Have you recently acquired a bipod and looking for information about how to use it? Then look no further. We're going to walk you through the process of using a bipod to improve your skills and overall success at the shooting range.
Keep in mind that using a bipod is more than just putting your rifle over it. It takes dedication, patience, and proper understanding of the area where you'll be using it.
Got your bipod and rifle ready? Then let's see how to make them work!
Choosing the Surface & Position
Most of the success you'll have while shooting comes from how good you are picking the right terrain to set up the bipod. It might be difficult sometimes, but practice makes the master, and you'll get better and better at identifying the perfect type of surfaces to use the bipod.
Many professional shooters recommend setting up your camp over a soft surface. It might take time, but the results are guaranteed to be better if you do.
Don't place the bipod over flat rocks. Instead, keep looking for an area with soft dirt, or you can even work on it and adapt the terrain to suit your needs.
Experienced shooters often scrape the hardened surface until they reach a softer ground below.
Having the proper terrain to install the bipod makes it way easier to lean into the firearm setting up the legs of the bipod providing a convenient edge for you to push and flex it without pushing the rifle away.
Make the Proper Height Adjustments
Bipods often feature so many adjustment mechanisms that you can get lost making them. To help you keep on track, don't put all of your attention into making complex adjustments moving every one of the bipod's parts. Make sure to adjust only the settings you're going to need.
How to do it? Well, analyze your surrounding area and make a quick assessment of the surface around you.
The most popular bipods feature different height settings to adapt the bipod over different environmental conditions and type of terrain.
For instance, if you're working on a surface with grass, snow, or something covering up part of the ground, use the best out of the leg extension capacity to keep you above it. One of the purposes of the bipod is to help increase your accuracy, and it can't do it if there are obstacles in the way.
Making the proper height adjustment serves another purpose, too. You can set up the bipod at a comfortable position compatible with your resting position.
Steadiness Means Success
If you don't have enough patience to wait a long time for the perfect shot, then you've probably chosen the wrong career. Sometimes, achieving the best accuracy to make the perfect blow requires spending plenty of time in a single position doing exactly that, just waiting.
The bipods help you keep stress off your shoulders by supporting the weight of the rifle, so your next step is to find a comfortable position that gives you a complete sight of the area.
For this step, keeping a steady composure is essential. If you've ever been hunting or seen hunters do their thing, then you know what we're saying.
Keeping a steady position means that you have a clear grip on the rifle. If you don't, it will wobble, and as soon as you shoot you'll know there are high probabilities you've failed your shot.
There isn't a secret to keep yourself steady as necessary, but there are different methods you could try.
Try having a rock or a tree supporting you, to lying on the ground. It depends from shooter to shooter, but once you've figured what keeps you focused, using it to your advantage will make you have a better performance.
Your shots will have higher accuracy, and it is all because of your dedication and patience.
Practice Makes the Master
If you want to use the bipod at its best capacity, you will need to practice with it regularly. Using it only for special occasions like competitions and hunting is not the best choice, because you might need to get used to it before even taking it to the action.
However, if you do use it and practice with it regularly, you'll get to know how it works, its capacities and even the limitations. Then, using it at a more professional becomes easier.
A bipod is capable of improving your skills, but only if you use it properly. Don't just take your tools to go out there and start shooting. Soak yourself with all the knowledge possible, and you will see what a great choice you made when you bought the bipod.