Thursday, March 4, 2010

Riverwalker's Gear - MX 450 Monopod Combo

Multi-use items are a great way to save money and minimize the amount of gear you may need to carry. They can serve a variety of purposes that will allow you to get the job done. Less items that you need to carry can save time and effort on your part. A great little item I came across at a yard sale is an MX 450 Monopod Combo. This is a great piece of gear that only cost $5.

This monopod comes with a foam grip and wrist strap for ease of use as a walking stick. A cap is included and is easily removed to allow the mounting of the V-shaped gun support. It also incorporates a standard camera mount in case you're shooting pictures instead of your gun.

Fully collapsed it is only 21 inches long and can be extended to 67 inches by use of the quick lever leg locks. This makes it fully adjustable for most people. My grandson even tried to appropriate it for his own use and took an immediate liking to it. Kids recognize a good thing when they see it!

It also comes with a rubber foot and ground spike. A few quick turns quickly converts from the rubber foot to the ground spike.

With this new addition to my gear, the ability to have a good walking stick that can quickly convert to a gun or camera support will always be handy. Having the option of a rubber foot or ground spike only increases it's versatility when used as a walking stick. A few simple modifications may be in order to further increase its use may be forthcoming.

Some of the modifications that I'm considering is the addition of some paracord on the upper handle and a case for a small multi-tool as well. I may even duct tape a small flashlight to it.

Got multi-use gear?

Staying above the water line!



Anonymous said...

Way cool item, I think you may be onto something there. Those staffs are really handy when walking down slopes, and taking the pressure off of knees / ankles that are protesting the extra workout walking uneven territory. Its not the during - its the after when you are back in camp at night where full effects become known.

Bitmap said...

Those things are great. Especially for younger hunters and shooters, as you mentioned.

riverwalker said...

To: anon 12:04

It's going to be well worth the money and with a few "upgrades" will be even better.

Thanks anon.


riverwalker said...

To: Bitmap

You're the one who actually started me looking for a monopod. Sometime back on a post about bipods, you mentioned that your Dad had made a home-made gun rest/walking stick combination or something along that lines. I remember you saying that it would probably be a better option over a bipod. Just kept my eyes out for one and ran across a bargain.

Thanks Bitmap!


Machinist said...

Very nice setup, Sir. Looks very useful.

riverwalker said...

Thanks Machinist!


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