Bipods are one of the most popular accessories for AR-15s for a reason – they provide excellent stability in almost any circumstance and vastly improve aiming.
There are many situations that a bipod proves useful for, so it makes sense to invest in a good one. But what should one look for in a good bipod?
This article will look at this very question and offer some of the best options on the market.
What to Look for in a Bipod
When looking for a new bipod, it will be easier to find the perfect product when you know what details to look for. Here are some of the most common needs in AR-15 bipods so you can decide what will work best:
The standard AR-15 bipod usually comes in 2 options, 6”-9” and 9”-12”. Deciding which option is best depends on a few things. First and foremost is the level at which your gun feels comfortable. The next most important thing is identifying whether the bipod gives you enough room for your magazine to clear the ground. If you have a 7.25” magazine, a 6” bipod isn’t going to cut it!
The last thing to consider is the type of terrain you’re going to be using the bipod in. Uneven ground may need a little extra height, while using it to mount on a flat surface will require less.
When it comes to stability, the angle of the front two legs, and the style of feet are the most important. A good bipod should have grippy, angled feet that can accommodate different types of terrain, and different angles of the legs.
A bipod is useful, but it’s not always necessary. In order for a bipod to be practical it needs to be one of two things. It should be easy to install and remove in just a few moments. Or if it’s semi-permanent, it should be collapsible in a way that doesn’t hinder regular use of your AR-15.
The first is usually the most common, so look for easy-on and easy-off weaver and Picatinny-capable bipods that get the right balance of stability and ease-of-use.
Some bipods even collapse into the foregrip, allowing you to tuck them out of the way with ease.
A bipod isn’t a tripod for a camera. You’re going to be carrying it with you everywhere, and when you’re not actively using it, it’s essentially dead weight. The trade-off with weight is that usually a heavier bipod will offer a bit more stability. But with too much weight, the bipod becomes unwieldy and difficult to use.
Good swivel in a bipod will be the difference between a useful tool and a pain-in-the-butt. Without good swivel, you’ll have to pickup and reset your weapon for every little correction in your aim. That’s no good when you’re a hunter sighting a moving target.
Be sure to check that your bipod is made of a strong, durable material. This is especially true if you opt for a very lightweight bipod. Your bipod is subject to plenty of recoil, and is going to work for you in some of the toughest conditions. If your bipod is going to crumple from getting set up too roughly, it’s probably not the best investment.
Also consider how design features like the feet might impact your ability to get in and out of position. If the feet look like they’ll snag on roots and plants, it may not be a great option.
M-LOK or KeyMod Rails
Picatinny and Weaver rails may be the more common option for bipod attachment. But M-LOK and KeyMod Rails also offer a host of advantages, and some gun builds don’t include Picatinny rails. Unfortunately most bipods are designed specifically for Picatinny or Weaver mounts. Part of this is practicality–a picatinny rail will offer a greater point of contact than M-LOK or KeyMod. But if you’d like to attach your bipod to a KeyMod or M-LOK rail, there are options.
Primary Weapons Systems make a KeyMod adaptor for bipods that’s made of durable polymer. This adaptor helps to increase contact between the bipod and the AR-15 for greater stability.
For M-LOK fans, MagPul Industries also makes an M-LOK bipod adaptor. This adaptor is designed specifically to minimize the space between the bipod and the handguard for maximum stability.
Quick Comparison Chart of the Best Bipods for the AR-15
UTG Tactical OP Bipod
CVLIFE 9-13 Inches Rifle Bipod
Harris Engineering 1A2-BRM
Ohuhu 6'' To 9'' Adjustable Bipod
AccuShot 3523 Atlas Bipod
Reviews of the Best Bipods for the AR-15
With all those considerations about bipods, it’s probably best to take a look at what’s on the market. These are some of the best bipods available, spanning across several price ranges and feature ranges.
The UTG Tactical OP Bipod is an excellent, swiveling bipod for the AR-15. It is lightweight with several features intended to make it as easy and effective to use as possible. The UTG Tactical OP Bipod is made of lightweight aluminum which will hold up to any task. It has adjustable rubber feet to prevent it from sliding once deployed. And the folding, lever-design keeps the bipod out of the way when it’s not in use.
- Easily adjusted
- Wide range of features
- Limited swivel range
- Some issues with the quick-disconnect features
CVLIFE’s 9 - 13 inch rifle bipod is an excellent, practical bipod for field use. It offers five height settings between 9 and 13 inches, making it excellent for all magazine types. The rustproof aluminum construction is durable and weighs less than a pound at only .78 lbs. It hasmuch lower profile than other bipods with its thin legs, making it great for carrying.
- Wide adjustment settings
- The low-profile design can sometimes impact stability
- The rubber feet need to be adjusted often
- Not as durable as other offerings
Harris Engineering offers an excellent 6-9 inch bipod in its 1A2-BRM model. This low-height bipod allows the user to have lower ground clearance than many other bipods on the market, which can offer an advantage. Just be sure to check your magazine height before you try this one out!
This bipod ejects its legs through spring action, making it quick to get the desired setting. At just over half a pound, this is an excellent mix of durability, comfort, and lightweight design.
- Easily adjusted legs
- Durable construction
- Low clearance options
- No swivel
- May take some adjustment to get the bipod to fit the AR-15 well
The Ohuhu adjustable bipod is an excellent 6 - 9” bipod for those looking to try out bipod shooting on a budget. The cheapest item on our list, it may not have many bells and whistles but it has the basic features: lightweight durable aluminum, adjustable from 6-9” and easy to install and remove.
What the Ohuhu lacks in features it makes up for in to-the-point design and usefulness.
- Low clearance
- Strong design
- Simple to use
- No swivel feature
- Consider upgrading the mounting pins as these are prone to bending and breaking
The AccuShot 2523 Atlas bipod has the lowest clearance of any bipod on this list. As such, it is a bit of a specialty item, but a worthwhile one at that. At a low end of just under 5” and a high end around 9”, this bipod fills the gaps that other bipods leave.
The AccuShot is a bit heavier than other bipods, but it makes up for it in stability and durability. It offers 30º of swivel and cant, and several different leg positioning options.
- Low profile
- Durable in all conditions
- Wide swivel and leg positioning
- Feet fall off too easily
- Not ideal for all AR-15 magazine setups
When it comes to getting a good, sturdy bipod you can’t be too careful. There’s nothing worse than learning the pitfalls of a particular product while you’re in the heat of the moment. Finding a lightweight, durable bipod with the proper features is essential to finding success in the field.