FX19 | Faxon Firearms’ Complete Glock 19 Kit

The Polymer 80 kits have become so popular that they are usually out of stock everywhere. However, it’s a great way to custom-build your variant of a Glock 19.

Although you may learn a lot by building your gun, some may want the advantages of a Polymer 80 kit but don’t want to hassle with learning how to do it or taking the time to do it.

Faxon Firearms has remedied that issue by offering a complete PF940C kit known as the FX19. The Faxon FX19 comes in two different variants; The FX19 Patriot and its big brother, the FX19 Hellfire.

FX19 Patriot and FX19 Hellfire

Faxon FX19 Patriot (Left) and Faxon FX19 Hellfire (Right) with the EXOS compensator.

The Faxon FX19 pistols are more or less a Polymer 80 PF940C complete kit, without being a Glock 19, but are compatible with all Glock 19 parts and accessories.

FX19 Patriot comparison

Stock PF940C build compared to the Complete Faxon FX19 Patriot build.

PF940C In Stock | Faxon FX19

Faxon took the PF940C gun frame and gave it a 1911 grip angle and improved texture. In addition to that, they polished the front & rear slide rails.

They may be minor differences, but they are noticeable when holding the gun in your hand.

They dropped in an Overwatch Precision Trigger to finish the custom frame.

The Faxon Patriot FX19

The Faxon Patriot was made for concealed carry. Everything from the grip to the trigger and sights make for a formidable CCW firearm.

What stands out the most is the custom-cut slide with serrations in all the right places for manipulating the gun and doing press checks.

The top of the slide has been cut for a Trijicon RMR or Holosun 507C. The front sight is a bright red fiber optic with a blacked-out rear site, making it extremely quick and easy to locate.

On top of all that, the Patriot comes with a match-grade barrel made in-house by Faxon, and lastly, the Patriot ships with a 15-round Glock OEM magazine.

The Faxon Hellfire FX19

The big brother to the Faxon Patriot is the Faxon Hellfire FX19

After handling the Patriot, the Hellfire was quite a different experience. The Hellfire feels made for my hand.

The Hellfire utilizes the same frame as the Patriot, with the exception of a magwell. The magwell alone makes a noticeable difference in the grip. However, because of the magwell and the undercut trigger guard, you can get the highest grip possible on the gun.

The sights used on the Hellfire are suppressor-height sights from Night Fision. In addition, the front sight contains a Tritium insert that ALWAYS glows, and the rear sight is blacked-out. This combination makes for fast target acquisition.

FX-19 Hellfire Pistol on wooden background

The custom-cut slide, threaded barrel, Night Fision suppressor height sights, and extended 20-round magazine w/magwell may remind you of something from a John Wick movie.

PF940C vs PF940v2

The PF940C frame is considered a compact size, I.E., Glock 19, while the Polymer 80 PF940v2 build is regarded as a full-sized frame, I.E., Glock 17.

The best thing about the full-frame PF940V2 is the compatibility with 9mm, .40 S&W, and .357 Sig pistols.

What Gen Glock is the PF940C?

The PF940C is explicitly made for the Glock 19/23 Gen 3 pistol frame, magazine, and barrel.

What is PF940C compatible with?

The PF940C offers compatibility with Glock 19 Gen 3 components. In addition, the PF940C frame comes with an aggressive texture that emulates a stippled pattern.

Features like the extended beaver tail, a double undercut trigger guard, and a thumb ledge enhance the ergonomics allowing for an adequate grip and improved recoil control.

Gen 3 Vertx Bags and EDC Packs: Contemporary Carry

The third generation of EDC packs and CCW bags from Vertx are now making their way into the wild. The first pack sortie includes the Vertx GAMUT, their READY PACK, and the NAVIGATOR.

The company tells us,

“Life comes at you fast, but you take pride in being prepared for anything and everything. Like you, our next generation of bags and packs are ready for whatever life throws. Each pack can be customized for your exact needs.”

Built for every adventure, every mission, and every day.
Take a look a the key features of the latest generation of Vertx bags.

  • Modern exterior with reduced “Tactical” tells
  • Moveable EDC Rapid Access Tab allows you to pick the zipper you want the tab to be on
  • Tactigami™ Double Admin Panel included in every bag

Gen 3 Vertx Bags

  • More loop lining throughout the bags for more customization
  • Laser Cut MOLLE behind front panel (excluding Navigator)

Gen 3 Vertx BagsGen 3 Vertx Bags

  • Water bottle retention system to better secure your hydration
  • Plenty of room, modularity, and organizational capability for virtually any need.

Vertx Gen 3 Bags and Packs Explained

Read more at Rainier Arms.

Best Pistol Compensator for CCW?

There’s been a resurgence in pistol compensators this year as a few manufacturers have come out with options for various handgun models. Are comps worth the hype, especially for concealed carry?

Faxon Firearms says, “Anything improving pistol accuracy is worth checking out.”

That said, let’s take a look at the Faxon Firearms EXOS.

From the Faxon release.

Faxon EXOS | Is It The Best Pistol Compensator?

Constructed of black anodized 6061 Aluminum, the Faxon EXOS features an angled front port single chamber design, enabling the compensator to improve shot-to-shot accuracy by reducing muzzle climb and recoil.

Watch the video, see what you think. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guOEcvqJQAg

The EXOS’ specially designed port design allows gas to deflect upwards as opposed to only deflecting to the sides, reducing the up-and-down muzzle movement and allowing your sights to reset on target much faster.

The Faxon EXOS Pistol Compensator is designed to fit flush with the slide and has been optimized for Faxon match-grade pistol barrels. For all other threaded pistol barrels, the barrel should protrude .600″ or less for a flush fit.

Compatible Hosts For The Faxon EXOS Pistol Comp

  • All Glock Gen 5 Pistols
  • Glock 19/17/34 Gen 4Glock 19/17/34 Gen 3
  • Glock 43/43x
  • Glock 48
  • SIG P365/P365XL
  • SIG P320
  • M&P Shield/Shield Plus
  • M&P Full Size Pistols
  • Faxon FX19 Pistols

Each EXOS pistol compensator comes complete with thread locker, two 6-32 set screws, and a 1/16 Allen wrench. 

Faxon EXOS pistol compensator.

Best Pistol Compensator (Including For Concealed Carry)

If you want to add a compensator to your concealed carry pistol, the Faxon EXOS Comp is a great choice. 

Concealed carry holsters are often not too forgiving when it comes to pistol compensators. The EXOS Comp addresses these issues with its low-profile design that mimics the profile of the pistol’s slide.

The EXOS will work with any open-ended holster designed for your pistol. Even IWB holsters can work comfortably with this compensator.

Conclusion

We’re confident you’ll agree the Faxon EXOS is one of the best pistol compensators to hit the market. 

Granted it’s not the only player in town, but its unique port design, ease of installation, and performance have put the competition on its heels.

Learn more at www.faxonfirearms.com

TRIGGRCON 2022: THREE DAYS LEFT

We’re down to just three days left before TRIGGRCON! Just a reminder, if you didn’t manage to pre-register, you can still get tickets at the event.

Today we’re going to talk about an Evening with Heroes. The VIP event will be an intimate gathering of tactical industry leaders, first responders, military VIPs, and VIP ticket holders.

The VIP event will include some of the best NW spirits & beverages, fantastic food, exciting tactical entertainment, giveaways, and a raffle that will benefit our charity, Resilient Warrior Foundation.

We think you should attend and support a good cause!

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Get Tickets for the VIP Party!

“Don’t wake up on the 9th and realize you didn’t come; you’re going to have to wait a whole year thinking about how you missed the biggest event in the region.” – GW Ayers III, Chief Operating Officer of Rainier Arms.

Featured Influencers Attending

AR15 News

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MSM | Mil-Spec Monkey

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Ava Flanell

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Pew Pew Tactical

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Baby Yota

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Who Can Attend?

The Enthusiast

If you support or are interested in the firearm industry. Whether on a competitive match, in your backyard, or hunting.

Register here.

Media & Industry

Do you either work in the industry in some capacity or support the industry through your business? This is for you!

Register here.

Just a reminder, this year’s expo will be held at the premier Flint Oak Hunting Lodge in Flint Oak, KS. The dates for the expo are October 7th-8th, 2022. Range day and exhibitor events will be running concurrently.

TRIGGRCON FAQ

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  • Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter TRIGGRCON?

TRIGGRCON is an all-ages show. There are no ID requirements though everyone must have a ticket to enter.

  • What are my parking options at TRIGGRCON?

There is limited parking under the convention center. However, parking will be free for our patrons and we intend on having two party shuttle buses in circulation at all times throughout the day on both days.

  • How are the shuttles working?

They’ll be transporting folks from the main parking lot to the main lodge where all the non-firing vendors will be located. As people offload at the registration tents in front of the main lodge, they can hop back on if they would like and head to the long-distance range. 

  • Can I bring my pet to the TRIGGRCON?

No animals are allowed. The only exception is for correctly identified on-duty ADA-recognized service animals.

  • Are personal firearms or ammunition allowed?

Personal firearms must remain in a holster and cannot be discharged.

  • How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please send all questions to [email protected]

  • Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you may either print your ticket or have it on your phone.

  • Will badges be required?

Only industry, media, and exhibitors will be required to wear a badge during the show. Standard public/enthusiast attendees do not need to wear a badge during the show.

Register ASAP!

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Originally posted on Firearms Press.

TRIGGRCON 2022: One Week Left!

There is just one week left until TRIGGRCON 22!

The clock is ticking; don’t miss out. Here are a few more reasons to be there.

VIP CHARITY PARTY 2022

Who else is Exhibiting at TRIGGRCON 22?

TRIGGRCON features some of the most innovative companies in the tactical industry. Here are a few of the great companies attending! More coming soon!\

NIGHTHAWK CUSTOM

Nighthawk Custom was formed in 2004 by a group of four talented individuals with a true passion for the 1911 platform. Nighthawk Custom is proud to be the home of the World’s Finest 1911 Pistols as the company continues to grow from those original employees to approximately 95 full-time employees. In addition to 1911 pistols, Nighthawk Custom also manufactures top-of-the-line tactical shotguns based on the world’s most popular shotgun platform, the Remington 870. 

MAXIM DEFENSE

Maxim Defense is a non-traditional U.S.-based firearms development company centered on producing better, lighter, and more reliable firearms and accessories that exceed in today’s most extreme environments. Headquartered in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Maxim Defense’s engineers are focused on R&D and manufacturing superiority for U.S. and NATO military forces, government agencies, and homeland first responders.

JK ARMAMENT

JK Armament is located in Idaho and was established in 2019. Jake Kunsky is a US Army Veteran and Special Force’s group head armorer. Kunsky was selected as group head armorer for the Special Forces because of his experience, knowledge, and problem-solving skills in weapons. Kunsky has over 20 years of machining and weapons experience in the automotive and farming industries and in the firearms and military complex. Kunksy gained exceptional hands-on experience throughout his four combat deployments to Iraq, giving him a passion and interest in designing and manufacturing the best suppressors in the world.

“Don’t wake up on the 9th and realize you didn’t come; you’re going to have to wait a whole year thinking about how you missed the biggest event in the region.” – GW Ayers III, Chief Operating Officer of Rainier Arms.

Who Can Attend?

The Enthusiast

If you support or are interested in the firearm industry. Whether on a competitive match, in your backyard, or hunting. Register here.

Media & Industry

Do you either work in the industry in some capacity or support the industry through your business? This is for you! Register here.

Just a reminder, this year’s expo will be held at the premier Flint Oak Hunting Lodge in Flint Oak, KS. The dates for the expo are October 7th-8th, 2022. Range day and exhibitor events will be running concurrently.

TRIGGRCON FAQ

  • Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter TRIGGRCON?

TRIGGRCON is an all-ages show. There are no ID requirements though everyone must have a ticket to enter.

  • What are my parking options at TRIGGRCON?

There is limited parking under the convention center. However, parking will be free for our patrons and we intend on having two party shuttle buses in circulation at all times throughout the day on both days.

  • How are the shuttles working?

They’ll be transporting folks from the main parking lot to the main lodge where all the non-firing vendors will be located. As people offload at the registration tents in front of the main lodge, they can hop back on if they would like and head to the long-distance range. 

  • Can I bring my pet to the TRIGGRCON?

No animals are allowed. The only exception is for correctly identified on-duty ADA-recognized service animals.

  • Are personal firearms or ammunition allowed?

Personal firearms must remain in a holster and cannot be discharged.

  • How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please send all questions to [email protected]

  • Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you may either print your ticket or have it on your phone.

  • Will badges be required?

Only industry, media, and exhibitors will be required to wear a badge during the show. Standard public/enthusiast attendees do not need to wear a badge during the show.

Register ASAP!

Read the original post at Firearm News.

TRIGGRCON 2022: Two Weeks Remain!

It is getting down the wire, folks; we’ve got just two weeks left before TRIGGRCON. So if you haven’t, you’ve still got time to get pre-registration done; if not, we’ll give you a few reasons why you should consider getting that done as soon as possible!

Just a reminder, this year’s expo will be held at the premier Flint Oak Hunting Lodge in Flint Oak, KS. The dates for the expo are October 7th-8th, 2022. Range day and exhibitor events will be running concurrently.

Who’s Exhibiting at TRIGGRCON?

TRIGGRCON features some of the most innovative companies in the tactical industry. Here are a few of the great companies attending! More coming soon!\

BARRETT FIREARMS

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Premium Blasters

Headquartered in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Barrett is the world leader in large-caliber rifle design and manufacturing. Their products are used by civilian sport shooters, law enforcement agencies, the United States military, and more than 70 State Department approved countries worldwide. 

DANIEL DEFENSE

Daniel Defense is a family-owned and privately held firearms manufacturer located in Black Creek, Georgia. Founded in 2000 by President/CEO Marty Daniel, the company was born from Marty’s vision to create custom rifle accessories for his personal rifles. Eighteen years later, Daniel’s concepts have evolved into one of the most recognizable brands in the firearms world.

GLOBAL ORDNANCE

Headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, Global Ordnance is a force multiplier within the commercial and defense military industries supporting a wide array of equipment, ammunition, and firearms. As a Veteran Owned Small Business, Global Ordnance LLC strives to provide excellence to its customers.

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“Don’t wake up on the 9th and realize you didn’t come; you’re going to have to wait a whole year thinking about how you missed the biggest event in the region.” – GW Ayers III, Chief Operating Officer of Rainier Arms.

Who Can Attend?

The Enthusiast

If you support or are interested in the firearm industry. Whether on a competitive match, in your backyard, or hunting. Register here.

Media & Industry

Do you either work in the industry in some capacity or support the industry through your business? This is for you! Register here.

TRIGGRCON FAQ

  • Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter TRIGGRCON?

TRIGGRCON is an all-ages show. There are no ID requirements though everyone must have a ticket to enter.

  • What are my parking options at TRIGGRCON?

There is limited parking under the convention center. However, parking will be free for our patrons and we intend on having two party shuttle buses in circulation at all times throughout the day on both days.

  • How are the shuttles working?

They’ll be transporting folks from the main parking lot to the main lodge where all the non-firing vendors will be located. As people offload at the registration tents in front of the main lodge, they can hop back on if they would like and head to the long-distance range. 

  • Can I bring my pet to the TRIGGRCON?

No animals are allowed. The only exception is for correctly identified on-duty ADA-recognized service animals.

  • Are personal firearms or ammunition allowed?

Personal firearms must remain in a holster and cannot be discharged.

  • How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please send all questions to [email protected]

  • Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you may either print your ticket or have it on your phone.

  • Will badges be required?

Only industry, media, and exhibitors will be required to wear a badge during the show. Standard public/enthusiast attendees do not need to wear a badge during the show.

 

Register ASAP!

Faxon Overwatch Tactical | New 8.6 BLK Bolt Action Rifles

Not content with merely making barrels for the new 8.6 Blackout, Faxon Firearms has recently released the Overwatch rifle series, looking to combine top-quality bolt-action rifle building with the 8.6 Blackout caliber. Today we’re breaking down the two versions of the Overwatch Tactical.

The Overwatch is available in a more traditional style with the Overwatch Hunter, as well as two flavors of chassis builds in the Overwatch Tactical, in a 16″ barreled rifle and a 12″ barreled/braced pistol.

Faxon Firearms Overwatch Tactical 16″

The 16″ Faxon Overwatch Tactical Bolt Action in 8.6 BLK provides modern modularity and attachment capabilities while retaining the classic bolt action experience.

Features and Specs

  • Faxon 16″ 1:3 Twist 8.6 BLK Barrel w/ Thread Protector, Taper Adapter, and Remage-Style Nut
  • Muzzle threaded M18x1.5mm for use with any AI standard muzzle device or suppressor mount
  • MDT LSS XL Gen 2 Chassis
  • Faxon TAC 30 Action & Bolt by Stiller
  • AICS Mag Compatible
  • Timney Elite Hunter 510-V2 Trigger
  • B5 Precision Collapsible Stock
  • B5 Pistol Grip

Weights & Dimensions

  • Weight: 7.61 lbs
  • Length: 35.375″
  • Depth: 8″
  • Width: 1.5″

Faxon Firearms Overwatch Tactical 12″

The 12″ Faxon Overwatch Tactical Bolt Action in 8.6 BLK provides modern modularity and attachment capabilities while retaining the classic bolt action experience but in a smaller package, of course.

Features and Specs

  • Faxon 12″ 1:3 Twist 8.6 BLK Barrel w/ Thread Protector, Taper Adapter, and Remage-Style Nut
  • Muzzle threaded M18x1.5mm for use with any AI standard muzzle device or suppressor mount
  • MDT LSS Gen 2 Chassis
  • Faxon TAC 30 Action & Bolt by Stiller
  • ​​​​​​​AICS Mag Compatible
  • Timney Elite Hunter 510-V2 Trigger
  • SBA3 Pistol Brace
  • B5 Pistol Grip

Weights & Dimensions

  • Weight: 7.87 lbs
  • Length: 29″
  • Depth: 8″
  • Width: 1.5″

Shared Features of the Overwatch Tactical Bolt Action Rifles

Let’s go over the commonalities then the differences; here are the Overwatch 16″ Rifle and 12″ Pistol share these commonalities.

Faxon TAC30 Action by Stiller

Stiller Actions has been making premium quality rifle action based on the Remington 700 for years. With customers hunting in the woods, competing at the range, and chasing down enemies of America, Stiller Actions is well known to those who demand quality.

Tac30 Action

  • Designed for Tactical and Long Range Hunting applications
  • Bead Blasted 416 Stainless
  • 90-degree bolt throw
  • Modified M16 extractor, Remington 700 pin-style ejector
  • It fits any Remington 700 short-action inlet stock
  • Accepts AICS pattern mags

The first thing you’ll notice with the Tac 30 action is how amazingly smooth the bolt rides when you run it back and forth. But, of course, you can thank Stiller’s proprietary, double-layer coating for that.

Timney 510 Elite Hunter 510-V2

The Timney Elite Hunter 510-V2 is one of the best triggers on this earth. Zero creep, sharp break; it’s perfection in tangible form.

The Differences Between The Overwatch Tactical Rifles

There are two primary differences between the Overwatch Tactical 12″ and 16″. First, besides the barrel length, the rifle has a buttstock, while the pistol has a stabilizing brace.

First, let’s talk barrel length. Next, here’s a look at the preliminary load data for 8.6 Blackout, as provided by Faxon and Q.

The difference between 12″ and 16″ with Barnes supersonic 160gr is only 150 fps. With Sierra’s 300gr subsonic round, the difference is about 40 fps. With 8.6 Blackout optimized for performance in short barrels, there’s little difference.

Instead, the barrel length (and corresponding brace/stock) is more about personal preference and legality. For example, in some states hunting with pistols is outlawed, regardless of caliber.

There’s also the matter of comfort and terrain. If you’re on the shorter end, you’ll probably opt for the 12″ barrel. This is also true if you spend more time hunting in densely wooded areas.

But if you’re more of an ent who likes hunting in wide open spaces, that modest performance gain in the 16″ barrel combined with the more adjustable B5 stock makes a better platform for most.

Regardless of which barrel length you prefer, it’s clear that Faxon Firearms is swinging for the 8.6 Blackout fences with the Overwatch Tactical and Overwatch Hunter.

Like 8.6 Blackout, but prefer a semi-auto to bolt-action rifles? Read more on Faxon’s Sentinel AR-10 platform rifle.

TRIGGRCON 2022: THREE WEEKS LEFT!

You’ve got three weeks left to prepare for TRIGGRCON! Hope you’ve got your pre-registration done, if not we’re going to give you a few reasons why you should consider getting that done ASAP!

Just a reminder, this year’s expo will be held at the premier Flint Oak Hunting Lodge in Flint Oak, KS. The dates for the expo are October 7th-8th, 2022. Range day and exhibitor events will be running concurrently.

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Hunting Lodge Venue

Who’s Exhibiting at TRIGGERCON?

TRIGGRCON features some of the most innovative companies in the tactical industry. Here are a few of the great companies attending! More coming soon!

VORTEX OPTICS

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Since 1986, Vortex Optics has been and remains an American-owned, veteran-owned, family-owned, and operated business of hard-working folks headquartered next to their friendly neighbors in Barneveld, Wisconsin.

SILENCERCO

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Born and bred in the mountains of the American West, SilencerCo started life when two men in a garage machined, welded, and shaped their dreams into reality. They had one core belief: Guns don’t have to be loud.

AERO PRECISION

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Since 1994, Aero Precision has paved the way as a leading manufacturer of American Made parts. Aero Precision’s roots are deeply tied to Aerospace, and their drive for clean, perfect engineering and machining stems from that. When you are building something that will fly in the air, there is no margin for error.

“Don’t wake up on the 9th and realize you didn’t come; you’re going to have to wait a whole year thinking about how you missed the biggest event in the region.” – GW Ayers III, Chief Operating Officer of Rainier Arms.

Who Can Attend?

The Enthusiast

If you support or are interested in the firearm industry. Whether on a competitive match, in your backyard, or hunting.

REGISTER NOW

Media & Industry

Do you either work in the industry in some capacity or support the industry through your business? This is for you!

REGISTER NOW

TRIGGRCON FAQ

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Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter TRIGGRCON?

TRIGGRCON is an all-ages show. There are no ID requirements though everyone must have a ticket to enter.

What are my parking options at TRIGGRCON?

There is limited parking under the convention center. However, there are plenty of parking options within two blocks of the venue. Parking fees will vary depending on the parking lot.

Can I bring my pet to the TRIGGRCON?

No animals are allowed. The only exception is for correctly identified on-duty ADA-recognized service animals.

Are personal firearms or ammunition allowed?

Personal firearms must remain in a holster and cannot be discharged.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please send all questions to [email protected]

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you may either print your ticket or have it on your phone.

Will badges be required?

Only industry, media, and exhibitors will be required to wear a badge during the show. Standard public/enthusiast attendees do not need to wear a badge during the show.

REGISTER ASAP!

Originally posted on Firearms Press.

When to Run A Bipod on Your Rifle

If you want to shoot consistently over longer distances you need a good scope and equally, a good bipod or in certain circumstances a good tripod. Knowing if and when to run a bipod on your rifle can drastically change your shooting performance.

Using a bipod for firearm support dates back to the twelfth century when soldiers supported cast iron hand cannons affixed to short poles. During early frontier days, hunters often used forked tree branches stuck in the ground and even arrows latched together to form a stable platform for their rifles.

AR15 with Bipod and Scope

The need for instant mobility and improved accuracy evolved throughout the years, creating a need for a bipod that could be attached easily, moved out of the way when not in use, and quickly activated.

Aside from the most obvious benefit of improving accuracy, here are a few benefits you may not have considered.

Choosing the Right Bipod for The Occasion

While you may decide to attach a bipod to your rifle because of the benefits mentioned, remember that the overall height of a bipod will not only offer the previously mentioned benefits but satisfy a unique shooting style.

For instance, a bipod standing between seven and ten inches tall is ideal when using a prone position, and it’s also one of a bipod’s most common heights, offering you the most stable platform.

However, attempting steep uphill or downhill shots forces you to retain a prone position, and you may not have the space. If you’re using a rifle in tall vegetation, a seven to ten-inch bipod may not be your best choice.

When in tall vegetation or under varying conditions, a ten to fourteen-inch bipod may be what you need. If the need for a lower prone position becomes necessary, you can always flip your bipod up and use a backpack as a shooting station.

Remember that the higher you go with a bipod, the less stable a platform you may create. For all rifle enthusiasts who prefer the sitting position when firing, a bipod between twelve and twenty-seven inches is ideal.

Although a bipod of this height may eliminate firing in a prone position, it does offer several advantages over the shorter bipods on the market. Just remember, you may experience a less stable platform with your bipod as you go up in height.

Bolt Action Rifles and Bipods

When firing a bolt action, whether firing a heavy caliber rifle for longer-range shots, or a bolt action rifle firing a lower caliber for varmint control, each recurring pull of the trigger requires considerable movement. Bolt Actions are a perfect use case for when to run a bipod on your rifle.

As any bolt action competitor or hunter understands, movement of the bolt up then back not only ejects the spent cartridge but, in many bolt action rifles, loads the next shot.

Bolt action rifles with bipods

With all the motion required with a bolt action, from ejection and loading to target acquisition and re-acquisition, using an adequately mounted bipod is the perfect companion for bolt action rifles.

A bolt action rifle with a bipod mounted and firmly attached to a shooting bench or on the ground allows you to smoothly manipulate the bolt for the next round without the need to move your support hand or the rifle barrel and sight away from the target.

While accurate shot placement also depends on proper ballistics, correct windage and elevation settings, and target movement, a bolt-action rifle mounted on a bipod creates a stationary platform that’s almost guaranteed to increase your accuracy with every shot you take.

Run a Bipod on Long Guns

When using a rifle with longer barrels that weighs up to almost ten pounds firing hard kicking calibers such as the .300 Weatherby or 8mm Remington Magnum, using a bipod eliminates the control effort required to make that accurate shot.

Whether at the range or in the field, a bipod offers the same firm shooting platform for a higher caliber heavy, regardless of whether it’s a bolt action or semi-automatic.

As many higher-caliber or heavier rifle enthusiasts will tell you, firing a rifle without a bipod or support system can often result in a brutal session as you attempt to tame the weight and recoil of that big gun. If don’t run a bipod on your long rifle, then you’re not taking full advantage of the platform.

Bipods Benefit New Shooters

While most rifle owners may understand the benefits and even use a bipod as a regular part of their shooting or hunting experience, a fixed bipod at a shooting station becomes a perfect teaching tool.

One of the things many novice firearm enthusiasts must learn is downrange safety. After an exciting discovery that they have successfully placed all their rounds on the target somewhere in the vicinity of the 5X range, a beginner may forget a few essential things about gun safety.

In their excitement of the moment, they may forget that the barrel of the rifle needs to remain pointed downrange, not being waved around at all their companions while proudly showing off their target.

A fixed bipod at the shooting station firmly attached to the rifle will help keep it pointing where it needs to be.

What About Tripods?

Holding your rifle firmly and keeping it where it needs to be as you sight the target and squeeze the trigger takes a lot of practice. Now toss in the curveball of a target suddenly appearing uphill or downhill from your position, requiring rapid readjustment and firing.

Hunter in Camo using tripod

A tripod with an effective ball swivel allows you to quickly position the rifle for a steep uphill or downhill shot, ensuring little action from you aside from moving your body while you swing the gun toward the target.

Another benefit of bringing a tripod along on your hunt is that the elevated position gives you a wider field of view allowing you to spot more game.

Practice Running Your Bipod

There are situations where improvised shooting platforms outweigh the use of a bipod. However, the general rule of thumb is it’s better to have it when not needed than not when the situation to use one presents itself.

Remember that adding a bipod to your rifle is the same as attaching any accessory. You’ll need to practice using it and continue to practice until you know how your bipod will function in various conditions.

If you’re going run a bipod on your rifle, whether you’re firing a long-barrel heavy or prefer a prone or sitting position, one thing to keep in mind is that practice makes perfect.

Or, at the very least, it improves your accuracy when firing with a correctly mounted bipod. The final take away is that during those many practice sessions learning all the functions and benefits of bipod use will produce more accurate shots during your next competition or hunting trip.

TRIGGRCON 2022: Moving Midwest

Rainier Arms & UN12 are excited to announce they’ll be hosting TRIGGRCON 2022 near Wichita, Kansas. This year’s expo will be held at the premier Flint Oak Hunting Lodge in Flint Oak, KS.

The dates for the expo are October 7th-8th, 2022. Range day and exhibitor events will be running concurrently.

Go to one, then the other, or walk back and forth!

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Hunting Lodge Venue

Why Attend TRIGGERCON 22?

TRIGGRCON features the most innovative companies in the tactical small arms industry. This is not just a trade show for manufacturers but also an opportunity to become a part of the firearms community.

What Sets Apart This Expo?

TRIGGRCON is an evolution of the Shooting Sports Expo, now expanded to a 2-day event. We will be featuring the very best of the industry.

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Premium Ammo

Attendance is capped! A fixed number of exhibitors and visitors will be at the show. The cap is to maintain an intimate environment where industry thought leaders can be approached without crush or craziness.

This show is about building and maintaining relationships.

Another benefit to this exclusivity: several companies will be launching major new products at the show. Visitors can watch in real-time and talk to those involved. This show is going to be epic.

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Premium Suppressors

“Don’t wake up on the 9th and realize you didn’t come; you’re going to have to wait a whole year thinking about how you missed the biggest event in the region.”
— GW Ayers III, Vice President of Rainier Arms

Who Can Attend?

The Enthusiast

If you support or are interested in the firearm industry. Whether on a competitive match, in your backyard, or hunting.

Media & Industry

Do you either work in the industry in some capacity or support the industry through your business? This is for you!

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Premium Blasters

TRIGGRCON FAQ

  • Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter TRIGGRCON?

TRIGGRCON is an all-ages show. There are no ID requirements though everyone must have a ticket to enter.

  • What are my parking options at TRIGGRCON?

There is limited parking under the convention center. However, there are plenty of parking options within two blocks of the venue. Parking fees will vary depending on the parking lot.

  • Can I bring my pet to the TRIGGRCON?

No animals are allowed. The only exception is for correctly identified on-duty ADA-recognized service animals.

  • Are personal firearms or ammunition allowed?

Personal firearms must remain in a holster and cannot be discharged.

  • How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please send all questions to [email protected]

  • Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you may either print your ticket or have it on your phone.

  • Will badges be required?

Only industry, media, and exhibitors will be required to wear a badge during the show. Standard public/enthusiast attendees do not need to wear a badge during the show.

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Originally posted on Firearms Press.