Tier One Tactical Bipod
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- Last updated: 22/02/2021
Of all accessories available to the shooter (sport, target or hunter) then the bipod must be amongst one of the most popular and of course, useful. For years we’ve used traditional pods that have served us well and continue to do so in many situations. However, like all other aspects of the hardware we use, advancements in manufacture and design sometimes results in a better and more attractive option.
That brings me nicely to the Tier–One Tactical Carbon Fibre Bipod, which is a topclass example of how the technological advancements I just mentioned, can bring us something rather special.
Available in two heights - 7 – 9” or 9 – 11” - the Tier-One is CNC machined from 7075T6 Aluminium then hard coat anodised, or (as shown) you can choose the model which also uses carbon fibre for the upper leg assemblies. These ‘sleeves’ obviously hold the extendable/retractable legs. I tested the 7 - 9” model and despite having such a solid build it only weighs 11oz.
The base/mount is configured to fit a Picatinny rail, which is becoming the norm on tactical style firearms whilst also becoming increasingly common on PCP air rifles. It attaches using a generously sized lever cam lock that sits neatly on one side of the base.
This unit has a swivel (pan) and tilt facility, plus you can alter the tension or lock up using the aggressively edged thumbwheel attached to the rear of the main pivot pin. It is quite small, so there’s an optional Pod Lock available that replaces it.
Each leg deploys down from the resting position using a stainless-steel pushbutton found on the top outer edge. When used, the legs lock out and down into position very positively. To release the retractable legs for further height adjustment, there is a large finger-friendly, grey rockerstyle catch. This is forwardfacing and located at the bottom of each carbon fibre sleeve. Once pressed, if not held under your control, it releases the leg, allowing it to shoot out under spring tension to its full length.
Including the lowest position, there are four preset height positions machined into an inner tract in the lower legs. These raise the pod approximately 6, 6.5, 7.5 and 8.25” off the ground.
Accessories include replacement feet for the standard rubber boots and the options include spikes, claws or skis. 50mm leg extensions are available and of course, the Pod Lock mentioned earlier. The manufacturers also offer a low-profile Sling Swivel Stud Adaptor.
There’s no denying the Tier-One Tactical Carbon Fibre Bipod is very well manufactured using top quality materials. It has a highly innovative overall design, is compact, unobtrusive and very user friendly, plus it has a high strength to weight ratio.
A very nice touch is the carry case the Bipod comes with is already configured to hold and store any of the accessories you opt to buy.