I use two different bipods with my TRG-22. The Sako model
and the Harris model. Let's compare both.
The Sako TRG-22 bipod
- This bipod is sold by Sako for the TRG, and only for the TRG.
- It attaches to the TRG using a slot in the front of the forehand.
- The cradle design makes it very stable, even though the swivel cannot be locked, since the
rotation point is close to the barrel.
- When folded, the feet can touch (and scratch) the barrel with minimum pressure.
- When folded, the legs still swivel and cannot be locked in position.
- Folding / unfolding the legs is difficult. You have to pull on the legs quite hard.
- The feet are metal with teeth design. It is very efficient in the dirt but less so
on hard surfaces.
- Simple design.
- Simple to remove from the rifle.
- WAY TO EXPENSIVE!
- The legs can be folded forward or backwards:
The Harris bipod
- The Harris bipod I have is the swivel bench rest model (HBRM-S).
- The swivel can be locked.
- Can be attached to any rifle that has a sling swivel stud. Adapters allow it to be attached
to almost every existing rifle.
- To attach it to a TRG, the no. 6 adapter must be fitted in the forehand accessory rail.
- The feet are hard rubber, which is efficient on all surfaces.
- Complicated design with springs, and small parts to catch on in the woods.
- Folding /unfolding the legs is easy.
- The legs do not move at all when folded. They are locked in place by the spring.
- Difficult to remove from the rifle.
- Make sure the locking screw is tight. It has a tendency to loosen over time.
I sold my Versa-Pod a number of years ago. The model I had was the
Versa-Pod® Model 2 StandardProne Bipod with Rubber Feet.
I realized that I do not even have pictures of it!
The reasons I sold it are:
- The rotation point is well below the rifle making it less stable than the other two designs.
- It attaches to a sling swivel stud using a large plastic adapter. It raises the rifle even more.
- Can be attached to any rifle that has a sling swivel stud.
- When folded, the legs wobble around and cannot be locked in place.
- The swivel cannot be locked.
Note that my Versa-Pod experience dates back 5 years. Newer models address some of the negative points I experienced.
|Criteria ||Sako ||Harris ||Versa-Pod|
|Min. height ||6.5" ||6.5" ||9.5" *|
|Max. height ||8" ||10.5" ||12.5" *|
|Number of height increments||7 ||5 ||Unknown|
|Height increments ||3/4" ||3/4" ||Unknown|
|Swivel ||Yes ||Yes (some models) ||Yes|
|Locking swivel ||No ||Yes ||No|
|Leg extension ||Pull on the feet ||Spring loaded, press the |
catch to extend to maximum
|Press the catch|
|Folding direction ||Forward or backward||Forward ||Forward|
|Weight ||625 gr. (1.38 lbs) ||385 gr. (0.85 lbs) ||470 gr. (1.04 lbs) + adapter *|
|Price ||~600 $US ||~100 $US ||~80 $US|
*: manufacturer's data. All other is my data.
Note: the height is calculated from the center of the bore to the ground.
From a pure stability stand point, the Sako is best. It is very close to a sand bag.
The rifle tends to jump a bit more with the Harris. I noticed that my groups open a
little when using it.
However if you factor in the price, Harris is - by far - the best overall choice.