There you are, out on the open field. A varmint has just made the mistake of moving and you’ve honed in on his position. You pop out your bi-pod and lay down behind your rifle. As you look through the scope, you begin to fight with the bi-pod to keep it level. The swivel model sounded great in the store, but now you realize that leveling your rifle is never simple. By the time you get your sight picture figured out with a level rifle, the target has vanished. That stupid swivel feature, you just can’t seem to get a solid position when you need it…
Here’s the solution. A handy little invention for your Harris Bi-pod. Its a small lever locking device that replaces the standard knurled knob.
Why bother? Well the knurled knob that comes standard with the unit is really small and difficult to tighten. Because of its location, you will always find that the bi-pod wants to rotate during recoil. Its never really solid. The Pod lock gives you leverage to really tighten down that nut when you want the bi-pod locked, and it allows you to easily loosen it if your shooting on uneven terrain. Actually, I have to wonder why Harris doesn’t include one of these with every swivel bi-pod they sell.
The lever lock is spring loaded so that you can easily stow it to the left or right and out of the way. Just pull back on the lever and you disengage the splines inside so that you can freely rotate the handle without changing your tension.
You can find these at your local gun store, or order them online from Harris, but both will charge you about $50 for this little thing. That’s expensive considering its size. But if you know where to look, there is always a bargain to be found.
I purchased mine from T-Nuts for about $10 ( includes shipping, duty, etc.), now that’s good value. Once you have acquired your new locking device, all you need is a 1/4 in socket to remove the old knurled nut, and spin on your new lever lock. The Harris website has installation instructions which will guide you on your simple replacement journey.
- Easy to install and use
- Small and Light weight
- Spring loaded adjust-ability
- Can be stowed out of the way
- Makes the Bi-pod rock solid
- None that I can think of
Notes : I bought the polymer version, there is the possibility that the full metal version will have a longer life, but so far I am completely happy with its performance.
- Design : 5/5 – Makes swiveling so much easier
- Quality : 5/5 – Works great, no tooling marks, nicely finished
- Durability : 5/5 – No problems yet
- Aesthetics : 5/5 – It looks like it belongs
- Value : 5/5 – When purchased from t-nuts