Shooting Instructors Favorite Bipods for ELR
In the below blog post about long range precision rifle bipod options, we are discussing the best money can buy, whereas many PRS shooters get the best value they can on a limited budget. This article is aimed at our typical client, the person that doesn’t really care what their bipod costs so long as it is excellent for long range and extreme long range shooting.
We spend most of our time teaching and working on our business and shoot much less than we watch others shoot. One day, Shepard and Scott helped a few pals get their first 1-mile hits (OneMile.club) using a water jug as a rifle rest. Yes, a nice bipod is nice, but you get the point. 🙂
LRA review by Scott Austin
I recently purchased a Long Range Accuracy Light Tactical Bipod (long version) for my 6.5 Creedmoor Ruger Precision Rifle, 6.5 Grendel Alexander Arms Overwatch and .300 Win. Mag. Remington 700 5R Milspec.
As a firearms instructor, I have had numerous opportunities to use many makes, models and styles of bipods, bags and supports which span the budget and quality spectrum from A-Z. Without question this is the most solid, versatile and comfortable bipod I have ever used. Did I say solid? If my truck ever needs an axle support while in the back-country I now have a dual-purpose tool.
One extremely useful design feature is how the bore axis sits so low in the bipod itself (think F-Class bipod designed by Porsche). This design allows for a much more inline recoil path that has to be experienced to be believed. Watching my own vapor trails is much more common with this setup.
I would never have guessed I would invest this much in a bipod, however after using it, I will never go back. Having a solid (repeatable) foundation for your shooting platform can’t be overstated enough.
Accu-tac review by Shepard Humphries
I just purchased a few Accu-Tac FC-4 G2 F-Class bipods and have not yet tried them out. On first inspection though, they are very heavy-duty and I suspect they will be much better than my Atlas or even Scott’s LRA. After I get some trigger time, I will share more.
Sinclair F-Class Bipod review by Shepard Humphries
I have had an F class bipod for a few years that offers great stability. It has sled style feet that are meant to slide when using a free recoil hold. I have used it for long range shooting at times when I needed more stability than my good old Harris provided. Since buying an Atlas 5-H, I have actually come to prefer the Atlas. My wife and I used the Sinclair on our 7mm Rem Mag when we shot 2,040 yards on our anniversary a few years ago, so I still have a place in my heart for it. 🙂
Atlas 5-H review by Shepard Humphries
The Atlas 5-H bipod is very stable. It is a challenge to take it on and off the Picatinny rail though, and the wideness that I love makes it far too wide to leave on when I put the rifle in my soft case. Our clients and I have used it with a .223, 6.5 Creedmoor, .308, 300 WM and 7mm Rem Mag.
The leveling mechanism is not easy to use, I much prefer the engineering on my new Accu-Tacs. While the Atlas isn’t a perfect bipod for ELR shooting, it is pretty nice and had to be included in our Shooting Instructors Favorite Bipods list.
Harris review by Shepard Humphries
The Harris bipod is what I used when I was a SWAT sniper team leader back in the early 2000’s. It was all I knew and I liked it at the time. After using some much better bipods, I am no longer such a huge fan.
Having said this, I set my new personal best a couple of years ago at 2,157 yards using a Harris balanced on the back of an ATV in a weird squatting position, what do they say about blind squirrels finding nuts? lol
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