal record for a 5-shot group at 100 yards with the 6 Dasher custom rifle I built. Here’s an excerpt from that story:
The best group from my initial load development measured approximately 0.090″ for 5 shots at 100 yards. I’m confident that the concrete shooting bench and Sinclair Competition Rest enabled a much better result compared to my previous shooting setup. I’m very happy!
If you are interested in getting your own Sinclair Rest, you can do so from Brownells.com. Here are the product links:
Sinclair Competition Shooting Rest with Windage Control (shown in this article)
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