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An FN Minimi with a bipod attached.
A Sako TRG sniper rifle with a bipod.
A U.S. airman firing a Mk 48 with a bipod attached.
An M110 rifle with a bipod.

Bipod comes from the Latin and Greek words "bi" and "pod". "Bi" means "two" and "pod" means "foot", or "feet".[1] A bipod is attached to either a camera or a firearm. It makes a stable platform for whatever the bipod is attached to. It gives the best stability along two axes of motion: side-to-side and up-and-down.[2]

Firearms[change | change source]

On firearms, bipods are often used on rifles and shotguns to allow the gun to rest and stop it from moving. They can also be seen on long-barrelled weapons. The bipod allows the gunner to rest the weapon on the ground, a short wall or other object. This allows for more accuracy. Different types of bipods are set up in different ways. Some bipods are a specific length that can not be changed, but some bipods' length can be changed. Mostly, when bipods are not being used, they are folded forwards, not back towards the gunner. Some types of bipod can fold into grips for the gunner to hold to keep the weapon steady.

Good things about bipods[change | change source]

When firing a weapon without a bipod, it is harder to aim and keep the weapon steady.[3] The good thing about having a bipod is that it makes weapons more accurate. At first, the bipod was only used on long-barreled rifles, such as snipers. However, light and heavy machine guns now use them, as well as small pistols.[4]

Other uses[change | change source]

Photography[change | change source]

The bipod was invented first for cameras. It was an important invention in photography, as it helped to take close-up pictures for terrestrial photogrammetry (making maps and scale drawings from photographs).[5] The camera can stay at a certain height while scanning the land from east to west. A bipod can also be used for ordinary photo-taking to hold the camera steady.

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References[change | change source]

  1. "Bipod-Definition and More". Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  2. (14 October 2011). "Bipod information".
  3. Hawks, Chuck. [ "Choosing the Right Sight"]. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  4. USA Army. "Infantry Weapons Test Methods". Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  5. Garand, John. "Google Patents". Retrieved 25 January 2012.