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Best Rifle Bipods: AR-15 & Bolt Guns

Looking for the best bipod for your hunting rifle or AR-15? We cover what makes a great bipod and a few of the most popular ones out there that we owned or shot with extensively.

If you’re doing any kind of precision long-range shooting with your AR, you’re probably going to be shooting from a bench rest or a prone position…more so the latter if you’re really trying to reach out and touch something far away.

Bergara B-14 HMR magazines and bipod
Stable shootin’ is good shootin’.

I’ve gone through several bipods, from the cheap to the “guess I’ll just skip eating this month,” so I like to think I have a pretty good idea of what to look for in a bipod, particularly one for an AR-15.

What makes a good AR-15 bipod?

Ruger PCC shooting prone

Well, for me, an AR bipod and a bipod for a bolt gun are pretty similar, but there are a few considerations for an AR bipod that make certain ones slightly better than others.

Let’s talk about what makes a good AR-15 bipod and what bipods you should be looking at if you’re interested in shooting with one.

Summary of Our Top Picks

  1. Best Budget Bipod

    Harris Bipods

    These will get the job done and do it without breaking the bank.

  2. Editor's Pick

    Atlas Bipods

    The overall price to performance ratio here is great, and these bipods are built to last.

  3. Most Adjustable Bipod

    MDT CYKE-POD Gen 2

    In addition to indepedent leg heights, the lockable pan and tension adjustable cant allow you to dial this bipod in precisely to where you want it.

  4. Best Modular Bipod

    Spartan Precision Equipment Valhalla Rifle Bipod

    The quick-detach spigot system makes this bipod extremely modular and fast to take on and off of your rifle.

  5. Best Lightweight Bipod

    Magpul Bipod

    Coming in at a mere 8 ounces, this bipod is the lightest on our list.

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Why a Bipod in the First Place?

Shooting off bags or with a ransom rest is great and all, but good luck hauling those around if you’re hunting, participating in action shooting sports, or, worse, actual combat.

PSA AR-10 Gen 3 with Magpul Bipod
A bipod can help tremendously when shooting off of less-than-ideal surfaces.

A bipod, when appropriately used, gives you a lot more stability than trying to shoot free-hand, and it attaches directly to your rifle, so you don’t have anything else to lug around — though it does add some weight to the front end.

What Makes a Good Bipod?

Let’s talk about some of the considerations when choosing a bipod for your AR-15.  

Find Something that Matches Your Caliber

Like a lot of things, the best bipod for you depends on your application. If you’re shooting a big .50 cal, you’re going to need something extremely robust and sturdy.  

US Army Sniper in snow with M82
U.S. Army Sniper in the snow with Barrett M82A1

If you’re shooting a lightweight .22 target rifle, you still need something that will give you a stable shooting platform, but you can get by with something a little less robust.

Most AR-15s are fairly light in the recoil department, and you’re likely to be moving around with it unless you’re just doing some target shooting at the range, so you are best with something lighter if you can get it.

US Marine using AR15 with Harris bipod
A Marine using an AR-15 with a Harris bipod.

As with most things, you get what you pay for, so if you think you can get by with a $50 airsoft bipod on your expensive precision rifle, you are sadly mistaken.

This segues nicely into the next big consideration…

Durability of the Bipod

Your bipod is going to undergo a lot of stress between the recoil and supporting the forward load you put on it to control said recoil.  

RPK-Bipod-Shooting-2
Adjustability is nice, but only if your bipod doesn’t snap in half during hard use.

Because of these stresses, we want a bipod that is going to stand up to repeated use and abuse. Now, if you’re looking for a rifle you shoot twice a year, you can skimp a little here. If you’re looking to hunt or compete with your bipod or plan on target shooting a lot, buy once, cry once.

Go with a nicer one. It’ll save you money in the long run when your cheapo knockoff doesn’t lock in place anymore.

Height of the Bipod

Height is another thing you need to choose based on your specific circumstances.  

For one thing, the bipod needs to be able to reach a height that is comfortable and appropriate for the shooter. It’s absolutely possible for a bipod to be too low.

How Not to Use a Bipod
How Not to Use a Bipod

Most bipods have legs that adjust from 6 to 9 inches, which is a pretty standard height, but I personally like legs that go up to at least 15 inches to accommodate a broader range of shooting positions and angles.

Other Features

Some other little quality-of-life things are worth considering as well.

Bipod Feet

Are you mostly shooting on hard-packed dirt in the desert, or are you hunting over mostly soft-ish ground? Are you shooting off barricades and obstacles? Maybe you’re using the side of your deer stand or a tree limb most of the time.

Hunters and target shooters have different needs when it comes to bipods.

There are specialized feet that excel on all these different terrain types and in these situations. I like a bipod with interchangeable feet so I can have whatever I need when I need it, but in general, I’d say go with a more aggressive foot than you think you’ll need.

Soft surfaces are stable surfaces, and hard-packed turf can cause your rifle to bounce more under recoil, which can make your follow-through and follow-up shots more difficult.

You may not always be shooting off a stable surface. Having the appropriate feet can help you get the most out of your bipod, no matter the conditions.

In general, your sights should stay on target through the recoil impulse, so if you find your crosshairs way off after a shot, there’s a chance your bipod isn’t gripping and is bouncing off the surface.

This is why we push forward to “load” the bipod, which is made easier with a more aggressive foot that grips the ground or other surfaces better than a smooth rubber one.

You can get some really aggressive after-market bipod feet like these for Atlas bipods.

Notched Legs

This isn’t strictly necessary but notched or otherwise marked legs that let you get a really precise level are nice. These are also nice if you regularly shoot from the same bench and want to have a consistent height.

Pan and Tilt

A bipod that can pan left and right and tilt up and down is great for folks that may need to track a moving target, or otherwise have a large area they need to cover.

It’s not strictly necessary if you’re, for example, target shooting or even doing something like 3-Gun where you’re generally going to be shooting in one direction for safety purposes.

Attachment Method

Many bipods come ready to attach to the forward sling swivel on a bolt gun, which is something your AR probably doesn’t have, so may sure either you get one that works with your handguard, or you get an adapter that has a sling swivel for the other style.  

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A good sling works in a pinch but isn’t quite as stable

Generally, a Picatinny mount with a QD lever is the way to go.

Best Rifle Bipods

Alright, with the criteria out of the way, let’s look at some recommendations. These are generally going to be for brands or particular lines rather than specific bipods because you’ll need to choose the one that meets your particular needs.  

1. Harris Engineering Bipods

Harris bipods are perfect for those on a budget, especially since your AR isn’t going to put the stress on it that a larger caliber would.

I like the Harris 1A2-LM in particular because of its lightweight and easy-on-the-wallet price tag. If you’re looking to give this bipod thing a try, this is the perfect entry-level bipod in my mind.

They can regularly be found on sale in the $60 range, which is quite good for the quality and very good when you consider that some high-end bipods (that we’ll get to in a minute) can easily hit ten times that price.

Best Budget Bipod
69
at Primary Arms

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2. Atlas Bipods

My preferred flavor of bipod comes from Atlas, and I will fill you in on why.

Aero Precision M5 AR-10
Aero Precision M5 AR-10 with an Atlas bipod.

I’ve dragged mine through dirt, and mud, lost it off the side of a boat for about 15 minutes (no, it wasn’t my fault, yes I was furious), and generally abused it and never had a problem.

They are north of $200, but that’s actually pretty cheap compared to some of the really high-end bipods out there.

I’ve used this bipod on a .300 Win Mag rifle with no problems, so I can comfortably say it’s as bomb-proof as you can get at this price point, and it doesn’t bounce under heavy recoil.

It also has a really solid height adjustment and a wide variety of OEM and aftermarket feet you can easily swap out to suit your personal preference.

219
at EuroOptic

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3. GG&G Bipods

GG&G is another middle-of-the-road bipod option that is also good in this price range and is also made in the U.S., like Atlas bipods.

I include this one because I’ve heard such good things about it from other serious shooters.

Daniel Defense MK12 with a GG&G XDS bipod. (Photo: Primary Arms)

You can get a GG&G bipod for about the same price as a base model Atlas, but when you start looking at higher-end Atlas offerings, the price difference might come into play.

In general, I’d say go for either one, depending on which one is cheaper and how important some of that Atlas line’s extra features are.  

Best Precision Bipod
229
at Amazon

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4. Elite Iron Rev Lution Bipod

Are you one of those “overkill is underrated” types? Me too.

If you want a bomb-proof bipod that you can also use as a club once you run out of ammo, the Elite Iron Rev Lution is where you should look.

Like this, for example.

This is the bipod I’d buy if I needed just one to move from rifle to rifle with the confidence that it could handle anything from a .22 LR to .408 (no that’s not a typo).

Its extended legs can rotate 360 degrees within the mount, and thus you can get away with all manner of angles and configurations.

All-steel construction features no exposed springs, and an easy-locking will let you have a rock-steady shooting platform, even at weird angles.

635
at Elite Iron

Prices accurate at time of writing

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The only downsides are the price ($600+) and the weight at 34 ounces, but if you’re looking for one bipod to do it all, this is the one.

5. MDT CKYE-POD Gen 2 Bipod

The MDT CKYE-POD might be the premier bipod on the market. I can’t think of one better than the CKYE-POD if you are a professional shooter who needs a top-tier match bipod.

Even the base model CKYE-POD allows for an extremely wide range of adjustments. (Photo: RifleShooter)

MDT designed the bipod to be easily adjustable with a single hand to allow positive control over the rifle as the bipod is deployed and put into action.

Adjusting the CKYE-POD’s leg height can be done with a single hand without much challenge. It’s quick, simple, and allows for broad adjustments.

Uneven terrain? No problem. (Photo: CKYE-POD)

On the standard model, adjustments range from 4.5 inches to fairly tall 15.5 inches. The height of the legs can also be adjusted independently of each other.

With 170 degrees of cant and 360 degrees of pan, your ability to move the rifle from target to target is unparalleled. There is also a pan-free version if you don’t care for the pan feature.

There is a separate tension adjustment for both pan and cant, and you can also swap the feet to best fit your shooting environment.

Most Adjustable Bipod
599
at OpticsPlanet

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It comes in either left or right-handed designs, so even you wrong-handers can feel at home.

On top of all the fancy features, the CKYE-POD also featured a rugged design. It is made to last and refined with a tumble deburring process for smooth and easy operation.

6. Spartan Precision Equipment Valhalla Rifle Bipod

This lightweight, high-tech bipod is designed with input for Norwegian special operations, earning it the Valhalla namesake.

Well thought out, well-engineered, and feature-rich. (Photo: Javelin Bipod)

It uses a rather ingenious and unique attachment system. You attach an included adapter, be it M-LOK or Picatinny, and then attach the bipod to the adapter.

This allows you to quickly remove and attach the bipod on the fly. Bipods are great when you need them, but when you don’t, they are boat anchors that unbalance your rifle.

The Valhalla’s spigot adapter makes for extremely quick mounting and removal. (Photo: Javelin Bipod)

After you remove the bipod, you are left with an adapter that weighs a few ounces at most, making it much easier to handle or store your rifle.

The Valhalla features 7075 construction with a hard-anodized finish. The feet feature tungsten carbide tips with textured synthetic slip-on ‘boots’ to accommodate multiple environments.

Spartan Precision designed the legs to be easily adjustable with a single hand, and they are spring-loaded for rapid deployment.

Best Modular Bipod
429
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

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It’s a bipod designed for hunting, competition, and tactical shooting. It’s one of the most modular bipod platforms on the planet, and if you prefer that flexibility, this is the route to take.

7. Magpul Bipod

Magpul does a great job of delivering a product, and they did so again with their newly released bipods. These are half polymer and half Aluminum, meaning they are robust and lightweight.

Available in M-LOK, A.R.M.S. 17S, and Picatinny rail mounting options and in both Black and FDE colors — it’s fairly easy to find the right one for your rifle and tastes.

Adjustable between 6.3 and 10.3 inches gives most people the height options they need without adding undue weight to the system.

Weighing in at only 11 ounces also puts it at a fairly low weight comparatively, making it easy to hike and move with.

Best Lightweight Bipod
85
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

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The feet aren’t our favorite we’ve used, but they do a good enough job on most surfaces and are durable even on ragged rock.

Plus, it’s got a nice clean look to it.

Final Thoughts

There are a lot of great AR-15 bipod options out there. Hopefully, this has given you some ideas about what makes a good bipod, how to choose, and some good places to start your search.

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What do you think of these bipods? Do you have a favorite? Be sure to let us know in the comments below! Going to be shooting prone often? Check out our article on the 5 Best Shooting Mats!

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  • Commenter Avatar
    Kevin

    @Matthew. Of the feet upgrades that the Magpul are compatible with which ones are your favorite?
    I thought it could take Atlas or Harris or both?

    January 13, 2023 9:23 am
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    Tyrant Eliminator

    I have the Warne Precision Bipod Pic Rail Interface. Surprised you didn't mention them.

    January 9, 2023 8:55 pm
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    Jon

    I have an Atlas. Thanks for listing the others. I don’t feel like such an idiot for spending as much as I did. Mine has the LaRue qd. I bought it for/because of the light weight (and easy on/easy off). I absolutely love everything about it, except the price (but not so much anymore). I beat the crap out of it, throwing it to barrels and such. It has never failed. It’s so light you hardly know it’s there.

    January 8, 2023 6:54 pm
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    Jan Bjorkhaug

    I have the VERSA POD RUBBER FEET SLING SWIVEL MOUNT 9-12" on two of my long range rifles, sturdy and reliable bipods.

    January 8, 2023 6:52 pm
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    Chuck Cochran

    If you have the traditional A2 Sight, you can have the bottom of the sight drilled and tapped to accept a short picatinny rail for a mounting point, though this will not only effect POI, but can interfere with the barrels harmonics. It may also be possible for a gunsmith to mount a section on your handguard or a Harris HB5 Sling Swivel that was intended for mounting on polymer handguards. Harris makes a bipod model that is a direct fit to the HB5 swivel. There used to be a bipod called the XM3, that fit around the barrel in a non permanent scissor action. I don't know if it's still made, as it was introduced during the Vietnam War. Occassionally, you can find one on eBay for around $150. They were not adjustable for height. If you're going retro/period appropriate, that would be the original M16 Bipod of the 60's/early 70's. They were made out of an early nylon polymer.

    Please note that all methods directly and/or indirectly mounts to/effects your barrel. Of those three options, the second is less direct although the weight of the barrel is still resting on points in the handguard. In casual shooting, you may not notice much POI drift, but in longer and precision sessions you will notice a POI change.

    One of the main reasons why they moved away from the traditional handguard to free float handguards began when accessories became the wave of the future as each accessory added effected POI with the barrel. This is why higher end hunting, sniper and precision rifles all employ a Free Float Barrel, in which the stock does not directly touch the barrel. Only the action is bedded to the stock. It took a few years for that idea to begin to be applied to military/police rifles and carbines, and then to civilian models.

    Good luck in your search for a serviceable option.

    August 23, 2022 6:35 pm
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      Art Baker

      The Free Float Barrel is nothing new to precision shooting - even for the military. For AR style firearms it may be, but for virtually all the precision wood stocked rifles I encountered (Viet Nam) any of them worth a darn were free floated. I have a "custom made special purpose rifle" built on a 03 action that still functions well - and has ever since it's completion in the late sixties. It has a Harris bi pod and I am thinking about replacing it, just as I replaced the Weaver 10x AO scope a few years ago with something more modern (and costing more than the cost of the rifle!). Gotta keep up with good technology! Still have not found a reason to change it from '06 tho. (having a good stock of well matched, specifically loaded for the rifle rounds has something to do with that!)
      I really do appreciate your evaluation of the various bi pods. This has given me a good place to start shopping! Thanks!

      January 9, 2023 1:36 pm
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    Fal Phil

    I want to hear about the Swagger bipods. Every one I know that has one usually has more than one, and they swear by them.

    August 16, 2022 12:42 pm
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    Ivan Katz

    Is there a bi-pod that can attach to my barrel I have a S & W M & P 15 rifle, with a plastic (Viet Nam Style) rail guard. I do not want to change this. Please help!

    June 11, 2021 9:22 am
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      David, PPT Editor

      I dont know of one and I strongly recommend NOT attaching anything directly to the barrel. It will shift your POI every time you use it and will ruin accuracy.

      June 11, 2021 9:34 am
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      Mike Vee

      Some of the SW MP 15's come with the Magpul M-Lok hand guard. I have both styles. You can change out the handguard in 5 minutes and switch back when the bipod isn't needed. $35 or so. An easy fix.

      January 8, 2023 3:49 pm
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    Stig Andersen

    Hi, I was interested in the magpul for my DDM4V7,, On a site, Magpul answered: it would not work with my DDM4, and picatinny rails? But you say here works with picatinny rails. I just like the fact magpul does not employ springs,. I haven't shot much in many years,. But I did just purchase the Spitfire ACOG,. Looking forward to sighting it in soon, when I finally have some time off,, Thx. TheStig :)

    September 29, 2019 3:25 pm
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    Michael

    The marine in that picture is using the M27 IAR, not an AR15

    July 23, 2019 4:09 pm
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      TheBest2111

      As an armorer, thank you for this.

      May 2, 2021 10:20 pm
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    Austin

    Attempting to find information on the BLK LBL integrated handguard / bipod. Have you had the opportunity to come across them or plans to review?

    April 30, 2019 7:48 pm
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      David, PPT Editor

      We actually are looking to review it, I believe it's on the way or will be soon. I'm excited about it also!

      April 30, 2019 7:49 pm
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        Clarance

        Any update on a review of the BLK LBL?

        December 4, 2020 8:38 pm
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          David, PPT Editor

          It fell through last year and we haven't had the chance to get it in hand since. I'll add it to my list though and see if we can make something happen, thanks for the reminder!

          December 5, 2020 2:12 pm
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    Anon E. Moose

    What are you trying to say in the paragraph just below the last picture? Easy locking what? Am I going to have a rock steady shooting platform or not? Thanks.

    January 17, 2019 7:32 am
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    Brad Michels

    What is your opinion of Magpul’s bipod?

    October 11, 2018 3:59 pm
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    Ricar C.

    Any comment or reviews for the accu-tac line of bipods?

    September 9, 2018 5:50 am
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      Tim

      I have several Accu-Tac bipods & several Atlas. I really like both, but the Accu-Tac's are built like no other. Very heavy duty & will take a beating.

      January 8, 2023 4:49 pm
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    G.R II

    I have an Alexander Arms. 50 Beowulf, I'm looking for a durable bipod. Price isn't terribly important, I want something quality that will last with the amount of recoil my weapon has. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    August 27, 2018 6:02 pm
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    Bumper

    Scarce are reviews on the Accu-Tac line. Interesting to me was the SR-5 QD with spike feet, so much so I ordered them. The few reviews available ranked this model well. Previously, I tried the under $25 bipod and the $100+ caa tactical. which was a mistake. The caa may be suitable for tactical but is extremely loose for precision unless pre-loaded and additionally loaded with 50 lb.s of sandbags. Hopefully, the Accu-Tac will address my requirement for precision. use. (AR-15 and Ar-10 Rifles)

    April 20, 2018 10:10 am
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    Austin

    You’re missing one of the best out the Modular Evolution bipod. Quick swap legs, quick swap feet, carbon fiber construction and does forward and back angles as well as store flat. It’s awesome.

    March 27, 2018 3:29 pm
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      David

      Looks interesting! We'll have to look closer at it soon.

      March 28, 2018 5:25 am
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