Aim Mat Bag Combo Aim Field Sports
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- Last updated: 19/12/2016
Most long range target shooting is done from the prone position off a bipod. Similarly, when lying up in ambush, I more often than not do the same thing! I mention this as the AIM Mat Bag Combo is just as the name indicates. A gunbag that ‘opens out’ to be a bona fide almost dedicated padded shooting mat. This is a multi-purpose, double-duty accessory and is made from 1000 denier Cordura, with medium thickness, closed-cell foam padding; all handles are box stitched for extra strength and will take a scoped rifle with bipod of up to 48” long.
It’s of a ‘wrap-around’ design, utilising three well-padded rectangular sections that fold around the rifle to offer a high level of protection and for ease of opening when you need it to quickly transform into its other guise as a shooting mat. When closed, it measures 12.5” X 51” and when open it’s 38” X 49.” You’ll notice the discrepancy in length due to the fact it uses a removable ‘drag hood’ for extra security at the muzzle end.
When closed, it fastens together wrapped around your rifle using six, adjustable QD buckles positioned along the top, plus two on either side, that secure the detachable drag hood. To hold the rifle secure in transit there is a butt pouch and 3 internal Velcro fastening securing straps. For ease of transportation there’s an adjustable shoulder strap, drag handle and padded wrap around carry handle.
Once out of the bag, the rifle stock support can be folded out to reveal a useful 11 X 10” internal mesh pouch. To the left of this is an equally handy, internal Velcro-closed ammo pouch. Also at the top end at this position are twin, rubberised panels that create a non-slip platform for your arms when prone. Right hookers will appreciate this while lefties won’t necessarily ‘feel’ left out.
AIM Field Sports are fast becoming a company to look to for the more ‘specialised’ types of gun luggage and have thoughtfully grown their product roster in this area to suit various shooting requirements. Of those I’ve tested – including several Drag Bags - all have been of a very high standard of build, design and practical function.
Though it has no external stowage I don’t see this as a major problem, as it is a specialised bag for the purpose of carrying your rifle and then comfortably shooting prone. Target shooters mostly have range bags for extra kit and ammo but the hunter has a rucksack or bum bag for their extra needs! Available in Lincoln Green, I’d certainly now choose the AIM Mat Bag Combo as my first choice when planning some ‘waiting up in ambush, sniping bunnies off the ‘pod’.
AIM Field Sports,