Buyer's Guide: AR15 Bipods
If you are doing the precision long-range shooting, you will most likely be shooting from a bench or a prone position. The latter is more important if you want to touch something far away.
We have discussed shooting while prone before, and Travis also mentioned the importance of a good bipod.
Contrary to Travis, I don't have much experience with the big, heavy 240 he used in Marines. However, I enjoy using my ARs and have tried a variety of bipods. I think I know what to look for in a bipod for an AR-15.
What makes an AR-15 bipod a good one?
I find an AR bipod and one for a bolt gun to be pretty similar. However, some considerations can make an AR bipod slightly more effective than others.
Let's discuss what makes an AR-15 bipod suitable for you.
What is the point of a Bipod?
It's great to shoot off bags and with ransom rests, but it's not as good as actually fighting.
If used correctly, a bipod gives you more stability than shooting free-hand. In addition, it attaches directly to your rifle, so there is no other thing to carry around.
Things to Consider Before You Buy An AR-15 Bipod
We have a few last tips to help you make the right decision before you rush to Amazon to place your order for your AR-15 Bipod.
These are just a few of the things you should be thinking about before purchasing a new bipod. Each Bipod is unique, so spend some time looking at them. Then make your final decision based on your shooting style and what you value most.
To keep your rifle stable, any piece of equipment you place on top must support the weight of your rifle. It should also not stress the legs. Any locking mechanisms onboard must be tight and not move under pressure.
Although it may seem simple, this tip is crucial.
Size and Weight
An AR-15 bipod has many advantages. First, it is light and compact enough that it can be folded up and transported around easily. This is a benefit you won't find with using sandbags or bricks or complete shooting benches.
Look for an AR-15 bipod that weighs between 10-12 ounces, isn't too long or too short for your shooting angle, and foldable to fit into a backpack.
The Bipod's durability
Your Bipod will experience a lot of stress due to the recoil from the rifle and the support load that you have placed on it to manage said recoil.
These stresses make it important to have a bipod that can withstand repeated use and abuse. You can save a bit if you only shoot a rifle twice a year. Buy once, cry once if you plan to target, shoot a lot or hunt with your Bipod.
Choose a better one. You'll save money long-term when your cheap knockoff doesn't hold in place.
The height of the Bipod
Another thing to consider is your circumstances.
The Bipod must be able to reach a height that is suitable for the shooter. A bipod can be set too low.
Bipods typically have legs that adjust between 6 "-9", which is pretty standard. However, I prefer legs that reach at least 15 inches to allow for a wider variety of angles and shooting positions.
Find something that matches your caliber.
The best Bipod for you will depend on what your use is. For example, you'll need something sturdy and robust if you plan to shoot a large—50 caliber.
You can shoot a lightweight.22 target rifle with a less sturdy platform, but it's still necessary.
AR-15's are relatively light in recoil, so you will likely move them around unless you are shooting targets at the range. If you can, it would be best to get something lighter.
You get what you pay, as with most things. If you think you can live with $50 airsoft on your precision rifle of $1000 (or even more likely $2500+), you're wrong.
Other little things that add to your quality of life are also worth consideration.
Do you prefer to shoot on deserted dirt or soft ground? Do you shoot off obstacles and barricades? Perhaps you are using your tree limb, or the side of your deer stand most of the day.
Specialized feet can excel in all these terrain types and situations. Therefore, a bipod with interchangeable feet is my preference. However, I prefer a bipod that can hold all of my needs.
Soft surfaces are more stable than hard surfaces. Hard-packed turf can cause your rifle's recoil to bounce under more pressure, making it more difficult for you to follow through or take follow-up shots.
Your sights should remain on target throughout the recoil impulse. If your crosshairs are off after a shot, it is possible that your Bipod is not gripping the surface well enough and is bouncing upwards.
We push to "load" the Bipod. This is possible by using a more aggressive foot that grips ground and other surfaces better than a smooth rubber.
Although it is unnecessary, notched legs or other markings that allow you to get a precise level are helpful. These are great if you regularly shoot from the same bench and need a consistent height.
Pan and tilt
A bipod with tilt and pan capabilities is an excellent option for those who need to track moving targets or have large areas to cover. However, it is unnecessary for target shooting, 3-Gun shooting, or any other activity where you are generally shooting in one direction.
Method of Attachment
Many bipods can be attached to the bolt gun's forward sling swing.
Although having an AR-15 bipod is a luxury, it's essential to have one on hand for shooting your rifle. If we're honest, they are almost essential tactical gear.
There are many great options for bipods on the market right now. Of course, each Bipod has its own pros and cons. However, you can choose the one that is best for you.
We hope you find this tips we gave helpful to help you get started on your search.
There are many great AR-15 bipod choices. This article should probably gave you an idea of what makes a tremendous AR-15 bipod and how to choose.