The BOG Death Grip is a well-named, well-thought-out, well-constructed piece of versatile hardware for rifle hunters and crossbow hunters. Its many features need to be addressed individually, but, first, an overview.
Using it, you can easily shoot from four positions:
- Seated on a stool or seated on your butt.
- Kneeling or
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This unit has all the necessary bells and whistles, I believe, for easy, effective use with a rifle or crossbow. I have shown setups for both uses, with appropriate hunting colors.
-HANDS FREE WHEN TIGHTENED
With the Death Grip element and tilt locks tightened, this is a strong, unmoving unit. The tilt control item and left/right movement will be easily movable for necessary and controlled aiming.
-DEATH GRIP HEAD & LOCKS
The Death Grip is padded on sides and bottom; it won’t mar any rifle or crossbow stock.
The moving side slides smoothly yet firmly on its base. The locking knob is large enough to permit easy, firm gripping, even with gloves on, and tightens firmly. Be sure to firmly snug your shooting arm in place and be sure it is resting on the grip’s base.
-TILT ADJUSTMENT KNOB
The similarly sized and shaped knob for the tilting base, which allows you to raise or lower your hunting tool’s aiming point as needed, enables you to grip it firmly and tighten it enough, to hold your hunting too at the proper angle, but still permits aiming adjustment as needed before you squeeze the trigger.
-HEAD ROTATION CONTROL
This is a ribbed, round nut below the Death Grip lock. The entire head rotates 360 degrees.
Tells you when the unit is properly positioned upright; an unbalanced scope position may give an inaccurate aiming point. Position this toward you so you can see it easily.
-LEG EXTENDER LOCKS
Two per leg to permit minimum-maximum leg extension. Two are shown open and two are shown locked. You will need to press the locks firmly to lock them in place.
-LEG LOCKING STRAP
This tough plastic strap is fastened on one leg about six inches above the locking units. Strap holes are pre-drilled and expand enough to allow the round peg to snap firmly in place and hold all three tripod legs securely in place for easy carrying.
-LEG BASE SETTINGS
Each leg has three angle settings — 20 degrees, 45 degrees and 85 degrees –which can be set any way you want but work best when each leg is set for the same angle of extension. Settings are easily changed by sliding the black button which shows all three settings. The buttons slide easily but snap in place at each setting.
Seven inches (prone) to 59 inches (standing). Super-tall hunters may need to place your feet back a bit and lean forward to reach best shooting position. Legs made of aluminum.
-SLOTTED SHOOTING MITTS
Your hands won’t move using this unit, but they still will need to be warm in cold weather. Wear camo or orange gloves with slotted palms or zippered slots to free your trigger finger.
8-1/2 pounds. This unit can be transported in a shoulder-strap carrying bag provided at purchase. it can be carried by hand or strapped to a pack.
Dressed correctly for the deer season. I like to sit on a folding stool with back support and shoot from a ground blind. The thought of using it on a tree stand or ladder stand makes me nervous enough not to have tried it.
Dressed correctly for the deer season. You can sit on a stool like this or shoot from whichever position you want, trees/brush/grass and elevation permitting.
In sum, this is a rugged piece of hunting/shooting equipment. When set up properly and securely, it will eliminate your shakes and exhaustion and muscle tiredness when you have to wait a bit for that exact best moment to squeeze the trigger — and thus won’t disrupt your point of aim. Additionally, it is priced very faily for a piece of high-quality equipment that should last you (and descendants) a lifetime. As stated on the packing box, this is a precision tripod.