Smith’s Spotter Stand (aka) Dooly’s Doozy
By Hoke Kerns
(as published in Precision Shooting Magazine)

Someone somewhere said something to the effect that necessity is the mother of invention. If someone didn’t say that someone should have. If I could find my copy of Bartlett’s Quotations that line would be more specific. But, relatively unimportant because the gadget referred to in the title of this article was invented as the result of a fit of reactive frustration. Necessity was secondary.Scope not included

Strange things happen when you put a Georgia cotton farmer, gunshop owner, competitive rifle shooter at the bench shooting and he accidentally kicks over the tripod supporting his spotting scope for the umpteenth time. A small tripod sitting on the bench supporting his spotting scope fared no better. The catalyst for this development was some free time - the cotton picking was done and it was not time to plant. The farmer, gun shop owner, shooter is named Wayne Smith. The name, Dooly, in the title of this piece stems from the name of the county; it’s also part of Wayne’s e-mail address.

The stand has become a fixture at bench rest competition events in the deep south - particularly the southeast. Wayne has made and sold over one hundred of 'em so far and the only shooters who know about 'em are those who are competing in that part of the country and who see them in use. Although they are very popular with IR 50/50 sporter class shooters they’re also catching on with hunter class bench rest shooters and others. One made the observation that they’re handy on a prairie dog bench too.

Weighing some 20 pounds the stand is constructed on a base of three-quarter inch steel plate which measures six inches wide and 12 inches long. That is all the bench space the stand requires so it is not always in the way of the shooter's errant elbow. Yet, it is easily positioned on the bench. The base is cushioned on the bottom by a piece of sheet cork which also helps overcome ripples or uneven spots in the bench top and which also resists sliding on the bench.$185 plus $20 shipping   Scope not included

From the base the superstructure of three-quarter inch cold roll steel rises some 20 inches where it is then bent ninety degrees and extends another twenty inches. The stand can be placed on the shooter’s right or left, depending on personal preference, bench configuration or whether the shooter is left handed or right handed.

Wayne’s real inventiveness is evident where the spotting scope is mounted to the stand. He took a small tripod, cut the three legs off and affixed the tripod head to the stand upside down so that the spotting scope, when secured to the stand by standard tripod screw, is hanging from the stand. This keeps the stand itself out of the shooter’s way.

The upside down tripod mechanism can be adjusted up or down some six inches further from the top of the bench and then secured by a collar tightened by a knurled knob, puffing the spotting scope at the shooter’s most comfortable level. Minor elevation and windage adjustments to center the target in the scope are made by knobs which control each variable. The knobs also make it easier for the shooter, if he is so inclined, to sneak a peek at the targets of his competition.

As rugged and sturdy as the rest is when in use it is easily and quickly disassembled into as many as four pieces for packing into the spotting scope case for transport. The stands are finished in non-glare satin finish black paint. Like Mr. Ford’s Model T, you can get one in any color you want so long as it’s black.