Accu-Tac SR-5 Bipod: Accu-Tac took a unique approach by designing and engineering the SR-5 Bipod with smaller-frame gun owners in mind. When its legs are deployed, it has the wide, stable stance required for repeatable, precise aiming. It attaches to Picatinny rails and easily mounts in seconds. Accu-Tac’s innovative ratcheting leg-extension design allows the shooter to quickly pull out the legs to adjust to five different heights ranging from 6 to 10 inches. The legs are spring-loaded and, unlike other bipods, retract with the touch of a button. The SR-5’s legs can be deployed 90 degrees straight down or angled at 45 degrees either forward or backward, locking securely into five positions through a range of 180 degrees.
B&T Industries BT10-LW17 V8 Atlas Bipod: When the Atlas hit the market, it made waves in the industry, and rightfully so. This bipod took the precision-shooting world by storm with its stability, ease of use, light weight and long list of useful features. This version of the Atlas mounts directly to any 1913-style Picatinny-style rail via the built-in ADM 170-S Lever quick-release mount. It allows for about 15 degrees of preloaded pan and cant to compensate for uneven surfaces. Its telescoping legs are height-adjustable and can be positioned in five positions in 45-degree increments, going the full range from pointing forward to stowed pointing back. Also, the bipod is designed with a 45-degree-angle position that allows for a minimal deployed height of around 5 inches.
Caldwell XLA Bipod: If you aren’t in the mood to blow a car payment on a bipod, put the XLA on your short list. Made for lighter duty, this one is a standard, Harris-style bipod with an adjustable pivot feature that allows for 20 degrees of cant. The legs are spring-loaded and has notches that set the height at five positions. The model we are featuring is the smallest 6- to 9-inch version (sizes up to 27 inches are also available). This bipod is ready to attach to any gun that has a Harris lug, but will require a mount if attaching by any other method. It is shown here with a quick-detachable American Defense Manufacturing Harris Bipod Mount, which is not included.
LaRue Tactical / Harris Bipods BRM-S and LT706 QD Swivel Mount Combo: The combination of a Harris bipod and a low-profile LaRue Tactical quick-detach mount was a godsend back when it was released years ago, and its design still holds up well even with more modern bipod designs around. LaRue cannibalized a Harris model BRM-S 6- to 9-inch and merged it with one of its popular LT-QD mounts to produce a quick-detachable, swivel-adjustable bipod that is a few ounces lighter with a 0.25-inch-lower profile than if you were to combine the two yourself. A large knob at the rear provides swivel tension adjustment and is especially helpful when in the prone position. The bipod has 6-inch, spring-loaded legs with notches that allow for up to 3 inches of additional height. The mount attaches to Picatinny rails.
S7 Bipods 7”-9” S7 Bipod with Raptor Claws: If you’re looking for a bipod that has all the bells and whistles, check out the S7 series. This monster of a bipod is full featured, allowing you 60 degrees of pan and cant adjustments, five-position locking legs, two long adjustment levers, spring-loaded legs for height adjustments and a pair of ultra-aggressive Raptor Claws. The S7 is a modern, fully loaded bipod that attaches to any Picatinny rail to give the shooter the control and stability needed to make that perfect shot. For those looking for less-aggressive footing, a version with rubber feet is also available.
TangoDown ACB-4 Bipod: The ACB-4 was created specifically with the M16A4, M4 and MK11-type weapon systems in mind but will work with most any Picatinny-railed long gun. Its goal was to add quick, longer-range capability to these rifles with minimal ergonomics and weight. Its legs can be manually deployed at the push of a button and its height adjusted via buttons found on the telescoping legs. It features full motion of cant and traverse, so it can get you flat even on uneven ground as well as allow you to track moving targets. It is constructed of aluminum and polymer for durability and weight savings. The ACB-4 attaches directly to any Picatinny rail, and the legs fold closely to the weapon for a low profile.
Vltor MP-1 ModPod: Using the same legs as the TangoDown ACB-4 (previous review), the MP-1 takes a completely different approach to its attachment method. Like the ACB-4, the legs are deployed manually at the push of a button. But unlike the ACB-4, the ModPod is actually a two-piece assembly that mounts to the sides of Picatinny-railed forends. The individual bipod leg units attach to the side rails, giving the user an unobstructed lower rail where most bipods normally mount. If you have accessories at the 6 o’clock position on your rail, this is an option you’ll want to look at. The way this bipod’s legs mount makes it the lowest-profile bipod in this guide. The legs rotate 360 degrees and lock every 90 degrees, giving you flexible mounting options.
Are you a little obsessed with accuracy? Let’s see if you can relate to any of the following statements.
Your rifle is equipped with an ultra-match-grade barrel that was precision-rifled by the best barrel-maker in the world using classified materials that were mined from a nearby asteroid. You backed it up with a National Match bolt that was made and fitted with the very tools that helped build one of the Mars Rovers. You further backed that up with an accurized trigger that was finely tuned by blind monks from the Himalayas. On top of all that, the rejected glass that wasn’t good enough for the scope you’re using is now being used on the Hubble Space Telescope.
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If even a fraction of this were true, we’d say that you’re obsessed with — or at least, deeply care about — the accuracy of your shot. So what gives when the shots are pulling to the left and right and up and down?
Regardless of how accurate your rifle is, if you can’t hold it still, you’re not going to get the most out of it. Long guns can be heavy to hold stable when unsupported and quickly tire the shooter, causing an inability to steadily lock on to a target. Whether you’re sitting at a shooting bench, lying prone on the ground or somewhere out in the field, a bipod can help you steady your shot to get the precise hit you’re looking for.
One look and it seems as if bipod options are more plentiful than selfie sticks at Comic-Con. Some are lightweight and simple to use, while others feature complex designs and are chock-full of features – and there’s everything in between.
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With so many bipods on the market, it can be a daunting experience to pick one that will work for you. In this buyer’s guide, we focused on short-height bipods from about 6 to 10 inches in height.
We took a look at a few standout bipods from the crowd and included enough detail for you to make an informed decision on your next purchase.
Check out the bipods in our gallery above and find more information below!
Accu-Tac SR-5 Bipod
- Weight: 1 lb. 4 oz.
- MSRP: $235
- URL: accu-tac.com
B&T Industries BT10-LW17 V8 Atlas Bipod
- Weight: 12.7 oz.
- MSRP: $279.95
- URL: accu-shot.com
Caldwell XLA Bipod
- Weight: 11.3 oz. (without mount)
- Colorway: Black (shown), Camo
- MSRP: $54.99
- URL: btibrands.com/brands/caldwell
LaRue Tactical / Harris Bipods Harris Bipod BRM-S and LT706 QD Swivel Mount Combo
- Weight: 13.4 oz.
- MSRP: $219.95
- URL: laruetactical.com
S7 Bipods 7”-9” S7 Bipod with Raptor Claws
- Weight: 2 lbs.
- Colorway: FDE (shown), Black
- MSRP: $389.95
- URL: s7bipod.com
TangoDown ACB-4 Bipod
- Weight: 1 lb. 1oz.
- Colorway: FDE (shown), Black
- MSRP: $220.39
- URL: tangodown.com
Vltor MP-1 ModPod
- Weight: 10.6 oz.
- Colorway: Black (shown), FDE
- MSRP: $189.95
- URL: vltor.com
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