A Nurse with a Gun

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Tactical Assault Long Range Camera Stock

Very Cool.

Maintaining stability while allowing flexibility has been a long time problem for photographers who use telephoto lenses for moving subjects.

Modular hard wood and aluminum construction
Retractable and adjustable bipod
2 Picatinny Rails
2 Sling swivels
1 Hook and loop accessory mount
Nikon compatible shutter release connector
Two stage trigger for auto focus and shutter release
Optional left hand panning attachment
Optional tactical auto focus assist light

I think I would want mine to be a laminated Barracuda stock.

Read more about the TALCS here.

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Blogger MedicMatthew said...

Hmm, I've got a spare collapsible M4 stock sitting around.

I suppose it gives new meaning to "shooting" photos(yeah, I know, and i still went there).

7:25 AM  
Anonymous greg tag said...

Several Observations.

Although my photography consists of snapshots at my girls school events and birthday parties, it looks cool, and I can see it would be very useful for its intended purpose.

There is a VZ-24 somewhere that is missing its butt.

I would be VERY nervous about using the assembly anywhere that bullets were flying or the Secret Service was in charge - the camera and assembly looks potentially way too much like a short rifle of some type. You might want to replace the VZ-24 walnut with a red/white laminate of some type to reduce the possibility that the photographer will be mis-identified as an "armed man".

Thanks for the pic. I have learned a great deal about the art of art photography through your recent posts.


8:17 AM  
Anonymous 2yellowdogs said...

I've seen setups like this, but I'm more of a monopod guy. Light, collapsible and cheap.

8:37 AM  
Blogger XZED said...

Now THAT is cool!


9:35 AM  
Anonymous perpster said...

Good way to be accidentally shot, justifiably. And I mean lead shot, not film or digital. Be very, very careful using something like that. Anyone who can see you, whether or not you can see or are even aware of them, could easily mistake you for a firearm shooter rather than a photo shooter.

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Wolfwood said...

Dude's going to get himself shot or arrested one of these days, I suspect.

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Travlin said...

This is a hilarious parody of the "tacticool" school of shooting.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I miss your gun blogs, X!


12:15 PM  
Blogger Hyunchback said...

I would lay money that if you showed that camera stock's photo to Congress Schumer, Fienstien and the other usual suspects would introduce bills to ban it.

"It will shoot down passenger aircraft!" "It's a cop-killer camera!" "It's only made to photograph people, and then kill them!"

4:29 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Something about that makes me not want to take it into a war zone or anywhere else where tensions are high - unless it/I can shoot back.

4:55 PM  
Blogger BobG said...

I wonder how many times some idiot has called the police with an "OH-NOES THERE'S A MAN WITH A GUN!!!" because they saw something like that and had a PSH attack.

5:08 PM  
OpenID reflectoscope said...

I agree with that Greg said, although it isn't so much what it looks like as the posture one would adopt to use it. Outside of an environment where that would be a problem though, I think it is a logical, elegant solution. In fact, I'd be curious to try it in a museum or something similar where it would be difficult to use a tripod in the crowds.


6:19 PM  
Blogger Zendo Deb said...

I second the monopod idea. And today's tripods are pretty light (or they can be) and quick to set up.

If you are using anything longer than 100mm (on a 35mm equivalent basis) you should probably be using a tripod anyway. Worried about camera shake? decrease shutter speed. Can you use a flash?

For video, get a GlideCam or you can make these if you search around. Try this site for example.

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Murdoc said...

If that had a picatinny rail you could mount an M26 shotgun on it!

I don't know why everyone thinks it might be mistaken for a gun. It doesn't even have a shoulder thing that goes up.

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just spotted this...

GunstockHave a look.


7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Unrelated comment. I check your blog daily. Now I have found another blog I have decided I like. Jarhead Stuff. I hope you like the story. Brian

8:25 PM  
Anonymous Mr.Potato said...

Perfect for street photography. Ha ha.

8:51 PM  
Anonymous HankH said...


I'm thinking with a Brooks saddle and a set of wheels you'd be in "hog heaven" with that rig :)


12:40 PM  
Anonymous JR's Boy said...

Actually a very old idea, redone with spare parts. Way back in the dark ages, 1980 to be exact, I worked as a writer/photographer for a small town paper. We use to have the Porters Camera shop (still in business)catalog lying around, think Shotgun News for camera geeks. Same cheap newprint paper.
Anyway there were alway these gunstock style mounts in the section with the tripods (bipods were for rifles and monopods hadn't hit the big time yet). Check Porters site just now and sure enought, still have them. But they have gone Tactical Tommy, tube buttstock, vertical foregrip. Look for the BushHawk.
Of course that would be as much fun as this guy had.

9:39 PM  
Blogger P said...

There was a guy who used to shoot pictures for I think it was Time magazine who had a set up like that, he was shot dead because some soldier thought he was aiming a RPG at the truck.

12:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in the '70s I did a lot of photography at sports car races. Had an aluminum and black plastic "stock" to handle 300 and 600mm lenses on a 35mm camera. Had more than a few people react as though I had a rifle. Stopped using it and went to a monopod. OldeForce

12:51 AM  
OpenID jbomultigun said...

More info on a military photographer who uses a Bush Hawk here.

2:16 PM  

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