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Hey there.

I'm looking to get a bipod for my rifle, but I need some intel. First, how useful is a bipod? Is it a good investment? Does it help out? (I do understand that everyone has a different opinion and this varies depending on the circumstances.) 

Also, I've been checking out the market and I came to an issue - how much money to spend on a bipod. So, I would like to know, if cheap bipods are any good?

I don't have many to choose from, but they range from around 30 to several hundred dollars.

The bipod would be used for casual shooting and hunting. I would attach it to the belt swivel.

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Cheapest i'd recommend is a Harris.  Harris Bipods
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http://swfa.com/Harris-Ultralight-LM-S-Series-Bipod-P3011.aspx

Then get an arm that extends the swivel knob and you will be set. I have a few of these and LOVE them....

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Thanks for the links, guys.

My question has been answered - stay away from cheap crappy bipods.

Another thing to clear up: Non swivel bipods (see example below) force you to rotate the whole rifle, if you're on uneven ground or compensate by extending one leg of the bipod more than the other?


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Get the swivel Harris. I use them a LOT and love 'em, but get the swivel and as BD suggested, get the Pod Lock, or whatever it's called to make life easier.  
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Notched legs help as well.
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Give Versa Pod a look... has pan and tilt (which can be locked), which is quite handy for full range movement without lifting the rifle.  Harris has "swivel, which is OK, but not as useful as a full pan and tilt.  
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Another vote for Harris bipod -s (swivel).  Thunbs Up
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Less expensive... more functional...
Less expensive... more functional...


more functional...
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There is an exception to the expensive bipod rule.
 
I have used a number of great tactical style bipods that I really liked for most shooting, but not as much for hunting.  GG&G, Atlas, and Harris have all been good for me.
 
I use a Rapid Pivot Stoney Point bipod on my hunting rigs.  They are lightweight, inexpensive, and surprisingly effective.  Nothing is easier to attach or detach.
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Well, the thing is I don't need high end stuff. TBH my backpack does the trick nicely, however a bipod is a more slick solution to say the least Big Smile.

Harris stuff looks tempting, but it is quite expensive... I'll call a local police/military gear dealer tomorrow and ask if they have anything.

I was snooping around a bit and found a Blackhawk bipod for $50 (6-9in.). The weird thing is that I can't find this bipod on Blackhawk's website. Maybe they discontinued it...

Lastly, the budget. I have $75 to spend, however, I am a very patient person (been waiting for my new riflescope for almost 2 months now), so I can wait till my budget expands...

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I've used all of those and the Sinclair (both tactical and F-class).  I like them all, too.  However, for me, the versa-pod is the most functional of all.  Truthfully, though, I'm more partial to a tripod... it's only limitation is it does not attach (and how would it)... another thing to carry somewhere and keep up with.  There is nothing else I don't like about it.  Absolutely most stable, functional rest I have used for multipositional shooting.  For prone shooting, the Sinclair F-class is by far the best...
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Trickster,
 
Did you look at the Rapid Pivot?  It is well within your budget.
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

I've used all of those and the Sinclair (both tactical and F-class).  I like them all, too.  However, for me, the versa-pod is the most functional of all.  Truthfully, though, I'm more partial to a tripod... it's only limitation is it does not attach (and how would it)... another thing to carry somewhere and keep up with.  There is nothing else I don't like about it.  Absolutely most stable, functional rest I have used for multipositional shooting.  For prone shooting, the Sinclair F-class is by far the best...
 
You can also get the Rapid Pivot in a tripod version that attaches and detaches the same way...
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Interesting.  I've never looked at their tripods before.  Several interesting concepts.  
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Originally posted by Bitterroot Bulls Bitterroot Bulls wrote:

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Did you look at the Rapid Pivot?  It is well within your budget.

I did. Definitely an interesting thing. You simply attach this thing to your swivel? No folding? Also, which hight are you using? 

I'll see what I can find and keep you all posted. Smile
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If you just want a cheap bipod to try out, Walmart carries one for $40 that isn't the least functional thing I've ever bought.  It isn't fancy and you'll have to adjust the legs individually for any slope of the ground, but the nice thing is that you can adjust the legs to anywhere you want them instead of only in designated slots.  It attaches to the front sling swivel.  Like I said, it's not great but it is cheap and functional if you just want to get a feel for using a bipod.
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Originally posted by Trickster Trickster wrote:



Originally posted by Bitterroot Bulls Bitterroot Bulls wrote:

Trickster,
 

Did you look at the Rapid Pivot?  It is well within your budget.


I did. Definitely an interesting thing. You simply attach this thing to your swivel? No folding? Also, which hight are you using? 

I'll see what I can find and keep you all posted. Smile



Trickster,

I use the prone bipod model. You attach the base to your swivel stud, and then any of the rapid pivot products just pop on and off the base. You can get extra bases for additional rifles. There are no levers or buttons, push on and pop off. I just carry mine in a side opcket of my pack and pop it on when needed.
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Thanks for the info Matt.

I have another question: what height would you recommend? I was messing around with a ruler earlier and from prone I was very comfortable with 6 inches and after my spine deformed a bit, I was able to get comfortable with 9 inches as well. I also managed to get somewhat comfortable sitting on my butt on the floor with 13 inches, however, an extra inch would be great.

So 9 inches is a bit too much for prone and 13 inches not enough for me to sit on my butt and replace my knees with the bipod. 6-9 inches then?
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It extends from 10-13," but the rifle sits lower, due to the space between the legs. Additionally, the rubber "yoke" at the pivot allows you to bend and twist the legs as you need to for cant, or to get lower.

I can't see using the prone model to shoot while sitting, unless you have the bipod on something elevated.

It works pretty well.
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I think the same company makes the "steady stix II" which work pretty good too. They're light weight,  collapsible and super quick to set up. My daughter used 'em this year hunting and it seemed to be the ticket.


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I have a "monopod" rest that attaches to my rigger's belt... very stable shooting from a standing position and when not in use it just hangs down off the belt, kind of like a knife.  It has been my "most used" stabilization system in recent years.  Great for stalking...

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Originally posted by Bitterroot Bulls Bitterroot Bulls wrote:

It extends from 10-13," but the rifle sits lower, due to the space between the legs. Additionally, the rubber "yoke" at the pivot allows you to bend and twist the legs as you need to for cant, or to get lower.

I can't see using the prone model to shoot while sitting, unless you have the bipod on something elevated.

It works pretty well.

As I said, 13 inches is too short for me to be comfortable while sitting - it would need to be higher. On the other hand, 10 inches is a bit too much for prone.

That's why I'm thinking of getting the 6-9 inch model. I'm struggling with 10-13 inches - I can't get comfortable while prone or while sitting, and that's why I think the 6-9 version would be better for me - I could at least use it while prone.

I'll do some more "measurements" and see what's what.

Quote It works pretty well.

What are you referring to?
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Trickster,
 
I am sorry I wasn't clear.  the 10-13 model, in actual use, will put you anywhere from around 2" off the ground to around 10" off the ground.  I may post a pic to make it clearer.
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