Spartan Javelin Bi pod
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- Last updated: 29/08/2018
There are many bipods on the market today; from general purpose models, heavyweight, precision, lightweight and ultralightweight, the latter is the category that the Spartan falls into.
The Spartan Javelin is an ultra-lightweight bipod, yet made from some of the most robust and durable materials known to man, such as 7075 aluminium for the body and carbon fibre for the legs, which is just one thing that makes this bipod a cut above the rest! They have made the ultimate bipod with the user in mind, and that why the weight alone is a massive selling point, as keeping weight to a minimum on any hunting trip, whether it be on flat fields and woodland deer stalking, the extreme terrain of mountains or stalking rabbits, any weight added to a rifle is a sore subject but not with the Spartan. And that’s where my love for this bipod began.
It’s able to be attached/detached in the blink of an eye, thanks to the revolutionary design of the magnetic attachment, also known as the universal adapter. This is pre-fitted to the underside of the rifle stock and screwed into the same hole used for the sling stud. Once fitted, fear not! This is because they’ve even thought about the fact that you’ll no longer have the stud for a sling, so they added that to the adapter also!
Most bipods are ‘fixed’, meaning that they stay mounted to the stock through the sling stud and can only be removed with a bit of fiddling about with the attachment. Not only is that quite a slow process, they are usually big and bulky and a fairly weighty object that can cause the rifle to feel unbalanced if shooting while standing and also a constant dig in the back while shouldering the rifle on your sling. You don’t get that with the Javelin, as the simple fact is you mount it when you need it, and quickly too!
That’s because as soon as you offer the bipod to the adapter, the magnetic field takes over and hey presto, it’s in place. Simply flick the leg out adjust legs to required height and you’re ready to go.
The bipod has plenty of cant and can be locked up by turning the locking lever on the front of the bipod, the amount of swivel isn’t adjustable but if the bipod is facing the other way round (logo facing you) the bipod will lock and swivel is not possible. The swivel feature is nice and light, so no added pressure is needed while adjusting point of aim, which also makes it light work if you’re aiming at moving quarry. Leg adjustment is also extremely well thought of by the guys and a simple twist and adjust method is used to extend the legs, by twisting anti clockwise to loosen and clockwise to tighten once at the required height.
Although legs can be a bit fiddly on some bipods, with the Javelin, if you don’t get your height right, then the cant feature helps level the scope out. There are no springpowered legs kicking out on you when extended legs are needed. When storing the bipod off the rifle, the legs close and are held together with another magnet hidden inside the casing of the bipod, and the same when the legs are opened.
The guys at Spartan have worked extremely hard, covering all corners with the design of this bipod, and include many sling stud replacement screws for all types of stud fixings. Many different shaped rubber plates are available for all shapes of stocks from flat, to slightly curved, to one far a very rounded forend, to ensure the nicest possible fit for the bipod to sit against the stock.
And also, for the dedicated users of the Javelin, there is also available what’s known as the ‘Gunsmith Adapter’, which has to be recessed into the stock for beautiful flush finish. And to do so you will have to drill into the stock and then fit the adapter with an epoxy resin for a solid fit. The fit and finish of the Javelin bipod is fantastic, from the ultra-lightweight materials, to the carbon legs that are incredibly strong, durable and well made, to the highest level of manufacturing standards. And after speaking with the guys at Spartan, they have tried and tested these in all weather conditions, extreme terrain and even driven a truck over them, to test just how strong they are! Now that’s testing!
The Spartan Javelin Bipod is an absolute gem! When it comes to finding a great piece of equipment, whether it be used for hunting or target shooting, it can be used in any scenario or on any rifle. Including rimfire, centre fire and air rifles, which I also love, as the air rifles aren’t light in comparison to a rimfire rifle, so I really enjoyed using it on my Weihrauch HW100 & BSA R10 PCP rifles, so the little added weight the Javelin offered was just perfect! I’ve used these in many different situations myself and they have been sublime in each and every time of need!