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Magpul Bipod Review: An Excellent General Purpose AR-15 Bipod

The Magpul Bipod does everything an AR-15 needs - we cover the features and benefits in this review!
Author: Raymond C.

At first glance, the Magpul bipod appears simple and unassuming, but in the design lies more than meets the eye. The bipod allows for a fluid range of motion, with tilt and pan features that allow the shooter to mount the bipod on uneven surfaces quickly, and engage multiple targets with ease.

The Magpul Bipod comes in a variety of mounting options, and 2 colors – Black and Flat Dark Earth.

Don’t let the lightweight polymer construction fool you, either.  The Magpul bipod is durable and shock-resistant. Coming in at under a pound – about 11oz. – the bipod will not add excessive weight or bulk to your rifle.

Figure 1. The bipod at the range on my Daewoo K2.

The legs extend from 6.8 to 10.3 inches incrementally, allowing the shooter plenty of variation in the height which they can adjust their rifle from the ground. The lower settings allow for a 30 round PMAG to sit under the rifle, and at the highest settings, even a 40 round PMAG can be used. While a PMAG will sit with only a small amount of room at the lowest setting, the tilt function allows the operator to quickly angle the mag well for a seamless magazine transition.

Figure 2. The bipod will allow changes of standard magazines without tilting at the taller height settings. In this case, we are using a slightly longer than a standard magazine.

The Magpul bipod has multiple mounting system options available, making it usable for almost any AR-15 and for virtually any other firearm new or old. The mounting options available are for the 1913 Picatinny rail, M-LOK, ARMS 17, and traditional sling studs. I used the M-LOK version in this review.

Figure 3: The tilt being used to change magazines at a lower bipod setting. The tilt is also useful for changing longer magazines.

The panning has two modes: adjustable and locked. The adjustable panning mode allows you to adjust the resistance for pan but leaves the bipod moveable under tension without completely locking up. When adjusted to hand tight, the adjustable pan is quite practical in tandem with the tilt to quickly mount on an angled surface. Note that in both the locked and pan position, the legs of the bipod do have some movement: the locked position allows pan with slight give in the legs – only a few degrees.

Figure 4: Angling the firearm to check that the chamber is clear.

At first glance, the wobble of the legs may appear as a defect. But as a matter of practicality, the slight movement provides natural aiming without the need for fine adjustment and mitigates binding. The tilt also allows ease for administrative tasks, such as checking your chamber for clearing or fixing a jam.

Figure 5: The bipod does not need to be folded when the rifle is lying on its side.

The bipod will also tilt far enough to accommodate laying the firearm flat, so it will not have to be folded when the rifle is left on its side.

Figure 6: The tilt in conjunction with pan allows for quick mounting on uneven surfaces

Retailing at $104.45 at the time of this writing, the Magpul Bipod is available now at AT3Tactical.com. This bipod is a great choice for general use, and perfect for most AR-15s. It comes in your choice of Black or Flat Dark Earth for color, and multiple options for mounting on virtually any firearm.

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