Using a bipod with your rifle has many advantages that we can't ignore. More accuracy, less fatigue, and higher stability are a few of those benefits.
However, before you start using it, there are several tips that you must know to get the best out of the bipod.
Knowing this information is necessary to make the bipod work as it should, and to avoid inconveniences you might face once you're out there on the open.
Without further ado, let's go through everything you need to know before using the bipod.
Type of Mount: Rail VS Sling Swivel
While looking for bipods, you'll find that there are two very popular types of mounts: one for Picatinny rails, and another to attach sling swivel studs. In the fight for most popular, the sling swivel studs seem to have the upper hand.
Nonetheless, it doesn't mean that one is better than the other. Even if you get an incompatible mount, there are adapters to make it work.
You can even find adapters for M-LOK rails and KeyMod, as well.
Patience & Preparation is Essential
Physical preparations before engaging in any shooting activity are a fundamental process that every shooter goes through. If you want to achieve the most accurate shot, you'll need a steady rest and complete control over yourself.
One of the purposes of using a bipod is because you want to have a stable resting position for the rifle. Out there, in the open, there may not be many allies to help you. You only count on yourself, the rifle, and the bipod.
However, the bipod's performance depends on your preparation and knowledge about how to use it properly.
A clear example of this is that many shooters consider the bipod to be a resting tool, and nothing else. But, the bipod provides more benefits than that. It is an effective accessory to maintain the rifle in its place after shooting.
Furthermore, the bipod absorbs the energy coming from the rifle's recoil after shooting. It keeps your muscles stress-free and without fatigue.
As you can see, there are plenty of benefits of using a bipod, but none of those advantages are possible if you don't have that perfect and steady position. Practice at home, and then take your tools and rifle outside to put that knowledge to the test.
A Soft Surface for More Accuracy
The perfect terrain for the bipod depends on the shooter's personal preference, but installing it over a soft surface often brings more benefits than a hard surface.
Naturally, it takes some time to find a soft surface. It is difficult, but not impossible. Even though movies show it countless time, don't give in to the temptation of putting the bipod legs over a flat rock.
Don't lose your patience, and keep looking until you find a patch or a small area of soft dirt. If it is possible, you can adapt the terrain to make it suitable for your bipod, too.
Professional shooters often work the ground before placing the bipod. It allows them to make it as comfortable as it can be for the bipod and the shooting position.
Once you've found your spot, you want to maintain the legs as close to the ground as possible. It minimizes the leg's flexing before actually shooting.
Maintenance is Required
It may seem like there's no need to do it, the bipod looks clean and there isn't anything over it, but you should always do the proper maintenance for the bipod. Even if it is as a preventive process, take some time off your day and do it.
Cleaning the bipod helps to keep away particles that could've gotten in-between the removable parts. Sand, smaller rocks and debris are common issues that get in the pieces of the bipod, and those particles damage its functionality if you don't remove them.
Greasing the Bipod for Better Performance
Before installing the rifle on the bipod, make sure it is lubricated as much as necessary. For this task, you could use grease.
Grease has been used to lubricate bipods over many years. It makes it easier to extend the legs, to lock and unlock the bipod, and it improves its functionality overall.
Check the Bipod's Integrity
Finally, before you use the bipod, make sure it is in perfect condition. Check the lock/unlock system, the leg expansion, and every other aspect you deem necessary for your activities.
The last thing you want is to make all the effort of getting to the shooting area, only to notice the bipod isn't functioning as it should.
Using a bipod is more than just putting your rifle over it and start shooting. The information listed above is meant to give you pretty basic but essential information to make the best out of your experience. Now, it is time to go out there, and start practicing those shooting skills!