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i've a family member that's lost the use of his left arm. 100% loss of use from shoulder down, forget its even there. its taken several years but we've finally gotten him back into the woods and he's having a blast. he's a good shot and plenty capable. plays in golf tournaments and routinely finishes about mid-pack, and thats with only one arm.

question is this, am trying to design some type of shooting suport he can use that beats a sandbag. one of those gun cleaning kit vise type rests is okay only when hunting a highline besides, who wants to stare down a single shooting lane all day? what ive got in mind is some sort of tripod device with a gunrest in the form of a padded rowboat oar lock. i'd like the rest to be able to hold the rifle independently so he can let go of it to rest on occasion yet still be able to move it, hence the oar lock idea.

light weight and portability are paramount too. the goal is for him to be able to hunt alone and not be dependent on any assistance from us at all such as building modified ground blinds, shooting benches, etc etc. sling the rifle over his shoulder, grab his shooting support and a stool and away he goes.

has anyone here had dealings with this type of situation before?
i'd be ever so grateful for any tips or advice.
thanks

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thank you for replying. i guess thats so obvious i should have mentioned in my post that handguns arent an option. my stepfather has plenty of wheelguns but also some fine rifles too. he hunts now and missed a fat old doe recently due to the shooting rest he was using. couldnt angle down enough. God bless him for sure, he's got more determination than most of us put together and by golly if he wants to hunt with long guns then im going to make it easier.
 

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I've seen a shooting platform in some of the varmint hunting magazines where the shooters sit on a seat, with a gun rest out in front, three or four legs that make it fairly stable, and the whole thing swivels around to change directions. I've been considering one for my self, and setting it up inside my blind.
 

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A friend of mine, that I went to school with since Kindergarten - some 39 years ago lost his arm in an industrial accident.

They were putting beer cans on top of posts - used for guardrails and the pile driver came down and took his hand off - causing him to loose his lower part of his arm.

They gave him a prosthetic arm / hand to use. The surgery's that he had were extensive - because of all the damage from the compression of the pile driver breaking all the bones into a thousand fragments.

Since he was a youth, the only rifle he ever used for deer was a .243 Winchester.

I saw him last year, coming out of the woods near his house with his rifle and a nice doe.

The drag was all up hill on 4 inches of new fallen snow.

Since he does not have a hand, I asked him straight out - how he could shoot a rifle. He told me that he just puts it in the crook of a tree and shoots. There is not much recoil in a .243 compared to other rifles. I then asked him how he could drag a deer and he said that he only shoots what he can drag. Never go where you can't get it out and never shoot more than you can eat!

I give him a A+ for the courage that he has since his accident.
 

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steelhead51 here, Ive had 2 strokes and lost use of right arm and ability to walk verry far. On the gun rest thing I use a walking cane the type with four little legs has a foam type hand grip makes excellent rest light ,stable, works well in blind as well as when I set on a swivel seat six gallon bucket I shoot both a rifle and hand gun this way works excelent .
 

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Caldwell makes a setup kinda like what he may need , it's called the dead shot field pod I believe. I'll have to double check to make sure but they are in the 100 dollar range last I looked and it rotates and the legs are adjustable for uneven terrain. Hope this helps
 

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I have a H&R handi rifle that I built in 357 Maximum that has a light contour 18" barrel, a handi grip butt stock with a light weight red dot sight. It is very light and the handi grip works for left or right hand shooters and with the thumb hole pistol grip it can be shot one handed easily.
I was thinking that maybe a light neck strap that would be adjustable and attached to the forend might work as once the stock was against the shoulder and head in shooting position the strap might steady the gun.
The thing here is to keep everything as short and light as possible and it might work.
Good Luck !
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By the way ! I noticed you only have a few posts so Welcome. :) This is a very friendly forum.
 

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I use a camera tripod with a "Y" off of a bipod in place of the camera mount. If you made it a little deeper with a broader base it could hold the rifle alone at least for a short time. The tripod is light, very stable and easily moved around. I use it to shoot from when I'm out in the field with a folding chair, when I want to sit still and ambush long range game or game below me from a bluff.
 

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when i first read this the dead shot field pod came to mind. or you could use a mono pod/pole that could be mounted like a bipod to the front sling swivel it would be easier to carry and easy to adjust to any postion
 

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If he wants to be able to carry the rifle, and quickly bring it up to shoot, I think you're looking at it sling that stabilizes using his chest and immovable limb. It'd take some practice, but its not unlike how we sling up for match rifle shooting. The support arm really just becomes an anchor point, and the tension on the sling provides the stability. Since his arm is still attached, you might just help him sling it up and see how steady it is with a regular GI sling. Then look at stabilizing it back with a chest strap if you thought it necessary.
 

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I wish you would rethink a hand gun. I have a S&W 8 3/8 long ,model 27. it shoots like a rifle out to 100 yds. you would take a lot of pressure off of him and ****, its fun. I'm handicapped, I know some of what he is going through. make it easy for him and you will gain pleasure. also its damn good for home.
 

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a neighbor long since passed had lost the use
of both arms, and designed and had built a shooting
vise and platform that aimed the rifle via a pedal
system, and tripped the trigger with a cable arrangement
that he bit down on when the rifle was aimed to
his satisfaction.
I don't have any photos unfortunately, but I've seen
it done, so I know others can too
 

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i've a family member that's lost the use of his left arm. 100% loss of use from shoulder down, forget its even there. its taken several years but we've finally gotten him back into the woods and he's having a blast. he's a good shot and plenty capable. plays in golf tournaments and routinely finishes about mid-pack, and thats with only one arm.

question is this, am trying to design some type of shooting suport he can use that beats a sandbag. one of those gun cleaning kit vise type rests is okay only when hunting a highline besides, who wants to stare down a single shooting lane all day? what ive got in mind is some sort of tripod device with a gunrest in the form of a padded rowboat oar lock. i'd like the rest to be able to hold the rifle independently so he can let go of it to rest on occasion yet still be able to move it, hence the oar lock idea.

light weight and portability are paramount too. the goal is for him to be able to hunt alone and not be dependent on any assistance from us at all such as building modified ground blinds, shooting benches, etc etc. sling the rifle over his shoulder, grab his shooting support and a stool and away he goes.

has anyone here had dealings with this type of situation before?
i'd be ever so grateful for any tips or advice.
thanks

'bear
I also have only my right arm. I won't climb trees. I've been popping deer near and far with a .308 and a 2x7 Leupold scope for 30 years with only one arm. Bipods are brilliant. I have a low bi pod for laying down or shooting from my tailgate. I have a high bi pod for sitting against a tree. I use a roll up ground blind that I stake in front of me. P.S. Take a thick butt pad.
 

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I also have only my right arm. I won't climb trees. I've been popping deer near and far with a .308 and a 2x7 Leupold scope for 30 years with only one arm. Bipods are brilliant. I have a low bi pod for laying down or shooting from my tailgate. I have a high bi pod for sitting against a tree. I use a roll up ground blind that I stake in front of me. P.S. Take a thick butt pad.
Have you thought of a Steadicam mount, like what they used in Aliens? The army is seriously looking into the idea as well.


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