Many thanks to Tony today for both inviting me down to his Permission in Cheshire, and lending me a set of his Quad Sticks in order to pass my DSC1 Shooting Test.
After a little practice, from a standing position, which you can see, in windy conditions, I managed the tiny group in the centre of the picture using Tony's Sako Quad in .17 HMR at 55 yards, and the ragged three hole Group at the top of the picture using his BRNO in .308 over the same distance, using his Quad Sticks.
Note Tony's thumb in the left of the picture for reference.
This is a big improvement over the Tripod Sticks I've been using so far, where I've only managed 2.5 to 3.0 inch groups at 50 metres.
The difference is I don't have to time the trigger pull to the natural rotation of the target in relation to the muzzle, previously I've been having to get the timing right for a trigger pull at the 3 o'clock position.
On Tony's Quad Sticks the only movement is up and down, and depending on your stance, its almost like shooting off bench rest.
I imagined a set of sticks with four legs, but the arrangement is a set of braced bipods to cradle the rifle, I must admit it will take me some time to perfect the setting up time of these to the fraction of a second it takes Tony to open them ready to receive the rifle, but its mightily impressive to see him do it.
The camera doesn't lie.
I have promised to show my efforts at bench rest, the tripod sticks, and Tony's Quad Sticks on the 100 metre range on Wednesday, using a centre fire, I'll post the pictures here.