Gimbals, Gimbals but which one?

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    biohazardman
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    Well my Impact and SK-19 are once again in their tuning stages as I have just modified the Impact again, part of a Slug Power Mod, and am still looking for a more accurate lighter weight pellet for low powered shooting with the SK-19.

    But I turned my attention to the Gimbals for shooting off my tripods since I have vertigo so bad that walking a straight line is not always possible.  Spent allot of hours checking out what is available and came up with these two cuz I could not decide on one.  Just another of my multitudes of first world problems I have to suffer through here daily cuz of where I live. ;^)

    Any way I picked a ballhead type of Gimbal first with a decent sized ball and a weight capability of 15kg so figured it would hold the 10–12 pound guns just fine. I'm sure I paid more for it than this but here it is.

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32747891132.html

    Once I had the thing in my grubby little hands I started looking for some way to connect my gun to it and found an adapter that would convert the camera Arca rail to a picatinny for the gun. I found this on Amazon.  Have not purchased it as yet but will soon.

    https://www.amazon.com/REKON-Picatinny-Arca-Swiss-Tripod-Adaptor/dp/B07Q63RM48

    Then I remembered my Kraford and Lypt trigger guard has the perfect spot for the Arca rail and and an adapter is readily available.

    https://utahairguns.com/kraford-lypt-trigger-guard-arca-rail-adpater/

    So that was done.

     A few weeks later I began to doubt that I had purchased the right set up so once again endless hours on the net trying to find the perfect Gimbal that would support the weight of an airgun.  In my hours I kept running into this carbon fiber unit and after a little persuasion from the addiction I was all in. I probly could have done better on the price but impulse is impulse. Specs say it will support 25KG.

    https://www.adorama.com/yla19.html

    I can use the same adapters that I have already purchased so I am good to go?

    Left Gimbal weight a little over a pound four pounds with Primos tripod

    Right Gimbal weight a little over two pounds seven pounds with ancient Slik tripod

    These will both support the weight of our airguns and neither will break the bank although the Sys90 unit with the Primos tripod is definitely the least expensive it is also the least stable as well.  The Primos bipod being the weak link here. For a fairly lightweight unit this thing is still great though.

    The Yelangu A19 with the Slik tripod is bullet proof and extremely stable.  That's what an extra three pounds gets you it is heavy duty.

     

    Much smoother movement than I had imagined!

     

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    JimNM
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    FWIW, a kilo is 2.2 pounds.  You have plenty of capacity.

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    biohazardman
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    You are correct lots of capacity is a good deal as many things are only good for half of what their specs state.

    Thanks

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    stoti
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    Told you you’d like the Gimbal. It’s just so much more balanced and easier to move around tracking game. The other thing, with a ball head and gimbal rated for the same weight, you’ll find the Gimbal can really hold a lot more and never come loose because of the design. The weight on a ball head is right on top so it will want to slip as you get heavier guns mounted on it. The Gimbal’s design is such so that the weight is pushing down on the whole mechanism causing it to become more stable. My son loves shooting off the Gimbal, hardly ever even touches the ball head anymore. You’re going to love it! Have fun bud!

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    biohazardman
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    Yes, the gimbal is so much smoother than the ballhead for sure.  The balhead is pretty much a pound lighter though so sometimes it will likely be the choice because of that.  Thanks for your words of wisdom.

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