An exploded view of the Outdoorsmans Tripod, Panner and Pistol Grip Head set up.
The Outdoorsmans in Phoenix recently came out with a panning attachment to go with their outstanding Pistol Grip Head. I like the Pistol Grip but have, at least up until this point, preferred their Pan Head because as the name suggests it does an outstanding job of panning.
Savvy hunters, birders and law enforcers know that smooth panning (viewing left to right or right to left at a fixed elevation) is a big deal when you are trying to get the most out of your high end optics while surveilling a large area and needing to achieve a high degree of certainty that you have covered every inch of it thoroughly. Simply fix the vertical elevation and systematically, methodically work your way from one side of the field of view to the other. When you are done with that section adjust the elevation up or down then work your way back to the other side. So on and so forth until you have covered everything in front of you.
Here is the Tripod, Panner and Pistol Grip put together ready to accept the Outdoorsmans Tripod Adapter and your super duper glass of choice. For those of you that prefer a pistol grip but also want to be able to pan effectively, here you go.
As much as I like the Pan Head I know that some of you are just as fond of the Pistol Grip but you could not pan or couldn’t pan as well as those using the Pan Head. That is no longer a problem. If you are a Pistol Grip fan just get the new Panner, screw it on and pan away.
This new Panner is shorter, lighter, smoother and locks up to hold its position better than the previous model which takes care of any complaints I had. I still think the Outdoorsmans Pan Head is the best head on the market for the things that I do (especially if I will be using a spotting scope) but their Pistol Grip with this new Panner is pretty damn good too. It should absolutely satisfy anyone that prefers a squeeze ‘n move rig and may even win some converts. Of course I suggest you have both just to make sure you have all the bases covered.