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I own a Ferret 50BMG and am thinking about a ground tripod arrangement. I'll probably end up fabricating something like the M2 pod unless I come across a bargain.

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Mounting to the rifle to pintle? The shroud is 2"OD on the Ferret.
 

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I'm having trouble with the "why" of this. I know I have looked at the pintle mount that Barrett sells, but I couldn't think of a likely use for it unless it was mounted on a vehicle and I was riding "shotgun" with the .50.

What would be the advantage in a practical sense over a standard bipod on a shooting bench? Of even just using one of he many rifle shooting rests that are available?

Just curious.... Maybe I am overlooking something obvious here.
 
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Rich, the tripod will also be shared by a 1919A4. Why would anyone want a 1919A4? My question was about attaching the Ferret to the pintle.

Whats this I hear about riding shotgun with 50 cal anyway. Is parking at Wally World that bad now?
 

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Well damn that does look cool!

But how the heck to you crouch down to put your shoulder to the stock and eye to the scope in order to fire the thing?

Not dinging on you about this, because I am really just curious. I thought about getting the pintle mount from Barrett, but I just couldn't think of any way to use it.

Thanks for the pic!
 
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(But how the heck to you crouch down to put your shoulder to the stock and eye to the scope in order to fire the thing?)

Good point Rich.

I'd like to see a rifle mount that didn't utilize the bipod bracket or mag well (I don't have one) as in pix. Preferrable with a socket arrangement like M2 for quick setup.

The MG42 AA and ground tripods can handle the 1919A4 and would probably work with Ferret/Barrett. Although I can't use it, the price tag on the Barrett softmount is a little out of line I think. The M2 pintle has it's advantages also in that ground, vehicle, and vessel mount systems are available.
 

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re; tripod

I know it looks a bit primitive but it works for me. It folds up and carries good ( I will be putting on heavier shoulder straps) . The scope & pistol-grip is out past the rear legs. I sit kind of cross legged with my left leg slightly extended. It keeps you up higher than the grass, sagebrush and yucca plants.
 
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Skidly,

Thats the reason I've been looking into this also. I live next to the rain forest and to get 300+ yards for practice, I've usually gotta get out in the brush and shoot over clear cut areas. I've got a folding bench, but it's designed for more civilized use, not to mention that it's to short for the big 5 0.

I'll end up adapting or fabricating based on the 2" diameter barrel shroud I think. Perhaps I can locate something in scaffolding that will work.

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Ferret50 Tripod

I'm looking into another tripod project. I have a surveyors transit tripod. Very heavy duty and has spikes to set it in the ground. very tall and adjustable. On the top it looks like a pintle type of assembly would work. i plan on using an aluminum rail. Mine is made by Nikon. Hope this helps
 
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I checked out the transit pods and found they were a little light for purpose, but I found a heavy pod that will work for $20 at garage sale. Its designed for trailer support at coupling and is about the same size and beef as M2 ground pod. Steel legs are chained and adjustable. Still need to fabricate pintle and attach to the Ferret. Will post pix when done.
 
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