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    Do bipods help you manage recoil when using automatic fire?

    If I've got a rifle and I'm using a bipod, would the bipod help reduce the recoil I experience should when I use automatic fire?

    I've always believed that would be the case but some guy from Texas named Ben wrote somewhere that bipods don't help mitigate recoil unless they're weighted down with sandbags or rocks. Since all Texans are deadly Rambo-kensais, I figured that I should double check on this issue by asking here.
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    In a word: no.

    All a bipod is used for is to help keep your rifle stable while you're making precision shots.
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    Recoil pushes your weapon back and, usually, upward. A bipod holds the weapon up and stable. It does not resist backward or upward motion unless you've wedged it in against something solid right behind it.

    I've seen photos of soldiers firing the M249 from the shoulder with the bipod legs folded together and gripped like a vertical forward grip. That would help with recoil, I suppose, although it looks awkward since the guy I saw had the bipod sticking off to the left of the weapon. Looked like you'd end up rolling the thing around under recoil, but he seemed to know his business and I've never so much as fired one.
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    The bipod just holds the weapon steady while you fire, it does not mitigate the recoil.

    This is my experience, and I could carve straight lines in targets on the M-60 range years ago (haven't gotten to play with the 240B yet...)

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    Thanks to everyone for the help and info. I appreciate it.
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    Bipods are stabilizers. Not recoil reducers. To get any kind of recoil reduction the weapon needs to be mounted on a platform of some type. When you fire a machinegun the gun jumps around quite a bit. Bipods help stop some of that jump, and allows you to increase your range on point targets.

    My experience comes from the m249, m240, and .50

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    BTW, who are you going to be shooting at with the bipod on automatic? Rush hour traffic? Innocent bystanders? All those people who just don't understand you? Just kidding. Please don't shoot me.

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    The best way (and pretty much the only way besides using wimp loads) for you to reduce the recoil from your rifle is to make sure the stock is snug in your shoulder.

    That way, when you squeeze the trigger, your body will move with the rifle, instead of the rifle punching your shoulder all to hell.
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    Blowback ports don't hurt either ;).

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    Despite a bipod not helping to reduce recoil, it will assist in regaining the sight picture depending of course, upon severity of the recoil its self and your skill as a marksman.

    Is the rifle a fixed or floating barrel and what's its overall weight?
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