So what´s so special about our tripod?
Honestly this isn’t that special, at least not for the trained eye. To use camera/Video tripods as shooting rest is hardly a new idea and has been done for decades, however the evolution of the tripods have been governed by the photo/film industry. As a result of this the tripod manufacturers has improved their products based on feedback from photographers, and not by shooters. A well thought-out tripod for shooting has never been made, so shooters always have had to make compromises.
When we set out to make a pure shooting tripod, we started with an extensive research. Based on our own experience and talks with the pioneers of tripod shooting and military/LE snipers the P.R.S.T™ evolved.
You can either choose aluminum or carbon fiber, we went for carbon fiber in order to keep weight down. Aluminum is a little more durable, but from experience we would rather save weight for those long hikes.
Four sections vs. three sections
We made the P.R.S.T™ with four sections for two reasons. First reason is to be able to have a higher tripod in situations where that is needed, Deep snow, steep slopes and in urban environments. Secondly; having four sections you can collapse it into a shorter package, which again makes it easier to carry with you.
This is a crucial part of any tripod, it has to lock well enough to support the weight, be easy to handle (even with mittens), and never get stuck. The P.R.S.T™ is fitted with a “snap lever” leg lock in order to meet the challenges and gives you an opportunity to set it up to fit your rig. A tripod fitted with the twist lock system, which was designed for photographers working in a studio is sure to fail at some stage, when used under the demanding situations a shooter often finds himself or herself in. Over the years we have experienced tripods that could not be collapsed due to icy rain, freezing temperatures or other environmental impacts on the twist locks.
A center column is crucial for micro adjustments especially for situations when you are doing loophole shots or find yourself in situations where the size of your shooting window is limited. From our experience when you are in the field and need to do micro adjustments, simply adjusting the legs is too awkward and will not be precise enough. With the center column you can be on your scope while doing the micro adjustment. Further more; our center column does not have a locking function, and that is by choice. To have the center column that can turn without interruption is a must when shooting moving targets. Of course this can be done with a ball head, but a lot of Special Forces shooter doesn’t use a ball head in order to save weight. We made sure that the center column was not to long. This ensures that you can use the tripod while shooting prone or when using the tripod for spotting.
The P.R.S.T™ is treated with Ceracote™ on selected areas on the upper section. This is done to break the contour of the tripod in the area which will be exposed to prying eyes. It also works as a good base layer for future camouflage.
Maximum load weight 20 kg/ 40 Lbs
The tripod industry has no set rules on how to measure this, but we guarantee our tripod to be able to handle this weight, and as far has we are concerned if your rifle ways more than this you should seriously consider a fixed- or vehicle- mount.
|Weight||4,1 lbs / 1865 grams|
|Load rating||40 lbs /20 Kg|
|Max. Height||62,2 “ / 158 cm|
|Min. Height||6,8” / 17 cm|
|Collapsed Length||22” / 56 cm|
|Center column length ( Actual adjustment length)||3,5” / 9 cm|