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HITS THE BULLSEYE
on April 21, 2012
As any soldier will tell you, mounting the barrel of your rifle on a bipod will greatly increase your marksmanship. No more handshake transmitted through the long gun. With the Vanguard Equalizer, that's the net effect. You'll enjoy greatly increased accuracy either from the prone position - or, for target shooting, sitting or standing in front of a stable platform.
The adjustable legs put your barrel between 8 and 10.5 inches off the dirt.
I'm not going to tell you what's covered in the product description. I want to talk about the quick change mount. The hardest part of using what they call the "picatinny" rail system, is mounting the quick-change shoe on your rifle. That's the most time consuming part, and the simple manual that comes with the bipod isn't much good. It's easier to figure it out by looking at it.
You will need a hex key or Allen wrench to undo the two screws that hold the shoe together, which is not provided (at least, not with my kit. Another reviewer indicated he got one). I can't tell you the exact size, since my set isn't labeled - but that will put a crimp in your plans if you're not ready.
The bipod comes with two quick-change shoes, which is a good thing if you hunt or target practice with more than one rifle. At my bench, I mounted a shoe on each barrel swivel on the two rifles I wanted to sight in. (I'd like enough of these shoes to permanently mount one on each rifle I use regularly, as getting the rail fixed is no big deal, but is the longest part of installation).
Opening the legs is easy, once you get a feel for it (there's a joke in there somewhere). Now you're ready, the quick part is in the field - mounting your firearm on the bipod. There's a sufficiently big, easy to turn, thumb-finger screw to open the "vice." You don't slide the shoe in - there are teeth to lock it in exact position, so you drop it into the slot. Then just give two or three twists, and you're ready.
The bipod is small and light enough that I walked from one location to another with the legs down. You can also pull the spring mounts and fold the legs parallel to the barrel.
To change firearms, I opened the mount and took one rifle off, inserted the next one in the slot and tightened, and was getting rounds off in 15 or 20 seconds.
If you normally use that front swivel for any purpose, the quick shoe has an eyelet on the back.
The bipod would help you put in a close group at the range, but the main benefit is ease of use and stable accuracy in the field. The Vanguard Bipod is a functional, cost-effective unit, built to last.