–Long Range Solutions
Locking Lever Kit for Harris "S" Series Bipods
Downloadable PDF. file of the
No tools needed
to adjust: Bipod can be
locked and unlocked with only your thumb and finger. . .
. . . while you are in position . . . . . within
Made to be
used. Built to survive.
Dirt and weather
resistant: The integral dust
shields in the Pod-Loc spacer protects the clutch area
of the factory Harris mechanism. The clamp lever body
is synthetic and the internal parts as well as the
spacer are stainless steel.
The locking lever can be
pulled back slightly to disengage the internal ratchet
without effecting the lock tension. Thus, the Pod-Loc
clamp lever can be “parked” against the stock to
minimize snags when you are on the move. All stainless
steel surfaces have been blacked out for a low visual
issue on all U.S.Marine Corp M-40A3 Sniper and S.A.M.
as well as the new FBI and BATF sniper rifles..
Your bipod can be restored to
issue configuration within 2 minutes.
and manufactured in the United States.
WHY DID WE DEVELOP THE
While attending competitions and classes
in 1998 and 1999, I noticed that the new Harris 'S' model bipods
were gaining in popularity. It was also quickly noted that
almost every one of those bipods was scratched up and
damaged around the knurled nut that locks the cant angle of
the 'S' model. Almost without exception, everyone was
using LeathermansTM, MultiPliersTM, or some other plier type
tool to adjust the tension of this nut. Some users were
so frustrated that they were contemplating going back to the
original non-swivel Harris or another brand bipod
Multiple interviews with team after team
documented the same concern that we had already noticed. The knurled nut cannot be
easily tightened enough by
hand to consistently lock the swivel feature of the bipod.
At this point, I recruited several people to help me search
for an existing product or kit that would fix or improve
this drawback of an otherwise excellent bipod.
Extensive searching via web, publications and community
networks revealed nothing available that would address this
I was already experimenting with some type
of augment for my personal bipods and after seeing a glimpse
of the larger picture, began work on a viable kit to upgrade
these bipods. This all
began in the late months of 1999.
HOW DID WE DEVELOP THE
From the beginning, I wanted to isolate
and improve this one aspect of the bipod. My reason
is the Harris Bipod is the most proven and well established
bipod in the Western World. Too many modifications would
certainly compromise the bipod design and make it a
"non-standard" in the eyes of many serious users.
I found that an extended lever used in
place of the factory knurled nut would easily and quickly
allow me to lock the cant position of the bipod in any
position I wanted. One problem was that the lever
would sometimes be positioned in a less than ideal location
when adjusted to my preference. Finding and testing a
lever assembly that featured a re-settable position proved
to be a good solution.
Next I experimented with several versions
of a spacer to be used between the lever and bipod body.
A final design was settled on and worked well in testing.
I then made up roughly 10 complete kits and sent them to
contacts that I knew were serious shooters and regularly
used rifles as part of their work. A couple of these
kits were brought with us to the 1999 Autauga Arms Super
Sniper Shootout at Camp Shelby, MS. Now known as the
North American Sniper Championship, this competition saw law
enforcement and military teams from Europe, Russia, Canada
and East Asia as well as most branches of the U.S. Military
shooting various events over a 4 day period. 100% of
the feedback on our initial kits were positive and I made the decision to proceed
with a small quantity of finished kits to test the market
for such a product.
HOW DO WE PRODUCE THE
At first we found it difficult to locate
quality components that were manufactured in the United
States. No offense to some of our overseas neighbors
but one of the main tenants of KMW is to use 'made in the
U.S.' products when possible.
Many different materials, sizes and
finishes for our kit parts were experimented with and tested. Our
initial kit consisted of a lever assembly (4 parts) and a
job specific spacer/dust cover. All stainless steel internal parts including the spring
were specified from the start.
The handle section of the lever assembly
was specified as glass reinforced nylon plastic. This
part was intentionally chosen over a metal lever. If
the user were to accidentally snag this lever on an obstacle
during movement, a synthetic lever material would flex or even break
thus freeing the rifle. Testing showed that a metal lever
could cause the internal pivot rod of the bipod to break
before the lever would flex. Thus, I chose to not use
a metal lever on this kit. I would rather the
synthetic lever break and the bipod remain serviceable
rather than chance breaking the internal parts of the bipod.
Used alone on the bipod this lever
assembly is somewhat functional but the bipod's exposed
pivot rod is not supported and is also vulnerable to dirt
and sand. To remedy this, a special spacer/dust cap
was designed to fit between the lever assembly and the body
of the bipod. This part proved to be very important to
the long term function of this kit. The spacer/dust
cap on all Pod-Loc kits is CNC machined from 416 stainless
steel to my specifications.
The lever assembly used in this kit is not
a new design, but it's utility in this role was new at the
time the kit was first brought to market. Early on, we
realized that off the shelf levers could not be trusted to
work properly 100% of the time. We found that many of
these lever assemblies had flaws such as incomplete thread
profiles, malformed springs, improperly formed teeth on the
insert gear and even plastic or metal chips inside the
assembly! The only way we
could assure the quality of this kit was to have the
individual parts manufactured to my specifications and
shipped to KMW for inspection.
After all parts are inspected in my shop,
the stainless parts are then batched and sent to an
industrial finisher for a Chrome Sulphide bath. This process
not only produces a non-reflective matte black on the
stainless part, it also increases the corrosion resistance
of the material.
When the components return from
blackening, they are washed and prepped for assembly.
Each lever is assembled by KMW one at a time. Thread
locker is used on the assembly screw to lessen the chance of
a failure. I even adopted a custom assembly screw with
a tamper resistant drive head on kits made after 2007.
When each lever is complete, a high quality lubricant is
placed in the female 10-32 threads so that it efficiently
performs under torque load once it is on the bipod.
At this point, the completed lever
assemblies are packaged with the spacer/dust cap and green
instruction sheet. The packaging includes contact
information in the event of any installation problems or
WHO IS USING THE POD-LOC?
Since this kit entered the shooting market
in early 2000, we have been blessed to have it see wide use
throughout many shooting disciplines. A large number
of law enforcement agencies and military units now issue
this kit as a standard item on their precision rifles.
Many competition shooters, varmint hunters, big game hunters
and recreational shooters have adopted this kit as a
worthwhile improvement to their rifle system.
Because most of our kits are sold through
a distributor network, we are not sure how many groups are
using these kits. A few users that we are aware of are:
U.S.Marine Corp, U.S. Navy, U.S.Army, British Military, Australian Military, Federal Bureau of
Investigation, over 20 State Police SWAT units and a large
number of individual officers from police agencies
throughout the United States.
If you read the above list of users, you
can understand why we take the quality of this small kit
very seriously. We order the highest quality parts,
assemble them with great care, inspect them and then package
them in protective materials to insure that they are
delivered to the user ready to install.
A green instruction sheet is included with
each kit. We went to great lengths to provide you with
a clear and easy to read guide that would insure proper
installation onto the Harris 'S' Model Bipods. I have
provided a link to a downloadable PDF file at the top of
I could improve my profit margin on this
kit by 100% AND reduce the selling price by using imported
and low grade components already preassembled. Because
of the clientele we serve, I refuse to compromise the
quality and reliability of this or any other KMW product.
HOW CAN I
ORDER A POD-LOC?
The primary business of
KMW is building
precision field rifles. Our business model is not set up to
efficiently handle orders for these type items. Also
we do not want to directly compete with our group of
We will continue to supply directly to the
U.S. Military and our allies.
KMW will always be
your primary contact for any issues or failures you may
experience with this kit, we respectfully ask that you
contact one of the businesses listed below if you would like
to order a genuine Pod-LocTM kit. These fine people offer
friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff. Just like
they appreciate your business. Their links in no particular order . . . . . .
CLARK CUSTOM GUNS
TAC-PRO SHOOTING CENTER
PBS INTERNATIONAL - (U.K. and
other European orders)
HEINZ HENKE -
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