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The Lenzi Front Rest is the finest front rest we've ever shot off of. Smooth, beautiful, solid and precise. More features than any other joystick type rest on the market.
The rest weighs in at a hefty but manageable 26.5 lbs. with the bag filled with regular play sand. The footprint is a conventional tripod design that measures roughly 14” wide by 15.5” long. Pretty standard dimensions, time to take a look at what sets the Lenzi Front Rest apart from other “joystick” rests.
Everything from the design to the machining, polishing and anodizing of this rest is centered around two things: Functionality and Beauty. The rest hits high marks on both. The first thing that grabbed my attention when I saw the rest is that it’s beautiful, really beautiful. I’ve been around machined parts my entire adult life and the machining on this rest is superb from top to bottom. The base plate, control knobs, screws and all adjustments are simply beautifully machined, all aluminum parts are anodized perfectly and all stainless steel parts are polished for both appearance and smooth function. All of this comes as no surprise to me, having known Alberto Lenzi for several years and having seen and handled his other shooting products, beauty is very important and second only to performance.
The next thing that I noticed was the positioning of the rest top. The rest top is positioned behind the upright posts. I really like this feature. It allows for a conventionally designed bag, with nice thick ears for a 3” forend. The rest top itself is machined from a solid billet of aluminum and the forend stop and plate are attached to the rest top so it moves along with the top. The course elevation adjustment is a rack and pinion design similar to other joystick rests, with adjustment controls on both sides to suit right or left hand operation. Course elevation is locked in place with two knobs facing the shooter, also on both left and right. Tightening one of these knobs completely is enough to secure the course adjustment and keep the rest top from dropping unexpectedly.
Since the rest ships with the handle and forward counter balance removed to save space, these parts need to be installed prior to using the rest. I installed the adjustment handle first. This is done quickly with a collet style lock. Installing the counterbalance I immediately noticed that the adjustment on the counterbalance weight is a course thread which I found to be a simple and elegant way to make adjustments. The front counterbalance threads onto the corresponding adjustment shaft. This prevents the counterbalance from falling off unexpectedly due to a screw not being tight and prevents any risk of losing fasteners, because there aren’t any. There are those who prefer a front rest without a counterbalance, and this rest can be used without it. But in my testing over several days I found the adjustments to be smoother and steadier with the use of the counterbalance installed. This is regardless of the amount of tension placed on the working plates of the adjustment mechanism. Which takes us to the next point.
This next feature is a big one for me, and one that I think will be a big deal for a lot of shooters that are familiar with the quirks of joystick rests. Joystick rests are notoriously difficult to “tune”. That is to say that they require tweaking (or replacement) of the screws that place tension on the internal mechanisms in order to be smooth and jerk free, to move equally up and down on both right and left, and to be able to support the rifle without having to hold the adjustment handle at all times. Other joystick rests have two tension screws and tweaking them and getting them timed correctly with each other to get everything correct is a chore in itself. The Lenzi front rest has ONE tension screw, one massive knob, located under the forend stop and surrounding the counterbalance rod. I found this to be one of my favorite features. It took me just a few minutes to get the rest set up the way I wanted it and I felt completely secure in letting go of the joystick while firing.
The last feature of the Lenzi Front Rest is the multiple holes located on the base plate. These holes enable the shooter to customize to his/her preference of position on the bench. If you need the rest to hug the edge of a bench top at a particular range in sunny Ohio, you can change the location of the posts on the plate to enable you to get closer to the edge. If you prefer to shoot with the two leg screws toward you rather than away from you, you can easily flip the position of the posts to do that. If you prefer the top to be further away from the front of the bench, you can do that as well. This rest is very versatile and allows the end user to customize it to their own shooting style and requirements.
There is a cartridge holder available for this rest, at this time I believe it is only available for PPC and BR sized cartridges, but may be available for other cartridges soon.