I was recently contacted by Montie Design and asked if I would like to evaluate one of their products, the AR-Rest, a portable gun rest.
I said, “Sure thing”.
They shipped me a model of their AR-Rest and here it is, as it came out of the package.
It was a three piece assembly, made of high quality aluminum with a quality black finish.
I weighed the pieces and the total weight was only slightly over one pound.
This would sure make it easy to carry into the field.
This particular model is slightly higher than their X-Rest, and is made for shooting AR-15s or AK-47s or other magazine fed semi-autos with large magazines that need clearance from the bench.
Of course, it can also be used with any rifle or shotgun, and could even be used for pistols.
It has “teeth” on the bottom of the feet, to allow a firm grip on a wooden bench.
But there are also some rubber cushions supplied, and since I shoot from a cement bench, I decided to add the cushions.
They didn’t seem to stick to the feet very well, and could easily fall off, so I just used my hot glue gun to attach them semi-permanently to the feet.
The system is about as easy to put together as can be.
It would easily fit into a bag for transportation, and then can be assembled at the range in a matter of seconds.
You just line up the slots on the two matching legs.
And then insert the tab from the third piece through the slot.
And slide in the locking pin.
The locking pin is conveniently attached with a piece of coated wire to prevent loss.
The pin also has a spring-loaded ball to prevent it from falling out of the slot unintentionally.
When assembled, the AR-Rest is very steady and secure.
The portion of the rest where the rifle fore-end rests is covered with a soft rubber.
This ought to prevent any marring of the fore-end.
I took it to the range to see how it shot.
It easily fit in the range bag.
Let’s try an AR-15 with a 30 round magazine.
It was a good, steady rest.
How about an AK-47 with a 30 round magazine?
It seems that the curved magazine might hit the rear leg of the rest. So, I turned the rest around and put the rear leg forward, and that solved the problem.
I also tried a pistol on the rest.
It worked just fine.
My step-son, Abel, also used it to shoot a .22 rifle that we were testing.
The current cost for the AR-Rest is $59.95. That’s not “cheap”, but the rest is a quality product and that costs money
If you are in the market for a lightweight and stable rifle rest, give this one a look. It is a quality product.