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Review: Caldwell Stable Table – Portable Shooting Table

There was a time in my life when I thought I would never have need for a shooting table. Shooting tables were for the weak and soft. I would just use the prone position forever.

I do most of my shooting on public land or on my home range both of which are, shall we say… rustic. They generally aren’t graded perfectly and there can be tall, wild grasses that reach 2 feet in height or taller in the summer. On my home range, I shoot from an elevated ridge down into a berm at the back of a lower field. This sometimes places the precipice of the ridge in my line of sight if I am prone. The area that I shoot from is also an important access point for our trucks/tractors into the field and woods beyond it.

I need elevation to clear the terrain and vegetation. I also can’t clog up the area from which I shoot with a permanent shooting bench. All of this points to the need for something like a portable shooting table.

I tried several portable shooting tables that I could find locally but they all had major short comings for my intended use. Most of them were basically glorified folding chairs that didn’t seem like they would last any longer than the camp chairs it seems like we have to replace every two years. Most of them had runner style bases that would NEVER sit level in the locations where I shoot. Then I found the Caldwell Stable Table online and, while I couldn’t find one locally to see in person, it was clearly closer to what I needed. I rolled the dice and bought one on Amazon. I’m glad I did.

The Stable Table is exactly what I needed. First, it is constructed mostly from surprisingly thick steel round tube and steel square tube stock with welded reinforcement. The table top is a tough, blow-molded piece with steel inserts for bolting to the steel structure. The whole thing feels like it could last a lifetime.

Second, all that steel adds up to weight and weight equals stability. Weight is great for a permanent shooting table and good within reason for a portable shooting table. The Stable Table is heavy but I can still lift the whole unit at once and it breaks down VERY easily into smaller components which makes it quite easy to move. It strikes a nice balance between stability and portability.

The third feature that makes this table perfect for me (and probably anyone else who rarely shoots indoors or from a concrete pad) is the tripod base. The Stable Table has a very wide tripod leg setup that makes it easy to level the table, even on rough ground, because it only contacts the ground at 3 points. One of the legs is adjustable via a large thumb screw so that you can really fine tune the level.

Those are the just the features that made the Stable Table work for me. There are a lot of additional features that I have come to appreciate about it:

  • The seat is lightly padded and covered with some seemingly very durable vinyl that wipes off easily (very nice when it is covered in barn dust from storage).
  • The table top is attached to the central column near the back of the top (instead of centrally) so you can cant it to one side or the other depending on whether you shoot right or left handed.
  • The table top has molded channels and lips so items don’t roll off easily.
  • It comes with rifle cleaning forks that attach to the handles that are molded into the table top. I might even use them if I clean a rifle some day.
  • The seat is height adjustable which lets me bring it closer to the table top for my daughters to use. The table has been an important tool in training them to shoot without them having to hold the full weight of the rifle all the time.
  • The table top is well sized. There is plenty of room for a rifle with support of some kind (shooting bag, bipod, rest, etc.) and ammo, spare mags, paper and pen, and other items you might want while you are shooting.

I bought my Stable Table for just over $200 from Amazon. It can be found in the $170-175 range at other online retailers but be sure to check shipping costs. There is often a hefty oversized shipping fee for this table because it is quite large and heavy when boxed. If you have a shop locally that stocks Caldwell Shooting Supplies, it may be worth checking there. You might save yourself some money buying local.

Caldwell Stable Table on Amazon (affiliate link)


The Hook from Spiritus Systems

It’s just an HK style snap hook attached to some hook and loop material but the Hook from Spiritus Systems might be the handiest piece of gear you’ll see all day. The hook allows you to quickly retain and retrieve gloves, hearing protection, chemlights, fuzzy dice, or anything else with a built in loop (or a loop that you add yourself).

If you are using the Hook with a Spiritus Systems chest rig, you simply affix it to the hook field on the back of the chest rig. This would also work with just about any chest rig that uses the SwiftClip method of docking on a plate carrier. Speaking of plate carriers, it could also be sandwiched into your plate carrier’s cummerbund. It could also be added to a loop field inside a backpack or any number of other places.

Check out the Hook at Spiritus Systems.


ESEE HM Series Kydex Sheaths

The HM series of knives from ESEE are similar to their staples like the ESEE3, 4, and 6 but with modified handles that allow greater control while using the knives. Previously, these knives were available only with leather pouch sheaths but ESEE has now introduced a kydex sheath option.

The new HM series kydex sheaths are currently available with the HM series knives. They may be available for purchase separately at a later date.



TangoDown is Back Online

TangoDown is back online and that is good news for you…

Some of you are aware that the TangoDown Inc. website & email services were down for several days.  The issue has been rectified!  As a thank you for those who were waiting patiently, we are extending a discount through Sunday 3/25/18.  Take 10% off orders up to $99, and 15% off of orders $100+.   No offer code is needed, just load up the cart!  Visit:  www.TangoDown.com to shop & save!  Thank you again for your patience & business!


Arbor Arms Multi-Mode Tourniquet Attachment

The new Multi-Mode Tourniquet Attachment (MTA) from Arbor Arms is just about as simple as gear can be. The ways it can be used to attach a tourniquet to your gear are just about endless. The use can thread it into webbing, PALS, slots, straps, or any other place you can tuck it into your gear with the shock cord loops exposed. Then you tuck your TQ into the loops. This simple design makes the MTA versatile enough to be used on belts, chest rigs, packs, plate carriers, and more.



Holosun Goes Titanium?

Holosun recently teased a optic with full titanium construction. Titanium is just exotic enough to garner my interest whenever it rolls across my social media feeds.

Holosun didn’t make the benefits of titanium construction clear but experience tells us they could be lighter weight, increased durability, or some measure of both. While it is always exciting to see companies working to innovate, it remains to be seen whether any potential benefits from titanium construction would justify the increased cost of such an optic.


Extreme Gear Labs AK-47 Belt Pouch

Extreme Gear Labs has been working on a new belt mounted pouch for AK-47 shooters. The pouch manages to look like a vintage piece of of AK kit but it is thoroughly modern in materials and design.

The EGL AK-47 Belt Pouch is designed to mount on a typical loop backed shooters or rigger belt (1.75-2.00″ wide). The open top pouches accept .308 KYWIs inserts which serve to retain the magazine. The use a large bucket type pouch with a hard liner is a great way to retain an AK magazine as their lugs tend to tear up pouches that fit directly against the magazine.



Fix It Sticks Magnetic Patch

Fix It Sticks’ Magnetic Patch is just what it sounds like… a magnetic patch. It can be attached via hook and loop to several of the cases that Fix It Sticks offers for their tool sets or to your own case/matte/range bag if you have a loop material field.

The idea behind the patch is simple and handy. If you are working with screw driver bits and small parts, you want those parts to stay put as opposed to migrating off of whatever surface that is serving as your mobile gunsmithing bench in the middle of a carbine course/range trip/hunting excursion. The Magnetic Patch serves to hold those bits and parts while you work.

Fix It Sticks also cleverly only applied the hook material around the perimeter of the back of the patch. This creates a lip around the back of the patch so that it can serve as a small tray if that is a more convenient way for you to work.

Fix It Sticks Magnetic Patch


TD x RE Factor JedBurgh 2.0 Cover Shirt

Remember the slick Jedburgh Cover Shirt that Tactical Distributors and RE Factor Tactical collaborated on last summer? Well, it’s back and with several improvements over the original.

This cover shirt is designed with concealed carriers in mind. It features a weighted concealed pockets in the front bottom of the garment to help clear the shirt during the draw stroke. The cut of the shirt is athletic which, coupled with the stretch fabric used in the Jedburgh’s construction, allows for a full range of motion. This shirt also features pearl snaps instead of buttons so it can be opened quickly to gain access to your belt line.

Jedburgh Cover Shirt 2.0 at Tactical Distributors


Izula Sheath Upgrades from Sagewood Gear

Sagewood Gear just rolled out two new sheath upgrades for the popular ESEE Izula. The Izula comes with a molded plastic sheath that is functional and durable but has limited options for attaching it to your belt. The new Vertical Carry Belt Loop and Scout Straps work with this original sheath so you don’t have to replace it altogether.

The Izula Vertical Carry Belt Loop is designed to attach to the hard plastic Izula sheath and provide a more comfortable ride on your belt by dropping the sheath below the belt line. It is constructed from 9oz Wickett & Craig leather. It attaches to the sheath via included Chicago screws and features a fold-over, dropped belt loop with 24 DOT Mil Spec Button Fasteners.

The Izula Scout Straps attach to the Izula’s original plastic sheath and allow it to be carried horizontally on the belt – AKA Scout Carry. Scout carry often places the knife’s handle very close to the belt so Sagewood Gear has thoughtfully included spacers in the design that make the handle easier to grasp. These straps is also constructed from 9oz Wickett & Craig leather and features the same 24 DOT Mil Spec Button Fasteners.


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