Quick bio: I've been a diver since 1969 and decided to start a new hobby this past Thanksgiving. Started with a 1911, added a AR10, then this past Feb built a 10/22 with an 80% receiver from Tactical Inc. and last week added a Mark IV Hunter. So far I've had a lot of fun.
Being new to shooting, it's not hard for me to admit that I know less than nothing. I listen to everyone, ask copious amounts of questions and watch and watch. Coming from a sport where what you don't know can (and will) kill you, it's refreshing to find a sport that is not so dangerous. I mean that sincerely. I've buried a lot of friends and acquaintances over the years that thought the rules didn't apply to them... or simply didn't know or understand the rules at all. I have taken two classes so far, but I've learned far, far more from the people at the Florida Keys Shooting Club. Oh, there are a couple with a God complex... I just avoid them and stick to the rest.
Last week I bought Rock BR bench rest. It looks great, and today I assembled it. I found out pretty quickly, it didn't have a back rest. That's OK, I have plenty of soft weights (for Scuba Diving) and built a nice mound. The assembly was pretty easy and quick, and I was up and running in a few minutes. Or was I? OK, I can see how this could be modified to make shooting easier. My groups tightened right up. Instead of an inch. I wasn't happy about the process. I need to think this through and so I started to pack the van.
As I packed, Stnwave arrived on the scene. Yay, Stan! The first thing I saw Stan unload was his modified Rock BR bench rest. Even better, Stan had almost the same (same???) stock that I was running. I really liked how he had his bench set up.
So, what do you have? How have you modified it? What suggestions do you have for me?
BTW, Stan is probably one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. Super friendly and incredibly helpful. He approaches this as an engineer would because he is one.
I really enjoyed our discussion on the range today, Stnwave. Thanks!