How to Make Folding Shooting Sticks

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How to Make Folding Shooting Sticks
Folding shooting sticks replace the folding bipod on rifles. (Main Battle Assault Rifle image by Peter Orsaeo Sr from Fotolia.com)

Holding your rifle steady without shaking, trembling or wobbling is the key to accurate shooting. Stalking your game animal to within shooting range often involves a heart-pounding trek, and positioning yourself into a good, supported firing position may be difficult without a little help. A good pair of easy to carry folding shooting sticks will help.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Two, 1/2-inch round wooden sticks equal in length to your height
  • Eight-inch length of 1/8-inch diameter leather cord
  • Small container for water

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut two, 1/2-inch diameter round wooden sticks equal in length to your height. Square the ends so that any point has been removed, leaving only a safe, flat end.

  2. 2

    Soak the leather cord in a container filled with warm water for 30 minutes. Remove the leather cord several minutes before assembling the shooting sticks.

  3. 3

    Place the two wood sticks alongside each other and with the leather cord make one tight wrap around both sticks 12 inches from one end (this will be the top end). Tie the cord tight using a square knot and trim the loose ends to 1/4 inch.

  4. 4

    Allow the leather cord to dry for several hours. This will shrink and tighten the binding.

  5. 5

    Unfold the shooting sticks when needed by spreading the base of the two sticks to form a V-shaped support for your rifle. Extend your supporting arm and hold the shooting sticks below the leather wrap while shouldering your rifle as you normally would, using the shooting sticks to steady the forearm of your rifle.

Tips and warnings

  • 1/2-inch, round wood stock is available at most home improvement stores or lumber supply yards.
  • Consider staining white wood sticks (those found in home improvement stores) to reduce their visibility.

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