As with firearms, the quality of accessories can be anywhere within a range, and it seems like the sky is the limit. As far as bipods are concerned, the Atlas Bipod from B&T Industries is one of the highest-quality bipod options on the market.
The Atlas is constructed from T6061 aluminum and features a black hard-anodized finish. All of the springs and fasteners are made from stainless steel and the company uses ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene in order to provide smooth tracking. The inner leg of the bipod is constructed from T7075 aluminum for added strength. The total weight of the Atlas is approximately 13 ounces.
The standard-height bipod, shown above, features legs that are approximately 6 inches in length and can be extended to a total length of 9 inches. The legs feature four locking points, which are located at 0.75 inch-intervals between the leg's shortest and longest length. Shooters can choose any one of these points to lock in the height of the bipod or compensate for uneven terrain.
The bipod also has five different leg positions spread out across 180 degrees of movement. The positions are: stowed back, 45 degrees back, 90 degrees straight down, 45 degrees forward and stowed forward. The positions are locked in using a push-button lock that clicks into place once a locking point is hit, allowing shooters to load the bipod at both the 45- and 90-degree positions.
The Atlas Bipod features 15 degrees of preloaded pan and cant, allowing shooters to make minor adjustments in relation to their target. The preload on the pan and cant can be loosened or tightened with the knurled knob located below the mount.
The LW17 model shown here also comes with an ADM 170-S lever that attaches directly to any rifle's Picatinny rail. The throw lever locks the mount down and features a locking button that must be depressed before the lever can lift to remove the bipod.
The company offers optional 3-inch leg extensions, as well as interchangeable ski and multi-spiked feet to replace the standard rubber feet included with the bipod. Other mounting systems are also available for Accuracy International and Sako rifles. The suggested retail price on the Atlas Bipod is $319.95.