Bipod attachment types

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Rich Jordan
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Bipod attachment types

Post by Rich Jordan » Mon May 21, 2018 5:37 pm

I picked up a Blackhawk bipod at the Cabela's bargain cave a while back; its the type that mounts to a QD stud on the rifle. So I picked up a stud that mounts on the keymod rail of an AR and tested with the bipod at the indoor range. I'm not a fan of the attaching method, or this specific bipod but I do want to get one for the heavy barrel gun (also keymod) for bench use, and down the road for a long range class I'd like to take.

You can get Harris bipods with the stud mount or picatinny rail mount, and its easy enough to get a small section of rail as a keymod accessory. But the site I was looking at also had bipods that were two independent legs that mounted to each side of a keymod (or M-lok) rail. Those obviously don't have tilt/pan capability, where the picatinny type could have that capability.

So if anyone out there has used bipods much for bench or prone shooting, is tilt/pan a useful feature worth the thing wobbling around when folded or is it better to get a fixed (still folding) bipod that doesn't move around? And any thoughts on the side mounts? Seems like mechanically they _might_ be a little more stable, and when folded they sit on each side of the rail instead of underneath, which is both good and bad...

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Re: Bipod attachment types

Post by Netpackrat » Tue May 22, 2018 1:39 am

Using keymod for a sling or bipod mount is a good way to drop an expensive rifle when the attachment fails.
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Re: Bipod attachment types

Post by Precision » Wed May 23, 2018 3:43 am

I have used the Harris and a Sinclair bipod both mounted to a sling swivel and mounted to a pic rail attachment that is a sling mount. On the pic rail attachment I made sure to use some loctite on the tension bolt and have never had an issue.

The Sinclair was a BR bipod and did NOT stay attached. WAY too big.

I have used other brands of bipods with limited luck. One set that I used that had separate legs was VERY clunky although very sturdy. It was also just too damn heavy for field use.
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Re: Bipod attachment types

Post by Rich Jordan » Wed May 23, 2018 5:32 am

Netpackrat wrote:Using keymod for a sling or bipod mount is a good way to drop an expensive rifle when the attachment fails.
Well, assuming a barrel mount is not in the cards, is M-Lok better? Or just stick with picatinny, either a quad rail or quality (and perhaps longer with more mount points) picatinny adapter for a keymod/M-lok? Right now the rifle I'm looking at a bipod for has a keymod hand guard because that's what came with the kit (they now have M-loks too). Or go with a hand guard that has a lower pic rail, at least at the front...

Thanks for the warning though. I didn't really care for the bipod attaching to the sling stud; didn't think about that adapters attachment to the hand guard.

This will be (for now) a range accessory. Easier to haul around than a heavy sandbag for bench shooting. I have to get the rifle properly sighted in, tested with factory ammo, then want to start checking some handloads.

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Re: Bipod attachment types

Post by Netpackrat » Wed May 23, 2018 6:17 am

Yeah, M-Lok is a lot more secure.
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