Buying a new bipod for your shooting practice is tempting, but sometimes the prices are too high, and you're not interested in making that investment.
That's not the end of it, though. With the right tools, you can make your bipod from the comfort of your home, saving a lot of money and creating a homemade artifact to meet your expectations successfully.
Through the next article, we'll be going step by step using regular materials to make an efficient bipod for our shooting activities.
Got your DIY skills ready? Then let's start working!
Materials Necessary to Create Your Bipod
The following list includes every material, tool, and accessory you're going to need to create your bipod.
1. Two lengths of wood. These wood pieces can be of 3/4-inches square, and from 30 up to 40-inches long
2. A fine tooth saw you'll need to trim the wood
3. Drill and bit to create a couple of holes
4. A 1/4-inch bolt
5. Three washers
6. One nut
7. One wingnut
8. Two leather strips - 1/2-inch wide, 6 to 8-inches long
9. A couple of rubber furniture tips
Step 1: Making the Wooden Sticks for the Bipod
Put two 3/4-inch lengths of wood pieces over the working place. You want to find a piece of wood with straight lengths, and without too many knots or cracks. Otherwise, they could weaken the wood, and it will not hold even the lightest rifle.
Then, make the proper measurements to figure out how long you'll need the shooting stick to be for the bipod. You can start at 38-inches, and work your way from there.
If you're uncertain about how long it needs to be, take your rifle's dimensions and compare it before cutting.
Once you're ready, start trimming the wood to the proper length by using a tool like the fine tooth saw.
Step 2: Smoothing the Wood Pieces
Next, you'll need medium and fine sandpaper to saw the workpiece. Start with the medium sandpaper, and then proceed to use the fine sandpaper.
Don't lose focus of the edges during the sanding.
Use the sandpaper and slide it across the length of the wood to remove the rough surfaces. This process takes care of issues like splinters.
Step 3: Marking the Hole Spots
After the wooden sticks are polished, you'll be marking a 5 to 6-inches point at the very end of every length of wood.
To do this, you will need the tape measure, and a pencil, which will help you draw over the location where you'll do the mark.
Then, make a hole using a drill with a 3/8-inch bit. Do this process with every length of wood exactly where you left the marking.
Step 4: The Pivot Point
Put a washer over a 1/4-inch bolt, and then introduce the bolt right through one wooden stick.
The washer serves as the pivot point for both sticks. To attach the remaining wooden length, introduce the bolt in the drilled hole.
Step 5: Securing the Bipod Sticks
Then, you must secure both sticks. To do it, place a washer over the bolt, and follow through with a nut. Tie a wing nut at the bolt's end after putting the nut.
The wing nut works as a locking method on the nut to maintain the sticks in their place when you're using the bipod.
Step 6: Using the Hot Glue
Put the shooting stick bipod on the ground and spread it apart. Turn it around to get the end of the X shape right on the top. Here, you'll have the supportive shooting end.
After that, put a small amount of hot glue in the X shape where your rifle will be resting. Get one of the strips of leather and place it over the glue, use your strength to press it into its place.
Next, repeat the process on the remaining X side, in the spot your rifle will be resting while shooting.
Step 7: Installing the Furniture Tips
Turn the bipod around to get the X shape large end over. Here you'll use the furniture tips. Place them on each end of both wooden lengths.
The furniture tips provide the protection necessary for the wood, and it also contributes to more stability.
A homemade bipod might not have the highest quality, but it is enough to perform low-level shooting activities to practice and improve your skills. For better performance, though, you should invest in a high-quality bipod from a renowned manufacturer.