Caldwell Fire Control Front Rest

By Randy Wakeman

Caldwell Fire Control Front Rest
Photo by Randy Wakeman.

I was favorably impressed with Battenfeld Technologies ( original Caldwell Fire Control Rest. The newer Fire Control Front Rest is even better, more versatile, compact, easier to transport and store. Yet, it retains the effortless targeting and re-targeting of the original. The basic specifications follow.

  • Weight: approx. 18 lbs
  • Base Size: 28" x 9"
  • Base Material: Cast Iron
  • Control Arm Adjustment: approx. 60 MOA (5'@100yds)
  • Coarse Elevation Adjustment Range: 4 inches at the rest
  • UPC#: 6-61120-46884-4
  • 2011 MSRP: $269.99

It takes only a minute or two to set-up out of the box. Used in conjunction with your favorite rear bag, it makes sighting in a rifle, checking trajectory and load development quick and hassle free. "Fire Control" is an alignment system that allows the shooter continual, one-hand adjustment of downrange crosshair alignment via a multi-directional control arm. Gone is the two-handed repositioning of the rifle before and between shots. Just move the control arm with one hand and your cross-hairs are on the bull again and again with minimal fumbling or adjustments, no frenetic movements or re-positioning.

The Caldwell Fire Control front rest is extremely stable and well made. It doesn't move at all between shots, so you can essentially “set it and forget it.” While the original included a rear cradle, this unit is far handier and more compact. The base is cast iron, not aluminum, so it is also more stable. This is an industry-leading product that just became my favorite shooting rest. Even Buddy, the wonder-dog, agrees, as he doesn't have to spend as much time back in the truck between shot strings.

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