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mls204
06-01-2012, 6:47 PM
This is my first steps into rifle shooting and I was just curious if it's practical to put a bipod on that length ar15. I might be guilty of trying to be tacti-cool.

I was thinking of getting one for mine since I have a little bit of extra cash and it's burning a hole in my pocket, but the more I think about it the more I'm thinking it's not necessary?

So far, I'm only shooting from the bench with a rest at about 100 yards, maybe every once in a while will pick it up and shoot offhand.

I was looking at the Harris S-BRM 6-9" with a Yankee Hill bipod adapter.

I might just get the bipod anyway since I have a Remington 700 in jail right now that I'd like to set up for long range target shooting. Thoughts on that are welcome too.

TIA

GettoPhilosopher
06-01-2012, 6:50 PM
Go for it.

A Harris bipod is useful on almost anything. Worst case, you have one already for your 700.

What rail length on your rifle?

mls204
06-01-2012, 7:59 PM
I have a M&P15T with a full rail. Am I going to want it as forward as I can get r?

pontiacpratt
06-01-2012, 8:08 PM
I personally find a bi-pod on a carbine a little goofy.
We all have been at that phase with our first AR... rails everywhere, lights, lasers, scopes, grips, stocks, and all the cool stuff. But if you talk to most of the AR veterans you find that most end up with a simple build in the end. I did.:D
First build day 1:
http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o158/figgie1/jasonstuff/P1020432.jpg
At the peak of it's tacticoolness:
http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o158/figgie1/jasonstuff/P1020483.jpg
What it looked like before I sold it:
http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o158/figgie1/jasonstuff/ARv30.jpg
Second build:
http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o158/figgie1/jasonstuff/P1020910-1.jpg
Then a few months later I sold it because it was stupid heavy
Newest and the one I'm happiest with:
http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o158/figgie1/jasonstuff/2012-04-11_11-57-12_967.jpg
(I Know the rear sight is backwards in the pics)

pontiacpratt
06-01-2012, 8:23 PM
Your 700 will probably do the same thing:
http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o158/figgie1/jasonstuff/P1020635.jpg
to:
http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o158/figgie1/P1030037.jpg

Juice5610
06-01-2012, 8:53 PM
Still waiting on a 1-4

http://i1022.photobucket.com/albums/af349/Juice5610/IMG_20120601_204911.jpg


Took the sparc off my 10/22 t and running it like this till i get the 1-4

http://i1022.photobucket.com/albums/af349/Juice5610/IMG_20120520_123233-1.jpg

icenix
06-01-2012, 9:06 PM
Harris makes a great bipod.

Check out www.harrisbipods.com. That is where I bought mine a few months ago. I have a 16".

http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee415/icenix25/IMG_2310.jpg

DIRTMAN556
06-01-2012, 9:16 PM
I for one don't think its goofy. How else are you going to bench shoot at your range sitting down. Well, guess you could use the magazine, but I have a carbine and mount a bipod only for bench shooting @ 100 yards. Or to sight in optics/irons. Do what you like, its your gun.

Bete Noire
06-01-2012, 9:18 PM
My 2cents: If your rifle is built up like an SPR with magnified optic, then a bipod would be useful. If you're running a red dot or some other 1x optic on a carbine, then no need for bipod. You'll be able to hit anything you want out to 3-4 hundred without bipod. I start looking for more stable platform at 400 and up with my carbine...your mileage may vary. If you do get one, I prefer ones already setup with QD levers instead of harris with rail adapter.

mls204
06-01-2012, 11:00 PM
Thanks for the replies. I guess the problem is that since I am new to rifle shooting I am not quite sure what kind of setup I will ultimately have for my M&P15T. I should also probably mention that I'm picking up a Burris PEPR mount for a Weaver V3 I'm pulling off my 1894CB. That probably doesn't qualify it as a SPR but I want to see how it shoots in that format. Up until now I've just been plinking around w/ iron sights.

Harris makes a great bipod.

Check out www.harrisbipods.com. That is where I bought mine a few months ago. I have a 16".

http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee415/icenix25/IMG_2310.jpg

Your rifle looks longer than mine for some reason. I have a bull barrel without a flash hider, so maybe that's it. Nice setup though, what scope is that?


My 2cents: If your rifle is built up like an SPR with magnified optic, then a bipod would be useful. If you're running a red dot or some other 1x optic on a carbine, then no need for bipod. You'll be able to hit anything you want out to 3-4 hundred without bipod. I start looking for more stable platform at 400 and up with my carbine...your mileage may vary. If you do get one, I prefer ones already setup with QD levers instead of harris with rail adapter.

Thanks, I'll think about a QD adapter. The Yankee Hill one caught my eye because it's only $19 over on Primary Arms. Meanwhile an ARMS #32 is a hundo and the LaRue LT130 is $80.

loosewreck
06-01-2012, 11:15 PM
I'm cheap, I use a Cadwell Rock Jr. (http://www.midwayusa.com/product/682659/caldwell-rock-jr-rifle-front-shooting-rest)

OP, are you sure there isn't something else you might need more, like a Giesele Trigger.

mls204
06-01-2012, 11:33 PM
I'm cheap, I use a Cadwell Rock Jr. (http://www.midwayusa.com/product/682659/caldwell-rock-jr-rifle-front-shooting-rest)

OP, are you sure there isn't something else you might need more, like a Giesele Trigger.

I'm cheaper than you bro! This is what I've been rocking. (http://www.midwayusa.com/product/913106/mtm-front-rifle-shooting-rest) :o

Good point on the trigger. Perhaps I should re-prioritize my upgrades...

loosewreck
06-01-2012, 11:43 PM
I'm cheaper than you bro! This is what I've been rocking. (http://www.midwayusa.com/product/913106/mtm-front-rifle-shooting-rest) :o

Good point on the trigger. Perhaps I should re-prioritize my upgrades...

Nice! Hey, if it works... I know a guy that just fills plastic bags with sand.

Yeah, I think a sweet trigger will be much more satisfying. The only reason I suggested this is because I'm guilty of neglecting upgrading my triggers in favor of other accessories too. Lately, I'm getting to the point that the GI triggers just aren't cutting it. They are literally the next items on my "to buy" list.

shadowofnight
06-02-2012, 10:03 AM
A bipod looks and functions better than bags for a carbine off the bench, but you really want a quick release toolless mount for it....gets old really quick if you have to pull out tools for mounting/removing.

shadowofnight
06-02-2012, 10:07 AM
Harris makes a great bipod.

Check out www.harrisbipods.com. That is where I bought mine a few months ago. I have a 16".

http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee415/icenix25/IMG_2310.jpg

Did you mount that bipod backwards for any particular reason ?

FeuerFrei
06-02-2012, 10:28 AM
This is my first steps into rifle shooting and I was just curious if it's practical to put a bipod on that length ar15. I might be guilty of trying to be tacti-cool.

I was thinking of getting one for mine since I have a little bit of extra cash and it's burning a hole in my pocket, but the more I think about it the more I'm thinking it's not necessary?

So far, I'm only shooting from the bench with a rest at about 100 yards, maybe every once in a while will pick it up and shoot offhand.

I was looking at the Harris S-BRM 6-9" with a Yankee Hill bipod adapter.

I might just get the bipod anyway since I have a Remington 700 in jail right now that I'd like to set up for long range target shooting. Thoughts on that are welcome too.

TIA

if you hunt with your rifle you want a longer/taller bipod or shooting sticks.
if your are only going to the range then just use sand bags or backback/range bag what have you. dosen't matter what rifle you use.
beware... mall ninja is as mall ninja does. :ninja:

nitroxdiver
06-02-2012, 11:18 AM
I'd personally recommend a USGI sling, and look up hasty, hasty hasty, and loop sling online. Then you'll learn to stabilize your rifle from any position :-)
Have fun!

icenix
06-02-2012, 1:17 PM
Your rifle looks longer than mine for some reason. I have a bull barrel without a flash hider, so maybe that's it. Nice setup though, what scope is that?

Thanks! I like it a lot.

It may look longer because the stock is out a few clicks, or maybe because the handguard is an 11" so there is are several inches of barrel sticking out, kind of making it look longer than it is. I actually wish I would have gone with the 13" handguard.

The scope is a Nikon P-223 3-9x40 with Nikon P series mounts.

icenix
06-02-2012, 1:24 PM
Did you mount that bipod backwards for any particular reason ?

Haha....Everyone keeps noticing that. Yeah, I don't store the rifle with the bipod on, but when I got my scope and wanted to take a picture I just threw the bipod on there real quick. I wasn't really paying attention or caring too much at that point because I was loosing sunlight fast.