Our new for 2011, our Precision Rifle Deployment Pad is a rugged, portable and field-packable tactical shooting mat. Designed by Gunsite instructor and former police sergeant Giles Stock and The Widerness, the pad features a unique "bipod retention pocket" at the front so that the shooter can capture the rifle's bipod legs and "load" the bipod by pushing the rifle forward lightly to create stabilizing tension. Used with our Giles AccuBag or Slimline AccuBag (*not included, available separately) as a rear buttstock rest, the combined system enhances field accuracy. The bipod feet can be freed from the pocket immediately for lateral movement. Having the bipod legs on the pad also prevents the feet from digging into soft, wet or sandy soil.
Intended for rigorous use by law enforcement and military snipers, and civilian rough country target shooters, the pad is constructed of durable, abrasion-resistant 1000D Cordura® nylon fabric. It features a slim 1/8" closed-cell foam core that provides a lightweight moisture and temperature barrier without adding unnecessary bulk. Constructed with the guiding Wilderness philosophy that "overkill never fails," all seams are carefully multi-stitched at stress points and only quality materials are used throughout. It will take years of field use while protecting the shooter from cold, wet, hot or sharp ground conditions.
At ~30" x 72" (note that minor differences in sizing may occur due to fabric manufacturing variations) the pad is long enough for most of the shooter's body to be on the pad with the rifle's bipod feet locked into the retention webbing at the front. If ground conditions are severe, the shooter can choose to lie completely on the pad with the rifle supported forward of it. The pad may be folded in half to provide twice the padding and insulation while in a kneeling or seated shooting position.
The pad may be folded three different ways for storage or carry:
- Rolled in full width for vertical attachment to a pack (~30" wide x 4" diameter)
- Folded for 1/2 width (~15" wide x 8" diameter)
- Tri-folded for 1/3 width (~10" wide x 12" diameter)
Two detachable 1" x 30" nylon straps are included and may be adjusted to secure the pad rolled into the 1/2-width and attach it to a backpack. Includes an integrated carry-handle when rolled in 1/2-width. May also be rolled in full-width without folding for a long, more slender size that attaches well to the side of tall backpacks. Optional shorter 1" x 18" utility straps fit the full-width roll best.
Intended for field deployment in hostile conditions, the pad features milspec 550 cord loops at each corner for securing with tent stakes or nylon ties.
While intended primarily as a shooting mat, the versatile Precision Rifle Deployment Pad may also serve as a warm weather, or additional cold weather, ground pad for sleeping to enhance the rating of your sleeping pad and bag. With a pair of shooting sticks, tent pegs, cordage and some ingenuity it can be converted into a couple configurations of field-expedient, wind-blocking lean-to for emergencies. It can be staked or tied for use as a sun shade or military sniper's hide roof. Rolled up, this handy multi-tasker can even function as a forend shooting rest for some field situations.
Detachable 1" Carry Strap and user-installable D-Rings available separately.
*Final product may vary slightly from version pictured. AccuBags and rifle not included.