- December 17, 2017
- Heath Wood
A little over a year ago, I was introduced to the Swagger Bipods. One of the first hunts that I went on using the Swaggers, my hunting partner and I had topped a hill while heading into the area we would be hunting. Suddenly, I witnessed a coyote easing around a pond bank approximately 400 yards away. After stopping in our tracks, we watched as he went over the bank and out of our sight. I quickly set up my Swagger Bipods and sat down facing the direction in which we had saw him last. I made two howls on a diaphragm call which immediately caught the attention of the lone coyote. I whispered to my partner “here he comes”, and as he made it to 150 yards, I stopped him with a bark. Unfortunately, I shot over the coyote’s back resulting in him turning and running back the way in which he had come. I could not help but wonder what I could have done differently that would have resulted in a successful outcome.
One of the best features of the Swagger Bipods is the ability to use them while the hunter is lying on their stomach–shooting prone–this shooting position provides a steady rest. The rest is steady enough that I will lay down with them to practice shooting or when doing a quick check to make sure everything is still in line before hunting. After utilizing the Swaggers as a steady rest, it made me think back to the missed shot I had taken on the coyote and I started questioning myself as to why I didn’t think about laying down before taking it.
Since that hunt, I began practicing with the Swaggers while lying down. The fast retractable legs allow for quick assembly once the shooter lies down. The Swagger Field Model measures as low as 6 ¾”, which is perfect for lying down. Once adjusted, the shooter can lean forward or backward, adjusting to get on the target due the spring loaded Crazy Legs technology. Since I am now using Swagger Bipods on every hunt I go on, I stay prepared knowing that in just a few seconds I can remove a gun from the shoulder, retract the Crazy Legs, and lay down for the shot. This technique allows for less error when shooting and helps avoid being seen by incoming coyotes. Staying level with the grass for concealment when there are no trees or cover up is just another way that the Swaggers allow for a set up virtually anywhere.
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