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Useful? You Bet Your R.A.S.S.

Last year, one of the items of shooting equipment to receive a Best of the Best award was the Rapid Acquisition Shooting System, made by R.C.B.S (and who there among ye can tell me what that acronym stands for, and how it came to be?). We used it in our rifle tests, and the three of us who did the shooting loved it.

S7_228746_imageset_02Despite its somewhat overblown name, the R.A.S.S. is simply a portable shooting bench--a stand with four legs, a seat, and a rifle brace that supports the fore-end and the butt. The R.A.S.S. is heavy and hyper-engineered, but it is very quick to set up, can adapt to just about any uneven terrain, and is dead solid.

I've found it most useful at the rifle ranges I use, both of which have fixed backstops and benches. If you want to shoot at 25 yards or 50 or 100, you're fine, but if you want to shoot at 5 yards (getting a scope on paper) or 10 yards (air rifles) or 250 or 300, you're SOL. So what you to is take your R.A.S.S. to the range and your problems are solved.

Or you can take it groundhog shooting and you will not have to lie prone on a fresh meadow muffin in order to be steady. Prairie dog shooting? A natural.

The real-world price for the R.A.S.S. is around $350. It's worth it, and then some.

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Clay Cooper

Michael

Shooting a smoke pole like a Sharps, I can see using shooting sticks! LOL!!!

About three years ago, I needed a bipod for a NEF .22 Hornet! The Harris bipod I wanted cost (I think!) $65! Ain't no way! That's almost what the rifle cost! Wandering through the local lumber yard one day, I noticed some busted up aluminum windows! AHA! I popped out two aluminum angles, cut them off to about 14", bolted them together with a small stove bolt and wing nut, painted them green and glued leather strips where the rifle lays in them!
Wah-lah! Fifty eight cent bipod!

Rock Chuck Bullet Swage!
Unable to afford the bulk of ammo necessary to shoot as much as he wanted or was it that he had a hard time finding the bullets? Mr. Huntington, decided to "roll his own", if you will!
The first dies were made from Model A (T?) axles. The rest is history! And a darn fine history it is!
I started with a buddy's older C frame press but came across my own set up in the first "O" frame with the compound handle, called a Rock Chucker press if I'm not mistaken! ALL my reloading equipment is RCBS, except for the scales!

Bubba

BarkeyVA

I just subscribed to the Gun Nut today. While checking some of the archive editions, I came across Ralph1971's May 9, 2006, comment about nominating the 12 ga. Marlin Model 90DT O/U shotgun as one of the 50 worst guns because the back of the trigger guard bruised his middle finger after shooting 50 sporting clays. I have six Model 90's including two 12 ga. M90's. I have been shooting M90 DT's for over 50 years, and I have never experienced bruising. Perhaps it is because I pull the front trigger with the pad of my index finger instead of putting the trigger in the crease of the first joint. I think Marlin Model 90 DT's are great shotguns.

Peter

I agree with Dr, Ralph and James T. Its nice thats its portable, but, just another piece of crap to buy, another thing to see what hunters will nible at. Sandbags, table and chair would work just fine.

Black Rifle Addict

I believe RCBS stands for "Rock Chucker Bullet Supply"?
Anyway, as for the shooting contraption; I'm with Dr.Ralph,James T., and Peter.
I like a table,chair, and sand bags for under $50 to get the shooting job done.

Clay Cooper

I been waiting to see is any one paid close enough attention to the RASS. Sure is nice to shoot off a table and have plenty of room to lay all your gear and stuff on, like your spotting scope, a place for the adjustment caps, a place to write on and By’golly a place to put your ammo box to name a few.
Shooting across my hood and tailgate works fine for me!!

DAVE2

LOGIC IS IN PLAY ON THIS AND MANY OF OUR HUNTING TOYS. WE DON'T TAKE OUR 30.06 DUCK HUNTING (I DO KNOW OF A FEW EXCEPTIONS) NOR DO YOU RIG UP YOUR PACK MULE TO GO TURKEY HUNTING. SOME FOLKS FISH OUT OF A SMALL BOAT AND SOME FISH OUT OF A BIG ONE. HEY, IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT AND MAYBE EVEN USE IT, BUY IT.
I GOT A FRIEND WITH SO MANY TOYS THAT IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO USE THEM ALL BEFORE HE DIES. GUESS WHO WILL BE KNOCKING ON HIS BACK DOOR BEFORE HIS BODY GETS TO ROOM TEMPERATURE.

Jim in Mo.

Clay,
Have you ever heard stories of guys saying they shot over their hood at a deer, varmint, and shot a hole thru the hood? Boy scope mounts must be higher than I thought they sold them!

james t

instead of plugging expensive, useless gear. let's talk hunting and shooting. does dave get paid for this blog?

Dr. Ralph

I'm guessing they just say you're on salary and here's something else you can do whilst traipsing around Kochi, Japan touring the Miroku factory and sampling sake... just don't pull a Zumbo.
We're a full time job let's go on strike until Dave makes as much as Jeter, A-Rod and Matsui! He's had a better record the last few years...

Jim

To each his own, but the only range within 100 miles of me that has a 500 yard range is $600.00 to join and $200 each year after. Makes a good shooting bench seem cheap if you have a place to shoot.

Go to http://www.shadowhunterllc.com/component/page,shop.product_details/flypage,shop.flypage/product_id,4/category_id,1/manufacturer_id,0/option,com_virtuemart/Itemid,28/

and use the brackets to build your own.

Jim

Clay Cooper

Jim in Mo.
O’Brother have I! Lay the rifle low enough that you can still see over the hood or roof of the car? Remember the bore is 1.5 inches lower than the cross hairs! A 458 Win Mag does a number on a Doge Ram hood!

Clay Cooper

My Dads friend Bob Mercer, bought a brand new Dodge Super Bee. Fired five rounds off the top of the roof with his lever Savage model 99. The lever made a couple of good dings in the metal!

NH Philosopher

How does this contraption make one a better shot? This thing is ridiculous and a major waste of cash....I have a shoulder and a sandbag. Both were provided to me by a supplier who collects his dues later in life.

JOE SMOE

GUYS GUYS GUYS!!! Come on now. If it gets people shooting more is there any harm in it? If it steadies a shooter, elderly, disabled, or inexperienced is it bad? How many of you have rifles and scopes that are 3 to 10 times as much as this bench? I'll tell ya I own one and I LOVE IT! I can shoot all day from 338 down. I let my family sight in their deer rifles on it I even hunt off of it. I keep it in the back of my truck all deer season. Unsportsman like? Maybe,Being disabled I really don't care. A lot of people are using A LOT of other gadgets to either get there, get back, or do both faster than they did 10-20 years ago. Its a sign of the times boys, say something good about it or just don't use it. Its up to you, I for one have found it works great for sighting in, taking the thump our of the bigger rifles and even has hunting applications when your out enjoying the evening bean field and an adult beverage!

Jim in Mo.

Jim,
I went to the site you sent and didn't really see what I was looking for. Maybe I went to the wrong site but if a guy was going to build a bench out of 2x4s and those steel elevators how is it reasonably portable as in one hand one trip? I know I'll never buy the RASS but it is a dandy outfit. Would be exellent prarie dog rig, don't need my engine compartment ventillated anymore than it is.




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