How to Choose A Bipod for A Rifle

For outdoor hunting enthusiasts, choosing a bipod for your rifle is really exciting. But, there’s a bit more to a bipod than simply attaching it to a rifle and putting it on the ground. It’s important to choose the correct surface and position for better shooting. Having a hard surface does not mean it’s stable. On a hard top, the rifle can hop or twist when firing so finding a softer dirt surface can help entrench the bipod for better stability. Another aspect with using a bipod is learning to apply the right amount of pressure with the firing shoulder. Too much pressure could push the bipod forward and too little gives too much slack.

A bipod is not just a convenient and comfortable accessory but rather a necessity when you’re behind a high-powered weapon. So, if you’re in the market for bipods, the following information covers the key factors to consider when buying a new rifle bipod. It has become a mandatory device for a precision rifle and some bipods have quality characteristics that assist in steadying the shooter from various positions. Skilled shooters have evolved the bipod into a purposeful device to help the shooter’s accuracy.

First off, your budget determines which range of bipods to explore. Popular high-end bipod brands include the Harris bipods (one of the most popular used worldwide), Atlas bipods, LRA tactical bipods, and the Versa-Pod bipods. For those on a tight budget, the budget brands, that are made in China are suitable for novice or casual shooters and the bipods can mount to most type of rifles.

Typically, you get two types of bipods. The Rail bipod is mounted to the Picatinny rails, and the Sling Swivel Mount attaches to the sling swivel studs. One is not more superior to the other and its possible to get different adapters that allow you to use different bipods with different rifles. But, correct installation of the adapter is critical as it will affect the accuracy of the shooting if not attached properly. While both are equally stable, the sling swivel is a more popular option among shooters. If you’re unsure which will work for you, experiment with different options at the rifle range.

Bipods also come in different extendable lengths. Height is a factor because it enables you to make adjustments for stability depending on the ground surface. Like the 6-9-inch bipod that offers several height settings and the follow 6”- 9” bipod is a good model in this range.

Other height ranges are available like the 9 to 13-inch bipod with 4 height settings and the 13-24-inch bipod, which is much longer with varying heights. These bipods are suitable for snow shooters or very tall guys! Adjustable height settings offer flexibility and accuracy from different sitting/standing positions. Preferably, you must be able to shoot comfortably with a bipod from the lowest prone position possible. If you experience any discomfort, it makes the shooting precarious.

Your shooting purpose is a big deciding factor; whether you’re in law enforcement, the army, a hunter or weekend shooter, if you use a precision rifle, then a high-end (more expensive) bipod like the Atlas Accu-Shot has some of the best features on tight tolerances and reliability.

If you have an AR-15, the recommended bipod is the Takrol 9-12 inches Aluminum Alloy Dual Bipod with Side Mounting System is cost-effective and robust.

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