For those that don’t know, Twin Needle is a small company based in Christchurch which specialises in custom gear modifications, repairs, and produces its own products for the hunting and ‘tactical’ market.
I first used their services 3 years ago when I had a sleeping bag repaired and refilled, they offer a wash and refill of down products, which can bring that ol worn out sleeping bag back to life, at a fraction of the cost of a new bag. I have had a bag and one jacket refilled and it has made them as good as, if not better, than new.
Twin Needle are specialists in their line of work. They repair and modify gear for a living so they get to see what works and what doesn’t and have a very good understanding of sewing and design. They base their products on practical simple designs with high quality materials and sewing techniques. This means their gear is often a little more expensive than others on the market, but it is hand made in New Zealand, by people who know how to make gear that is functional and durable.
Early in 2018 I purchased both their ‘stock pack’ and their new Binocular harness.
The ‘Stock Pack’ is simple attachment to your rifle stock that serves two purposes, one is to add comb height to your stock and the other is as basic storage for a few rounds/range card.
The stock pack is attached via a series of Velcro straps which are fully removable and adjustable. I did find it a little fiddly to work out how to get the ‘pack’ fitting correctly. But once fitted it is easily adjusted and removed. This should fit most ‘sporting’ style stocks without too much issue.
The pack it self it made from 500D Cordura and available in a variety of colour options, the cheek rest is closed cell foam with a tough nonslip fabric on top. This is a similar material to some lumbar pads on packs.
The stock pack adds around half an inch(10-15mm) to the comb of your rifle stock. While it does not sound like a lot I found it made a big difference to getting good cheek weld and sight picture on the rifles I have tried it on. Especially for those with higher scope mounts, or for people with ‘small’ faces this can make a big difference to fast target acquisition and consistent shooting technique.
The pack features one simple pouch, with a zipper closure. Inside the pocket is a Velcro strip that has an elastic 5 round holder. This is removable and you can just run loose rounds in there aswell. I usually just run 5 spare rounds and a range card in there. The rounds are easy to reach from a shooting position, and the zipper closure means you will not loose anything when pushing through scrub.
The stock pack is a simple bit of kit, but it is one of things that is very handy to have. For years I ran a cheap pull over elastic cartridge holder with a piece of closed cell foam under it. Essentially the same thing but I lost a lot of rounds, and I was always fidgeting with it, to get it to fit properly.
For a lot of factory rifles I struggle to get a good cheek weld and good sight picture, the stock pack is a great solution to this problem.
I run Tikka rifles a lot and one down side of these rifles is the 3 shot mag, having another 5 rounds at your fingertips is always handy when things get a little ‘western’ and the zip up pouch on the stock pack means no more lost rounds.
Solid Simple Design
Secure round holding and raised cheek piece in one
Lots of colour and camo options
Modular to fit most rifles
A little tricky to set up
If you are after a simple add on to a rifle that will not only have plenty of rounds at your fingertips, but also make the rifle easier to shoot the ‘Stock Pack’ is a worthy investment.
You can check out Twin Needles full range of gear here-
About the Author
Owner/Operator of Hard Yards Hunting. Mountain hunting, especially for Tahr is my true passion and I spend as much time as I can in the hills. When I'm not guiding I am usually hunting for my self or testing gear.