How to Make a Shooting Mat

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How to Make a Shooting Mat
The prone, or fully laying, postion is common in shooting competition. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A shooting mat allows a firearms user to comfortably lay or sit on the ground while shooting his weapon without getting dirty. A variety of shooting positions are based upon close contact with the ground; being able to concentrate on the mechanics of shooting instead of other side concerns enables the shooter to get the best scores. A simple shooting mat that protects from dirt and provides comfort is easy and inexpensive to make. A basic skill at hand-stitching is necessary for creating the mat.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 2 6-by-6-foot heavy duty plastic tarps
  • Batten
  • Nylon thread
  • Heavy duty sewing needle

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  1. 1

    Lay a heavy duty 6-foot-by-8-foot plastic tarp on the table.

  2. 2

    Arrange a batting such as a bed comforter that is not used any more on top of the tarp.

  3. 3

    Trim the batting with shears to the size of the tarp. The batting should cover just the inside of the tarp, leaving the grommets on each side free. A comforter that has been cut may need stitching up along the sides if it has filling inside.

  4. 4

    Lay a matching tarp on top of the batten, making a sandwich of the materials.

  5. 5

    Backstitch around the edges of the mat, sealing the two tarps together with the batten between them.

Tips and warnings

  • Tack the mat to the ground using the grommets when shooting so the wind does cause the edges to rise or to blow away. Small tent stakes work well as tacks.

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