The bipod is an oft overlooked piece of rifle equipment. Given that a good bipod can mean the difference between a hit or a miss, it pays to pay attention to the two sticks at the front of the rifle. With the rise of competitive “tactical” rifle shooting, the traditional Harris bipod has given way to a series of more complex and configurable bipods. Seen here is the Falcon from CADEX Defence.
One of the hallmarks of the practical/tactical bipod is the ability to swing the legs either forward or backwards and lock in place. The Falcon accomplishes this with ease as each leg can be independently moved to the 0, 45, 90, 135, and 180 degree positions with the flip of a large locking lever at the top of the leg.
Additionally, the Falcon can be titled +/- 15.5 degrees. Instead of a pivoting ball head like an Atlas or Harris, the Falcon rides in a grooved channel. The rifle has to “rise” up the channel to be canted one way or the other so it naturally settles into the centered position. I’d have to use one to make a determination on whether I like it, but it felt confidence inspiring on flat ground. Once the proper cant is found, the Falcon can easily be locked with a large lever.
The legs are adjustable for height and lock in place solidly with a set of ratchets that can be swapped to either side as the user prefers. Engagement is easy and can be done with thick or bulky gloves. Not surprising given that Canadians invented this contraption, and my Texas public school education tells me that it’s always snowing in America’s hat.
You may have noticed the medieval looking feet, called “claws” by CADEX. They’re one of two optional foot designs – the other being regular rubber feet. Shawn Bevins, the US Commercial Market Salesperson, told me that this bipod was specifically designed for hard recoiling 50 BMG bolt guns and is rated to withstand any recoil you throw at it. MSRP is an eye watering $485.