When shooting precision or long range rifle, the shooter’s goal is to stabilize the rifle as much as possible. A quality set of bipods or a shooting rest is good for the front, and the indispensable tool that almost all riflemen keep close at hand is the rear squeeze bag, otherwise known as a happy sock. When shooting from some positions, one of these can also be used as a front rifle rest.
With the popularity of PRS (Precision Rifle Series) and Nomad Rifleman, shooting, there are many more squeeze bags available today than even 5 years go. Wiebad is the most popular commercial offering, and many other companies also offer great bags. For benchrest shooting, Protektor is a favorite. Heck, a couple gloves stuck in your hat can also work! It is the DIY homemade type that I want to chat about today.
Building your own Happy Sock rear squeeze bag
For each bag, you will need:
- A tall non-cotton sock, preferably something that dries quickly.
- Two of those plastic baggies from the produce section of the grocery store.
- Either sand (heavy) or rice or commercial filler.
- Fill the plastic bag halfway with filler, about 2 to 3 cups.
- Put the baggie into the sock and examine the size. Assuming you like it, tie off the baggie, then put that baggie into the other baggie.
- Insert the baggies with filler into the sock & tie off the top of the sock.
If you want to buy a commercial bag that is the best, THIS article is a great one to hone in on what is best for your needs.
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