How to Make a Homemade Shooting Rest

Updated April 17, 2017

A shooting rest is a necessary piece of equipment if you are going to be shooting a rifle from a bench. A shooting rest provides stability to a rifle and helps the shooter fire more precise shots. Shooting rests come in different shapes and sizes, ranging from simple homemade sandbags to commercial models that are highly adjustable and can cost hundreds of dollars. Unless you are shooting in precision rifle competitions, a homemade shooting rest will provide you with support when shooting at a bench for less than £6.

Cut the bottom off a trousers leg. Sew one end of the trousers leg shut to make a bag.

Fill the bag with rice. The bag should be the right height for resting the barrel of your rifle on when shooting from a bench. You can place the bag horizontally or vertically, depending on the height and width you would like for your shooting rest.

Sew the other end of the sand bag shut with the sewing machine. Use a pair of scissors to cut off the excess fabric from the end of the trousers leg.

Repeat the above steps to create a second sandbag for the rear of the rifle. Make sure it is the correct height for the butt of your rifle to rest on with the barrel on the first sandbag.


If you don't have an old pair of trousers available, any bag of a comparable size will work. The bags that shotgun reloaders purchase lead shot in are a great alternative option. Dried peas, beans, or dry corn can be used as a substitute for rice if it is not available.


Though they are commonly called sandbags, never use actual sand to fill your shooting rest. Dust can escape from the bag and collect on your rifle.

Things You'll Need

  • Old pair of trousers
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Rice
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David Somerset has been a writer intermittently for 11 years. He attended New Mexico Tech and earned a Bachelor of Science in technical communication in 2007. From being published in the "Bucksworth Community News" to writing how-to articles for eHow, his experience is quite diverse.