Caldwell Matrix Shooting Rest Review

Caldwell Matrix Shooting Rest

Caldwell Matrix Shooting Rest












  • Lightweight.
  • Price.
  • Versatile shooting rest.


  • Plastic.
  • Poor recoil reduction.

If you’re looking for a way to stabilize your gun during your shots or while bore sighting, the Caldwell Matrix is the right choice for you. Cheap and sturdy, it’s the best option under $ 50.

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  • Dimensions: 16-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ x 19-1/2″
  • Rear Base Adjustment: 4-1/2″
  • All new front elevation mechanism built into the rest.
  • Adjustable in overall length by 4.5 inches increases the versatility.

Caldwell Matrix build and features

If you deal with guns, sooner or later you’ll end up looking for a good shooting rest for sale. As has been explained in several articles on this website, removing human error is critical if you are looking to zero your rifle or perform tasks such as ammunition testing. The price of gun rests ranges from $ 30 to $ 500 +. Obviously each type of shooting rest accompanies different features, quality of material and different applications (reduction of recoil, F-Class, etc.). Each of these has its own list of pros and cons. For example, if you want to decrease the recoil energy generated by your weapon efficiently, the price will be different from a shooting stick that only has the function of stabilizing the weapon. I consider the Caldwell Matrix Shooting Rest to be a gun rest made for snipers looking for a lightweight, easy to mount option that helps reduce recoil. However, it is obvious that you should not expect the same performance from more advanced models, such as the Caldwell DFT, which has much more advanced technology than the Caldwell Matrix. But this does not mean that you will be getting a poor quality product. In this price range is the best shooting rest.

At just 5 pounds, this shooting rest is the best option if you’re looking for equipment that can stabilize your gun so you can improve your shots and groups in the range. The Matrix is a “all” type of gun, suitable for AR 15 types and lever action rifles. It can also be used as a pistol rest. A combination of versatility and good stability.

Your frame adjusts to fit almost any gun. This is due to its innovative design, with a U-shaped frame, which allows a quick adjustment in length, making it perfectly spacious for most guns.

Caldwell Matrix and the 30 round magazine AR 15.

Caldwell Matrix Shooting Rest Performance

One detail that should be mentioned is that many users have observed that when used with heavy guns, the front cradle would slowly creep down and you will need to hold the vertical adjustment knob. In addition, there are some problems with using AR 15 and the front cadle setting. But nothing that is very serious.

Already when stabilizing the guns, it works as promised, as long as you do not abuse and try to shoot with very powerful guns.


My conclusion is that the Caldwell Matrix Shooting Rest is worth its price. The main problem with this rest is that some rifles can fall out of the rest if they are bumped when sitting in the gun rest, which is not a slight problem. This is due to the very low weight, which does not allow reduction of recoil or stabilization of heavy guns. However, if you can add a few dollars more, my recommendation is that you choose Caldwell Lead Sled DFT or Caldwell Plus. However, if you still feel that they are very expensive, try to opt for at least Caldwell Solo which is about $ 30 more expensive. Despite being heavier, it is much more robust, which allows for more stability and reduction of recoil.



Metal or plastic?

Plastic. However, it is sturdy.

Helps reduce recoil?

Not at all. Every piece of hard plastic, wood, or metal will reduce recoil, but with 5 pounds you can’t expect more than 20% of reduction.

No problem. I will add weight. Can I?

No, unfortunately.

What is your recommendation for this type of shooting rest?

I recommend to improve the groupings or to boresight your rifle.

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Depending on the length of your magazine (30+), it may be a problem to use it in this gun rest.


I have nothing to complain about. Assembly is extremely simple.
You can read the Caldwell Matrix assembly instructions here.


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