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Vanguard Equalizer 1QS Prone Pivot Pod (Black)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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.

Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2013
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Occassionally I like to try new things. I've always used Harris Bi-Pods, but thought that the Vanguard Equalizer looked promising with features not found on Harris Bi-Pods. My mistake. While the Vanguard Equalizer does what it claims to do, it allows far too much motion to be effective as a bipod. The whole system is based on the spring that connects the attachment point to the bipod itself. That spring does not provide sufficient tension, which allows for substantial motion.

PRO's
Great rifle attachment system that incorporates a sling mount so you can still sling up.
Positive locking of legs and attachment point

CON's
Allows far too much motion
The legs are plastic and I feel like I'm going to break them, haven't yet but I'm not confident in their ruggedness

Verdict - I would not buy again. I would not recommend to a friend (unless I was competing against him). This bipod will be relegated to the bin of uncomfortable holsters, to be replaced by a Harris.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2013
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I mounted it on my rifle and it seemed fine, easy to put on. I went shooting and right from the start it wasn't level, I had to put pressure on the rifle to keep it level. When I got home I took it apart and determined that the main spring was the problem. I turned the spring a little and put it back together and it was good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2013
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but the gun is not square to the bipod when it is mounted. There is no way to adjust the main spring to level the rifle on the bipod. The flexibility is nice. it has a lot of angular movement so you can aim your rifle at different degrees of angle. just don't like that it will not mount level/flat to the rifle. I may return it as it does interfere with your shooting.
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It's OK, but it's sure not a Harris or ATS... It works, but that's about it. Quality is only just OK... only 2 positions for the legs. They are either up/stowed or fully deployed. No in-between like some of the others. The tension on the big spring that allows it to be tilted is still not tight enough for my liking even when tightened to its maximum. I have it mounted on a heavy gun, and it will barely hold the gun upright. If you are looking at a high end bipod, don't get this one thinking it is one. Just go ahead and get a Harris or ATS and only cry once.
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on May 12, 2014
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I have tried other manufacturers only to send them back. Some claim to be the best yet lack many simple features that Vanguard incorporates as standard and at a price that is easy on the pocket book. I have found the 1QS Pivot Pod to be exceptional in being well built, sturdy and functional. I will continue to by other Vanguard products as they know what their doing. I currently use the 1QS on my long range .300 WSM and am completely satisfied. There are others that are more expensive, but none that work better!
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on June 16, 2013
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The quick change from one platform to another is great.

The additional sling mount adaptors make it easy to have any of your guns ready to accept the bipod in short order.
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on June 8, 2013
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There are many options to use this pivoting bipod. Exposable spikes in the feet allow you to get positive purchase, the collared legs allow for secure, easy folding for transportation/storage, and the whole unit attaches easily without the need for tools.

It is a little short, so you can really only use this prone, or MAYBE seated, depending on your own personal stature. The spring-loaded mount allows you to pre-load the bipod for your shot.
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on February 9, 2013
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Love this bipod!
Excellent features, light weight, and great quality.
Love the spring-loaded head that allows for pan/canter.
Rubber feet for positive grip can be screwed up to reveal metal spikes when needed.
Comes with two sling-stud adapters for use on multiple rifles.
I purchased primarily for use on an AR with a picatinny rail, but put the extra adapters on a .22 silhouette rifle & a muzzle-loader.
Versatility makes the extra cost worth it!
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on December 31, 2012
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I have seen different bipods, but this on is the real deal. Attaches quickly to the underneath rail system and has excellent pivot and stability. Quality product that delivers!
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