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Pod-Loc from KMW Long Range Solutions

The Harris Bipod is arguably the most popular precision rifle bipod in the shooting world today. You will find them on the firing lines at recreational and competition shoots all around the world. Harris bipods assist Police and Military Sniper in keeping their sights on target.

If you look closely at the bipods used by professionals, you may notice a little lever hanging off the back of them. For many years Terry Cross at KMW Long Range Solutions has been supplying police and military snipers with a great little product.

The Pod-loc is a simple product that has a great impact on the way a shooter drives his rifle. The Pod-loc replaces the tiny knurled knob on the base of the Harris swivel type bipods.

I have been shooting rifles equipped with the Harris BRM-S bipods for several years. When the bipods are new, you may have enough strength in your hands to snug down the factory tension knob. You don't need to lock the bipod. You just need to tighten it enough to keep the rifle where you set it. You don't want the rifle to flop over onto it's side when you let go of it.

After the bipods get some wear on them, the swivel loosens up. I have a decent grip, but I am unable to tighten the knob enough without tools. This is where the Pod-loc come in.

Installation takes a few seconds and the results are impressive. You can set the tension in the swivel from loose to completely locked out.

Installation is simple enough. You remove the 1/4" nut from the center of the knurled knob.
While holding the cross pin in place on the back of the bipod, spin off the knurled knob.
Replace it with the Pod-loc and tighten it down.

It's common for new shooters to misunderstand how to use the Pod-loc. I routinely see shooters jump behind the rifle, level it out and then lock the bipod. This is fine if you are shooting off of a hard surface such as concrete or a shooting bench. When shooting on grass, dirt, gravel or any other loose surface, you do not want to lock the bipod. As soon as you fire the rifle the bipod feet will start to sink into the ground. Very often they will sink at different rates causing the rifle to cant to one side or the other. If the bipod is locked, you will have to unlock it before you can level it out again. This process can continue for several shots depending on the surface.

I prefer to use the pod-loc to set the tension in the bipod. I snug it down just enough that the rifle will stay at the angle I leave it. This allows me to instantly right it and send a follow up shot if needed. There is no need to lock and unlock the bipod between each shot.

As simple as the Pod-loc is, Terry Cross is not satisfied to just leave it as is. Recently KMW has upgraded the Pod-loc to their own custom levers. These are shorter and seem beefier than the old levers. They are made to KMW's specifications. There have been problems in the past with the old levers breaking on barricade stages. It used to be par for the course to see a pile of lever handles next to the barricade. I don't think this is going to be a problem with the new levers, but care should still be taken not to run the rifle with the extended Pod-loc against the barricade.

There are knock-off versions of the Pod-loc available. However they use imported hardware that is not as robust as the KMW piece. The parts are not as nicely finished. They are cheaper, but it's up to the end user to determine which product fits their goals. KMW has supported warfighters around the globe. That speaks well about what their goals are.

The Pod-loc is one of those excellent products that is there when you need it and invisible when you don't need it. If you have a Harris swivel bipod, then I suggest you give the Pod-loc a try.


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