Most serious shooters are already familiar with the Caldwell brand. I’ve got at least half a dozen of their shooting bags sitting out at my range, a few more in the gun room and one in my truck. I use any number of them for just about every gun review I do.
I’ve had one of their Lead Sled rests for as long as I can remember. and it’s used regularly in many of my rifle reviews. Many, but not all…that’s because neither it, nor my MTM rest will fit an AR or AK rifle due to the length of standard 30-round magazines. I have some five-round mags that will let me get an AR in the other rests, but I don’t have any shorties for the AK. With the new Caldwell Stinger Shooting rest, that problem is solved.
The Stinger covers all the bases. First, and most importantly, it holds the rifle still with 31-inch long, rigid steel tube construction. The Stinger’s three feet are covered in soft non-marring rubber so you can shoot off your dining room table if your wife will let you get away with that.
The rest has two solid points of contact that are far enough apart for plenty of stability. There’s little to no movement from recoil, and I never had to readjust the rifle after firing a rifle. The rear support is an adjustable monopod. Just turn the large plastic knob to raise and lower the rear of the base as much as one inch of elevation.
Particularly useful is the adjustable front rest. The Stinger’s two-rail construction allow the front support to move fore and aft for a perfect fit for your long gun. Two sturdy clamps lock the front rest down in position firmly holding your firearm in place.
Also much appreciated is the amount of front rest elevation you can dial in. The spring-loaded elevation knob moves easily with a turn of your hand giving you three inches of adjustment. Sitting behind the gun, it’s an easy job to keep my cheek-stock weld while moving the front of the gun up and down. I never have to take my face off the gun, or my eye away from the sights.
The Stinger comes from the factory in pieces so you’ll have to put yours together before launching any lead. When it comes to “some assembly required,” I’m functionally mentally challenged. It still only took me about 15 minutes with the supplied tools to complete the rest, so you’ll probably git ‘er done in half that time.
I tried several different long guns with the Stinger rest. I used a Ruger 77 Hawkeye, a Remington 870 shotgun, an AR15 and two different AK47s, one with a fixed stock and one an underfolder. With every single gun I was able to adjust the rest to get a solid, repeatable foundation for firing.
The best part: full-length magazines are no longer a problem. AR or AK, the Stinger lets you mount your rifle with a standard magazine.
The Caldwell Stinger does everything you need a shooting rest to do and does it for virtually any rifle at a very reasonable price.
Specifications: Caldwell Stinger Shooting Rest
Dimensions: 31 x 8 x 7.8 inches
Weight: 11 pounds
Ratings (out of five stars):
Ease of Assembly * * * * *
If I could do it, you won’t have any problem at all.
Stability * * * * *
Rock solid. Period.
Overall * * * * *
The Caldwell Stinger Shooting Rest gave me a solid platform for my long guns, it adjusts fully and quickly, and is surprisingly inexpensive for the quality of the product. This is my new range rest.