Atlas Bipod: BT47-LW17 PSR Precision Sniper Rifle Bipod Review

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Atlas Bipod: BT47-LW17 PSR Precision Sniper Rifle Bipod Review

You need stability in your life

It is hard to find a rifle accessory that is more useful than a good support to stabilize the rifle while you shoot.
My favorite such setup is the heavy wood or cement shooting bench at the local range combined with a good shooting rest from Hyskore (review link), Primos, Caldwell, etc.
Only one problem… I can’t take the cement shooting bench with me!
The next best thing that I have found is a bipod mounted to the stock of a rifle with a free floated barrel. While I like my Caldwell XLA bipod and Ohuhu folding bipods for casual shooting, I question their durability for hard use… like hunting, on a duty rifle, or constantly being moved from rifle to rifle for reviews.
I went looking for a bipod that exceed the durability of most standard consumer-grade bipods.

Atlas Bipod: BT47-LW17 PSR Precision Sniper Rifle Bipod Review archangelProblem Solved!

…and finally found what I was looking for from B&T Industries in the form of their BT47-LW17 PSR Atlas Bipod.
PSR = Precision Sniper Rifle

Atlas Bipod Specs from the B&T Industries website:

“BT47-LW17 PSR Atlas Bipod: Tall with ADM 170-S Lever
Condition NEW

Atlas Bipod: BT47-LW17 PSR Precision Sniper Rifle Bipod Review logoEstimated range of elevation is 7 – 13” BT47 Tall

Mounts directly to any 1913 style Picatinny rail via included ADM 170-S Lever.
Height Range approximately 7.0 – 13.0″.
15 degrees +/- of preloaded Pan.
15 degrees +/- of preloaded Cant.
Leg positions are; stowed back, 90 degrees straight down, 45 degrees forward and stowed forward.

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legs retracted

Fore and Aft pivot limiting Bosses*

Non-Rotating Legs*
Strengthened Leg Boss*

Inner Leg constructed from T7075*
Weight 15.13 ounces.
Available in black only.

The PSR (Precision Sniper Rifle) Atlas Bipod came about as the Atlas was selected for the USSOCOM Sniper Rifle system. The PSR was in response to the testing feedback that we got from the Military. These changes include a non-rotational legs, fore and aft pivot limiting bosses and a 40% stronger Inner leg.”

How does the Atlas Bipod work in the field?

Sure, those are great specs on paper, and who could fail to be impressed by the USSOCOM mention? Then again, I’m more interested in real world performance than marketing speak. So far the BT47-LW17 PSR Atlas Bipod has spent most of it’s useful life on the Mosin Modernization Project‘s “Sniper” rifle. This rifle is a big, heavy, thunderous amalgamation of vintage Russian

 

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steel, modern US polymer, and a touch of good ole American precision, in the form of a Timney Trigger. This beast of a bastardized milsurp rifle is frequently used as a test bed for the wide range of optics that we review here at Gear Report. As such, proper support is critical so that we don’t skew any optics test results. In the course of testing the BT47-LW17 PSR Atlas Bipod has been used on dirt, grass, gravel, cement, wood and the door frame of a 2001 Ford E150. Occasionally the surface was level, but usually not so much. While we don’t go out of our way to beat the snot out of our gear, we don’t baby it either.
After a few months of hard use, the BT47-LW17 PSR Atlas Bipod has worked flawlessly and, with a quick wipe down, looks new.

Atlas Bipod: BT47-LW17 PSR Precision Sniper Rifle Bipod Review swagSo, why does the BT47-LW17 PSR Atlas Bipod PISS ME OFF?

The same reason Hiperfire triggers and Timney Triggers make me angry, and the Huber Concepts Square Brake muzzle brake (review) gets under my skin…

… they are superior enough that I get annoyed when I have to use most any other competing brands. Just like the Hiperfire and Timney Triggers ruined nearly every factory trigger and the Huber Concepts muzzle brake makes me roll my eyes at most other muzzle brakes, the Atlas Precision Sniper Rifle bipod makes me cuss every time I pick up a rifle that is wearing any other bipod. The thing is, before using the PSR Atlas Bipod I was perfectly happy with the $20 Ohuhu bipod from Amazon.com. Not any longer. However, I can’t chuck the the cheap bipod in the dumpster out back since several of the rifles we test don’t have a bottom Picatinny rail to mount the PSR Atlas BT47-LW17  Bipod.
So, yeah. The Atlas bipod pisses me off… but in a good way.

atlas-bipodsWhat makes the PSR Atlas BT47-LW17  Bipod worth over $300?

Whoa! Hold up chief… did you say $300?!

Yeah, as of this writing, the Atlas Bipod PRS BT47-LW17 lists for $339.95 on the Accu-Shot or Brownells websites. With shipping, I paid about $350… for a bipod. $350 happens to be the exact same amount I paid for my very gently used Savage 114C in .270 Winchester. It is a glorious rifle.
But I digress. Given that Atlas bipods aren’t what one might call “budget” oriented, how do they justify the high price tag?

For most people, they don’t. There. I said it. A lot of people don’t NEED a bipod of this caliber. However, if you rely on your rifle to keep you alive or put food on your table, then the PSR Atlas BT47-LW17  Bipod may be the right choice for you. Simply put, the Atlas PSR bipods are overbuilt, over engineered, and not for those who pamper their equipment. If you require a bipod that is stable, smooth, quiet (most of the time), adjustable, light, easy to use, clutter free, and durable, then you need an Atlas bipod.
So, I’m the cheapest person I know and I fully expected to write that the Atlas Bipod PSR is overpriced. After using it for a few months I wonder if it could be sold for a bit less, but actually find myself comfortable recommending it for folks that need a bulletproof bipod. Value isn’t about price, it is about what you get for the money. I think the Atlas PSR bipods are a reasonable value.

Atlas Bipod: BT47-LW17 PSR Precision Sniper Rifle Bipod Review QD rail mount

ADM-170s QD rail mount

Attachment

I chose the PSR Atlas BT47-LW17 Bipod, which is mounts to the rifle via the ADM 170-S QD Lever 1913 Picatinny rail mount. All Atlas Bipods are either rail mounted or come without any sort of mounting clamp, allowing the end user to pick from a few “…17S size lever style mount to include the ADM-170-S, ARMS 17S , TRAMP from Badger Ordnance and LT271 or the BT10-NC…” They even offer 2 direct mount options for Sako TRG or Atlas Accuracy International Spigot (AAIS) mounting systems. If you prefer the little sling swivel clamp mount method common on recreational use bipods, then this Atlas Bipod isn’t for you, as I can’t imagine that little sling swivel surviving the type of abuse Atlas Bipods are designed for.

Weight

I ordered the tall version of the PSR Atlas Bipod and it weighs in at about 15 oz. So, just under one pound. Compare this to the Harris Bipod HBRMS ultralight (13 ounces) with RBA-1 Swivel clamp adapter (weight not listed, but must be at least a couple of ounces), and we are in the same weight range.

Operation

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height adjustment knob

The PSR Atlas Bipod is definitely different than most of the Spring loaded and spring assisted bipod designs on the market.

  • Height adjustment: The PSR Atlas Bipod legs are extended by pulling the round ferrule away from the rifle to release the Atlas Bipod leg lock, then sliding the outer leg sleeve to the desired position and releasing the ferrule. The inner leg rods have machined ring grooves that the locking mechanism drops into at about 3/4″ intervals along the length of each leg. With a bit of practice it is easy to adjust the length of each PSR Atlas Bipod leg with one hand. Each leg can be set at a different length for shooting from uneven ground.
  • Leg angle adjustment: Perhaps the most innovative feature of the PSR Atlas Bipod is the mechanism by which the bipod leg angle is adjusted. There are half-circle shaped stainless steel plates attached to each side of the bottom of the bipod mount. Each half-circle has five semicircular cutouts at 45 degree intervals along the periphery. Each PSR Atlas Bipod leg has spring loaded stainless steel pin which locks into one of the leg angle adjustment plate cutouts, giving 5 independent angle adjustments for each leg. Unlike other bipods that generally have one “stowed” position and one “deployed” position, the PSR Atlas Bipod leg angle can be quickly and easily set parallel to the barrel and forward, 45 degrees down and forward, 90 degrees (perpendicular to the barrel), 45
    Atlas Bipod: BT47-LW17 PSR Precision Sniper Rifle Bipod Review angle adjustment

    leg angle adjustment

    degrees down and aft, or parallel to the barrel and aft. Something I really like is that I feel no play in the leg angle adjustment when using the PSR Atlas BT47-LW17 Bipod. Other bipods often feel like a 2 stage trigger, where there is notable movement as I lean into the rifle a bit to preload the bipod. When using the Atlas bipod there is just a touch of movement in the pan and cant areas, but none in the leg angle.
    I also really like that I can stow the legs facing backwards instead of forward like on most bipods. Stowing backwards reduces the likelihood that the legs will snag on something, and moves the weight of the legs further back to help with rifle balance.

  • Pan: One of my favorite features, conspicuously missing on most bipods, is the ability to pan the rifle (pivot the rifle side to side about the vertical axis) while the bipod legs are stationary. With a full 15 degrees of pan in each direction, the shooter can swing the barrel a full 30 degrees to get on target or follow a moving target.
  • Cant: Cant, or tilt, allows the rifle to pivot on the bipod around a plane parallel to the bore axis. This is especially useful when shooting from ground that is slightly uneven, as the legs can be set to the same length and the barrel simply canted up to 15 degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise until level. Pan and cant friction is adjusted by turning a large wheel on the bottom of the PSR Atlas Bipod mount. I haven’t yet figured out how to make the Atlas Bipod completely quiet when I move the rifle around. the Pan and Cant joints sometimes make noise at the rubber insert rubs against the metal mount.
    Interestingly, the most pissed-off that I got during this test cycle was when I took the Mosin Modernization Project – Modern Mosin Hunting Rifle deer hunting. Having identified a nice spot in a christmas tree line that let me overlook a couple of spots where deer routinely exit the woods about 250 yards away I figured I would lie prone in the treeline instead of setting up a ground blind. The Modern Mosin Hunting Rifle was wearing the cheap Ohuhu folding bipod that is also being reviewed. Immediately I became frustrated that the Ohuhu folding bipod did not Pan or Cant, making scanning through the optic far more difficult than it needed to be. I really regretted having just installed the new Sightmark Pinnacle 5-30×50 TMD scope on the Modern Mosin Sniper rifle, as I had not had time to sight it, making that rifle and the PSR Atlas Bipod unavailable for the hunt.
Atlas Bipod: BT47-LW17 PSR Precision Sniper Rifle Bipod Review with caldwell bipod

exposed springs on Caldwell bipod

Something missing?

I admit that it took me a while to warm up to the PSR Atlas BT47-LW17 Bipod, mostly because I am a cheap bastard and had trouble swallowing the $340 price tag. One insight that helped me to “see the light” was from Phil, our writer with the most real-world military tactical field experience. Phil’s nearly instant comment when he saw the PSR Atlas BT47-LW17 Bipod was “Oh COOL! None of those annoying external springs to catch on things or break.” Phil immediately recognized that this was designed for someone operating in a rather unforgiving environment where little things like their Harris Bipod leg spring getting snagged on something could compromise their mission. Little details matter when lives are on the line.

Durability

Atlas Bipod: BT47-LW17 PSR Precision Sniper Rifle Bipod Review CBRPS MNAR bullpupWe took our time on this review, using the PSR Atlas BT47-LW17 Bipod for more than 5 months before committing pixels to screen. If this were a $50 bipod, then we would have used it a couple of quick times, then wrote the review. The increased investment in the PSR Atlas Bipod warranted a more thorough evaluation. We did not take it easy on the Atlas bipod by shooting with a low recoil .22lr rifle. Nope. We attached the Atlas bipod to two different 30 caliber rifles shooting the moderately stout 7.62x54r round. The Mosin Modernization Project‘s “Sniper” rifle wears a big Huber Concepts muzzle brake that tames recoil. However, the Center Ballance Systems Bullpup has no muzzle brake, so it delivers the full recoil impulse more harshly. Either of these rifles kicks enough that if there were any parts on the PSR Atlas Bipod that were under-built, they likely would have failed by now. While the bipod has not been used on a duty weapon, deployed for long periods in a harsh environment, it has been used in rough conditions at improvised shooting ranges and while hunting. So far, no problems to report, and given how solidly built the PSR Atlas Bipod is, we don’t expect any. All of the parts feel heavier duty than similar parts on any other tactical bipod we have tried.

Most commercially available bipods are a rather weak looking mess of thin, stamped steel and exposed springs. Nothing about that inspires confidence. With simple, over-built parts and strong T7075 legs, the PSR Atlas Bipod is simple, robust, and over-built.

We had no issues with the durability or function of the rubber feet, but there are spike feet, ski feet, and claw feet are available should they better suit your needs.

Atlas Bipod: BT47-LW17 PSR Precision Sniper Rifle Bipod Review Rubber foot

Rubber foot can be swapped for a spike

Overall

Since I am not in a role where I am deployed or depending on my rifle every day to keep me alive, it took a while for me to warm up to the PSR Atlas BT47-LW17 Bipod. The significant price premium was hard to swallow. Having used the PSR Atlas Bipod for several months has allowed all of the little features of the design and manufacture to shine and given some clarity in how to view this product. In a nutshell, the PSR Atlas Bipod is a fantastic product that I highly recommend, but it is not for everyone. The robust design makes it entirely overkill for most casual shooters. If you just want a bipod to hold your Ruger 10/22 off of the dirt at the local range, then a budget option like the Caldwell XLA bipod or Ohuhu folding bipod will likely serve your needs for a LOT less money.

If you appreciate quality or legitimately NEED a bipod that will survive far more abuse than the budget options, then give serious consideration to Atlas Bipods.

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If you appreciate quality or legitimately NEED a bipod that will survive far more abuse than the budget options, then give serious consideration to Atlas Bipods. If it were a bit less costly I would rate it 1/2 gear higher.

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Rubber foot can be swapped for a spike

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A USAF veteran, Jeff earned a MBA in Marketing and Health Services. He specializes in consultative selling and internet marketing. As the VP of BD & Marketing, Jeff provides sales and marketing leadership to MGECOM, Inc. and helps http://MGECOM.com acquire new clients in need of solutions for online merchants in need of Affiliate Marketing program management.

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