Whether you’re in the field hunting or at the outdoor range sighting in a new gun, having a stable and reliable shooting platform is invaluable.

Most outdoor ranges have purpose-built shooting benches for you to use. That’s great, but they can be limiting. Perhaps you want or need to shoot standing up or kneeling down? Those benches aren’t made for that kind of shooting.

What if you’re hunting out west and have the opportunity to take a once-in-a-lifetime shot at the big game animal on your bucket list? You’d want to be darn sure you’ve got a steady aim for that one-shot chance.

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The Vanguard VEO 2 Shooting Stick has three fold-and-lock feet mounted to a ball joint to provide the stability of a tripod.Vanguard

Like the name says, it is a stick with no "s," meaning that it only has one pole. Where it differs from other sticks, though, is in the feet. It has three fold and lock feet mounted to a ball joint, so that you have the stability of a tripod and the mobility of a traditional shooting stick without all the bulk and extra legs.

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The Vanguard VEO 2 lets you shoot from a stable platform in almost any shooting position.T. Logan Metesh

Because ounces count when you’re lugging gear through the woods, the VEO 2 is made of lightweight yet very durable aluminum, tipping the scales at just under two pounds. Despite being so light, it can support up to 11 pounds.

How It Works

On the top of the stick, the U-yoke spins to provide 360-degrees of shooting opportunities, and it is wide enough to accommodate a crossbow if that’s your weapon of choice. Directly below the yoke is a rubber grip that serves a dual purpose: ensuring you’ve got a good hold and providing a barrier so that your hand won’t get cold from the aluminum.

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The stick is constructed of lightweight aluminum and the U-yoke at the top spins to provide 360-degrees of shooting opportunities.T. Logan Metesh

The yoke can be unscrewed and topped with a rubber cap to protect the threads. Then, you’ve got a nice walking stick accompanied by a grip strap. Or, you can screw on an assortment of camera gear, etc to the threads and use it like you would a tripod. Despite its shooting stick name, it’s pretty versatile.

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The yoke can be removed allowing the stick to be used as a walking stick, or other mounts can be affixed so it can be used with things like cameras and spotting scopes.T. Logan Metesh

The four adjustable sections can accommodate any height from 24 inches collapsed to 64 inches when expanded.

Takeaway

For me personally, this stick is great because my outdoor range is anything but level. I can adjust to the height I need and then unfold and lock the feet for a stable platform. I also like the flexible ball joint because sometimes I’m leaning a certain way to accommodate the uneven range terrain.

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The three feet fold up and lock when not in use.mfg photo

That’s exactly how I used it sighting in a new scope at various distances on my .22-caliber lever-action Henry rifle. Standing, kneeling, leaning, whatever.—the VEO 2 worked exactly as described and I’m confident that the scope is sighted properly thanks to this simple but effective and endlessly useful shooting stick.

If you're looking for a versatile shooting platform that is compact and reliable, I'd definitely recommend the Vanguard VEO 2 Shooting Stick.

MSRP is $79.99, but I picked mine up for $55.99 with a bit of internet sleuthing. Definitely worth the price in my opinion.