Whenever a shooter (and I believe you are one) tries to aim at his target, I always see them try to look for a good, solid rest for their rifles.
In the past, I’ve seen some of them use rocks, trees, backpacks, etc. as their firearms rest. Whether these items have helped stabilize their guns is well-known to them.
However, two products have been specially designed for this task. These are bipods and shooting sticks; they work nicely to help you achieve a more stable shooting position, reduce fatigue, and ultimately enhance your shooting prowess!
However, they also have their fair share of challenges that we’ll address below before you can start using them.
We start with Bipods:
Undoubtedly, bipods are one of the widely used gun accessories out there. They’ve been designed to mount directly to your firearm and even fold out of the way when not in use.
Most of the modern models come with telescopic legs that you can easily adjust to give you different adjustments for different shooting situations.
Don’t forget that they even feature swiveling feature (turning about a central axis- the gun barrel) to give you a wider range of movements for enhanced accuracy.
The main drawback you might experience from these tools is their limitation to the type of shot you will get. Most of them extend within a height range of 12-27 inches. This means that your best shooting position is either on a knee or off your belly. So, any standing shot would be impossible, unless you’re standing on a pick, rock ledge or any other form of rest.
Another problem associated with most bipods is failing to swivel after the legs have been set down. This makes it easy to track your aim if it’s moving.
2. Shooting Sticks
Shooting sticks, on the other hand, come with telescopic legs for adjustable length feature.
And it terms of length, they pick up where the bipods stop. In other words, they can extend from as far as 23 inches to as far as 62 inches, giving you the chance to take standing shots.
However, it’s important to note that a shooting stick won’t be of much help for the shooting in prone positions.
According to experienced shooters, one of the top advantages of a shooting stick is its swivel feature (on top) that lets your gun move from left to right. However, other shooters label swiveling as the worst feature as it frustrates steadiness.
Because shooting sticks attach and detach to your gun quickly, and can easily be carried in a backpack, they’re widely preferred by shooters and hunters alike.
Can You Use Your Bipod And Shooting Stick Together?
Guess what? I’m about to teach you a new technique that involves using a bipod as well as the shooting stick together.
You can already imagine the effect of combining the benefits of bipods and shooting sticks on your shooting activity…
This is how you do it:
- Sit against a solid support- like a rock or a tree- something that will comfortably support your back as you lean against it.
- Deploy both accessories- lay your weapon atop the shooting sticks with the bipod in front of them.
- Wrap the bipods into your sticks; this offers support to the firearm at your shoulder, while allowing you to rest against your back support as you wait for a shot opportunity.
- Raising the rifle from your lap into position is obsolete now, and you can fire at a moment’s notice!
Bipods vs. Shooting Sticks: Which is Better?
From our brief discussion above, we can conclude that both shooting stick and bipod are assets for all shooters. They both come with a fair share of advantages and drawbacks, and none can beat the other when it comes to the superiority question.
Their relevance solely depends on your shooting situation.
Whichever accessory you choose to work with, just ensure you practice with them well in advance to obtain the results you wish for.