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    NRA Archive - Simple Interlocking Shooting Bench Plans

    Can anyone point me to the plans? I think they were originally published late 60s or early 70s in American Rifleman and were occasionally re-published. My first encounter was around 1990 in the last pages of the mag that had flashback articles (10, 25, 50 years ago).

    Thank You.

    Bevan

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    I tried to find the bench you speak of. Couldn't get the exact one however there are many designs on the internet. Here is an interesting page that offers several different diy plans:
    http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/...rself-designs/
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    I’m currently using a version of this:

    http://www.patriotic-firearms.com/download.html

    It works well, but is a bit heavy even with lots of lightening holes.

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    http://www.guncustomizing.com/shootingbench.htm Friend built this and it works great.
    Whatever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by popper View Post
    http://www.guncustomizing.com/shootingbench.htm Friend built this and it works great.
    This one looks like a winner. Something even I could put together!
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    For my shooting bench I used 1 1/4" galvanized pipe (conduit). I cut (3) 1 1/4" pipe couplers at an 17 degree angle and welder them to a steel piece with bolt holes to go under the bench. I cut and threaded one end of each pipe the legs 32" long and angled all 3 legs out from the bench. I used 2 thicknesses of 3/4" plywood glued together for the top. I radiused all the corners on the bench top using an old 8" cook pot for the correct round radius of each square corner to be cut.Robert

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    My friend used some sort of pipe hangers so the pipe legs clamped to the back of the table. Nice and compact. He did use 2 layers of plywood and painted it. It's the setup I was using to shoot MOA @ 200 from the AR10 with cast. He has a tall round cooler for the seat and puts all his field stuff in the cooler for storage.
    Whatever!

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    I've got a buddy that shoot PD in NM & he uses an ironing board & sits on a upside down 5 gal bucket!

    BTW: His only advice, be sure to clean the mud off the legs before returning it to where your wife keeps it!
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    Bench Pans

    I have a few few plans saved for the knock-down benches, and while they work I don't recommend them. They seem a bit wobbly to me, I had to make mine a non take-down to stabilize it.
    Shooting Bench - Dimensions.pdf
    Shooting Bench - Trim Weight Ideas.pdf

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    I much prefer this one:
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    I did a search and is this the one that the OP was asking about https://mikel901eg.wordpress.com/tag...nch-plans-nra/
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    After looking at the cost to build one, I opted for a X-ecutor 360 Shooting Bench. Portable, about the same as the cost of building one.
    It serves my purposes well. There are probably some others like it that should work too.
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    Thank You! But that is not what I recall. It’s been a long time ago though. The reason it stuck in my brain was that the unit became more stable once you sat on the seat.

    I’ll eventually run across it

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    accurateshooter.net/Blog/benchnrma.pdf
    Is this what you were remembering ?
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    Nice plans, but I’m looking for a field shooting bench.

    I keep doodling drawings trying to get it back, but I just can’t get an image to come together.

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