What are the Differences Between a Tripod, Monopod and Bipod?
By firefield •
Accuracy is imperative whether you are hunting, target shooting, or competing. Most gun ranges have some type of bench rest, making it easier to shoot with near-perfect accuracy.
Why is it so easy?
Stability. When using a stabilizer, much of the human element of shooting is eliminated, leading to better shots.
It is not feasible to bring a bench rest with you when hunting but you need the stabilization while pursuing game. How can you achieve that? Well, you have a few options— by using a monopod, bipod or tripod. Here are the pros and cons of each one.
What is a Monopod?
A monopod is essentially a walking stick you can also use as a shooting rest to stabilize your firearm.
What are the benefits of using a monopod?
- Versatility—they can also be used as a walking stick
- Maneuverability—with only one leg, monopods are easily used in tree stands
- Mobility—monopods are great for hunters who often change positions and are on the move in mountainous terrain
- Monopods are the least stable of the different types of shooting rests
- The majority do not attach to the gun
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What is a Bipod?
A bipod is a two-legged device that stabilizes your firearm and helps mitigate recoil when shooting prone or sitting. Bipods are the most popular option, especially for AR-15s and other tactical-style rifles.
How Does a Bipod Work?
- Increased stability compared to a monopod, especially on rugged terrain
- Provides necessary accuracy for competitive and long-range shooters
- Somewhat mobile, great for hunters who shoot prone
- Quickly deployed
- Adjustable heights, normally 6-9 inches
- Can be attached to the gun via rail, sling swivel stud or are integrated into the grip
- Ineffective for use in tree stands and ground blinds
- Not as stable as a tripod
- Adds weight and bulk to your firearm
What is a Tripod?
A tripod is a three-legged stabilizing stand for optics, firearms and cameras. Tripods are designed for immobile shooters where accuracy is precedent.
- By far the most stable
- Lots of variation in adjustability
- Attaches to the gun
- Great for standing shooters
- Provides the best accuracy
- Have no use in a tree stand and too bulky for ground blinds
- Very low mobility due to size and weight
- Longer set-up time
- Disadvantageous for uneven terrain
- Usually more expensive than a monopod or bipod
In conclusion, monopods, bipods and tripods each have their individual strength and weaknesses. What matters to you more—speed, stability or maybe something a little in the middle? Using this comparison, you can help determine which one is the best for you.