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Best Rear Bag Shooting Rest: What The Pros Use 2012

Meet The Pros

2013 Precision Rifle Series Logo

The Precision Rifle Series (PRS) is a championship style point series race based on the best precision rifle matches nationwide. PRS matches are recognized as the major league of sniper-style rifle matches. At the end of each year, the scores from 15 different matches are evaluated and the top 50 shooters nationwide are invited to compete head to head in the PRS Finale Match. The info below is based on the equipment those pros brought with them to the most recent finale. This is a great set of data, because 50 shooters is a significant sample size, and this particular group are also considered experts among experts. Thanks to Rich Emmons for allowing me to share this info. To find out more about the PRS, check out What Is The Precision Rifle Series?

Update: These are the results from a previous PRS finale. To see data based on the more recent PRS finale, click here.

Best Rear Bags

Being steady is a must for long-range precision rifle shooting, and a rear shooting rest is used to achieve that very important task. These are referred to by a lot of different names, including shooting rest, rear bag, sniper bean bag, sniper sock, stock sock, squeeze bag, and others. You place the bag under the rear of the stock and squeeze the bag or allow it to expand to fine-tune the vertical position of the rifle on the target. There is a lot of variety in shooting rests used by precision marksmen, and virtually all of them were represented within the top 50 shooters in the PRS.

Shooting Rest Rear Bag Used In 2013 Precision Rifle Series PRS

The top shooters use a lot of different rear bags, as you can see. The “Custom” bags ranged from anything from a custom sand bag to a homemade bag made from a blue jean pant leg. Shooting rests are like a concealed carry pistol holster … you are probably going to end up with several before you find the one you really like.

38% of the shooters were using a shooting rest made by Str8 Laced Gun Gear. They are very versatile, because they can be maneuvered to provide 3 different heights (the original size provides 3” flat, 6” side, 9” upright). They are also extremely lightweight for their size, with the original size weighing in at just 8 ounces. Most other bags this size are at least double that weight. Unfortunately, the Str8 Laced Gun Gear website doesn’t provide much info about their shooting bags. But Sin City Precision has a great review about the original shooting bag that has a lot of helpful photos.

Str8 Laced Gun Gear Rear Bag Shooting Rest

The next most popular bags were the TAB Gear Rear Bag and the Wiebad Steady Rest Bag, which are both flatter, and more compact than the Str8 Laced Gun Gear rear bag. They also provide 3 different heights by positioning them flat, on the side, and upright. There are a few different models of these bags and the dimensions of each are provided in the table below.

TAB Gear Rear Bag Shooting Rest

The Red Tac Original Bean Bag is the more traditional sniper bean bag or sniper sock, with a long cylindrical shape. I personally use one similar to this sold by SniperBeanBag.com, and it is the bag I’m most comfortable with and the one I reach for the most.

Sniper Bean Bag Shooting Rest Rear Bag

There is another type of rear bag that is much larger. This includes the Str8 Laced Gun Gear XL Model and the Red Tac Tactical Pillow. I also own another model that I’ve seen other competitors use at the Steel Safari competition, and it’s called the Tactical Shmooshie. All of these are large, adjustable bags that I’ve found to be oversized for most prone shooting, but I carry them in competitions that have a lot of positional shooting. The larger size just allows them to be used in scenarios where the other bags wouldn’t help. The Tactical Shmooshie is very, very light for its size (14.4 oz). In fact, it’s actually lighter than my sniper bean bag (22.4 oz), although it is 3 times the size.

Tactical Shmooshie Rear Bag Shooting Rest

Shooting Rest Rear Bag Used By The Top Precision Rifle Shooters

Although there were only 9 shooters using the Wiebad Steady Rest Bag, 7 of those ended up in the top 20. That says something. There were also a lot of the St8 Laced Gun Gear Rear Bags represented in the top 20.

ModelSize (in)Weight (oz)PricePhoto
St8 Laced Gun Gear Rear Bag
Original9×6×38$45Str8 Laced Gun Gear Original and Mini Rear Bag Shooting Rest
Mini6×4½×36$30
XL12×9×316$70
TAB Gear Rear Bag
TAB Rear Bag7½×6×1½20$20TAB Gear Rear Bag Shooting Rest
Wiebad Steady Rest Bag
Competition Bag10×6×1¼20$32Wiebad Competition Bag Berry Bag Shooting Rest Rear Bag
Steady Rest8×5×1¼16$19Wiebad Large Steady Rest Bag Shooting Rest Rear Bag
… more sizes available
Red Tac Bean Bag & Tactical Pillow
Original6×4×432$27Red Tac Rear Bag Shooting Rest
1/2 Pint4×3×316$25
Tactical Pillow6×6×656$45
GA Precision Rear Bag
GAP Rear Bag7×5×1½17$24GAP Rear Bag GA Precision Shooting Rest
Triad Tapered Rear Bag (aka Wedgie)
Standard Wedgie6×3¼×3¼22$20TRIAD Rear Bag Shooting Rest
Large Wedgie8×5×560$30
VooDoo Tactical Shooter’s Bean Bag
Shooter’s Bean BagNANA$16Voodoo Tactical Shooters Bean Bag Rear Bag Shooting Rest

There were 2 shooters using TAC READY rear bags, but I talked to them recently and they have stopped producing their rear bag. However, at the time this was written they still had a few left. You can contact info@tacready.com if you are interested or visit TacReady.com.

Other “What The Pros Use” Articles

This post was one of a series of posts that look at the equipment the top 50 shooters in the country use. Check out these other posts:

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About Cal

Cal Zant is the shooter/author behind PrecisionRifleBlog.com. Cal is a life-long learner, and loves to help others get into this sport he's so passionate about. His engineering background, unique data-driven approach, and ability to present technical and complex information in a unbiased and straight-forward fashion has quickly caught the attention of the industry. For more info on Cal, check out PrecisionRifleBlog.com/About.

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