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Shooting Bean Bags FT/HFT

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Picklehoffer, May 1, 2014.

  1. Picklehoffer

    Picklehoffer Ministry of Foolishness

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    Not a question about bean bags!

    Well, it kind of is....I'm seriously considering setting up a small manufacturing operation making and supplying shooting bags. If this is reasonably successful, I'm hoping to expand into a mail-order airgun accessories business.

    Initially, I'd just be interested in anyones thoughts about what you want from a shooting bean bag;
    Material (I'm looking at 600 and 1000 denier Cordura)
    Pattern (camo, plain, bright etc)
    Size
    Filled or not
    Filled with what
    Features (pockets, carry straps, even thought about supplying them with a small caribina to attach to a belt loop, that sort of thing)
    Price (I'm aiming to be able to make excellent quality bags for £20 to £25)
    Anything else you can think of.


    And of course.....would you buy them? ;)

    Regards
    Neil.
     
  2. Kenbarcon

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    You are looking at entering a market where there are lots of makers already, if you can do this sort of thing but much cheaper (these are £22) then you may get some buyers.
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  3. Picklehoffer

    Picklehoffer Ministry of Foolishness

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    I was thinking more of this type of thing....CLICK ME
     
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    Lots out there but not many good ones. TAB are about the best but I like a few more beans in there to make it firmer. If you can make me one TAB size or slightly bigger and firmer I'd be interested.
     
  5. Picklehoffer

    Picklehoffer Ministry of Foolishness

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    I'm sure we can do that for you mate. I take it you mean THESE ?
     
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    Is all this going to halt your perm finding forays???
     
  7. Picklehoffer

    Picklehoffer Ministry of Foolishness

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    Hell no! :D

    I've been cultivating (forgive the pun) a local farmer and I'm hoping before long he'll give me a trial on his land (of which he has alot!). Fingers crossed! ;)
     
  8. NorfolkDave

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    Mine is ok, but base needs to be really tough material, wears out quickly.

    Camo is a bit dumb, who wants to hide when target shooting and these get left around by the trees and in the mud. Forget it and then try finding it!

    Filling them will make them more difficult to pack and post, however I had to buy a huge sack of poly beads to fill mine and I've still well over half a sack left.

    Consider personalising them, I haven't done HFt very often, but on the 2 occasions I have I have walked off with somebody else's because they were identical.

    It'll never make you rich and I'm afraid these days with people being able to shop around on the internet, price is king. You will either have to make them different or cheaper to what's already out there. Carabiner is a good idea, as they are a sod to lug around with everything else. What about something to hold your scorecard, pen and pellets in?

    Good luck.

    Dave
     
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    You could offer a filled & unfilled option, it'll be cheaper to post an unfilled one anyway & some people may prefer to fill with sand or sawdust rather than beads, you'd need to design in a zip - that sort of thing.
     
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    Yep thats the ones. I could do with one a bit squarer and more beans. They are made of two pieces of cloth sewn together can you put a third piece in around the sides. 6" x 4" x 2"
     
  11. Picklehoffer

    Picklehoffer Ministry of Foolishness

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    PM sent! :up:
     
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    One of the Guys from Kibworth does an HFT/FT starter pack of a glove, 6'X3', shooting mat & cushion for £65.00 collected. Just to let you know what the competition are up to.
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  13. Picklehoffer

    Picklehoffer Ministry of Foolishness

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    Cheers mate, but for some reason I can't see the images.
     
  14. r10hunter

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    If you were able to embroider club logos and names on the bags I bet that would sell.
    As would embroidering on AGF user names.
    Cheers Andy
     
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    Ive pm'd you a couple of links, see if that works
     
  16. Picklehoffer

    Picklehoffer Ministry of Foolishness

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    Excellent idea! ....and I have a contact who has a corporate embroidery business!
     
  17. Speed

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    them from kibworth are not that good,

    4people from our club has them and the split at the seams
    rangesports make a decent bag and they can do embroidery too check them out at http://www.rangesports.com/acatalog/Shooting_Bean_Bags.html

    i got some 1000d codura fabric and got my mum to make me one what is slightly larger than you can buy and has a big handle/tab fro grabing

    if i was to make another i would get some thicker black codura, the thickest i could find for the bottom then make the sides and top from 1000d,

    it needs to be double stitched with strong nylon thread as there is some big guys out shooting,
     

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