Shooters Ridge makes a variety of accessories for shooting enthusiasts and hunters. Among their long lineup of accessories is a series of bipods that attach to the swivel stud on the forend of any rifle with a rounded stock. For this review we'll take a look at the Rock Mount bipod in 9"-13" adjustable height.
The Rock Mount line of bipods offers pivoting and non-pivoting models. Pivoting means that the bipod can swivel along the axis of the barrel, not from side to side. As we've noted in other bipod reviews (link to vanguard bipod review), being able to pivot or swivel along the axis of the bore allows the shooter to level out the reticle when taking a long shot on an uneven surface. Shooters Ridge offers four different bipods in various heights: 6"-9" (best for bench work), 9"-13" (best for prone shooting), 13.5"-23" (best for kneeling/seated shooting), and 14.5"-29" (for those that just want a taller bipod). All of these lengths are available in either a pivoting model or non-pivoting. Our review model is a non-pivoting 9"-13" model number 40853.
The Shooters Ridge Rock Mount Bipod
The Rock Mount design is very similar to the original Harris Engineering design and features a similar operation. Each leg can be extended separately and set to any length by using the quick lock down lever. Once fully extended, each spring loaded leg can be quickly retracted by pushing the release button.
The feet of the bipod are made of hard rubber and not the best on slick surfaces.
It would be nice to see retractable spiked feet for loose dirt situations as well.
It's worth noting that this bipod will only fit forends that have a typical rounded curvature seen on most hunting rifles. Stocks with a bench rest style flat bottom will not be able to attach to the Rock Mount bipods.
Hand tightening the screw pulls the bipod snug against the rifle stock. Note that a sling can still
be used by looping the sling swivel through the eyelets on the bottom of the stud attachment.
Extending the leg and rotating the clamp allows any leg position to be set.
Each leg has a quick release button and quick clamp lever.
The bipod clamps over a standard sling swivel stud.
Bipods are one of those gun accessories that shooters either love or hate. Most shooters love them because they make for a stable rest nearly anywhere, while some hate them because they add some weight to the forend of the rifle. The Rock Mount bipod is very lightweight and doesn't detract from shooting a rifle from the freehand position. Those that don't like much extra weight, might be surprised with the light weight of the Rock Mount.
The street price on our review model is around $40-$50 while a similar Harris Engineering model is $75-$100. It's important to note that the Rock Mount, while similar, is made overseas while the Harris Engineering models are made in the USA. Certain Harris models also tend to have advanced features such as notched legs that allow the shooter to select between a few predetermined leg lengths rather than having to individually set each leg length with the quick lock down lever.
Overall the Rock Mount is a good economical choice for an entry level bipod. It's lightweight, attaches easily to most hunting rifles, and has a relatively low cost for a bipod. If you're looking for more advanced features or want to support the original design of this genre of bipods, look for a Harris Engineering bipod, but be prepared to spend considerably more.
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