Good Gear – B&T
B&T LLC Products
Arguably at no other time in American history has there been more interest in precision rifle use than today. With the exchange of information and flat out what’s available from web specific sites and the History Channel, never has there been more data available. Advances in technology, and more specifically rifles, have jumped forward in the last 10 years like at no other time in the history of firearms since the transition era of black to smokeless powder.
Platform stability is critical to precision marksmanship and is historically, and in reality, one of the three elements of rifle marksmanship. Aiming is understandable. The hold, or holding of the rifle, is the platform of stability we speak of. And of course trigger application. In competitions like 3-gun shoots, and all of the many sniper rifle matches held around the country, these fundamentals are tested but as always the ultimate test is combat.
A shot that is fired is only as good as the platform it comes from and the one constant is to provide a stable platform to engage what are often long-range and or moving targets. The search is continuous to acquire these stable positions with those in the know always aware that these issues (sights, trigger and platform) are being applied under duress.
In the firearms marketplace there is always someone who makes a good product and often there are several others who make stuff similar, but are at best mediocre “hood ornament” products. It is actually an oddity when one company makes several really good products, all of which work. B&T Industries LLC is one of these companies. The company logo is, “Tools for the 21st Century Marksman.” In their case it’s an absolute truism.
B&T Ind. was born, so to speak, on 1/1/2000 (the day the world was supposed to crash to a halt or something goofy). In reality two good things happened that day, the world didn’t end, and the B&T Accu-Shot precision monopod came into the firearms market. A rock-solid product, the Pod has been sold around the world to military, law enforcement and the private sector.
Fifteen versions allow shooters to pick a pod of a height that works for them or, in some cases, a Pod correct for their specific rifle type such as my Accuracy International rifle system, for example. A Pod is easily mounted on my rear sling swivel and tightened right up to the stock. My version has the Quick Knob that, as the name implies, allows me to make bold adjustments to the pod and then fine-tune it as required. The Monopod has a large number of accessories, including a steel cap replacement for the contact end of the pod for hard-use applications. Other upgrades for the pod are available as well.
The B&T Atlas bipod is without reservation one of the strongest bipods on the market today. It’s available in three formats, the BT10, BT10NC and BT10-LW17. Weighing in at a nominal 10-1/2 ounces the bipod is constructed in America (there’s a concept) and made from T6061 aluminum that is hard anodized. All springs and fasteners are stainless steel. The legs move front to rear and positive lock at 15 degrees, plus and minus. The heat-treated legs move to allow five position settings. Add on parts for specific user applications include 3-inch leg extensions, and ski and cleat type tips to replace the standard issue rubber leg tips. Nominal height adjustment ranges from 5 to 9 inches with more height if required by the use of the aforementioned leg extension pieces. Deployment is quick, easy, quiet, and rock solid. Other versions of mounting the bipod to the rifle include a quick release to a 1913, a solid screwed-down-tight setup and rifle-specific ones like the one I use on my Accuracy International system.
I like this piece of gear a lot, yes it holds a battery… cool, it folds up hence the flip-grip moniker, though it is actually the BT27 Folding Vertical Fore Grip. Most important it really gives me a place to anchor my hand on the front end of short rifles. In my time at HK, I saw more than one person tag their hand by having it in front of the short barrel of the MP5. Although the act of having your forward hand too close the muzzle itself sounds stupid, if you look, it is a reality. Many rifle people switched to subguns and even more so today you see many short-barreled rifles (SBRs).
Folks who shoot a lot have a little dose of, “kinda forgot where the support hand is on the front of the rifle syndrome” and, if the rifle happens to be a short one, the blast and muzzle burn can tune your hand up pretty good! I have, and use, the BT27 in two formats, for SBR equipment, and for a solid support on the front of a heavier rifle while under movement. I wish other lifesaving equipment from guns to vests were made as well as the BT27.
With the information available today there should be no reason to not have excellent equipment, and that doesn’t always mean who threw the most money at the subject.
A reasonable amount of money invested in solid equipment will always be worth the weight of carrying it. B&T products are an example of what solid equipment should be, and in their case it is.
By Clint Smith
Photos By Heidi Smith
P.O. Box 771071, Wichita, KS 67277
The Atlas Bipod (above) deployed with the BT27 Folding Vertical Fore Grip shown unfolded into the support position. The Quick Release Atlas Bipod mount (below) attaches to a 1913 forward rail. The Atlas bipod legs even deployed full length are still rock solid.
The BT27 (above), here in a partial up mode, allows the end cap to come off for access to a spare battery carried inside the grip body. The B&T monopod shown below is the quick release model allowing bold adjustments by the use of the button and fine adjustments from the rings.