2022 Editors’ Choice Award Winning
Athlon Optics Midas CF40 Tripod
In-the-field shooting aids have been used since someone discovered a musket could be fired more accurately when its forend was stabilized by a pair of crossed sticks. The shooting tripod has become pretty prevalent in recent years with competitive and recreational shooters alike, thanks to rock-solid stability, almost unlimited adjustability, and the ability to create a shooting position when one doesn’t otherwise exist.
And speaking of rock-solid, possibly the most-solid option we’ve used to date is the new Athlon Optics Midas CF40 Tripod ($875), earning it a 2022 On Target Editors’ Choice Award. The Midas CF40 sits on 10-layer vibration-dampening carbon fiber legs that are extremely rugged and ready to support your heavy precision rifle. With an included bowl mount or ball head, adjustability is infinite. The ball head features Friction Control, Fluid Pan Control, Ball Lock, and Arca compatibility for direct-to-rifle attachment, which — after spending some time with it — has become our preferred method due to how firmly it locks the rifle to the tripod. Included with the CF40 is a tripod hammock for stowing electronic aids such as a Kestrel, rangefinder, rear bag, or other accessories. Also included are a shoulder pad, sling, padded case, and optional spiked feet. For more information, contact Athon Optics; Tel.: (855)913-5678; Web: www.athlonoptics.com —Chris Mudgett