In this review we take a look at the top 5 gun vises on the market. A professional gun vise and maintenance center is a big improvement over the bench vise. A bench vise is not the ideal method of securing your firearm while cleaning it, due to the sharp edges which can scratch sensitive areas of your gun.
Most gun vises come with padding and soft corners to prevent scratching your firearms. The gun vise is designed for basic gunsmithing and cleaning your long guns. In this review, we looked at all of the most popular gun vises on the market and even the not so popular ones. You want a gun vise that will easily lock your rifle into place for cleaning and isn’t made of flimsy plastic.
Keep in mind that a gun vise is not a shooting rest and should not be used to hold your gun for firing. The ideal use of the gun vise is securing your rifle for cleaning and installing scopes. The built-in maintenance centers on many gun vises allow you to easily keep track of all your tools, gun parts, and gun cleaning supplies.
Gun Vise Comparison Chart
CTK P3 Ultimate Gun Vise
Size: "25 x 18"
Weight: 9.8 lbs
Made in USA
Hyskore Gun Vise
Size: "25 x 12 x 10"
Weight: 11.3 lbs
Made in China
MTM Gun Vise
Size: "32.5 x 9 x 7.5"
Weight: 5 lbs
Made in USA
Lyman Revolution Gun Vise
Size: "37 x 16"
Weight: 6.61 lbs
Made in China
Tipton Best Gun Vise
Size: "33 x 9 x 6"
Weight: 9 lbs
Made in USA
Best Gun Vises
CTK P3 Ultimate Gun Vise and Shooting Rest
- The perfect tool for gun maintenance, gun cleaning and boresighting!
- Adjusts to accommodate both rifles and pistols.
- Optional Rest Attachment converts Gun Vise into a Shooting Rest in seconds.
Sometimes there’s a product that comes out that’s so much better than what you’ve used in the past and you get excited. This is one of them! Most people like to do things a certain way and turn it into a habit. But once in a while something new comes a long and it’s time to change those old habits. The best part about the CTK is that it’s SOLID as a rock and won’t budge an inch.
Also included now is P3 Ultimate Gun Vise Addon which used to be sold separately but now comes with it. The top image displays what the CTK looks like without the vise attachment and this allows you to use it as a shooting rest.
When you attach the vise it will clamp to the 1″ square tubing on the vise. It has a huge crank handle that allows you to tighten the vise. The padding is also great and very soft and you won’t damage your gun.
- Made in the USA by CTK Precision
- No cheap plastic parts – heavy-duty steel construction
- Use for installing scopes and cleaning all firearms
- Protective rubber feet won’t harm work surface.
- Shooting Rest Attachment: Converts the Gun Vise to a Shooting Rest in seconds.
- Pistol Post Add-On: Great for laser grip pistols and short barrel revolvers.
This gun vise is the Amazon’s choice and has by far the most positive reviews of all other gun vises. I certainly couldn’t think of anything to complain about, so I took a look online to see what others were saying.
The biggest complaint was about the assembly instructions. You can go on youtube and CTK makes a bunch of high quality videos to help you get this bad boy assembled in no time. Other than that, the price is fair, the entire vise is the highest quality which is why we consider it to be the best gun vice coming in at number 1!
P3 Ultimate Gun Vise Video Review
Hyskore Cleaning & Sighting Gun Vise
- Works as a 3 shot sighting system
- Adjusts to any length gun
- Supports guns perfectly for cleaning and scope mounting
Hyskore makes some of the best gun cleaning vises and shooting rests on the market. The majority of their products are shooting rests but this gun vise that they’ve come out with has it all. Made of some very high quality materials, the Hyskore Is about 90%, unlike may of the other cheaper plastic gun vises.
Many of the other big name brands sell a gun cleaning vise that is equal in quality to this one or worse and charge more money, due to the name of their brand. Once assembled, this gun vise will lock your gun in place and it’s not going anywhere. There aren’t any cheap plastic parts on this vise that will cause your gun to come loose.
On the package it does say, “NOT A SHOOTING VISE!”. If you try to shoot your firearm while it’s clamped down, you will most likely damage either your gun or your gun cleaning vise, or both.
The built-in cleaning parts have seven slots, which are molded to fit gun cleaning solvents and brushes. There’s also a nice slot on the side for holding your cleaning rods. Also, there is a built in level, which comes in very handy if you’re mounting a scope.
- Welded tubular steel construction
- No cheap plastic parts
- Use for installing scopes and cleaning all firearms
- Built in 4 point sighting level
The pictures don’t do this gun cleaning vice justice. The only thing that could be improved is the plastic cleaning parts try in the center. It’s made of thin plastic and it should have been made of metal. Overall, nothing but good things could be said about the gun vise, the only thing that needs improving upon is the plastic parts keeper.
MTM Gun Vise & Gun Cleaning Station – Best Gun Vise Under $40
- Quick clamp up using a single cam activated lever for a secure non-marring hold
- Ideal for all Gunsmithing needs
- Room to organize cleaning supplies with various sized compartments for patches, screw driver bits, jags, brushes, solvents and cleaning rods
The MTM Gun vise and gun cleaning station shows how to make a reliable and inexpensive gun vise. Designed for all rifles and shotguns, this gun vise is made of high quality plastic and includes a cleaning parts tray with 11 compartments and 21 brush holders molded into the unit.
The plastic is polypropylene which is a very high strength reinforced plastic compound and is very rugged. There are better gun vises out there if you want to spend more money but for this price range you’re not going to find a better gun vise. It does an excellent job of holding your firearm in place, in order to easily use your cleaning rod.
Many people are surprised by how well it secures their firearms. You won’t be able to budge it an inch. Also, the gun cleaning station is really nice and has everything you need for holding from your gun cleaning kit.
- Ideal for all rifles and shotguns with 28”+ length
- Plenty of room to store all your cleaning supplies
- Mounted on rubber feet to prevent from moving
- Adjustable clamps to securely hold down your firearms.
Overall, this is a very high rated gun vise and one of the best out there for the price. It doesn’t come with instructions, so you will have to go to youtube and watch them use this is action. There are some great videos and tutorials on how to use this gun vise. The hold is not as good as some of the other gun vises but it will tighten to any long gun you have and no complaints about breaking or anything like that were reported.
Lyman Revolution Gun Vise
Possibly the best plastic gun vise on the market, the Lyman is easy to use and easily adjusts much quicker than other gun vises. It rotates and adjusts for you to easily use it for any firearms, including all kinds of pistols. Many of the other gun vises out there don’t adjust small enough to clean a pistol, this one does.
Like all other gun vises, this isn’t mean to be a shooting rest. It’s made of high quality plastic with metal sliders that allow you to adjust it to any length. It’s lighter than most other gun vises, weighing in at under ten pounds.
The real reason we like this gun vise over many of the others is because it’s about half the price. You can perform all your gunsmithing and cleaning and the padded fittings hold your gun very securely.
- Padded clamps for holding all your firearms
- Easily adjusts to fit all firearm lengths
- Plastic parts try clamps on to the center slider
- Easily rotates to clean the bottom of your guns.
If you’re on a budget than this is the best gun vise you’re going to find. It has a simple yet effective design. It’s made of plastic and many people seem to prefer metal. The plastic is high quality and there haven’t been any complaints about the plastic breaking or bending. Overall, nothing very negative was said about this gun vise. It does the job and at a great price.
Tipton’s Best Gun Vise Review
- EASE OF USE: L-shape center support holds break-open guns securely and separate quick-release cam blocks move independently to accommodate any stock shape
- VERSATILITY: Easily configurable to handle bolt-action rifles, break-open shotguns, extendable magazine rifles and handguns and every component adjusts to accommodate different firearms and projects
- DURABLE: Non-marring, solvent-resistant polymer stands up to years of hard use
When people search for the best gun vise they often see Tipton. This is because the name of this gun vise is ‘Best Vise’! Doe’s this mean it’s the best gun vise out there? In this review we’ll take a closer look at the vise and get a little feedback from some people who have actually used this vise and compared it with others.
To start out, the Tipton is not at the top of the list because we feel that it’s not really the best gun vise out there. Or should we say, the highest quality gun vise. Sure, Tipton has a great reputation for cleaning products, mainly their carbon fiber cleaning rods, but that doesn’t mean they are experts in making gun cleaning vises.
It seems to be a bit overpriced for the job that it does. It’s the most expensive gun vise on the list but doesn’t really compare to a few of the others on this list. The entire unit is made of plastic but don’t get me wrong it’s very versatile. You can fit just about any firearm in it and they’re easy to mount and it holds them steady.
It only takes about 10 minutes or so to assemble and it’s pretty easy. One of the problems a lot of people have is the vise. Since the unit is so light it doesn’t really to the best job of holding and does flex from time to time.
Many complaints have been made of the light weight and flimsiness of this gun vise. It’s not as sturdy as you need it to be if you’re going to be doing some really hard cleaning on your firearms. It’s made from cheaper plastic than some of the other gun vises and I’m kind of surprised by all of the negative feedback about it online. One other thing is that the price is always changing. One day it will be $130 and the next day it might be $65. So if you want to give this one a try, watch the price for a few days before buying.
Tipton Best Gun Vise Assembly Video
Tipton Best Gun Vice Video Review
Why Buy A Gun Vise?
Gun vises play an essential role in every shooter’s arsenal. It basically acts as a “third hand”, holding your weapon in a steady position so you can perform any maintenance or work on your weapon. A majority of gun owners use the gun vice in conjunction to cleaning their rifles or adding additional attachments such as scopes or handrails. Some even use it to help zero in their new scopes. Just be aware, if you decide to perform gun smithing procedures, you may want to invest in a slightly more expensive/heavy duty gun vice such as the Tipton Ultra Gun Vise. Below is a geat video showcasing the Tipton Ultra Gun Vise’s functionality.
Gun Vice Anatomy (Parts of a gun vise)
Shown above is a Tipton Gun Vise
There are many gun vices on the market today. We suggest to go with an established brand that has been around for a few years such as Tipton, CTK Presicion, or MTM. Our guide is strictly to help gun owners sort through the hundreds of brands and gun vises down to just a few. We hope our gun vise review has helped you find the one for your needs.
Found my passion for firearms while serving in the United States Army. I served active time and currently still in the reserves. I earned the German Schützenschnur, or German Armed Forces Badge for weapons proficiency while stationed in Germany, earning a Bronze medal for that event. I built this firearm blog to educate beginners on shooting gear, firearms, safety, firing fundamentals, and all other sorts of firearm topics.