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African Sporting Creations
1421 Lexington Avenue, Suite 257
Mansfield, OH  44907

(419) 529-5599

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African Shooting Sticks - Take Down Version

The new take-down version of our African Shooting Sticks is designed to fit into any airline approved gun case. Now you can use the same set of sticks to hunt kudu in the summer, whitetails in the fall and Turkeys from a blind in the spring (more on that later).

There is a reason why every African PH brings a set of these along for the client; because they are so easy to use and effective. We have improved upon the very basic "3 sticks bound together with inner tube" with our custom made versions that combine the finest raw materials available with unmatched craftsmanship. If you are unfamiliar with African Shooting Sticks or want to understand how to use them and what makes them superior to the other offerings on the market click on our Frequently Asked Questions link to get the straight scoop.
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Read Shooting Stick FAQ'sSeveral years ago we began experimenting with a connector that we could use to make take-down shooting sticks. We developed dozens of take-down connector prototypes over the years but for one reason or another they did not meet our criteria . We wanted them to have a very strong, positive locking system and be very easy to put together/take apart with your bare hands. Most importantly, we wanted the addition of the connector to increase the rigidity and strength of the shafts.

Well, the wait is finally over! These are the most rigid, quiet and functional African Shooting Sticks on the market. Our customers tell us they like the rigidity of them which allows them to lean into the shot, how the noise suppression bumpers eliminate the "dinner bell" noise made by the legs of all-aluminum models clanking together and how the points on the bottoms anchor them securely in place.

The heart of our new model is a patent pending, two piece aluminum take-down connector designed by a specialty fittings engineer that has three points of contact for tremendous strength. Putting them together is fast and easy; they screw together by hand and assembly takes just a few minutes. As an added feature, the connector incorporates a rubber gasket that compresses with the last turn to prevent them from vibrating loose when traveling cross country in a safari vehicle.

Each connector is precision milled from a solid piece of high strength, light weight Aluminum bar stock and is then sand blasted to a non-reflective, matte finish. The seam between the connector pieces would almost be impossible to feel if we did not put a small micro-bevel on the two (otherwise sharp) edges that are exposed when the sticks are taken apart.

The outside diameter of the connectors is the same as the domestic and exotic hardwood shafts to provide a uniform thickness from top to bottom. We hand sand every shaft and then apply two coats of satin gloss marine quality polyurethane to them to protect them from the elements. We turn the last 4 inches of the wooden shafts down to a " so they fit inside the connectors. The Silver and Gold Grades have the connectors compressed onto the shafts while Platinum Grade connectors receive special treatment. We pin the top portion using bamboo (just like they pin the handle of a samurai sword to the tang) and secure the bottom portion with a concealed screw.
We offer over a half dozen of the finest kiln dried domestic and exotic hardwoods from around the world to give you a striking selection to choose from.

African Padauk is a reddish brown wood that has some beautiful streaking and color contrasts. This open grained wood is relatively light but rigid and takes an excellent finish. This is the one we recommend to customers when pressed.

Leopardwood has a very interesting grain structure that almost lends it a spotted pattern. Color range can vary from pale to medium brown. This scarce, hard wood takes a lustrous finish.

Morado is one of the most striking woods we offer and has a very pronounced color contrast from light to dark. This hard wood takes a beautiful finish and is a customer favorite.

Purpleheart being purple is not a color one typically associates with hunting but it is such a unique species we included it anywya. Female hunters and kids love it!

African (Rosewood) Bubinga is a striking rich, red toned exotic wood. This very dense, heavy and resilient wood typically has black graining intermixed through-out that provides a very dramatic visual impact.

Jatoba (Brazillian Cherry) hard, heavy and tough. It is also one of the more commonly available exotic woods and the color range runs from Russett to reddish brown, often with some striping or streaking.

Hickory is up to two times stronger and more rigid than other domestic hardwoods which make it a great choice for this application. We rub a medium brown stain on this blonde wood to make sure it blends in with your surroundings.

All our African Shooting Sticks come with padded tops. The leather tops make sure you do not have any fish and game related inspection delays while traveling internationally. Zebra skin or Cape buffalo tops are available on the Platinum version. Many of you told us how you scratched up your very expensive rifles' fore end using the unpadded, coarse sticks provided by your African outfitter so this is a very important issue to consider. Our zebra skin and Cape buffalo tops take you back to the Dark Continent regardless of what you are after and protect the fore-end of your rifle from unnecessary "beauty marks".

All versions come complete with a high quality, heavy duty, case that keeps your shooting sticks from coming into contact with your rifle during air transportation.

Due to the large number of special orders we have received for different lengths, we are pleased to announce that you can now order our Platinum & Gold Sticks in five different lengths so anyone can now find a set that fits them perfectly. Please refer to the chart to determine what size you need to order. The Silver Grade is a fixed height of 70".

We offer three grades that while constructed exactly alike, utilize different tops, woods and may or may not offer the option of engraved connectors.

PLATINUM GRADE - Combines any of the exotic woods with one set of leather tops and another set of zebra or Cape buffalo tops. This model can be custom ordered to length and includes a carrying case. It also gives you the option of having the connectors engraved with a first and last name.

Platinum & Gold Sizing Chart
Your Height
O/A Length when unopened*
6' 4" +
5' 9"- 6' 3"
5' 2"- 5' 8"
Youth Med
4' 7"-5' 1"
Youth Small
4' - 4' 6"
* Longest piece is still only 40" when taken
apart for XL size and 37" for all others

GOLD GRADE - Combines Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba) shafts with one set of leather tops. This model includes a carrying case and can be custom ordered to length.

SILVER GRADE - Combines Hickory Shafts with one set of leather tops. This model includes a carrying case. This model is only available in one length, 70" which covers heights from 5'9" - 6-3".

Unscrew them and you can use the top section alone for shots from the kneeling or sitting position. The versatility we build into our shooting sticks provides you with two complete sets you can hunt with year-round.

Your African Shooting Sticks are very simple to use. First, grasp the two legs that have the black bumpers on them and post the shorter leg (the one without the padded top) out front, in line with where you want to point the rifle. Once you plant the front leg, pull back evenly on the other two legs to form the "V" for your rifle's fore end. Once you familiarize yourself with them, set-up takes just seconds and they expand your effective range considerably. More detailed instructions accompany each set.

We spared no expense in developing our new take-down African Shooting Sticks. We hope you enjoy using them as much as we enjoy making them. If you are planning a trip to the Dark Continent, get a set of these so you can practice with them before your trip and relive the excitement of the hunt long after you return home.

Options Guide
Grade Available Woods Length Tops Case Cost
Platinum All See Size Chart above for available lengths. 2 sets of tops:
Leather  AND
Zebra OR Cape Buffalo
Yes $349
Gold Jatoba (Brazillian Cherry) See Size Chart above for available lengths.

Leather Yes $299
Silver Hickory Fixed length 70" overall.
Longest piece measures 37" when taken apart.
Leather Yes $229