We all need support whether it’s in our relationships, our boxers, or our rifles. Shooting supported can easily halve your group size. The best support is a lead sled, but a great alternative is a bipod.
So here are the best rifle bipods that money can buy.
Best Bipods for Long Range Shooters
The best bipod is a combination of durability, stability, and price. You should pick your features and attachment point, then your bipod height. Most use a 6-9 inch bipod, while some use taller bipods because of comfort, body armor, or shooting position.
So, focus on stability and comfort when shooting – with higher stability, you can focus on hitting your smallest groups. Also, tilt for uneven ground is a must-have for most bipods too.
Our Top Pick – Harris Engineering 6in-9in Ultralight Bipod S-BRM
|-Easy to operateEasy to adjust height|
-Highly strong springs
|-Bolt and adjustable knot lack a locking mechanism|
- Height – 6″ to 9″
- Leg notches in 1″ increments
- Spring-loaded legs, for fast deployment
- Built-in sling swivel stud
- Material – Aluminum
- Weight – 13 oz.
Finding the best bipod for your rifle is simple; you go with Harris S-BRM/P. Given the cost, durability, and features, the only bipod you will ever need is a Harris.
Now, why is that?
Well, Harris has been making bipods since 1965 and has made bipods for the US Military, hunters, and competition shooters too. Ultimately, it is a reliable brand.
Made out of quality steel, their products last for years of shooting without bending or breaking. And Harris doesn’t just make quality products – they innovate with the industry, which is why the majority of competition shooters use Harris Bipods.
The speed of deployment for the legs is a major factor for competition shooters and hunters, making sure you never let another trophy get away.
Choosing a Harris bipod
Above are the codes for Harris bipods, but the most important code to note is the S. This allows you to swivel or tilt your bipod. Always choose a swivel bipod for the ability to level your rifle on uneven ground.
Harris bipods have adjustable legs, and most prefer the notched legs (code M) to the infinitely variable legs.
Another factor to consider is how you attach your bipod to your rifle. Harris traditionally uses a sling swivel to attach to a rifle.
Now, using this attachment creates a solid attachment point on most rifle stocks, giving you stability and accuracy.
Plus, it also gives a firm tension grip that moves with the recoil of the rifle to allow for large forces when firing.
While the sling swivel method works very well, Picatinny Attachments have several benefits: the ability to quickly detach your bipod, directly attach to a rail instead of an adapter, and a more solid mounting point than the sling swivel. The downside is that Picatinny rails are less universal that sling swivels.
Just remember that friends don’t let friends attach their bipods to the barrelSomeone Wise
While your AR-15 may have a Picatinny rail, your hunting rifle may not. It is easier to add a sling swivel than it is to add a Picatinny rail.
The last decision to make is what height to have. Lower means more control and stability, and so most shooters use 6-9 inch legs, also known as “BR” or Bench rest. Protip: it’s much easier to add height than remove it.
While some shooters buy 9-13 bipods, known as “L” or prone bipods, they find more use when the shooter is wearing body armor or thick clothing.
Most shooters will simply throw their pack under a bipod to gain height, which is why we recommend the BR Harris.
The other height bipods are used for shooting while sitting or kneeling. So, consider which stance you need the most support in, but for most, we’d recommend the S-BRM model.
The S-BRM is currently on-sale until October 1, 2023, so make sure to click the links here to ensure the best savings.
2 – Best For Precision Shooting – Atlas Bipods PSR
|-Changeable feet and leg extension |
-Can be canned and patted for multiple targets and uneven terrain
-Anti-leg rotation allows easy twisting and walking the bipod forward
- Height – 5.2″ – 9.6″ (6.8” at 90°)
- Pan – 30°
- Tilt – 30°
- Position Button – 0.5″ diameter
- Fore and Aft pivot limiting Bosses
- 5 leg positions – 0°, 45°, 90°, 135° & 180°
- Non-Rotating Legs
- Material – 6061-T6 Aluminum
- Weight – 13.61 oz.
The only downside of Atlas Bipods is they are double the price of the Harris. However, if you want the same features on your Harris S-BRM, you will be spending about the same amount of money.
Atlas Bipods are better than Harris Bipods in nearly every way. However, they should be – they can be double or triple the price.
While most shooters start with a Harris Bipod, shooters attempting to get every edge or are looking for the most adaptability in their bipods frequently choose Atlas as their bipod of choice.
So, what makes the Atlas so special besides the higher price point?
Atlas Bipods can quickly change feet, coming with rubberized feet that can be swapped with spikes, skis, or raider feet.
The Spikes work great for loading the bipod and shooting off wood, concrete, or grass. The Skis work for free recoiling a rifle or grass, and the Raider feet act as a wider base spike.
Essentially, this gives you the ultimate customization for any environment. One bipod to rule them all.
Changeable Leg extensions
A great feature of the Atlas bipod is the ability to add 3 inches to the end of the bipod. Multiple extensions can be added, but most just make custom legs for sitting or shooting. As I mentioned before, ‘most’ shooters use 6-9″ bipods, so this essentially gives you both.
45 degree Leg positioning
One of the main functional differences between the Harris and the Atlas bipods is Altas’ 5-position system. This allows you to fold the bipod back 45 or 90 degrees, or forward 45 or 90 degrees.
So what that does is halve the height and allow you to load the bipod in different positions. Folding the bipod back also allows you to go through brush with less risk of the bipod catching on grass, underbrush, or wire fences.
Once again, Atlas bipods do it all.
Pan and Tilt
Atlas bipod can be panned and tilted (canted) 30 degrees, which is great for multiple targets and uneven terrain.
Loading a bipod without anti-rotational legs can tend to creep forward, cant and twist. But Anti-Rotational Legs allow you to load the bipod without fear of twisting or walking the bipod forward.
Is it worth the price?
Overall, the Atlas bipod has some of the best innovations for the price. While the Magpul, Harris, and Caldwell are cheaper, they have fewer features and lower build quality.
And although CykePod, Veraspod, Elite Iron, and GG&G have a higher build quality or different features, Atlas is at a sweet spot for price and features. They are some of the best bipods for any shooter, but we’ll admit that if you shoot enough that an Atlas Bipod isn’t enough for you, grab a Cyke Pod.
Atlas PRS vs 5H
The 5H is built heavier for larger calibers and has a unique feature that keeps the apex of the bipod above the barrel instead of the barrel itself.
Keeping the apex over the barrel creates much more stability for heavier rifles by holding the weight in the bipod as opposed to your arms.
It’s also important to note that with the rising popularity of bipods over the years, so has the rise of cheap Chinese rip-offs occurred, which have been targeting companies like Atlas. The links on this page go to our certified suppliers, which only carry genuine made-in-America parts:
3 – Best For AR15s – Magpul Industries Bipod
-Tilts properly to level on any ground
-Aesthetically pleasing design
|-Occasionally loosens up when shooting|
- Height – 6.3″ – 10.3″
- Attachment – M-LOK Slots
- Pan – 40°
- Tilt – 50°
- Materials – Steel, 6061 T-6 Aluminum, Mil-Spec Hardcoat Anodized, Polymer
- Weight – 11 oz.
Magpul gets a lot right – M-Lok, cheap furniture for AR-15s, and Flat Dark Earth as a standard color choice for accessories. But the Magpul Bipod, while being a solid budget option, hasn’t gotten all of the kinks worked out. Often when shooting, it felt loose no matter how it was loaded or tightened.
Magpul nearly managed to build the perfect bipod. 6-10 inches is about the perfect height for the two most used positions, bench shooting and prone. It accepts Atlas bipod feet, weighs under 12oz, and looks great on space gats.
What’s more, it tilts to level on uneven ground, can pan for moving targets, and comes in Picatinny, M-Lok, Arms, or QD sling swivel, making it easy to attach no matter your chassis. But there is just something off when shooting it.
That something is just how loose it feels. While shooting, you can never feel quite as stable as you do with the Harris or the Atlas, and when using a bipod, it is all for stability.
Shooting with the Magpul wasn’t as bad as some of the cheap bipods we’ve used, but it did open groups up a bit. While Magpul claims the looseness is there by design, we would rather have a similarly priced Harris.
4 – Best For Hunting – MDT Ckye-Pod Gen2 Bipods
|-Great Value for money |
-Highly stable and adaptable
-Wider leg adjustment for easy shooting
- Height (PRS Short) – 7.5″- 13″
- Single-Handed Adjustment
- Pan – 360°, Lockable
- Tilt – 170°, with Tension Adjustment Knob
- Built-in barricade stop
- Material – Hard Anodized Aluminum
- Weight – 30oz.
The MDT Ckye-Pod is the only bipod that would make me give up my Altas. The problem is, as always, the price.
The Ckye-Pod, pronounced Skye-Pod, shows just how far engineering can take materials and improve shooting. Designed for PRS matches and hunting, the Ckye-Pod gives the three things every precision shooter needs: accuracy, adaptability, and stability.
This bipod can accept any Atlas bipod feet and has much wider adjustments for its legs, all done with one hand. What’s more, the Ckye Pod can pan 360 degrees with 170 degrees of cant, and also includes a barricade stop. It’s hard to find and nearly double the price of the Atlas, but it’s well worth it if you can take advantage of the features.
Grabbing a bargain bipod is great for 22lr trainers, but shooting 7.62x51mm or 300 Win Mag will just destroy a cheaper bipod.
That said, after testing several of the most popular brands, we found the best bang for your buck bipods. These following bipods aren’t the big name brands but they will deliver, guaranteed.
5 – Best Value For Your Money – Caldwell XLA Shooting Rifle Bipods
-Suitable for a 22lr Trainer
-Similar quality to the Harris bipod
|-Less build quality|
- Height – 6″ – 9″
- Tilt – 20°
- Pivoting Available
- Type of Head Adjustability – 2-Way Adjustable
- Feet type – Rubber
- Material – Aluminum
- Weight – 12 oz.
- Warranty – 2 years
Caldwell makes several bipods and support systems for rifles, shotguns, and pistols. And although the Caldwell XLA is the budget bipod of choice and doesn’t have the build quality of the Harris, it will serve as a bipod for those lacking funding.
This bipod is spring-loaded with notched legs, 20 degrees of tilt, and a variety of connections like sling swivel or Picatinny. In fact, the Caldwell is nearly identical to the Harris Bipod except for build quality.
That said, the build quality can be enough for small calibers like 22lr and 5.56x45mm. However, Caldwell bipods, like most budget bipods, suffer from a lack of material strength. Considering that is their only downside, the Caldwell bipod is great for a 22lr trainer.
6 – Best Tactical Bipod – Leapers UTG Over Bore Bipod
|-Surprisingly well built|
|-Not the best quality|
- Height – 7.33″ – 11.42″
- Panning – 22°
- Tilt – 44°, Tension Adjustable
- Posi-lock Push Buttons
- Extendable Legs
- Foldable Legs
- Picatinny Mount
- Stand – Rubberized Stand
- Material – Aircraft Aluminum with Reinforced Steel Components
- Weight – 24.1 oz.
Leapers is strong for a budget option, and although quality suffers slightly, it is one of the most fun companies to experiment with for new products or for building trainer firearms for your large calibers. Leapers innovates frequently, coming out with some of the more innovative designs for bipods faster than Harris, Atlas, or even Magpul.
Now, this bipod might not hold up under heavy recoil, but they have some of the best innovative products like their Over Bore Bipod, Flex Bipods, or their Harris Clone bipod. Several Leapers bipods have a 45-degree position lock, 360-degree panning ability, and 30 degrees of tilt.
One of the most interesting Leapers Bipods is the UTG Over Bore Bipod, different from most other bipods you will find.
7 – Best For Small Calibers – CVLIFE 6-9 Inches Tactical Rifle Bipod
|-Extendable leg design |
-Attaches quickly to nearly all rifle
-Upgraded Mount Screw Tension
|-Screws strip easily|
- Height – 6″ – 9″
- Upgraded Mount Tension Screw
- Material – Hardened Steel and Aluminum
- Lightweight – 10oz.
- Picatinny Adapter Included
CVLife bipods are interesting because it really shows you the quality of a Caldwell bipod. Sadly, we’re going to use the CVLife bipod as a strawman for the quality of knockoff products in the industry. We were slightly surprised by the quality of the product for a mere $20. However, snapping the twig-like bipods is easier than breaking twigs used as bipods.
The CVLife is not badly designed; it seems to be one of the best knockoffs of the Caldwell bipod, which have similar designs to the Harris. But the material differences are evident when you shoot – the CVLife is looser, lighter, and weaker.
The biggest problem is the screws – they strip very easily. Fortunately, most of the lighter parts can be changed out with better materials, but the question is why.
Each round of 308 costs a minimum of $0.60 per round, while Federal Gold Medal Match costs $1.75, and rifles cost an average of $1000 plus a minimum of $500 for optics – using a cheap bipod will drive most into the throes of insanity.
8 – The One To Avoid – Grip Pod Vertical Foregrip
|-Designed for law enforcement use specifically|
-Quick attachment and detachment
|-Too lightweight for a bipod|
- Height – 6.25″ – 8.25″
- Width – 7.25″
- Length Closed – 5.75″
- Diameter – 1.75″
- Material – Reinforced Steel, Polymer
- Weight – 6 oz
A grip pod is about what it sounds like – a bastardized child of a vertical grip and a bipod, and not good at either role, but they excel at being lighter than both.
The steel construction and lightweight aluminum weigh less than a bipod and give 8 inches of height. And you might think that the Grip Pod would be a nice hybrid of both a vertical grip and a bipod, but it doesn’t excel in either; it is simpler to buy both and change them out as needed.
The Grip Pod is great for military and police use, but the cost and weight aren’t far from an Atlas or a Harris. This brings us to why a Grip Pod can be amazing; when shooting an AR-15 or other “Assault Rifle.”
Yes, we know “assault rifles” is not the correct term for AK, CZ Bren, AR-15, FAL, or other “military-style” rifles, but it is better than most other terms. The Grip Pod shines when you want both – bipod for prone or supported shots and vertical grip for movement.
Rifle Bipod Specifications
|Product||Weight||Material||Height||Other Key Specs|
|Harris Engineering 6in-9in Ultralight Bipod S-BRM||13oz||Aluminium||6″ – 9″||Leg notches in 1″ increments|
Built-in sling swivel stud
|Atlas Bipods PSR||13.61 oz||Aluminium||5.2″ – 9.6″||Pan: 30 degrees, Cant: 30 degrees|
5 leg positions: 0, 45, 90, 135 & 180 degrees
|Magpul Industries Bipod||11oz||Steel, 6061 T-6 Aluminum, Polymer||6.3″ – 10.3″||Attachment: M-LOK Slots|
Pan: 40 degrees, Tilt: 50 degrees
|MDT Ckye-Pod Gen2 Bipods||30oz||Hard Anodized Aluminum||7.5″- 13″||Single-Handed Adjustment|
Pan: 360°, Lockable, Tilt: 170°, with Tension Adjustment Knob
Built-in barricade stop
|Caldwell XLA Shooting Rifle Bipods||12oz||Aluminium||6″ – 9″||Tilt: 20°, Pivoting Available|
Type of Head Adjustability: 2-Way Adjustable
|Leapers UTG Over Bore Bipod||24oz||Aircraft Aluminum with Reinforced Steel Components||7.33″ – 11.42″||Pan: 22°, Tilt: 44°, Tension Adjustable|
Posi-lock Push Buttons
Extendable & Foldable Legs
|CVLIFE 6-9 Inches Tactical Rifle Bipod||10oz||Hardened Steel and Aluminum||6″ – 9″||Upgraded Mount Tension Screw|
Picatinny Adapter Included
|Grip Pod Vertical Foregrip||6oz||Reinforced Steel and Polymer||5.75″ – 8.25″||Width: 7.25″, Diameter: 1.75″ |
Who Needs a Bipod?
Several groups of people may find a bipod to be a valuable addition to their shooting setup:
Hunters: A bipod can be a valuable tool for hunters, particularly those who hunt from a prone position or need to take long shots. By providing a stable shooting platform, a bipod can help improve accuracy and increase the chances of making a successful shot.
Target shooters: Also popular among target shooters, who may use them to help improve their accuracy and consistency when shooting long distances.
Law enforcement and military: Bipods are often used by law enforcement and military personnel, who may need to shoot from a prone position or take long shots in various environments.
Competitive shooters: Also used by competitive shooters, who may use them to help improve their accuracy and consistency when shooting long distances.
Ultimately, a bipod can be a valuable tool for anyone who needs to shoot from a stable position, whether they are hunting, target shooting, or in a law enforcement or military role.
It can help improve accuracy and increase the chances of making a successful shot, making it essential equipment for many shooters. (1)
Factors to Consider Before Buying a Bipod
There are several things to consider when buying a bipod:
Purpose: What you will be using the bipod for? Do you need a lightweight, portable bipod for hunting or a more heavy-duty model for shooting long distances?
Material: Bipods are made from various materials, including aluminum, steel, and polymer. Consider the weight and durability of the material when making your decision.
Adjustability: Some bipods are adjustable, allowing the shooter to change the height of the gun to suit their needs better. Evaluate whether this feature is essential to you.
Mounting options: Bipods can be mounted on the front or back of a rifle, so consider which mounting option is best for your needs.
Price: Bipods range from under $100 to several hundred dollars, so look at your budget and decide how much you are willing to spend on a bipod.
Brand reputation: Going for a reputable brand is always better. Read reviews from other users to get an idea of the quality and reliability of the products.
Compatibility: Make sure the bipod is compatible with your rifle or long gun. Some bipods are designed for specific types of firearms, while others are more universal.
Considering these factors, you can find a suitable bipod for your needs and budget.
Now that you know which bipod to buy, you’re going to need to know how to mount it. For that, see our guide to AR-15 bipod mounting.
Frequently Asked Questions
What bipod does the military use?
One popular bipod used by the military is the Harris Bipod, known for its durability and versatility. The Harris Bipod is available in several different models, including a lightweight, portable model well-suited for use in the field and more heavy-duty models designed for more rugged environments.
Other bipods used by the military include the Atlas Bipod and the Accu-Tac BR-4 G2 Bipod.
Will a bipod affect accuracy?
A bipod can improve accuracy by providing a stable rifle or long shooting platform by eliminating movement and vibrations.
However, it’s important to note that a bipod alone will not necessarily guarantee improved accuracy. The shooter’s technique, the quality of the rifle and ammunition, and various other factors can also play a role.
Should I put a bipod on my rifle?
Whether or not you should put a bipod on your rifle depends on your specific needs and circumstances.
If you use your rifle for hunting, target shooting, or other activities where you must shoot from a stable position, a bipod can be a useful tool to help improve accuracy and consistency. (2)
How does a bipod affect accuracy?
A bipod can affect accuracy by providing a stable rifle or extended gun shooting platform. A bipod can help the shooter hold the gun more steadily by eliminating movement and vibrations, improving accuracy.
Can I still have a sling if I mount a bipod on my rifle?
Yes, you can still have a sling if you mount a bipod on your rifle. Many bipods are designed to be used with a sling and can be mounted on the front or back of the rifle without interfering with the sling.
If you use a bipod that mounts on the front of the rifle, you may need to use a different type of sling than you would typically use.
Our Top Pick – Harris Engineering 6in-9in Ultralight Bipod S-BRM
- Merriam-Webster, “bipod”, retrieved from, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bipod
- Field & Stream, Do You Need a Bipod for Shooting, retrieved from https://www.fieldandstream.com/do-you-need-bipod-for-shooting/
Andrew Maurer is a Precision Rifle Series competition shooter and gunsmith and has been building competition rifles for over 12 years. He works as a big game hunting guide in Iowa, South Dakota, and Arizona. He is also a political scientist studying the effects of gun control on society. He teaches youth rifle shooting.
📧 Reach me via email at: Andrew@barrettrifles.com