The use of a bipod when shooting is a great aid and can ensure that the rifle is kept steady at the target. But it is also important that you follow some basic techniques that will help with your accuracy. As with any tool, you will get the most out of it if you learn the right way to use it.
That’s why it is tremendously important that you learn and adhere to a good bipod shooting technique.
Featured below are some of the tips and techniques that are passed on by the top competitive shooters who are extremely experienced when it comes to shooting from a bipod.
Positioning The Bipod Stand
It may seem counter-intuitive but you need to resist placing the bipod on a hard surface. A nice flat rock may appear to be the obvious choice for your bipod but for a more consistent grouping of shots the soft patch of dirt nearby would be a much better option.
A soft surface is better than a hard one because vibration and recoil will be dampened and suppressed. Hard on hard will mean more movement and less accuracy.
If necessary, dig yourself a shallow trench of around a couple of inches deep to seat the bipod in. What you should find is that the softness of the loosened soil will cushion the bipod feet and the depression will also help to brace the legs.
Keep It Low
Generally speaking you want to keep the legs of your bipod as low as possible. When shooting from a prone position you will find it more comfortable to keep your head down so that your neck is in line with your back. Your bipod is too high if you find that your head is forced up or that your elbows are at an acute angle.
The reason why the majority of the best selling bipods have a minimum height of 6 inches is because this is the height that the majority of shooters will find the most comfortable.
Load the Bipod
Load the bipod by pushing forward until it stops. This isn’t a lot of force. You should be able to push forward far enough so that it is balanced by the pressure your shoulder puts on it and won’t fall if you take your hands off it.
So how do you go about loading up the bipod when you are in the prone position? By arching your back slightly at the waist and locking your lower half into the ground you are setting your body. Pull the rifle buttstock into your shoulder. When you now relax your body the bipod legs of the rifle should slide forward until the muzzle is on the target and there is forward pressure on the bipod.
By loading the bipod the slackness is taken out and the path of the rifle during recoil will be consistent.
Use a Rear Support
The front of the rifle is supported by the bipod so you will also need to use a support at the rear. The most popular choice by many shooters is a factory made monopod, also known as a rear bag. This is a soft bag that closely resembles a bean bag that you can manipulate with your left hand. It often measures around 6 inches by 6 inches.
Place the monopod under the buttstock and then give it a squeeze to shape it so that it depresses the muzzle or loosen your grip if you want to raise it.
Holding the Rifle
The basic grip that most professional tactical shooters use is a classic wrap-around grip. The rifle should be pulled hard back into the shoulder and the tip of the pad of your index finger should be on the trigger.
Many shooters use the crossed arm technique where the off hand is under the butt of the rifle giving it support. Some find that it works particularly well for accuracy, especially those who shoot a low recoiling rifle.
There are also advocates of shooting holding the fore-end. The accusation is that this will reduce the recoil and will help stay accurate from shot to shot.
Positioning the Body
When shooting with a bipod you are most likely to be shooting from a prone position and so this is the position we will discuss here. This is the most basic of positions and it will give you the best chance at working out all of the factors that you need to address before shooting.
The first most important thing to remember when you are shooting with a bipod from a prone position is that your body should be inline with your rifle and not slewed out to one side.
By keeping your body in line you will be able to mitigate movement from recoil. This will be even more important if you are shooting larger rifles.
Your next step is to ensure that as much of your body as possible is in contact with the ground. Spread your legs apart so that you get more comfortable and point the toes out so that your feet and ankles are on the ground.
There are a number of different factors that you might employ that will assist with the use of your bipod. The point is that just because you have bought yourself a new bipod, regardless of whether it is a top of the line GG&G Extreme Duty Swivel Standard Bipod or a cheaper model such as the very popular UTG Tactical OP Bipod it is also very important to take the time to learn how you might go about using it to get the best results.