Results 1 to 15 of 15
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Posts
    1,801
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0

    Shooting mats - what do you recommend

    Iím in the market for a shooting mat and wondering what you would recommend.

    Primary use: range work. Secondary use: hunting.

    Priority: comfort! Not only do I want to stay clean off a wet/dirty/frozen ground, but I want more than the thickness of a beach towel.

    Do mention any styles or accessories to mats you find helpful too.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    2,236
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    I've had a Midway mat (the higher-end one) for 5 years now and it's been fantastic. I've put that thing down in the CA desert with evil stickers and sharp rocks and it's been generally fine. Back at the range, it's obviously much more comfortable. I have a FDE one, and even it gets warm in direct sunlight on a warm day, so I'd recommend a lighter color. But when I say "hot," it's not like a plastic black car seat, it's just a little uncomfortable for a few minutes until your body absorbs the heat and then prevents sun from heating it up again.

    I've got all kinds of vegetation and rock holes on the bottom of mine and it's still working just fine. Also, Florida fire ants have waged a prolonged war against my existence, but I have persevered. That said, I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one once this one finally dies...whenever that might be.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2017
    Posts
    299
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    I've had a Midway Pro Series Competition for several years. Don't use it much.
    Decent padding, keeps ya dry, preload bi-pod, gromits for staking. 6lbs.
    Midway has several to choose from, including a lighter "Gen 2".

    Name:  Screen Shot 2018-01-19 at 5.49.40 PM.jpg
Views: 224
Size:  775.3 KB
    Last edited by ChattanoogaPhil; 20 January 2018 at 05:33.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    Alaska
    Posts
    631
    Downloads
    2
    Uploads
    0
    I picked up a Cabelas mat and have used it a few times. It's not small, but it seems to be well made, and since it says Cabela's, it's got their warranty.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Posts
    1,801
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks for these suggestions, guys.

    Bump for anyone else to throw in their experience.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Big D
    Posts
    28
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0

    Thumbs up

    I went with Cole-tac.

    They have several options to add.

    https://www.cole-tac.com/product/go-...at/#base-color

    They make fantastic suppressor covers as well.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    2,236
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    I'm sure the Cole-tac mat is exceptionally well made, like their other stuff, but one thing I like about the Midway mat is the rubber bottom. It cushions on uneven/sharp surfaces. But that's certainly something specific to figure out for one's own needs.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    The Unfree State (MD)
    Posts
    2,597
    Downloads
    3
    Uploads
    0
    $20 during a Midway sale. Grabbed 3 of them for that price. Never carried one hunting. Most of my trips are days at a time so I rather carry food. Lol



    Name:  317CD97E-65A0-48BF-A2D4-76AFCAFD0AA7.jpeg
Views: 201
Size:  2.60 MB

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Posts
    2,774
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by TENTEX View Post
    I went with Cole-tac.

    They have several options to add.

    https://www.cole-tac.com/product/go-...at/#base-color

    They make fantastic suppressor covers as well.
    cole tac ftw.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    The Unfree State (MD)
    Posts
    2,597
    Downloads
    3
    Uploads
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by voodoo_man View Post
    cole tac ftw.
    Love most of their products but the mats are overpriced and undersized. My favorite suppressor covers by far.

    Name:  4A285171-B0A6-4A03-9296-986B5F3A21D9.jpeg
Views: 195
Size:  3.00 MB

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Posts
    2,774
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by SINNER View Post
    Love most of their products but the mats are overpriced and undersized. My favorite suppressor covers by far.

    Name:  4A285171-B0A6-4A03-9296-986B5F3A21D9.jpeg
Views: 195
Size:  3.00 MB
    you can always have them make you a custom one....

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    The Unfree State (MD)
    Posts
    2,597
    Downloads
    3
    Uploads
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by voodoo_man View Post
    you can always have them make you a custom one....
    I mean they start at $90 for a 3’x6’ piece of Cordura. Not even a waterproof fabric. I’ll pass.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Wa
    Posts
    684
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    I like the Full Spectrum Solutions mat , it has closed cell foam but not sure if it is as thick as you wanted
    Name:  FSSshootingmat.jpg
Views: 145
Size:  35.8 KB

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Sep 2015
    Location
    Katy, TX
    Posts
    412
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Fledge, I’m guessing you’ve probably already made a decision but I figured I’d throw in my .02 cents. Since you will be using it for hunting, have you put any thought into getting a drag bag that doubles as a shooting mat? I was in the market for something similar a few years ago and options from Galati and Eagle Industries came highly recommended on another forum—Eagle Industries more so than the Galati. Might be something worth looking into if you haven’t already made a decision.

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Posts
    1,801
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks to all of you for the feedback. It helped.

    I went with the midway half acre. I recently took a multi-day long-range course and had this with me. It was the envy of the group.

    Itís a 3 panel design. Heavier than most would want in th be field and certainly bulkier if you have other gear. Where I hunt, I can take it on location and leave it folded under a tree each day. For laying in dirt at the range on any kind of terrain, Iím glad I took the plunge. It could double as a sleeping pad in camp.

    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/76...mat-olive-drab

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •