By: Mary and Dr. Jim Clary
The Turret was designed specifically for AR-platform rifles. Conventional shooting rests do not take into account the extended magazines or the pistol grips on AR-rifles. As such, a lot of shooters opted for sand bags, instead of a front rest. They worked.... well, almost; because making precise elevation and windage was problematic.
Caldwell has always been at the forefront of engineering designs when it comes to shooting rests. Given their history, it was no surprise that their engineers would design a shooting rest for modern sporting rifles (MSR).
With the Caldwell Turret rest, a thirty-round magazine does not get in the way or impede your shooting. The adjustable foot between the rear legs provides a stable “platform” for the pistol grip. Once the rifle is “locked” into the forend clamp (which is well padded to prevent damage to your rifle), you are able to utilize the unique tilt and swivel of this rest... very much like what is found on the tripod of a LMG in the field. In short, with this rest you have a full range of motion to enjoy your shooting time at the range, as well as being able to make precise adjustments in elevation and windage.
Specifications of the Turret Rest are:
Length adjustment: 22.4 inches
Width adjustment: 5.5 inches
Front leg vertical adjustment: up to 6 inches
Ball bearing Panning system with 58 degree panning (swivel) arc
Adjustable and removeable pistol grip attachment
Vertical adjustment of up to 1.5 inches
Forend clamp for secure elevation and windage (Tilt and Swivel)
Individual knobs for precise tilt and swivel (panning) adjustments
TheMSRP of the Turret is $129.99, but with some searching on the internet, you can find it for a lot less. This rest is well constructed out of steel and heavy gauge aluminum and should provide many years of service. As such, we recommend it, even if you do not have an AR-platform rifle, as the swivel and tilt features are great fun at the range.