I was asked about the comfort when carrying the rifle with the Swagger bipod installed. On the morning of September 12, 2017, I took a 4.79-mile cross-country hike wearing a thin summer long sleeve camo t-shirt. I carried my scoped and loaded Winchester Model 70 weighing 10.4 pounds.
The first and most important step to carry any rifle is having a sling that works the way we all expect it to. Unfortunately, most slings will not hold the gun on the shoulder hands-free. A properly carried rifle should be by our side, not partially around our back and riding on 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 discomfort.
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. I have not proven it on live game yet, but when I do, I wil include the results here.
There are plenty of Swagger bipod reviews on YouTube.
It 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.
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