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
If you think a monopod is for you, we recommend the Firefield Monopod Shooting Stick. Click here to check it out.
Click here to learn how to best use a monopod.
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
We recommend the Firefield Scarab bipod, which comes in KeyMod or M-LOK.
Click here to learn how to install your bipod.
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
The best tripod on the market is by-far the Kopfjäger Reaper Grip system. Check it out here.
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.