Spartan Precision Equipment is a UK outfit specializing in carbon fiber and aluminum bipods, tripods, and shooting systems designed for the hunting and tactical markets, including LE and special forces. Their unique designs employ a patented quick-release mount system that allows the bipod to be carried separately, if desired, then instantly snapped onto the rifle. Or, in the case of the tripod system, used as a hiking staff, as a bipod, or even as a tent pole setup.
I’d recommend checking out the video for the full product tour, but we’ll do the quick run-down here. A full Gear Review is in the works, too.
Spartan’s bipods are made from carbon fiber and 7075 aluminum. Well, except for the rubber caps covering up the tungsten leg points — sticky rubber for hard, smooth surfaces and a tungsten peg for digging in — and some stainless steel hardware. All-in, they weigh less than an iPhone but are extremely strong, stiff, and corrosion-resistant.
Bipods attach to rifles via rare earth magnets. The peg on the top of the bipod snaps right into the socket of one of Spartan’s mounts.
Available mount options include one that replaces a standard sling swivel, one that can be permanently flush-mounted into a stock, and a Picatinny rail mount.
Twist counter-clockwise to loosen up a leg for easy extension, then twist clockwise to lock it back down.
The Spartan 300, above, folds up underneath the firearm and is designed to remain mounted. However, it still uses the magnetic mounting system so can be popped right off and carried separately. The Javelin is designed more for hunting use and should be carried separately, connecting to the firearm when needed.
Likewise, the Kapita tripod system also employs the magnetic quick mount. Legs are easily removed to turn tripod into bipod, or bipod into monopod or hiking staff. In fact, a handle is available for the top and a flared foot for the bottom. A company is working on a tent kit that will turn these legs into tent poles.
Finally — and I didn’t get the name of this new bipod — there’s a really slick unit with some amazing articulation capability (again, check the video to see it in action). This one mounts in a non-QD fashion and has aluminum lower leg halves with notched extension points for more rapid adjustment.
We smuggled home a Spartan 300 and a Javelin from SHOT, and they’ve already been put to good use. Expect a review late next month.