Bradley Adjustable Cheek Rest Review

By Stephanie Blaser
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Bradley Adjustable Cheek Rest Review

September 12th, 2020

4 minute read

When it comes to a Springfield Armory M1A, you want the best including the stock. Frankly, you wouldn’t just put any old scope or scope mount on it and you certainly wouldn’t use any product on it that could damage the rifle. In a lot of cases, non-permanent additions are the way to go.

In this photo we see the different cheek risers - also known as rests - for the Springfield Armory M1A. Designed by Springfield Armory, Inc. the M1A is based on the M14 rifle. Both the M1A and the M14 are chambered for the 7.62x51mm NATO, a bottlenecked rifle cartridge.
The Bradley Adjustable Cheek Rest gives you a great option for a stable interface between you and your rifle.

Bradley Cheek Rest is a one-of-a-kind manufacturer offering superior cheek welds on rifle stocks. Located in the good ole’ U.S.A., this proud American manufacturer has been around for 10 years and is owned by veteran Bradley R. Slater. 

In this digital photograph, the author has installed the Bradley cheek rest on her M1A rifle. She is at a private shooting range with the gun attached to a bipod and resting on a shooting bench. Visible in the photo are .308 Winchester cartridges which are compatible with the 7.62x51mm and will fire in the M1A. Also visible is a metal box semi-automatic rifle magazine and an electronic hearing protection device.
Out on the range with a loaded M1A with synthetic black stock and marble-colored Bradley Adjustable Cheek Rest.

The company gives you several options of cheek rests to fit a wide range of rifles. The most appealing part for me is the non-destructive design: there is no drilling into your buttstock or permanently modifying your firearm to make it fit. This alone makes it one of the most interesting cheek pieces available.

[Check this if you are looking for an aftermarket M1A stock.]

Quality Where It Counts

I recently had a chance to try out the Bradley Adjustable Cheek Rest. I immediately recognized that the quality of it is outstanding.

Each American made part is made of Kydex and uses a non-slip neoprene surface, so you won’t have to worry about it moving around on you at the range or when you need it most. Each cheek rest is hand made with care because quality is their number one priority. Their website says it all, “Our mission is simple: to provide the best products and service to our customers…”

When speaking with Bradley himself, he is so passionate about his product and that really shows when you receive your rest. The attention to detail is outstanding and they really make you feel like you are a part of the family — and that feeling lingers. 

In this photograph, the author shows us one of the color finishes that the Bradley can be purchased in. They offer additional colors and patterns on the Kydex cheek rest including MultiCam and green. 
Bradley Adjustable Cheek Rest, shown in black smoke/marble.

When it came down to pricing, I personally found the adjustable cheek rest to be very reasonable. They range anywhere from $114.98 to $124.98 in wide range of color options, giving you the opportunity to pick the perfect one for your needs.

I am all about options when it comes to additions, and I like things that fit my personality and needs. I personally selected Kryptek pink, smoke purple and smoke black ones to try out. 

The Adjustable Cheek Rests come in a variety of colors and patterns, giving the buyer the opportunity to pick and choose their style.

Hands On with the Adjustable Cheek Riser

Now for the fun part … testing the product!

I tried my Bradley rest out on the Springfield Armory M1A, and right out of the gate I noticed a difference. I was born with a lazy eye, which can present a challenge. While I am right-handed and shoot pistols with my right hand, I shoot rifles left-handed. But since I am not left-handed, I can get shaky when shooting.

This cheek rest helped me immensely.

I was able to hold the firearm steady and take my shot without a problem. The rest itself really gripped the stock; I did not feel it move once while shooting. It stayed right in place.

I felt the Bradley helped me get a proper cheek weld easier than other options on the market. In fact, I felt like I had the perfect cheek weld when shooting. It was far better for me than any other cheek pad I’ve tried on the M1A rifle. 

In this photograph, the author shows us two of her M1A rifles - one in 308 and the other in 6.5 Creedmoor - with the cheek rests she was testing. 
The author found the Bradley Cheek Rests were a great fit for the Springfield M1A Loaded (left) and M1A Super Match she had out at the range.

Interestingly, when I changed the cheek pieces out, they came off with ease. No scratches, no damage, no fight. Others out at the range that day were interested and asked plenty of questions. Who knows how much business I sent them!

Final Thoughts on the Bradley Cheek Rest

I would give this product a 5 out of 5 stars. My accuracy improved and I felt more comfortable when shooting the rifle. It gives me the ability to adjust the comb height to perfectly fit my body perfectly. Also, it was super easy to install using a soft strap – a great solution to avoid damaging your M1A stock. The kit came fully complete with everything I needed for ideal alignment. 

This is a great addition to the M1A. It’s already a sweet gun, but adding the rest makes it that much cooler. While I tested this at my local shooting range, I’ll be carrying this into the field for future hunting trips. Overall this is a great product. The best part is that they are adjustable, so you can put it on whatever you’d like.

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Stephanie Blaser

Stephanie Blaser

Stephanie Blaser was raised in rural southern Iowa alongside her older sister by her father who is an avid whitetail hunter. At a young age, she was curious about firearm safety and joined the local 4-H Shooting Sports group to hone in her skills. By the time she was a teen, she was actively out hunting with her father every season. Now, a college graduate with a degree in Multi-Media Journalism, she spends her days behind the screen running social media for The Armory Life.

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