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primos trigger mono pod

Trigger Stick Tall Mono Pod (Primos): This brilliant design is a no-brainer—a shooting stick that is deployed by pulling a trigger. This bad-boy just feels sturdy. It features a detachable yoke constructed of hard plastic with a rubber over-mold that makes for non-marring contact with your AR. Once the yolk is detached, the Trigger Stick can be used to mount a camera, video camera, or spotting scope. The three-piece legs are constructed of lightweight aluminum with hard plastic section caps and a rubber foot. The body is made of hard plastic with rubber grip panels for a secure grip, and plastic trigger and adjustment wheel. The Trigger Stick is very rugged and provides a solid shooting platform with absolutely no play in the moving parts. MSRP is $64.99.

(800) 523-2395; www.primos.com

Pros: Solid. Rugged. Fast, silent deployment. No tools needed for adjustments or accessory add-on.

Cons: Lower section doesn’t release by trigger—must be manually extended.

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deluxe stalk stick

Deluxe Stalk Stick (Shooters Ridge): This one features a pop-up yoke that when hidden allows the stick to double as a walking stick. With a quick flip of the pop-up lever, the yoke springs up from the handle. The handle and yoke are constructed of hard plastic over-molded with rubber. The plastic yolk has a flimsy feel to it—the two legs of the yolk are set a bit narrow, and I can see the plastic strain with the wide fore-grip of the R-25. The pop-up lever also feels a little on the frail side. A brutal Wisconsin winter will turn the yoke and pop-up lever brittle. I tested this by tossing the Deluxe Stalk Stick in the freezer for 12 hours, then pulled it out. Sure enough, when I put the wide front grip of the R-25 into the yolk and let the AR’s full weight come to bear, one of the yolk legs broke right off under the strain. Deployment of the aluminum leg is by twisting and pulling the legs. This could be a little difficult during the winter with heavy gloves on, as could flipping the pop-up lever. Removal of the rubber foot reveals a metal point. MSRP is $67.95.

(800) 635-7656 (tech); (866) 788-7386 (orders); www.shootersridge.com

Pros: Lightweight. Quiet deployment of legs.

Cons: Broke during testing. Pop-up lever and yolk are flimsy.

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primos tall bipod

Trigger Stick Tall Bi Pod (Primos): Has all the things that are great about the Trigger Stick Mono Pod x 2. The only difference between this and the mono pod, aside from the fact that it has two legs extending from the body, is that the legs are each two pieces instead of three. This means that the overall length of the Bi Pod is a little longer, but what this also means is that when you pull the trigger, the legs extend all the way to the ground with no manual extending needed. That’s huge because it makes it just that much faster to deploy. MSRP is $109.99.

(800) 523-2395; www.primos.com

Pros: Same as Trigger Stick Mono-Pod, plus trigger allows for legs to reach ground, so no manual extending.

Cons: None.

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Magnum Swivel Shooting Stick (Shooters Ridge)

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Red Legged Devil-2 (RLD-2) (BOGgear)

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Steady Pod (Shooters Ridge)

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Camo Legged Devil-3 (CLD-3) (Shooters Ridge)

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Tri-Leg Sticks (Shooters Ridge)

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Deluxe Bi-Pod (Shooters Ridge)

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Series S Model L Bipod (Harris)

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