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Atlas 5H Bipod – First Look

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You may have heard of the Atlas bipod, we mention it on this site quite a bit…because it’s excellent! You may not have heard of the new Atlas 5H bipod, though! B&T Industries, who manufactures the Atlas products, has been developing the Atlas 5H bipod for more than a year now. It’s designed as a heavy duty bipod specifically for “big bore” rifles and heavy recoil. That kind of stuff comes with the territory when you’re shooting 338 Lapua Magnum, 50 Caliber, or 375/408 Cheytac chambered rifles! We managed to get our hands on an Atlas 5H from the first production run of the new bipod. While we haven’t had it long enough to knock out a review, we did want to throw some initial thoughts on the bipod up for the readers! So here we go!

Atlas 5H Bipod

Dubbed the Atlas 5H (For Heavy?) the new Atlas bipod from B&T Industries has some interesting design changes over the previous models. I’ll start with a size comparison to illustrate that difference by itself. The diameter of the legs has been increased to help with the large caliber recoil inherent to big bore cartridges. The outer legs telescope up and down the inner leg of the Atlas 5H the same way they did with the Atlas 8.1 and Atlas PSR bipod models. I suppose it’s more akin to the Atlas PSR since the legs on the Atlas 5H do not rotate the way the legs on the older Atlas 8.1 would rotate around the inner leg.

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Size comparison, Atlas 5H bipod on top, with an Atlas 8.1 below for reference

The feet on the Atlas 5H are also removable like traditional Atlas bipod models. I’m told that the replacement feet options will be forthcoming shortly now that the Atlas 5H, itself, is entering production. This will be a production item that B&T Industries produces, so if you missed out on the first run, more will be available shortly as they’re produced and sent to Atlas dealers. It comes in a beautiful package with foam padding, instructions, a business card, and a sticker!

Atlas 5H Packaging

Very nice packaging…and a free sticker!

Atlas 5H Design

One of the more noticeable new features or design changes of the Atlas 5H is the steel hangar the legs are mounted upon. The entire center control unit slides left and right up and down this steel hangar. That’s what gives the rifle the Atlas 5H is mounted to the ability to cant side to side in order to square the reticle with the fall of gravity. The Atlas 5H can also pan side to side as the previous models allowed the shooter to do the same. This is especially useful when engaging a moving target that you need to track or ambush in order to hit it as it moves around in front of the shooting position. Honestly, it has a slew of new features, such as:

Atlas 5H MRAD

The Atlas 5H looks right at home on the 338LM BARRETT MRAD!

  • Atlas 5H Bipod Features
    • 15* +/- of PAN and CANT
    • Weighs approximately 26 ounces
    • Height range of approximately 5.5 – 10.5”
    • Swappable optional feet and extensions available
    • The 5-H PAN and CANT can be locked out at top dead center
    • Available in black with Heat Treated Stainless Steel components
    • PAN and CANT Tension Wheel has Detent adjustability and Cam-Lock
    • PATENTED multiple deployable leg positions of 0, 45, 90, 135 and 180*
    • Multiple mounting options to include proprietary B&T Ind. L.L.C. offerings
    • Made from the best materials for the respective application right here in America
    • The 5-H incorporates our current Patents and additional Patent pending design elements

The detent adjustable tension wheel is pretty neat. As you twist the wheel, it increases the amount of tension on the panning and canting features of the Atlas 5H Bipod. So as you turn the wheel, you can go from fairly loose and easy to move the gun around, to tighter with more effort required. Whatever the adjustment, the detent locks it in place, it can’t loosen up on it’s own! It’s different than the older Atlas bipod designs, I’m going to tell you that right now.

There’s also a lever you can use to really ramp up the friction and lock the cant mechanism up solid and remove a lot of the play from the panning feature. If you want to lock the panning feature up, there’s an included friction pin that you can screw into the face of the unit. It locks the canting feature as well, but I feel you can do that without the pin by just dialing up the friction wheel or using the lever.

Atlas 5H

Here you can see the friction pin in the front, screwing that in locks up the pan and cant motions of the bipod so the whole unit is stiff and locked in place

Atlas 5H Tips

There are two ways I can see for setting this up after messing with it a bunch. Method 1 – Leave the friction lever open, and dial the detent adjustable friction wheel to the point where you have satisfactory tension on the pan and cant features all the time. This method would function most like the more traditional Atlas bipods where you would set the Atlas 5H to have the same amount of friction all the time.

Method 2 – I go into this in the video below, I think this makes more sense. Set the friction wheel on the loose end, so you can pan and cant the rifle to set everything up plumb with the fall of gravity. Then reach up, and close the friction lever, to lock your settings in place while firing. Both methods work, the question becomes, which method suits you better? I’m planning to get out and try both ways, live fire, if the temperature gets out of the teens before my vacation is over!

Atlas 5H Bipod

Here you can see the friction wheel and lockout lever just below it

Wrapping Up

First impression: It’s pretty damn cool! I can’t wait to get it out and shoot with it a bit. I’ll make sure to get some video and I’ll try both methods for setting up the friction mechanism to see which works best. The MRAD is a pretty light shooter with a muzzle brake, but there’s a more substantial shove when you screw the suppressor onto it…so that’s what I’ll do. That will give me a good feel for how the friction on the pan and cant features does under recoil.

I’ll report back on all this in the coming weeks, hopefully not months! If this turns out to be a brutal winter, I may have to run the rifle up to a 100yd indoor range to get you guys some video and thoughts before spring! I don’t plan to keep you waiting that long. If you have any questions or anything to add, please do so in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer everything for you!

Owner and Proprietor of AccuracyTech, LLC. Rich is a Firearms Enthusiast, Precision Rifle Competitor, and Writer. He is committed to bringing readers quality reviews and articles related to the Precision Shooting Sports. If you have any questions for him, please use the contact form on the site.

Comments

  1. Thanks for the video. I like the form of the 5H and now I understand the function. I don’t shoot heavy recoiling rifle but features of the 5H can still work for me.

    1. Author

      Sure thing, Roland! It certainly can be used for other rifles. I’d be interested to hear what some of the F Class people think about it.

  2. So hows it going do you like the 5H? Is it working well? what problems have you had with it? Been waiting a while so went out and bought one yesterday just waiting for it to arrive.

    1. Author

      Hey Pete, I don’t think you will be disappointed. I honestly haven’t been able to do much with it yet. Had a small brush with Cancer this year that’s really cut into my shooting time the last 5 months or so.

      I caught it early, and I’m okay, but I’m way behind on a number of projects including finishing up some load development with my 338LM so it’s ready for some long distance work.

      I plan to put some work into a more in depth review with some video showing how it’s working during live fire. Just taking some time to get back into the swing of things! Let me know what you think when yours arrives…always good to hear from the readers!

      1. Hi Rich
        Glad to hear your ok and getting back to the reviews.
        I’ve had my Atlas 5H for a short while and used it twice. I have it on my Barnard .338 with 32 ” barrel. I like the way i can now keep the rifle on target when shooting long distance, I also like the build quality, as normal from Atlas. I don’t like how fiddly it is to put on and off, the QR won’t work unless its all the way to one side which is a pain. Adjusting once its on is easy even on a hill side there’s so much cant adjustment. I’d give it 9/10

        1. Author

          It’s been on the list a while, I have some 338LM loaded and ready I just need to get out to the range and get some time in with it. Between illness and mosquito swarms at the range I’ve been working on other articles I can use the shorter distance ranges to complete.

          I have an idea for the QR tension but I have to write it up and send it to B&T!

  3. I am a soldier. It is a sniper’s mission.
    I have a question!
    I am worried about two models of BT10 LW17 and BT46 LW17.
    I want to know the difference between V8 and PSR.
    What model do you want to recommend?

    1. Author

      Get the PSR. The legs are stronger and don’t rotate and there are limiting bosses that allow it to pan side to side but only 15 degrees either side of center. The V8 legs rotate and it can pan farther to the sides.

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