Released in 2019, the Magpul Bipod is one of many efforts by the company to diversify its product line into additional firearm accessories. Using its proprietary polymer, the Magpul Bipod is designed to give stability and support to rifles regardless of terrain, with fully adjustable cant and height.
Available in a variety of preferred mounting styles (featuring Picatinny Rail Mount), the Magpul Bipod offers lo-profile versatility and durability, in large part to its given design and materials. Made from a combination of anodized mil-spec 6061 T-6 aluminum and stainless steel, and Magpul’s injection-molded polymer, the bipod has a number of adjustable features. When collapsed, the bipod has an overall profile of just 2.3” off the barrel at 3.3” wide.
The support legs of the bipod have integral mechanisms in conjunction with the mount that enable for one-handed deployment and collapse using the push-button control.
When deployed in the shooting position, the legs also have an adjustable height and lock-out button to securely overcome a variety in elevated terrain. The legs themselves can adjust from 6.3” to 10.3” in overall height along any of the seven ½” detent positions along the bipod legs for varying heights. At the end of both legs is a rubberized pad (removable if so desired with a punch) for a sure and secure grip on any smooth surface.
At the bottom is a knurled, tool-less locking knob that allows the bipod 50° of total tilt and 40° of total pan, with the added function of locking the pan to 0° while maintaining full tilt functionality. The bottom of this locking knob also includes a rubberized base pad for a non-marring, non-skid resting point for if the bipod itself is collapsed.
The Magpul Bipod is available in Black (featured) and Flat Dark Earth.
Product Evaluation Scores:
- Cost – Good (4/5): With an MSRP of $109.95 (for the picatinny variant), Magpul offers various bipod configurations that address all common rifle variants on the current market. The bipod is a combination of Magpul’s polymer exterior for function and lightweight design, and anodized aluminum for added rigidity and strength. Other market alternatives often utilize exclusively aluminum, and that is reflected in their price. Bipods like the HBRS ($106.50) from Harris and the V8 Bipod ($219.95) by Atlas illustrate that the all-metal design often incurs a greater cost, but other bipods by Leapers and its UTG Tactical Bipod ($33.95) show cheaper variants are available. This all gives the Magpul Bipod a good value, balancing function and materials with cost to the end-user within the current market.
- Durability – Good (4/5): From a durability aspect the Magpul Bipod had a good level of rigidity and strength to keep the overall support of the rifle (in this case an AR-10) during function and use. Even fully extended, the bipod legs were fully locked and properly supportive. As the evaluations continued, some surface marring was noted on the polymer exterior, as the bipod came into contact with various hard surfaces (benches, rock, barricades, etc.) but nothing that was detrimental to overall function. Perhaps the area that encountered the most marring was the bipod’s rubberized feet and over the course of time these would likely need to be replaced in the long-term.
- Functionality – Good (4/5): Functionally, the Magpul Bipod had good level of overall function, providing not just adjustable height of support for the rifle, but also provided an ability to tilt and pan as needed to acquire a proper sight picture. The picatinny mount itself was secure throughout the evaluations and ensured the bipod itself remained secure. The locking mechanism for the bipod legs did only allot for a fully up or down positioning, with no positioning in between (perhaps something Magpul may want to look into including in future variants of its bipod). Even with shooting .308 ammunition, the bipod handled the recoil impulse well and never faltered nor gave signs that the locking mechanism wasn’t capable of handling it.
- Weight – Good (4/5): Weighing in at a mere 11 ounces, the Magpul Bipod was very lightweight for its overall size and function, with many other all-metal alternatives weighing more. The weight characteristics are due to the balance of material, blending the lightweight polymer to augment the supportive aluminum inner structure. The overall weight of the bipod was minimally unbalancing—adding only a minimal amount of weight to the far end of the rifle that was noted while carrying the rifle. But while deployed, the weight of the bipod was not distracting nor effected support to the rifle. In comparison, the HBRS (13 ounces) from Harris and the V8 Bipod (12.7 ounces) illustrate that bipods with all-metal construction do so at the increase of weight.
Overall Rating – Good (20/25)
Product Link: https://magpul.com/catalog/product/view/id/7976/s/magpul-bipod-for-1913-picatinny-rail/category/95/?mp_global_color=undefined
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