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Cheap V Expensive Bipods

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Farty, Nov 8, 2019.

  1. Farty

    Farty Totty GURU

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    Is there really much difference between the Chinese knock offs and the real
    macoy bipods?? I've had two of the Atlas bipods and I think they are sh*te
    and think it's a mad idea putting one on an Impact.

    Are the real bipods that much better, if so can you recommend the ones that
    are worth the money and at the same time don't cost silly money..
     
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  2. pjgtech

    pjgtech Erm, what? who? when?where? why?

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    Yes, I had two el cheapo ones, one was binned, one was given away, I now have a Primus Gen 3, it is very nice, light, easy to use (one handed) can be used as a walking stick, rest, etc, great on uneven ground, tripod, well made, solid, lots of adjustment, etc.
    But I'm sure there will also be peeps who lash a couple of stick together and are as happy as Larry (who was Larry anyway?)
    Each to their own I suppose..... :)
    But I am "all the gear with no idea" so what do i know.... :facepalm:
     
  3. Gary Jones

    Gary Jones Big Poster

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    I bought a vanguard for around £70 and I know in the grand scheme of things it's not expensive for a bipod, but it's not exactly cheap either.

    Tbh I've not made my mind up over it yet. It's got good and bad points and as yet I'm not sure what outweighs what.
     
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  4. pjgtech

    pjgtech Erm, what? who? when?where? why?

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    Oops, sorry you are asking about bipods, not tripods, my bad, soz... :facepalm:
     
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  5. Gary Jones

    Gary Jones Big Poster

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    Blame it on the hunger :up:
     
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    Herbie87 Busy Member

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    I think a lot depends on the application. If it's simply to bench rest, I'm sure a cheapo pod will be fine. Tilt and pan features are average at best on cheapie. In the field I found the Atlas clone to be pretty pants due to how it's assembled, panning caused it to unscrew and become unstable. My trusty Harris, whilst pretty agricultural is solid as a rock and doesn't collapse while panning. Buy the best you can afford/justify I'd say
     
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    Lev Levvin Very Active

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    I’ve got two of the REAL atlas bipods and they’re by far better than my Harris

    I’ve not seen a Chinese knock off “atlas” so can’t comment on them, but the genuine article is pretty much indestructible with superb,tight engineered parts.

    Mine are on powder burners not pcp’s with no recoil,

    the genuine Altas costs £200+ as opposed to £18 for a knockoff...
     
  8. Sean110

    Sean110 Engaging Member

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    I bought one from wish, was about a tenner i think, still going strong after a year lol

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  9. rich79

    rich79 Lovin the smell of cordite in the morning

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    I used to think buy expensive for centrefire to cope with recoil & buy cheap for a pcp as it doesn't take any real stress, but constantly folding & unfolding the legs soon highlights any weaknesses in a bipod.
    My first bipod was a Harris, I got it around 1997, its still working today, I've had a cheapo that didn't really last, (Harris still working), got a Deben which lasted a bit longer but is at the end of its life really, (Harris still working), so now I find myself needing a new bipod, I'm thinking of just buying a Harris, I've got an inkling they tend to last.
     
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  10. Dannywayoflife

    Dannywayoflife Well-Known Member

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    When I was shooting fullbore, I bought a couple of atlas clones. When stripped modified and then devconned together they were perfectly adiquate on my DTA SRS Covert........
    I also ran a deben short on my custom Remington 700
     
  11. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    My cheapo lasted 6 years:thumb:
     
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    oedbachgen Top Poster

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    I have a £15 one which I have used for bench resting a couple of times , but its mainly used for resting the gun on ground. I like showing it:)

    IMG_20191019_124213.jpg
     
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    TR158 Posting Addict

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    I've never owned a 'proper proper' bipod (Harris) but I have been using the Zeadio range of bipods without any issues at all. All of mine are of the tilt variety and have so far been solid. For the £25 to £35 that they cost (the carbon ones are circa £35 and the standard finish £25 from Amazon) I think they represent excellent value for money.

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    Marky-Boy Just The One + 1

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    This is a Cheapo Accu-Tac Copy and works brilliantly
    Don’t like the Cheapo atlas bipods sloppy load of crap IMHO
     
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    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    looks like air rifle jenga:p
     
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    TR158 Posting Addict

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    WTF Marky?! You installed a set of traffic lights atop your Uragan?!

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    In short the originals are better made, obviously. It's whether you think the difference is enough to warrant original. Having gone over to the atlas or spartan type bipods I won't go back to zeadio, deben or Harris style. Personal choice.

    I am lucky enough to have some cheap ones and some original ones. The atlas clone I have is fine - very well made and not that sloppy. When I compare it to an original there are obvious differences, but as I mostly use on a bench it's fine...until I am weak and buy an original atlas.

    I have recently,purchased a genuine accutac and that knocks spots of the atlas clone - as it should do. That's now my go to bipod when on the bench (if I'm not using bags).

    Out in the field I tend to use a spartan - I have the slightly longer one along with the extendable legs. It's light and easy to attach/detach with the magnet. If I had my time again I would have got the standard spartan, just somI could use it off the bench more.
     
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  18. 2506sendero

    2506sendero Legend in his own mind & living on the edge.

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    When Daniel Craig retires you should audition for the 007 gig. :p :D
     
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  19. Lon'gun

    Lon'gun An analogue man in a digital world

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    If it can hold that rig upright Marky it can't be bad.
    I'd best get one ordered
     
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  20. Sanguinius

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    I have a Harris clone on my Hatsan Hercules. It's an Absolute Beast of a rifle that weighs over 18lb. This bipod works perfectly and takes the weight easily. The tilt feature moves smoothly with no problems either. aviary-image-1552569304490.jpeg
     

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