Bipod: What Are Things You Should Know About It?
Bipod is the one the most treasured accessories for long range shooters.
After interacting with most of the shooting enthusiast, hunters, and other users, I noted that they all have a common reason why they never leave their bipod(s) behind.
It has helped them stabilize their gun, even in the extremely uneven shooting surfaces. With a stabilized rifle comes improved accuracy.
Learning how to use the bipod is also pretty simple. You’ll need only a few days to practice.
And when you get used to it, you’ll never leave it behind. That’s how addictive it becomes. It will help you in a great variety of shooting circumstances.
But before you buy that bipod and kick off your practice, there are a few thing I’d like to inform you about it below:
What Exactly Is a Bipod?
I’ll try to be as much simple as possible for all the beginners in the house:
A bipod is simply what its name suggest- a tow legged rifle accessory that you deploy by attaching it to the barrel of your guns.
When fixed in the right position, the bipod goes a long way in steadying your weapon- making it easier for you to focus on your target (and in most cases- hit it accurately!)
A Short History of Bipods
Let’s take a step back and look at a brief history of how the first bipod was intended, who invented, how it looked like, and so on.
This is going to be interesting!
Can you picture crisscrossing two sticks and then resting your heavy weapon on top it as you prepare to take aim at your target?
That’s how bipods were born.
In his incredibly amazing book: “The Great Buffalo Hunt,” Wayne Guard discusses the colorful history of how the buffalo hunters, as well as American West, used to do it. That was back in the mid-19th century.
Using the extremely heavy .54 caliber Hawkin muzzle loading guns, the frontiersmen soon realized the need for a solid rest. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention; their simple solution was using elevation forked sticks derived from saplings.
Some of the hunters held together two crossed sticks to help them control elevation.
However, this improvised bipod still offered limited accuracy as it allowed a smaller range of movements.
In the 20th century, the present-day bipods were already invented with the help of the fast-advancing technology. These could be on both automatic and bolt action rifles. The first model comprised of 2 hinged legs bolted onto the barrel.
Towards the mid-century, adjustable legs bipods were introduced, making it even more easier and faster for shooters to achieve stability and shoot with more accuracy.
What Are The Top Benefits of Bipods
So far so good! What benefits would you get from using a bipod?
Let’s discuss this next:
1. Increased Stability:
First, bipods enable you to rest your weapon on the ground comfortably. As you know, your rifle is a bit heavy and holding it all day long might make you feel fatigued and ruin your chances of firing accurate shots.
A bipod in hand solves this problem.
The modern-day bipods come with adjustable legs, and some allow you to enjoy an adjustable tilt. Apparently, if you can tilt your gun from left to right about the barrel central axis, it means you’ll have more shooting options.
Some models even permit side to side motion, letting you enjoy a turret-like experience!
2. Enjoy More Mobility
It’s only in bipods that you’ll get a broad range of movements than in other shooting rests.
Take the example of the tripod which isn’t easy to adjust to suit the situation at hand.
Now replace the tripod with a bipod: you’ll be able to adjust them to your shooting situation (that is, you’ll make a variety of positions without many setups).
3. Free Yourself Up With A Bipod (Say NO To Fatigue)
This is probably the biggest benefits you’ll get from using a bipod! It keeps you from tiring out quickly when shooting or hiking with your rifle for extended periods of time.
The stress you typically experience when shooting with your gun fades away with a bipod.
This is based on the fact that the accessory supports the entire weight of your barrel, freeing you up to make the necessary settings for a perfect shot!
How Do You Pick The Right Bipod For Your Needs?
I know you’re already aware of the many bipod brands that flood the bipods market. That alone would make you fear to buy the wrong bipod and not enjoying the benefits we have just discussed above.
Luckily, I’ve come up with a quick list of things you need to check in any bipod before buying it.
This will ensure you get the best of the best model for your shooting needs and circumstances:
- Your shooting position should dictate the type of bipod you should buy. If you regularly shoot in the bench rest position, I’d advise you to look for models that come with notched legs. These will help you level your rifle since you’re working on a level surface.
However, if you shoot in prone or sitting position, look for bipods with quick extend legs to help you make accurate adjustments (and shots) even when you’re working with uneven surfaces.
- The height of a bipod means a lot to every shooter using this tool. Always ensure that the height you pick does not at any single time force you to adjust your shooting style to achieve a comfortable shooting position.
- Be on the lookout for bipod features that let you make adjustments quickly and easily. Some of these functions include: swivel rest (allows you to compensate for gun slant), rifle attachment method, etc.
Bipods are great friends for all shooters- the beginners and experts included. They’re essential additions to your firearm kit as they help take away the stress allowing you to focus more on firing more accurate shots.
Have you a secured a few Bipods for your rifles already? How’s the overall experience?