The first and most crucial step to carry any rifle for long distances, it needs to have a sling that works the way we expect it. Unfortunately, most slings will not hold the gun on the shoulder hands-free. Most slings tend to slide off the shoulder. A correctly carried rifle should be by our side, not partially around our back and carried across the shoulder blade.
Therefore, when carried properly, the Swagger Field Model Bipod does not cause any discomfort. Even when I intentionally carried my rifle farther back and partially on my shoulder blade, there was only mild discomfort. I suspect when wearing more clothing, there shouldn’t be any discomfort across the shoulder blade. With the sling I use, I can secure the rifle entirely (diagonal) on my back without any pain.
The Swagger bipod is very stable and provides easier movement to different shooting positions without having to lift it off the ground for minor pointing corrections. It works just as seen in the videos.
Update: I have successfully used the Swagger to take coyotes in various terrain conditions. I have also practiced shooting a 4.5-inch diameter target ball out to 300 yards in several shooting positions. Never do I have to make any leg length adjustment on any terrain slope during sitting positions. If I have to reposition to a different shooting direction, all I have to do is pick up the gun, move, sit it down, aim and shoot.
Below are some pictures of various positions. I could not have taken a coyote with most other styles of bipods. I was able to quickly rotate about 30-40 degrees without lifting the bipod off the ground on the side of the hill.
There are plenty of Swagger bipod reviews on YouTube.
The Ultimate Rifle Sling is the best sling I have ever owned, and I will not use any other brand on my rifles. The Ultimate Rifle and Shotgun sling is made in the USA and sold by Specialty Outdoor Products. Not once did I feel that my rifle was going to fall off my shoulder during the nearly five-mile hike. I never need to hold on to the sling or rifle at any time (except when I must duck under stuff). However, in the secondary carry position, it is entirely secure on my back. If I need to craw on my hands and knees, the rife does not move around when secured on my back—I do not have to worry about it. I also purchased the Ultimate Tactical Sling with QDM for my AR rifle.
Update: After hiking several miles using the Ultimate Rifle Sling over a variety of terrain conditions, I could not be more satisfied. I never have to keep a hand-hold on my rifles, and none have fell off my shoulder.
Watch my video below.
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