Ransom Handgun Rest
- Heavy duty construction
- Dimensions: 11″ x 14″ x 12 “
- Weight: 14 pounds
- Made in the USA and veteran owned & operated
Testing handguns is much more complex than it sounds. When firing a handgun for accuracy, the main goal is to try to determine just how accurate the gun will shoot using your best ammunition available, whether it be handloaded or made in the industry. In other words, you just want to find out whats the maximum potential of one particular gun.
When you are testing handsguns, the first thing you need to get rid of is the human error. A lot of people say they test their pistols and revolvers at their maximum potential. However, this is not true because they often “contaminate” the analysis with error factors, such as inadequate ammunition or the most common, lack of a solid basis for the complete removal of human error. In other words, a good pistol shooting rest.
Thinking about this kind of situation, the folks at Ransom International recognized this need and did something about it. They developed the Ransom Master Series Rest, an accuracy-testing machine that allows even children to test their handgun to its full potential. As I said before, contrary to what some believe, you can not simply put a gun in a gun and shoot it into a target. The forces of recoil on any weapon larger than a rimfire would either damage the weapon or move it in the vise. To test a mounted gun, it must be able to react to the recoil. Adding to that, an effective testing tool should also be able to accommodate most any type of handgun.
The Ransom Rest uses a clamshell mounting system that fits a variety of grip adapters specifically fitted for certain handgun models (sold separately). The grip adapters are high-density rubber with an aluminum backing plate. They’re molded to exactly fit the frame of the gun. The grips are removed from the gun and the clamshell fits over the grip frame. The clamshell is tightened in sequence and the gun is ready to be loaded and fired.
To handle recoil, Ransom developed a pivot system that mimics the movement of a shooter’s wrist. When the gun fires, it pivots from the bottom of the grip upward against a clutch system that limits travel. The tester then pushes the gun back down to the battery position and fires another shot. Other than using the sights to get the first shot on paper, there is no need to even look at the sights or have an aiming point on the target. The trigger is also operated by the system eliminating the need for the shooter to come in contact with the gun during firing.
Of course, for this to happen, you have to have a solid table or bench to mount the rest and your target also has to be stable. I use a concrete table and a benchmark for testing out to 50 yards. The instructions are very specific about mounting the unit, since any movement defeats the purpose of the test.
Personal Opinion –
The Ransom Rest is a very high quality piece of equipment. It is obviously built by craftsmen, and weighs about fourteen pounds. It totally eliminates shooter error, allowing the shooter to quickly determine with confidence the accuracy of the gun and load combination tested. While it will undoubtedly prove very useful to me in testing various handguns, it should also prove to be a good tool to any serious handgunner. It will allow the shooter to test many different handloads or ammunition in his handguns to achieve the full potential of his weapon, determining the best loads for that particular handgun.
While the Ransom Rest is not inexpensive, it costs no more than a good quality revolver or auto pistol. I get email from shooters everyday asking about potential accuracy problems with their handguns. Usually after much discussion, the problems can be traced to ammunition or shooter error. Having a Ransom Rest, any shooter can better realize the full potential of his handguns and ammunition. Like good hand loading equipment or a chronograph, owning a Ransom Rest adds to the enjoyment of the sport, and should be considered by any serious handgunner.
The only limitation of the Ransom Rest is that you need a wide array of inserts to evaluate the various guns that come along. For a shooter, particularly a handloading one, the Ransom Rest provides the ability to maintain quality control over large batches of a given load. It is also handy in developing a new load or selecting a commercial load. Several 10 shot groups with a commercial or handmade load through the same gun will pretty much show what your gun will do. If you have a gun of known accuracy, careful use of the Ransom Rest can show you what each of many loads are capable of. Conversely, you can find out which of several similar pistols will shoot best with any given load. It is literally a handgun lie detector.
Can i have the list of avaliable grip inserts?
The chart below lists most of the inserts currently available.
|Astra||A-80, A-90, A-100|
|Blank||Specify Large or Small Handgun|
|Browning||BDA, SIG P-220 (European)|
|Browning||Medalist, FN 150|
|Charter Arms||Revolvers (all)|
|Colt||.45 Government Model (45 ACP), including all Series 70 and Series 80 full-size 1911-pattern pistols, such as the 1991 A1, Commander, Gold Cup, Delta Elite, and Combat Elite.|
|Colt||Frontier, Single-Action Army|
|Colt||Officer’s ACP, 1991 A1 Compact|
|Colt||Python, Officer’s Model|
|Colt||Trooper Mark III|
|Colt||Trooper Mark V, Anaconda|
|Colt||Woodsman Match Target|
|C/Z||Model 75, T/Z 75|
|Dan Wesson||Large Frame Revolvers|
|Dan Wesson||Small Frame Revolvers|
|Desert Eagle||All Calibers|
|EAA Witness||Specify Large or Small|
|Freedom Arms||Single-Action Revolvers|
|Glock||Model 17, Model 22|
|Glock||Model 19, Model 23|
|Glock||Model 20, Model 21|
|Glock||Model 26, Model 27|
|Glock||Model 29, Model 30|
|Hammerli||Model 106, Model 107 (Free Pistol)|
|Hammerli||Model 208, Model 211, Model 212, Model 215|
|Heckler & Koch||P7 M13, P7 M10|
|Heckler & Koch||PSP, P7M8|
|Heckler & Koch||P9S|
|Heckler & Koch||USP (9/40)|
|Heckler & Koch||USP Compact (9/40)|
|Heckler & Koch||USP (45)|
|Heckler & Koch||USP (45) Compact|
|Heckler & Koch||VP70|
|Hi Standard||Model 104, (Models 102-105)|
|Hi Standard||Model 106, Model 107|
|L. A. R.||Grizzly|
|L. E. S.||P-18|
|Mauser||Model 1896 (Broomhandle)|
|Para-Ordinance||P13-45, P14-45 (Fits all models except single stack)|
|Pardini Fiocchi||SP, SPE, MP, GPO, K-60 (Factory Direct Only)|
|Ruger||P85, P89, P90, P91|
|Ruger||P93, 94, 95|
|Ruger||Security Six 150|
|Ruger||Security Six 151 +|
|Smith & Wesson||J-Frame (Square), covering Models 31-37, 50, 56, 63, and 651 with “square-butt” grip frame.|
|Smith & Wesson||J-Frame (Round), covering Models 31-37, 50, 56, 63, and 651 with “round-butt” grip frame.|
|Smith & Wesson||K-Frame, L-Frame (Square), covering Models 10-19, 48, 53, 64-67, and 617. All L-Frame Models 581, 586, 681, and 686 with “square-butt” grip frame.|
|Smith & Wesson||K-Frame, L-Frame (Round), covering Models 10-19, 48, 53, 64-67, and 617. All L-Frame Models 581, 586, 681, 686 and 696 with “round-butt” grip frame.|
|Smith & Wesson||N-Frame (Square), covering Models 20, 24-29, 57, 58, 521, 524, 610, 624, 625, 629, and 657 with “square butt” grip frame.|
|Smith & Wesson||N-Frame (Round), covering Models 20, 24-29, 57, 58, 521, 524, 610, 624, 625, 629, and 657 with “round butt” grip frame.|
|Smith & Wesson||1917 Revolver|
|Smith & Wesson||22A|
|Smith & Wesson||Model 41, Model 46|
|Smith & Wesson||Models 52, 39, 439, 539, 639|
|Smith & Wesson||Models 59, 459, 559, 659|
|Smith & Wesson||Models 422, 522, 622, 2200|
|Smith & Wesson||Model 469, Model 669|
|Smith & Wesson||Model 645, Model 745, Model 845|
|Smith & Wesson||Model 945|
|Smith & Wesson||3900 Series|
|Smith & Wesson||3910 Series|
|Smith & Wesson||4500 Series, 1000 Series|
|Smith & Wesson||4510 Series, 1010 Series|
|Smith & Wesson||5900 Series, 4000 Series|
|Smith & Wesson||6900 Series|
|Smith & Wesson||Sigma Series|
|Star||P. D. Frame|
|Star||Models 28M, 30M, 30PK, 31|
|Taurus||Large Frame Revolvers|
|Unique||D. E. S. 69 A1|
|Unique||D. E. S. 69|
|Unique||D. E. S. 69-U, 32-U|
|Walther||Model OSP, Model GSP (New)|
|Walther||Model OSP, Model GSP (Old)|
|Walther||Model PPK, Model PPK-S, Model PP|
*Over 100 grip insert models are available. Check Ransom Rest website for full information.
Not very complicated. See instructions here.