Everybody shoots better when they have something soft to rest their rifle on. Competitive shooters bring all sorts of bags to the range, and hunters have been using rests — purpose-built and improvised — for centuries. Shadow Tech, the folks who make the great PIG Saddle and tripod combo I reviewed earlier this year, have come up with a simple and effective soft rest that attaches directly to your rifle’s stock. They call it the PIG Skins Barricade Pad.
In order to try it out, I installed the PIG Skin on one of my most tried and trusted hunting rifles, a Remington 700ADL in 7mm-08. This was the rifle that started long(ish) range shooting for me, and has taken hundreds of white tail deer, antelope, pigs, and varmints all over the country. I’ve bedded the factory composite stock, and it looked like a prime candidate for the PIG Skin.
Installation of the PIG Skin Barricade Pad is easy, and everything required is included. Pick a spot on your stock, clean it with the included alcohol pad, and stick the pile side of the Velcro on the gun after it dries.
Then just set the barricade onto the Velcro and…you’re done. It’s that easy. When you want to remove the barricade just peel it off the pile side, which stays firmly stuck to the stock.
The pad is
genuine unicorn tongue, urethane, the same stuff the pads on the Hog Saddle and Pig Saddle are made of. It has a bit of a soft feel to it, but still retains its shape and rigidity. The material is extremely durable and UV resistant.
If, for some reason, that pile gets worn out over time, Shadow Tech has included another section in the package. It would take a lot of years and a whole lot placements and removals of the pad to get both pile sections to wear out.
The 7mm-08 is known to be a light-recoiling caliber, one of the many reasons it’s one of my favorite chamberings. Still, it pushes back enough to get an idea on how well the hook and loop hold together in recoil. It holds together.
I put 50 rounds through this gun over the course of a few of weeks while trying to decide if it needs a new barrel (sadly, yes). At no point in the firing did the hook and loop ever separate, or really move under recoil in any way that would require adjustment.
The barricade pad provides a good grip, with a little extra texture for offhand shots. More importantly, it gives lots of extra texture, as well as a soft surface for shooting off of hard objects, such as a rail, a bench, a rock, or a tree branch.
No mater the shape of the object it rests on, the PIG Skin barricade pad’s urethane horn allows the shooter lean into the gun, further stabilizing the rifle for precise shots.
The PIG Skin Barricade Pad with Horn as shown is only $14.99. I wouldn’t put it on any of my rifles with a fine wood stock purely for aesthetic reasons, but for any of my composite or aluminum stocks, it’s a great addition. Another good product from a company I’ve come to trust.
Rating (out of five stars):
Overall * * * * *
The PIG Skin Barricade Pad with Horn is a simple, effective piece of gear to help with all sorts of rifle shooting. It’s great for the blind or the brush, or for shooting off a bag. Plus, it’s dirt cheap. It was an easy five stars for this one.