TRUGLO Tac-Pod Carbon Pro: Bipod Review

Truglo makes some affordable products, and I’ve always been impressed with the quality and price. The Tac-Pod Carbon Pro is a versatile bipod that gives you flexibility when you need it. Bipods are one of those things that people use a lot or never at all. Most often, what defines their use is the distance in which you plan to shoot. No matter how impressive the scope is, it’s hard to make long-distance shots without a good bipod.

Rifle bipods come in various styles for standing and kneeling positions. Many are also made for quick deployment when you need to move from one location to another. Whatever kind you select, each bipod provides the same benefits: stable platforms to shoot from, easy use, and more accurate shots.

Truglo Tac-Pod Carbon Pro.
The Truglo Tac-Pod Carbon Pro. [Photo: Jason Mosher]
Most bipods attach directly to your rifle’s handguard or stock with either a sling stud or Picatinny rail attachment. This means it’s important that you select one that works with both your firearm and any accessories. If you have attachments like weapon lights or night vision equipment, make sure they won’t get in the way of each other.

I have an AR-15 I set up for long-range shooting and decided to give the Truglo Tac-Pod Carbon Pro a test drive. I’ve been using it for a while, and so far, it’s been a great quality bipod. There’s only one thing I don’t care for, which I’ll get to shortly. But overall, it’s worth checking out if you’re in the market for a rifle bipod.

About the Tac-Pod Carbon Pro

Truglo produced the Tac-Pod Carbon Pro bipod with flexibility in mind. It features a full pan, tilt, and level control. Because the TAC-Pod Carbon Pro bipod has a rotating base, it allows the shooter to easily adjust their angle of fire without repositioning it. This can be an important feature when your target moves. The model I have is equipped with adjustable legs that extend from 9 to 13 inches.

Crafted of carbon fiber and aluminum, the Tac-Pod is not only strong but lightweight as well. When you start adding a lot of gear to your rifle, it gets heavy real quick. Some long-range rifles are heavy enough as it is, let alone all the gear we attach to them. Truglo makes different attachment methods for the Tac-Pro, so it can be used with multiple rifle platforms. I chose the M-LOK attachment, so I could put it directly on my AR-15 handguard.

Truglo Tac-Pod Carbon Pro.
The Truglo Tac-Pod Carbon Pro folds down for easy transport. [Photo: Jason Mosher]
The folding legs have a push-button locking system to ensure easy deployment. Truglo used a twist-lock mechanism to adjust the length of each leg, so each leg could be adjusted independently. I found the swivel base to be the most beneficial thing about the Tac-Pod. There are cases when a stationary bipod is needed, but I like having the ability to adjust my point of aim without repositioning it.

I mentioned one thing I didn’t care for, and that is the locking base lever. Even when it’s good and tight, the bipod can still move around without much effort. Because the base is made to pan, tilt, and rotate, locking it in place may prove difficult. When tightened, it’s strong enough to do the job; I just wish it had a better locking system.

On the range with the Tac-Pro bipod

I stated earlier that most people need a bipod to take long-distance shots. The term “long-distance” will vary greatly from one person to the next. Another factor that plays into the use of a bipod, however, is its weight. The digital scope I mounted on my AR-15 can be used for a good 500 yards, but it’s also heavy. Even when I’m trying to hit a target at 100 yards, a bipod makes it easier with this rifle.

To get a feel for the bipod’s flexibility, I headed to the range for a test drive. I set up some targets in multiple places and distances and started out using a table to set my rifle and bipod on. I fired at each target to see how well the swivel base worked. Because I had it tightened, making small adjustments proved difficult. I loosened it one turn, which helped a great deal.

Truglo Tac-Pod Carbon Pro.
The Truglo Tac-Pod Carbon Pro extends from 9-13 inches, making it easy to shoot from multiple positions. [Photo: Jason Mosher]
After that, I fired from the prone position at several targets about 100 yards away. The bipod worked great and made it easy to move from target to target. But when I got up, the bipod wanted to swing around, making it hard to fold and lock the legs quickly. I may not be entirely used to using this style of base and need to mess with it a little more. I also attempted to use it quickly and did not stop to adjust the clamp from one position to another. Taking the time to loosen it a turn when deployed and tighten it before folding the legs up appears to help.

Is it worth the money?

Overall, I thought the Tac-Pod Carbon Pro bipod did great with my rifle once I got it adjusted to where I wanted it. It retails for about $80.00, depending on the option you pick. Truglo offers a version with shorter legs that extend from 6-9 inches and picatinny or sling swivel mounts. I plan to keep this bipod on my rifle and see how it holds up long-term. From what I can see, however, I don’t think it will have any problems.

Truglo Tac-Pod Carbon Pro.
A clamp on the base of the Tac Pro allows you to tighten the bipod at a specific position. [Photo: Jason Mosher]
The swivel mount and clamp are made of metal and feel sturdy. This bipod would work great on just about any type of rifle (with the correct connection device). It has rubber feet to help it keep a good grip on the surface. I extended the bipod legs all the way and tightened the rotating clamps to see how well they held. I couldn’t get the legs to push back in without loosening the clamps. If you want flexible, light, and good quality, check out the Tac-Pod Carbon Pro bipod.

Sheriff Jason Mosher is a law enforcement generalist instructor as well as a firearms and tactical weapons trainer. Jason graduated from the FBI-LEEDA (Law Enforcement Executive Development Association) and serves as a Sheriff for his day job. When he’s not working, he’s on the range, eating steak, or watching Yellowstone.

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