Battle of the bipods!

Harris BRM Swivel Bipod Leg notch 6-9 VS Deben Extreme Precision Bipod Swivel tilt lever 6-9: Mike Morton pits the venerable Harris against a young pretender

HARRIS BRM SWIVEL BIPOD LEG NOTCH 6-9

Until the advent of high-end and pricey products like the Atlas and Javelin, the Harris was the bipod gold standard

LENGTH: 6-9in  WEIGHT: 371g  SRP: £119.99  WEB: www.harrisbipods.com

FEATURES

This bipod features a sling-swivel stud attachment point. The legs are notched and spring-loaded. This Harris has a swivel/tilt capability, letting you level the rifle on uneven ground.

BUILD QUALITY

The Harris is a true combat and law enforcement-proven workhorse, and can take any rifle and terrain in its stride. It has a beefy chassis and very powerful springs. Watch your fingers!

PERFORMANCE

The Harris offers fullbore support for recoil-free PCPs, and that means it’s over-built for the task in hand. However, the tilt adjustment is very hard to lock in place without the use of the optional lever.

VALUE FOR MONEY

The Harris is more solidly built than the Deben and yet manages to be lighter; but it is £40 dearer and doesn’t include a tilt locking lever – which will set you back at least another £15.

VERDICT? 90/100

“The Harris is the better-made bipod, but if you factor in the missing lever there’s a £55 price difference. Buy this if you shoot centrefire rifles as well as air.”


DEBEN EXTREME PRECISION BIPOD SWIVEL TILT LEVER 6-9

The US-built Harris design has been imitated many times; this Chinese-made clone is one of the closest yet

LENGTH: 6-9in  WEIGHT: 395g  SRP: £79.99  WEB: www.deben.com

FEATURES

Being such a close copy, this ’pod has identical features to the Harris. Both need separately available adapters for use with a Picatinny rail, while the Deben comes supplied with a tilt-locking lever.

BUILD QUALITY

The Deben’s not quite as robust as the Harris, but how much does that really matter on a PCP? The weedy leg extension springs don’t always extend 100% on the first click of the button.

PERFORMANCE

Once mounted on a rifle, it’s hard to tell the difference between these two bipods. The Deben is easier to adjust to eliminate cant thanks to its tilt-locking lever.

VALUE FOR MONEY

The Deben, unlike some of the Harris clones you’ll find, is a very competent copy. For the airgun shooter it offers everything you need without extra outlay.

VERDICT? 85/100

“The Deben offers fantastic value for money, and build quality is more than adequate for airgun use. It’s an extremely good Harris clone, but a clone nonetheless.”


This article originally appeared in the issue 99 of Airgun Shooter magazine. For more great content like this, subscribe today at our secure online store: www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk

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