The first time I spoke with Jeff at M. Werks, LLC I called to ask him about his bipod conversion that worked with a Versa Pod mount. He told me that he was no longer producing it. I was disappointed. The options for F/TR style bipods are limited and if you have a budget, even more limited. We agreed while talking that there was potential demand for a good F/TR style bipod. A few weeks after our talk Jeff called me and told me he was working on a complete bipod system. That was the begining of the M. Werks F/TR Bipod.
I have one of the first prototype models that Jeff built. The quality is superb and is exactly what you would expect from a skilled machinist that shoots and gunsmiths benchrest quality rifles. There are no plastic parts. The entire bipod, except for a few hardened bolts and pins, is made of machined aluminum.
My favorite feature about the bipod is the ease of getting it on and off. Once the base is mounted to your forearm you can mount or dismount the bipod in seconds.
The bipod base itself is simple to mount but can take a minute to install the first time.
The bipod lacks nothing in the adjust-ability department. The base can be controlled for cant and the legs are separately adjustable for height and cant. The feet articulate to make the most of uneven surfaces and help the bipod track extremely well.
The bottom line is that the bipod works great. It makes being consistent easier because you can’t “load the bipod” like you can on a Harris style bipod. I have less point of impact changes from day to day and less point of impact changes due to the way I hold the gun.
In testing the bipod, I’ve used it in several different scenarios including a local 1000 yard F/TR match, ground squirrel hunting, load development, and on magnum caliber rifles. The bipod met or exceeded expectations everywhere I’ve used it.
The bipod pictured weighs 2lbs 4ounces and Jeff tells me that it can be lightened +/- one pound for guns that need to make weight without affecting strength.
The bipod is 12 inches wide but can be widened several inches by moving the feet to the outside. Currently, the bipods are handmade one at a time. I’m sure for a few dollars more Jeff would happily build to your specifications. I didn’t measure for total up/down adjustment but there is plenty of adjustment for shooting prone in both directions.
There is also a rail mount available (picture coming soon).
The bipod costs about $180.
Contact Jeff at M. Werks, LLC to order one. (231) 735-1770