A rifle bipod is used to provide a steady rest for the rifle while shooting. Bipods help minimize the movement of a rifle so that a more precise and accurate alignment of the sites or cross hairs in a scope can be made. Bipods can be mounted to the front sling swivel or clamped onto the barrel. Other designs feature two crossed sticks that provide a rest for the rifle. Making a shooting stick bipod is a way to customize the bipod based on your needs and can often prove to be more economical.
Place two 3/4 inch lengths of wood on a sturdy work surface. Choose wood lengths that are straight and have a minimum of knots or other cracks that could prove to weaken the wood. Determine how long you want make the shooting stick bipod. A starting point is around 38 inches. Use a fine tooth saw to trim the wood to the desired length.
Sand the lengths of wood with medium and then fine sandpaper. Pay particular attention to the edges as you sand. Run the sandpaper along the entire length of the wooden sticks and remove any rough areas that may cause splinters.
Mark a point that is between 5 and 6 inches from the end of both lengths of wood. Use a tape measure and pencil to determine the location and make a mark. Drill a hole with a 3/8 inch bit through both lengths of wood at the marked point.
Place a washer on a 1/4 inch bolt and insert the bolt through one of the sticks. Place a washer on the bolt and slide it next to the wooden length. This washer will serve as a pivot point for the two sticks. Attach the second wooden length by inserting the bolt through the drilled hole.
Secure the two sticks together by placing a washer on the bolt followed by a nut. Thread a wing nut on the end of the bolt after the nut. The wing nut will act as a lock against the nut to help secure the sticks during use.
Position the shooting stick bipod in front of you and spread the bipod apart. Turn the bipod so that the short end of the X shape is on top. This will be the shooting support end. Apply a thin bead of hot glue to the inside of the X shape where the gun will rest. Place a strip of leather on the glue and press into place. Repeat for the other side of the X where the gun will rest when shooting.
Turn the shooting stick bipod over so that the large end of the X shape is now up. Place small furniture tips on the end of each wooden length to provide protection for the wood and add stability.
Items you will need
- 2 lengths of wood, 3/4 inch square and 38 to 40 inches long
- Fine tooth saw
- Drill and bit
- 1/4-inch bolt
- 3 washers
- 1 nut
- 1 wing nut
- 2 leather strips, 1/2 inch wide and 6 to 8 inches long
- Rubber furniture tips
- Sandpaper, medium and fine grit
- Hot glue gun
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