Buyers Guide: Rifle Bipods
A rifle bipod is a must-have piece of equipment; it is a simple way to stabilize your shot and improve accuracy on target. In addition, a bipod allows you to adjust your shooting height, cant, and pivot so you can track moving targets quickly.
You'll never go back to shooting without a rifle bipod after you learn how it works. You have many options when it comes to bipods for your rifle platform.
It would be best if you were careful when narrowing down your choices and making your decision. Here are some important considerations that you should consider when making a decision.
Bipods are best viewed from the standpoint of the materials used to make them. Steel and aluminum are the most popular materials.
Although steel is strong and durable, it's a little heavier than aluminum. Aluminum is a soft metal, so it's easy to bend and dent when you don't want it. Many options combine both metals to offer the best of both.
The mounting options are among the most important aspects to consider when choosing a bipod for your rifle. Three standard options for mounting bipods are swivel-studs, MLOC, or Picatinny rails.
Each option has its advantages and disadvantages. Picatinny rails are trendy as they are the most commonly used type of rifle mounting system. You don't often need to add any additional hardware to use them. They are incredibly comfortable and fit perfectly. You can choose the best place to mount your bipod because the rails run the length of the rifle. Unfortunately, Picatinny rails are not available for every rifle.
The swivel-stud is another standard option. This was once a common option for all rifles, but modern rifles use a Picatinny rail. If your bipod supports this option, you can find many adapters.
M-LOC mounts, on the other hand, are very different from both Picatinny rails or swivel screws. An M-LOC bipod attaches to the rifle on each side, not underneath; usually made in two pieces, with each piece attaching with two Allen screws - this means that to attach an MLOC mount, you will need four screws. Not something you want to do in the field. The tradeoff is that the mount can be folded up and deployed at a moment's notice by pressing a button.
Some people love the M-LOC system, while others don't like the extra bulkiness to the rifle's front.
Leg adjustments are an important feature. It determines the height of your bipod. It's important because it will affect the rest of the shooting position.
You will need legs that can raise and lower independently, with a spring-loaded design preferred; this will allow you to use your bipod even on uneven surfaces. In addition, the spring-loaded legs will enable you to quickly and easily deploy your bipod for any situation.
This saves time and ensures that you don't miss your chance when setting up your equipment.
If you are carrying a bipod over long distances, weight is an important consideration. Every pound matters, no matter if you're a hunter or tactical shooter.
Aluminum will be slightly more expensive than polymer models if you prefer it. You will be using the bipod to shoot, so make sure they are sturdy.
It would help if you didn't sacrifice strength and durability in exchange for lightweight. Instead, these two elements should be closely linked.
Rubber feet are a must for any bipod - this is an important feature to look at. It will increase traction and provide extreme stability.
Another important factor is adaptability. You might consider buying a bipod that is compatible with all types and sizes of rifles. A good bipod will work with both small and large rifles.
Canting and Panning
Canting allows you to move the rifle's bipod up or down; this feature will enable you to aim at your target with the rifle bipod in its original height, also allows users to select their shot on a target.
As for panning, this feature allows the bipod's left and right movements; it can be measured in degrees, and users can make micro-corrections with the rifle or bipod. You can thus hunt or shoot moving objects.
If you are looking to capture moving targets or tracking animals, this feature is essential.