The use of bipods by the military, law enforcement, and civilian shooters had a giant “BOOM” over the last couple years reaching the point that it is now very rare to see an owner of a tactical rifle that aren’t equipped with one of those little helpers. Indeed, bipods have become so popular that it isn’t unusual to see a hunting rifle wearing a lightweight bipod.
As with a large variety of accessories, the shooter’s need is what will determine which type of bipod he should use. In some cases, such as shooting competitions, the situation prevents you from using something bulky, so you’re going to get something compact, and with fast deployment.
Regardless of your need, I reviewed a large number of bipods to conclude that there’s no perfect solution and every bipod made will “fail” in one or more situations, either on the weight, support, ease of use or price. However, some stand out more than others and are more indicated, and this is the case of Atlas Bipod BT10, which I will review below.
Atlas Bipod history
They are designed and built at B&T Industries L.L.C., an American company founded by two Kansans, which brought together the necessary capital and the idea of innovating the shooting scene with a great bipod constructed from the best materials possible, assembled entirely by Americans and sold at a fair price.
The idea to build a different shooting tool was found during a 1997 Prairie Dog hunt, where one of their friends forgot to bring his sandbag and resorted to an old hunting idea: putting dirt in the sock he had been wearing.
In January of 2000, after several trials and challenges of modeling and testing the prototype, the patented Accu-Shot monopod was introduced to the shooting market, becoming very dear and famous, which earned him the name “Sandbag of the 21st Century”. In a few words, the Accu-Shot monopod granted great stability, portability, and support needed, and at the same time keeping its lightweight.
Since then, B&T Ind. has continued the hard work and listen to the opinions of amateur, professional shooters about the sport and their needs. In fact, they are known for having an ultra-responsive customer service that strives to improve current products while bringing new products to the scenario.
The Atlas bipod, introduced in 2010, counts with several patented features, including the fantastic novel multiple positioning legs in a lightweight, durable and reliable equipment used by tons of civilians, law enforcement and military riflemen around the world.
Undoubtedly a competent company that seeks to meet the needs of its audience by striving to maintain quality and reasonable price in the same sentence.
The Atlas BT10 Bipod is built of T6061 Aluminium, in other words, an aircraft grade material. It mounts directly to any Picatinny rail (1913 style) using a low profile two screw clamp assembly. This bipod features built-in pan and cant (up to 15° +/- preload. The legs are constructed of stainless steel and are notched for a positive lock on any of their five height positions and have a knurled grip area. With fully removable feet,, all you need to to do is press the pin and replace with any of the other Atlas feet models (not included). And of course, proudly Made in the USA!
After unboxing, the first thing that will get your attention on this bipod is its unstructured design, which offers just what is needed, and yes, that is enough. You will not see springs disrupting the functionality of the bipod and nothing else bulky and unnecessary. On the contrary, you will have a reliable and extremely stable system, which makes it possible to perform shots quickly and in the most diverse positions.
The height can be adjusted from 4.7 inches out to 9 inches, with five pre-set length settings, and you also have five positions to choose for the legs angle (stowed back, stowed forward, 45 degrees forward or backward, or 90 degrees downward).
The Atlas allows you to get the rifle much lower to the ground than the other models, with its legs offer the shortest length at 4.75-inches. However, the legs still extend up to 9-inches, which matches the height of most of its competitor’s models. For those that need more height, B&T Industries also offers optional 3″ extensions, which is phenomenal for snow and desert shooting.
The BT-10 bipod model weighs only 11 ounces. That’s about 2 ounces lighter than the Harris model people compare with (which didn’t include a Picatinny rail mount), and SIX ounces lighter than the GG&G bipod. When you consider that your rifle is already inherently heavy due to using a heavier profile barrel, saving weight on additional components is essential. The Atlas is by far the lightest of the “heavy duty” bipods category.
As I mentioned earlier, the Atlas BT10 bipod does not offer a spring action system, in simples words, the legs don’t spring forward and outward when you need to change their length or position. Instead, you just grasp the leg and use your thumb to pull down on the adjustment release, then adjust to the desired length. Yes, this isn’t fast as a spring-loaded system, like that found on Harris bipods, however, with a bit of practice you eventually get used to it and will be able to adjust the legs in and out quickly. The good part about this type of action system is that it has less chance of failure.
Along with the adjustments possibilities mentioned above, the BT10 bipod also offers +/- 15 degrees of both preload cant and pan, with an adjustment knob to toggle the amount of tension. While this allows you to pan across your scene for acquiring targets, without having to move the entire rifle, a few more degrees of movement would be better.
The BT-10 comes with quality rubber feet, which are soft and offer a firm grip on various surfaces but are also quite durable. B&T also provides multi-spiked feet and ski for more demanding terrain, which is easily swapped out. You can efficiently use the rubber feet in various environments, from snow-covered fields to open desert. But feel free to check these feet options. By the way, the multi-spiked feet seems to be better than the ski feet.
The assembly process is intuitive. The same goes for the accessories. All simple and easy.
By the way, check their tutorial:
As you may know, there are some other variations of the BT10 model, the most common of which I’ll put below. I recommend that you check the model variations to understand their improvements. However, I continue with the same opinion: BT10 is the best option nowadays when it comes to cost-effectiveness.
As I mentioned above, there are some good accessories to customize your bipod according to the terrain need. Are they:
Which Atlas Bipod do you recommend for my rifle?
It depends. All type of Atlas Bipods models will work for your rifle, all you have to do is place a 1913 style Picatinny rail onto your gun. Once you made this, you will be ready to mount any Atlas Bipods.
Nice. But what are the differences between all the models?
Ok. Grab a cup of coffe, son. Here we go!
The BT10 (two-screw clamp assembly) is the standard Atlas bipod that will attach directly to a Picatinny rail by two, slotted-head screws. This is sort of a more permanent install to your rifle.
The BT10-LW17 includes a quick-detach lever. This allows you to put on or take off the bipod quickly. A good option if you want to use it with multiple rifles.
The BT10-NC is built for shooters who would like to use their quick-detach lever. However, you would still need a lever to be able to attach the pod to a Picatinny rail.
The PSR models are the BT46-LW17, standard height including the quick-detach lever, and the BT46-NC, standard height with no clamp. By the way, the BT47-LW17, tall including the quick detach lever, and the BT47-NC, tall with no clamp. I recommend the BT47 if you need a little more height in your bipod.
The 5H models are the BT35-LW17, which includes the quick-detach lever, and the BT35-NC with no clamp. A general guideline with rough caliber estimates suggests that for firearms up to .30 Cal, I recommend either the PSR or V8 Bipods For larger, big bore rifles like a .50 Cal, I recommend the 5- H Atlas Bipods.
Can I use as bipod for ar15?
Of course! This is probably one of the best bipod for ar15.
The Atlas is not a cheap bipod. However, it’s undoubtedly one of the most versatile. The price is right in line with the competitor’s models, like the GG&G Heavy Duty XDS bipod. As always, the quality still the primary concern, and the Atlas does not disappoint in this question, as the platform is exceptionally well made in the USA. The design doesn’t have any weak points and seems built for life. Whether or not the Atlas is right for you will depend on your budget and shooting needs.
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