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Top 7 Best Gun Vises On The Market 2020 Reviews

Every gun owner knows that regular cleaning and maintenance is necessary to keep your firearm in good working order. Cleaning a gun can be time consuming, but the process can be made much easier with the use of a gun vise.

Having your firearm clamped securely in a vise frees up your hands and makes the entire maintenance process easier and faster. In this review, we look at some of the most popular and affordable gun vises on the market, from professional gun-smithing tools to options suitable for hobbyists and casual shooters.

Please note: a gun vise is not a shooting rest. However, some of the vises reviewed here can be used as shooting rests.

Best Gun Vises On The Market
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Top 7 Best Gun Vises On The Market Reviews

ModelRatingMaterialApproximate WeightDoubles as a Shooting Rest?Price
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Material
Steel and Cast Aluminum
Approximate Weight
24 lbs
Doubles as a Shooting Rest?
Yes
Price
$$$$
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Material
Steel
Approximate Weight
10 lbs
Doubles as a Shooting Rest?
Yes, with optional attachment
Price
$$$
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Material
Steel
Approximate Weight
11 lbs
Doubles as a Shooting Rest?
No
Price
$$$
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Material
Polymer
Approximate Weight
8 lbs
Doubles as a Shooting Rest?
No
Price
$
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Material
Polymer
Approximate Weight
10 lbs
Doubles as a Shooting Rest?
No
Price
$$
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Material
Polymer
Approximate Weight
10 lbs
Doubles as a Shooting Rest?
No
Price
$
4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
Material
Plastic
Approximate Weight
4 lbs
Doubles as a Shooting Rest?
Yes
Price
$

1 Caldwell Lead Sled DFT 2

The Caldwell Lead Sled DFT 2 is a heavy duty product. It boasts full windage, front, and rear elevation adjustments. Each of the adjustment knobs is conveniently located, and can be engaged without having to remove the firearm first. The rest can be adjusted in length up to eighteen inches, ensuring a correct fit for any rifle or shotgun. The non-marring pads will keep your firearm in good condition.

In addition to securing your firearm for cleaning and maintenance, the Caldwell Lead Sled also functions as a shooting rest. Using a dual frame design and heavy rubber padding, the rest is able to effectively dissipate recoil. Out of the box, this rest weighs twenty-four pounds but has a compartment in which the user can add up to one hundred pounds of lead shot to the base. This ensures the rest will be solid during every shot taken from the bench.

Caldwell Lead Sled DFT 2
Our rating:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Pros
  • can be used as a shooting rest
  • recoil reducing
  • highly adjustable
  • great stability
Cons
  • may be difficult to assemble
  • cannot hold pistols
  • may not fit AR-15s securely

2 CTK Precision P3 Ultimate Gun Vise

The CTK Precision has a simple design, but don’t let that fool you. This vise is more than capable of securing your firearm for routine maintenance. The full metal frame gives you a reliable sturdiness during tasks like scope installation and sight adjustment, and the frame boasts a durable coating that will protect it from solvents.

The vise is fully adjustable for rifles, shotguns, and pistols, and has a three point leveling system. Its no-hassle assembly gets you up and running quickly, and the thick, non-marring padding at all contact points with the firearm keep your guns looking pristine. This vise can’t be used as a shooting rest out of the box, but an additional attachment is available to convert it.

CTK Precision P3 Ultimate Gun Vise
Our rating:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Pros
  • accommodates rifles and pistols
  • Made in USA
  • Compact design
Cons
  • requires an additional component to be used as a shooting rest

3 Hyskore Cleaning and Sighting Vise

Hyskore is a well known name in the industry who have made many quality shooting rests, and their gun vise is no different. This vise is fully adjustable in length to accommodate any rifle or shotgun, and boasts precision elevation adjustments as well. The clamps are very secure—once they’re dialed in, your firearm isn’t going anywhere.

The vise also comes with a plastic accessory tray for parts, tools, and cleaning supplies. It’s important to note, this product is not a shooting rest. If you attempt to use it as such, you will damage the vise, your firearm, and may injure yourself.

Hyskore Cleaning and Sighting Vise
Our rating:4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

Pros
  • Solid, welded construction
  • Highly adjustable
  • Includes a parts tray
Cons
  • Cannot be used as a shooting rest

4 MTM GV-30 Gun Vise

The MTM GV-30 is a well made polymer gun vise. Plastic construction may give some pause, but the polypropylene used in the MTM is high strength and has the added bonus of resisting any solvents you may spill while you are cleaning your firearm. The vise has a quick clamp system using a single cam lever, making your maintenance process even faster.

The clamps are tight, giving you a secure hold on your rifle or shotgun. They are also non-marring. A variety of compartments for solvents, tools, parts, and patches are built into the base of the vise. The whole system is mounted on four skid resistant feet. Additionally, the MTM GV-30 is made in the USA.

MTM GV-30 Gun Vise
Our rating:4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

Pros
  • Variety of compartments for solvents, parts, and tools
  • Made in the USA
  • Easy assembly
Cons
  • Rear portion of vise cannot be elevated

5 Tipton Best Gun Vise

Tipton is another big name in the industry and makes many high quality cleaning products. This is a polymer vise and is solvent resistant and non-marring. An aluminum channel in the center of the vise gives you stability during basic cleaning tasks.

The vise is easily adjustable with tight clamps in the rear, and a height-adjustable Y mount at the front. It can fit anything from an AR-15 to a handgun.

Tipton Best Gun Vise
Our rating:4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

Pros
  • Easy assembly
  • Highly adjustable
  • Solvent resistent construction
Cons
  • Plastic may flex more than other polymer models

6 Tipton Gun Vise

The Tipton Gun Vise, like the Tipton Best, is another affordable polymer option. The one-piece design has a quick release cam at the back of the vise, allowing you to easily secure and remove your firearm. The rear clamp adjusts for a tight fit, while the non-adjustable front rest is designed to fit a variety of forends.

The vise can adjust to fit any rifle or shotgun, including break-open guns. The base contains a variety of compartments for tools, solvents, and spare parts. There are fewer features on this vise than others on the list, but if you’re looking for a basic, affordable option then this product is worth considering.

Tipton Gun Vise
Our rating:4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

Pros
  • Easy assembly
  • Quick release cam
  • Non-marring contact surfaces
Cons
  • Less adjustable than other options

7 MTM K-Zone Shooting Rest

This fully adjustable gun vise doubles as a shooting rest for rifles and handguns. The precision dialed pedestal adjusts the forearm level for exact positioning when shooting from the bench, and non-marring rubber pads are used for all contact surfaces.

The included handgun pad can be adjusted for differently sized pistols or removed entirely for rifles. This vise weighs four pounds, so you won’t get the same recoil reduction as other offerings. But if you’re looking for an adjustable shooting rest that doubles as a gun vise, this is an affordable options.

MTM K-Zone Shooting Rest
Our rating:4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Pros
  • Can be used as a shooting rest
  • Precision adjustable
  • Easy to assemble
Cons
  • Does not reduce recoil when used as a shooting rest
 

Best Gun Vises Buying Guide

Gun vises are an essential tool for any gun owner, but with so many products on the market, making the best choice can be difficult. When shopping for a gun vise, it is important to fully assess your needs and compare a variety of products. Consider key qualities such as stability, build quality, durability, features, and overall value.

Are you an occasional shooter with only one or two rifles?

Or do you have a wide variety of differently-sized firearms, and need a vise that can accommodate them all?

These questions will affect your overall budget. But, even if you are an infrequent shooter, you should still consider investing in a higher quality vise.

Best Gun Vises Buying Guide
Photo by Junior Shooters

Most importantly, a gun vise should make proper cleaning and maintenance easier to do. That means offering a stable, well-made platform that will resist everyday wear and tear, as well as any solvents you may accidentally spill. You don’t want a vise that flexes if you have to apply any sort of force to your firearm when removing carbon buildup or installing a new component. The clamps need to secure your firearm for even the heaviest of tasks, while leaving it completely unmarked when removed.

Don’t ignore the long-term durability of a gun vise either. Your choice should stand up to use for many years in order to give you the best value for your money. The initial investment may not be cheap, but the years of service will be worth it. Plenty of offerings on the market are basic and affordable, but a lack of features or a lower overall build quality make them undesirable tools.

Conclusion

It may not be the most affordable option on the list, but the CTK Precision P3 Ultimate Gun Vise is our favorite option. This vise is sturdy, made from quality materials, and highly versatile. Unlike other offerings, you can convert the vise to a shooting rest if you need this feature, then back to a vise when performing maintenance. Its compact design has a small footprint on your workbench, and the high quality clamps will give any of your firearms a secure fit. This gun vise gives you everything you need, and nothing you don’t. And of course, it’s made in the USA.

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