As a predator/varmint/turkey hunter, I may have to spend a good deal of time on
stand waiting for my quarry to show. A method of holding my rifle or shotgun at
the ready with a minimum of effort and movement is invaluable, as is having a
steady rest at the time of the shot. Hunting in the mountains for deer and elk
or hunting the plains for pronghorn antelope sometimes requires a quick and
steady rest for long range shots at game. Lightweight, portability, ruggedness
and steadiness are features that I require in a shooting aid..
The light weight had me concerned about durability, but that was quickly
dispelled when I removed the Predator Sniper Styx from their package. These are
made from heavy walled T-6 aluminum tubing. They are sturdy and strong. Strong
enough to serve as a walking aid in fact! They are camouflaged with Natural Gear
Camo pattern. They are hinged with a flexible yoke and have a second yoke near
the bottom of the sticks that serves to keep them quiet when walking. The tops
are covered with textured sleeves that serve as a rest for your firearm. The
sleeves also protect the finish of your firearm. The textured sleeves also
offer a slip-free hand grip when used for walking. At 38" long they are
perfect for everything from flat to very steep terrain. The sticks are threaded
to accept your choice of four types of feet suitable for all terrain. Extensions
are available to convert the standard model to a standing bi-pod. If you are so
inclined, an extra leg is available to convert them into a tripod. Another
optional accessory will convert them to a prone style shooting aid.
In the Field;
I tried the Predator Sniper Styx with rifles, handguns and shotgun. They
provided stability necessary for pin-point accuracy on everything from flat to
steep and uneven terrain. By simply moving one leg in or out, elevation
changes are quickly made. Unlike many bi-pods, the Predator Sniper Styx allow
you to pan your firearm without moving the legs. The Predator Sniper Styx also
doubled as a rest for my binoculars and spotting scope. Another accessory of
importance to predator hunters is the available Mouse Squeaker. The Mouse
Squeaker mounts near the top of the sticks where your hand would be. It
provides a method of luring predators closer with minimal movement on your
part. One issue that has been brought up is, how do you carry the sticks if
you need both hands free? That issue has been addressed with an optional sling.
The sling consists of a length of shock-cord that slips right over your shoulder.
In the past, I've carried shooting sticks by rubber banding them to my rifle.
I like the Predator Sniper Styx idea better.
This is a professional, well built product that has been very well thought
out. The added confidence of having a steady rest regardless of terrain is of
great value. The ability to place your shots and make clean kills will increase
your success rate. Predator Sniper Styx gets a "thumbs up" from me.
Predator Sniper Styx Review part II, Accessories
I recently acquired and used a couple accessories made to complement the original Predator Sniper Styx. The first is the Tri-Styx conversion. This product adds a third leg to the Predator Sniper Styx. The Predator Sniper Styx can still be used as a bipod, as before, but now you have the option of using the Predator Sniper Styx as a tripod. The conversion kit contains 1 30" leg, 1 hinge point, 1 end cap, 1 gripper yoke, and 1 positive foot. This conversion adds more stability to an already stabile shooting platform.
The second accessory is the nine inch leg extensions. If you shoot from a stool, as I sometimes do, the extensions will raise the height of the Predator Sniper Styx to a level that is comfortable to use from the elevated position. The extensions are also handy for times when you have to hunt in tall brush. The extensions screw securely into the bottom of the Predator Sniper Styx and the feet screw into the bottom of the extensions. The extensions are available individually so you can buy three if you choose the Predator Sniper Tri-Styx or the Tri-Styx conversation.
The more I use the Predator Sniper Styx and accessories the more I like them.