LimbSaver is known known the world over for their fantastic AirTech recoil pads and a whole host of other best-in-class products that are enjoyed by enthusiasts and professionals alike. One of those other “best-in-class” products has been just begging to be reviewed. That product is the recently-released LimbSaver SmartRest target rest.
Although I have had it for the better part of a year now, I was lucky enough to get a pre-production version, the weather had been consistently bad enough to thwart most of my weekend shooting plans for the past six months. Rain, snow, snow, snow, rain, thunder storms, rain and snow, you get the picture. Well, this month the clouds relented, the heavens opened, and we finally got to see the sun. And so after a good six or seven trips to the range, it’s now time to give my first thoughts on the LimbSaver SmartRest. I can tell you this, I’ve never used a rest quite like this…
“Smooth, accurate movements with a wide range of motion are what makes this rest superior to anything else on the market.” – limbsaver.com
PACKAGING – ♦♦♦♦
Starting off with the packaging, I have to say that I’m quite impressed. It comes mostly disassembled in a nice, stout cardboard box. Once assembled the rest won’t fit in the box, but the box is nice and strong enough that I am going to keep it to use in my shop for small parts or other miscellaneous items that need a home.
BUILD QUALITY & DESIGN – ♦♦♦♦♦ (Highest)
I have to say that it’s finely machined, and looks as good as any rest on the market. The parts are all (what looks to be) powder coated, and come individually bagged. The instructions are clear and the setup time took less than five minutes to do. My box came with a few spare screws and an extra “cradle,” as I’ll call it. It also came with two pneumatic stabilizers (shock absorber) which keep tension on the pivoting portion of rest and also help to minimize the effects of recoil without losing the rest’s range of motion….
About that motion, it’s got nearly full-range motion, both vertical and horizontal, thanks to its pivoting sled/cradle design. Tension for left/right can be adjusted with a central knob, and the up/down is controlled with a set of pneumatic shocks, shown below. The arms that actually hold the rifle can be adjusted up, down, and further forward or back to fit a huge range of rifles. Seriously, this is unlike any design I have ever used, and I love it!
All in all I give the build quality a solid 5/5 and the design a solid 5/5. Well done.
First Impression – ♦♦♦♦♦ (Highest)
Once I got the rest set up, which was a cinch, I was out shooting in minutes. The rest worked great with both my small .22 and my .308. It was great for slow/fast movement, which was smooth and precise. Quickly moving from target to target and tracking movement is what this rest is all about, but it also works well as a medium to long range option, as well. I was easily hitting multiple 3MOA targets out to 400 yards on the fly with it, and I assume that it’s great for even further distances – I will test this when I get out to a range with more distance.
Now, let me be straight forward for a moment, this is not a heavy precision bench rest. In fact, this thing is extremely light (under 7lbs!). This thing was made to throw in your trunk and pull out on range day or when you are going to be doing some long-distance varmint hunting. It will work for fine for precision target shooting, but know that this is more for the fast-shooting, multi-target applications and weekend plinking that demands something lighter, more flexible, with easier setup, and a fantastic range of motion. I’ll post a video here of me shooting at several different targets at various ranges in the next week or so.
All in all, I am very impressed with the LimbSaver SmartRest, and I think this will be my new go-to rest for when I need something small, lightweight, and precise. I highly recommend it!