This is the latest model HOG
Saddle with some improvements from the original design. The MOD7 is
currently a standard issue item in the US Marine Corps and other
various Special Operations Units.
List of improvements:
1. Opens 1/4" wider than original model. (2 11/16" Open, 1 1/2" Closed)
2. Incorporates a retention button screw to prevent unintentional disassembly in the field
3. Weighs less than 16 ounces
Added cut-outs to the base of the HOG Saddle. These narrow slots better
integrate with tripod heads or QR plates that have anti-rotation video
MOD7 HOG Saddle Specs:
· CNC machined from a solid block of aluminum
· Black oxide stainless steel bolt and guide rods
· Hard anodized finish (a resilient surface which serves as an excellent base coat for custom camouflage paint)
· 1/4-20 stainless steel mounting threads and 3/8-16 back up threads
machined torque knob assembly with retention button screw to prevent
disassembly in the field (opens 1/4in wider than previous model)
· Stainless steel noise dampening tension spring
· 1/4 inch thick, recessed urethane pads specifically engineered to absorb rifle recoil and reduce muzzle jump
· Anti-rotation slots to accept tripod QD plates that have video pins
· Superior resistance to corrosion
· Weight: 15.8oz
If you are a hunter who wants a dependable tripod rifle rest at a fair price, then the PIG Saddle will suit you well.
If you are military, law enforcement, or a serious long-range shooter, then the MOD7 HOG
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the best tripod/head to use with the Hog Saddle?
A: Manfrotto tripods are primarily recommended due
to personal experience with the brand as a Scout Sniper. Gitzo tripods
are another good brand to check out also.
Here are four great tripods to check out. I prefer the 055 models
because they are more stable while shooting from the standing position
but the 190 models are lighter and cheaper. (The center column on all
four of these tripods can rotate horizontally. This makes them a good
choice if the user plans to mount the HOG Saddle without a tripod head.)
- Manfrotto 055XPROB Aluminum
- Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber
- Manfrotto 190XPROB Aluminum
- Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber
Ball action heads are the most popular for snipers and the strongest
in regards to carrying the loaded weight of the rifle. Here are three
great options. (The 054 Magnesium ball Head is my favorite and what I
personally use. It is also the favored head with many military sniper
- Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball
- Manfrotto 498 Midi Ball
- Manfrotto 496 Compact Ball
Of all these options I think the 055XPROB tripod with a 054 Magnesium Ball Head is an amazing shooting platform with the HOG Saddle. You can't go wrong with any of the above.
Q: What is the extra threaded hole at the bottom of the base for?
A: The smaller 1/4-20 hole is the most commonly used
hole for mounting the Hog Saddle to a tripod. The larger 3/8-16 hole is
a backup mounting point for those who use tripods with removable swivel
heads. The Hog Saddle is able to mount directly to the base of these
tripods, acting as a contingency mounting option.
Q: Is a Picatinny Rail attaching rest just as effective as a Hog Saddle?
A: No, and here are three reasons why.
A Picatinny Rail rest limits your capabilities to only a rifle with
rails. The Hog Saddle will universally secure to any rifle with or
without picatinny rails. A tripod rest shouldn’t dictate to the user
which rifle is appropriate to employ.
A Picatinny Rail rest creates a metal-on-metal contact to the rifle
and rest. This metal-on-metal contact sends rifle recoil straight to the
tripod causing the rifle to erratically hop off target. The Hog
Saddle’s specially engineered pads absorb rifle recoil and eliminate
tripod hop, facilitating rapid follow up shots.
The Hog Saddle does not need to be used with a tripod head. This
gives the user the option to reduce even more weight and streamline
their tripod kit. Not incorporating a tripod head reduces cost to
Department and Team purchases.
Q: What is the proper maintenance for my new Hog Saddle Shooting Platform?
A: Maintenance is very simple. A brush and a damp
cloth is all you need. It is recommended to wipe the Hog Saddle down
every time after returning from the field.
Q: What rifles are compatible with the Hog Saddle?
A: The Hog Saddle is a universal rifle rest. Here is
a small list of rifles that are currently being used with the Hog
Saddle throughout the military and law enforcement community.
• M16A4 • M4 • AR15 • Mk-12 • AR10 • SR-25
• Mk-11 • M14 in SAGE Stock • XM25 • M110 • Remington
700 • M24 • M40A3 • M40A5 • DARPA XM3 • Mk-13
• Accuracy International L115A3 • SASR M107 • McMillan TAC-50
Q: Will my Hog Saddle rust?
A: The Hog Saddle is extremely resistant to rust.
The only metal materials used to construct the shooting platform are
Aluminum and Stainless Steel. Short from dragging your Hog Saddle
through the ocean on a daily basis, you shouldn’t experience a corrosion
problem with our product.
Q: Is there an optimum way to mount a Hog Saddle to a tripod?
The Hog Saddle has been designed to mount directly to various camera
tripod heads or directly to the base of a tripod without utilizing a
head. Some of our customers prefer to mount the Hog Saddle without a
head because they feel it provides a more stable platform. We recommend
to mount the Hog Saddle with and without a head, and then decide which
works best for your personal application. Either way is a great option.
Q: Is there a front or rear to the Hog Saddle?
A: No, the Hog Saddle can be mounted with the torque
knob on either the left or right side. If the rifle rest is mounted on a
grip action head, we would recommend putting the torque knob on the
same side as the grip action handle.
Q: Can I get replacement parts for my Hog Saddle?
A: Yes, if you somehow destroy your recessed
urethane pads, misplace the torque bolt, or lose the tension spring we
can send you a replacement. Email us so we can get you back up and
Outstanding New Postiton for Taking Shots
Posted by Tut on 9th Mar 2016
An outstanding piece of equipment! No
surprise that one of "Mother Green's" finest brought it to reality. They
have a way of making good things happen...
Works as advertised...
Posted by Unknown on 19th Feb 2016
Built like a tank, it holds my bolt rifles and AR's rock solid.
It's worth the price.
Posted by LG on 9th Feb 2016
Bought the hog saddle a few days ago and
immediately took it out to test it on hogs. Provides a very stable base
for standing shooting and allows for quick follow up shots. Very well
made as well.
HOG MOD 7 review
Posted by Unknown on 31st Dec 2015
Excellent piece of gear. Very well built and strong. Provides very stable shooting platform.
For using heavy rifles with rails/NODs, this is best piece of gear I've found.
Posted by Steve M on 8th Dec 2015
I am completely impressed with the quality
of the mod7 saddle. It operates just as advertised, and holds my 14
pound duty weapon securely. I have also used it with my narrow fore end
hunting rifles in the field with fantastic results. You can't find a
better product to do its intended task. Machine work is flawless, and
finish appears to be extremely durable.
Posted by Randolph Holford on 30th Sep 2015
We all practice and site in off the bench.
The HOGSADDLE is an easily portable bench and has increased my accuracy
3 fold!! Incidentally, I heartily endorse the Manfrotto euipment you
suggested. No serious hunter should be without this equipment.