Shadow Tech’s MOD 7 HOG Saddle Arrives


Shadow Tech LLC was founded by a former U.S.M.C. Scout Sniper and OIF veteran. The company produces a professional grade rifle rest designed for field use. The HOG Saddle attaches to a standard camera tripod and its is designed to clamp the rifle in place yet provide the necessary articulation to adjust angle and aiming point; including panning.


The company recommends the following tripods for use with its HOG Saddle:

  • Manfrotto 055XPROB Aluminum
  • Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber
  • Manfrotto 190XPROB Aluminum
  • Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber

To pan or make angle adjustments you’ll need to include ball action heads, which are readily available from photo equipment suppliers. Some suggestions here include:

  • Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball
  • Manfrotto 498 Midi Ball
  • Manfrotto 496 Compact Ball

The new version of the HOG Saddle, marketed as the MOD 7, has a number of improvements over the older product.

  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.
  4. 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 pins.

Complete MOD 7 Specifications

  • 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
  • CNC 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: Less than 16 oz
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