Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Gear Review: Sport Ridge Heavy Duty Rail Mounted Bi-pod

Positioning your rifle properly is one of the keys to making a great shot. When it came to my AR-15 build and upgrades, I field tested multiple bi-pods and one stood out as the clear winner. The Sport Ridge Heavy Duty Rail Mounted Bi-pod lives up to its name of being heavy duty and has some excellent benefits. I have been shooting with the 6-9" rail mount model for the past few months with great results. 

The Sport Ridge 6-9" Rail Mounted Bi-pod was chosen due to wanting something fairly short to set up in an open field or rocky hillsides for hunting coyotes and also target shooting from the prone position. I was also on a budget and wanted to find something sturdy, easy to use, and reliable. I could have opted for the longer legs, but when it comes down to it, in those situations I will use a backpack or a tree.

First off, the Sport Ridge rail mounted bi-pod attaches directly to the picatinny rail of my AR with ease and locks solidly into place. It is pivot friendly with a solid locking mechanism if you want it to stay put (Low Profile Indexing Quick Lever™). Not only does it stay put, but when you want to it is super smooth to adjust. I was able to simply reach forward, adjust the lever and cant my rifle whichever way I needed to, lock the lever back down and shoot. It was that simple and easy to do. 

The springs on this bi-pod are wicked strong and really help the legs stay put when extended. I was impressed with how powerful the springs are. I have tried other name-brand bi-pods with powerful springs and they don't hold a candle to the Sport Ridge Heavy Duty Rail Mounted Bi-pod. When shooting, the legs stay anchored well and take a beating. The legs pop out and retract manually. I plopped my AR down on the bi-pod with the legs up and in, and with them out and extended to see how durable they were. The legs stayed put, held true, and functioned as specified.

At $82.00, this bi-pod is not inexpensive, but it is also not cheap. It is rugged, strong, and works well in any terrain. The Sport Ridge Heavy Duty Rail Mounted Bi-pod holds its own as a high-quality, tough-as-nails bi-pod. If you are looking to add a bi-pod to your AR or upgrade to a high quality bi-pod, choose the Sport Ridge and you'll enjoy hunting and shooting even more.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Heading Into Father's Day Weekend

Life comes at you hard and decisions are sometimes made for you. Sometimes it's simply that you are just busy and that's how it has been for me the past couple months. I've been neck deep into a couple of major work projects that I am very proud of, so my blogging has suffered, but it's all good in my world. Quite honestly, I have spent more time reading, exercising, and spending time with my family than worry about getting my thoughts into a blog post. I had a few minutes today to jot down some things I wanted to share with you all.

First off, the SHARE hunts are available on the CA DFW website now. For under $12 for each chance, it's worth it if you want to hunt elk, deer, bear, or pigs. Just log in and pick the ones you want to try for.

Testing gear has been at the forefront of my free time, too. I have a couple of articles coming out on CA Sportsman on my gear, upgrades, and some field testing. I hope you all have a chance to to read the articles.

I have also been talking with the biologists and game wardens in the area to get more info on hunting this year. With the rains we have had and the nice weather, we should start seeing more and more wildlife in many of the areas. It's time to get the trail cams out and get to scouting. I know Brett has started with the cams and he is seeing some nice results.

I hope all of you fathers have a wonderful weekend with your families and kiddos. I know I will and can't wait to enjoy the weekend. I am thinking some archery practice, steaks on the grill, a cold brew, and a cigar. Sounds about right to me!