Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Clark Gun Rest – Shooting System for the Disabled Hunter

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Before we jump into this week’s article, I wanted to make a wonderful announcement.  Handicapped Outdoors has partnered with Jeff Malloy and the Equalizer Shooting System.  I wrote an article back in September on this shooting system for the disabled shooter.  You can refresh your memory by clicking Here.  We’re happy to Have Jeff in the Handicapped Outdoors Family!

Robin Clark
The above announcement is a great way to introduce this week’s article on Robin Clark and the Clark Gun Rest.  Robin created a different kind of shooting system that gives a hunter the flexibility to handle a rifle, shotgun or crossbow, while maintaining the control necessary to shoot consistently and accurately.

Before I get the cart completely in front of the horse, let’s meet the man.  Robin Clark is the State Coordinator of the Virginia Chapter of Wheelin' Sportsmen that aids disabled folks to go on all types of adventures from hunting to fishing.  Relax, I will provide an article on Wheelin' Sportsmen next week for more information.  Back to Mr. Clark.

Robin was 16 when he had a diving accident breaking his 5th and 6th vertebrae causing him to become quadriplegic with some limited use of the upper extremities.  The accident caused him the typical fallout from a life changing incident - disbelief, anger and frustration.  Everyone who has had a difficulty like this whether by accident or disease, goes through these stages which eventually, hopefully leads to acceptance.  I want to take this moment to encourage anyone who has gone or is going through these types of disturbing moments.  You are not alone.  Get through it.  The funkiness will go away but you have to want it.

Robin Clark
Finally, he came to the place where he was ready to get back in the game.  Robin first had the trigger pull reduced from 6 lbs to about 2 lbs on his Remington 270. This enabled him to effectively operate the trigger without causing the weapon to lurch.  He then had the idea of a simple gun rest but that quickly grew to making it a more stable and secure platform that varying disabilities could utilize. Ten years later the shooting system was birthed. The gun rest literally gives the hunter the ability to stabilize the weapon while maintaining horizontal and vertical movement with control.  It is so flexible that you can turn side-to-side 180 degrees depending on your level disability and physical capabilities.

Ok, so how does it work?  The base of the rest slips under the seat cushion of most wheelchairs whether electric or manual.  Firm bottom cushions do work best.  A vertical piece rises up from the base under the cushion and height adjustment can be customized so that the weapon fits comfortably to your shoulder.  The horizontal rail that holds the weapon to the rest also can be adjusted forward or backwards slightly but is set so that the stock of the weapon naturally falls backwards into your lap instead of having the business end fall forward for obvious reasons.  The rate of vertical and horizontal movement for aiming can be controlled by tightening or loosening those mechanisms.  Lastly, the forearm rest can be adjusted to accommodate different weapon systems to your liking by moving it forward or backwards to cradle the weapon properly.


Right, so how much does this thing cost...HMMmm?  Robin’s mission is to help more individuals with disabilities get back to doing what they love.  He accomplishes this mission by offering the Clark Gun Rest at virtual cost only.  Contact him via email for pricing which will include shipping to your door.  I have to say after speaking with Robin that the price is ridiculously reasonable, and I will be purchasing one in the near future.

Next week – Wheelin Sportsman details…it’s gonna be good!



33 comments:

  1. I was injured in a car accident a few years back and am now in a wheelchair. Before the accident, I was an avid hunter. Now that I have the wheelchair world managed quite well, I want to get back into hunting. How well do these mounts attach to wheelchairs? The one thing I am keenly aware of is that wheelchairs come in all different shapes and models.
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    1. Brayn, I apologize for not seeing your comment earlier. This particular gun rest doesn't mount to the chair. Instead, it has a metal plate that slides under your cushion seat in the wheelchair. I believe the video illustrates it. Let me know if you need more help with this!

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    2. This is nice post which I was awaiting for such an article and I have gained some very handy information from this clark gun rest shooting system for site,

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    3. I will be releasing an article on an even newer rest made by Caldwell at the end of July to early August. It is amazing and even less expensive. Stay tuned amigo!

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  2. The accident caused him the typical fallout from a life changing incident - disbelief, anger and frustration. Everyone who has had a difficulty like this whether by accident or disease, goes through these stages which eventually, hopefully leads to acceptance.

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    1. Good stuff Flora. My hope is not just acceptance but the grace to overcome the circumstance. Get back out in the field or on the water.

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  3. My partner and i have the wagon entirely as you're watching moose, let’s fulfill the person. The boy wonder Clark could be the Express Manager with the Virginia Phase regarding Wheeling' Players in which assists impaired individuals to be on every type regarding escapades coming from looking to be able to doing some fishing.

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  5. I actually appeared to be seriously injured around an auto accident some three years backside plus i'm at this moment inside of a wheelchair. Ahead of collision, I actually appeared to be a fervent seeker. That really Concerning a wheelchair community succeeded very well, I want to win back within camping. The best way perfectly conduct all these brackets go with wheelchairs? The sole thing We're keenly cognizant of is definitely this wheelchairs are available various different models plus styles.

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    1. Garret, shoot me an email and I can assist you better on what you need to know my friend! handicappedoutdoors@gmail.com

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  6. Same thing is also happened with me. I have faced a accident which incident caused my wheelchair. I am really very tensed to get back the shooting campaign. Finally it's really great news for me to get back. Now i am really okay.

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    1. Neal, if you will check out another article I wrote on another gun rest that is much less expensive. http://www.handicappedoutdoors.com/2015/07/gadget-month-caldwell-tree-pod.html

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  7. It's a hurt news for Robin. I am really feeling very sorry for him. I have felt a small accident. But i think Robin has got great accident. I have got inspiration from Robin to get back shooting.

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  8. Thank you for taking some time to write this post. Hunting is one of my favorite survival skills. Not only does it bring you closer to nature, but it forces you to engage your primordial instincts. Rather than being surrounded by the constant glaring distractions we’re all used to – TVs, traffic, gossip – you’re in the heart of the wild, and your every sense is forced to be razor sharp. See more http://survival-mastery.com/diy/weapons/best-hunting-rifle.html

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  9. I never had a wheelchair experienced. However a little awareness can safe from injury when we riding. I am very hurt for Robin for those serious accident and also prying for him for cover-up soon.

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  10. I stumbled upon this article by an accident, and it is so cool that people on wheelcair can go hunting without much disconfort! Way to go, robin!

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    1. Thanks Onnie. You may want to check out the article I wrote about the Caldwell Tree Pod. It's less expensive and does the same basic thing. It even is used by able bodied hunters.

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  11. I actually essentially was certainly seriously injured all over a automobile collision quite a few a couple of years backside and also i'm just presently interior of your wheelchair. Previous to smashup, I actually essentially was your fervent hunter. That About your wheelchair online community been successful actually, I want to regain in just camping outdoors.

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  12. I was looking for information about it. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Thanks for this great post . It is very informational . I lıke shooting and hunting . I lıke using my Ar 15 and Nikon P-223 scope
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    1. I use an Ar-15 Platform also. If you liked this article, check out another one I wrote with a gunr est that is at a much easier price point - http://www.handicappedoutdoors.com/2015/07/gadget-month-caldwell-tree-pod.html

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  14. Head off man. You write everything with details. I also love to hunting with best rifle scope.

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