Blaser Carbon Shooting Stick
- By Pete Moore
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- Last updated: 27/04/2020
There are times when you are not up a high seat or have the luxury of going prone off a bipod, both of which offer stable supported shooting positions; so, what’s the answer? Well, some form of support. I remember making a basic tripod, using three cut down broom handles lashed together with Paracord and, although looking very Blue Peter, it proved most practical. Probably at the inception of sport hunting with firearms, the single stick was born, which did double duty as a trekking pole as well as a support; not ideal but it works for some.
Time moves on and people get more creative; garden canes lashed together at the top offers a super bipod or tripod, which is great for shooting deer in tall cover. Then the industry takes over and today have a plethora of options from basic to hi-tech. My choice has always been tripods, as I feel they give the best free-standing support possible, I use two – Primos’ Trigger Stick Gen 2 that allows instant, all-leg height adjustment and Spartan’s Kapita. Although not new, a further development was the quad sticks, which is a bit of a misnomer, as in most cases they are essentially two, tall, linked bipods that fold out sideways with front and rear stock supports, that when deployed offer two points of ground contact, combined with a far more stable shooting position.
They are lighter and easier to carry and deploy than a tripod and today they seem to be popular with many stalkers. BushWear, for example, shows a number of options from their cost-effective model of what looks like a SeeLand design, and others at varying prices. New to this marketplace comes Blaser of Germany, with their Carbon Shooting Stick. In essence, the majority of these designs are similar, but some show marginally different features and materials.
Last year, I was invited to Scotland by Blaser for some hind stalking; my tale of woe and triumph was in the April 2020 issue. Part of the trip was a bit of range time to look at their new calibre, 8.5x55 Blaser and also the Carbon Stick. Some of the varied designs I had seen/used in the past did not fill me with joy and I got a bit of a complex about quads; and although essentially the same thing, the features of their product won me over a little. Frederic Hanner, Blaser Group (UK) CEO sent me an example, which I have been testing and I have to say I was more than a little impressed, so much so I am going to buy a set; now, I don’t say that often!
The Stick comes in a cute little carry bag with shoulder strap and external, zipped pouches and includes a Blaser Carbon Bipod replacement spigot that can be used in conjunction with the special R8 end cap, plus a more universal, rubber-covered fork to support the forend. Either option just plugs in. The build shows front and rear polymer support blocks that the leg sections hinge on. The rear is just a simple V that the underside of the butt nestles into; the front, however, is very different.
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