The pod lock KMW is the perfect kit you need for your shooting sessions and it comes with easy to use, on –the- go features. To start with, you would not be doing any adjustments that require tools, so you could just as well tuck your tools away.
You are in a shooting position and you need to lock and unlock the bipod; all you need are a finger and a thumb and you are done within the blink of an eye.
Besides, there is minimal cleaning required because the kit is as weather resistant as it is dirt resistant. The pod lock spacer has dust shields that serve as protector for the clutch area of this Harris product. It has all its internal parts, the spacer included, in stainless steel. The clamp lever body on the other hand, is synthetic.
You do not even have to touch the lock tension when you need to disengage the internal ratchet. By slightly pulling back the locking lever, you can simply get the internal ratchet disengaged. Snags could be annoying when you are on the move. But parking the pod lock clamp lever against the stock ensures you get as little snags as possible. To aid low visual signature, all stainless steel surfaces have been covered in matted black.
The specification of the kit components match the standard requirements for use with all US Marine Corps m-40A3 Sniper and S.A.M rifles, as well as the new FBI and BATF sniper rifles.
Under 2 minutes, your bipod can be restored to issue configuration, because there is no permanent alteration done.
Users of POD-LOC.
The acceptance level of this kit has been impressive, as it has become the favourite of several military organizations and law enforcement agencies, recommended as a standard item on their precision rifle.
This kit has also found faithful lovers in recreational shooters, big games hunters, competition shooters as well as varmint hunters.
It is hard to pin down a precise number of the users of this kit, because we do not sell our products directly, we work with a distribution network. But we do know about the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, U.S Navy, British Military, U.S Marine Corps and the Australian Military.
The list also includes over 20 State Police SWAT units and numerous individual police officers across the US.
Why did KMW develop the pod-loc?
Towards the end of 1999, KMW began to work on improving on a defect that was causing us so much concern at the time. But we were not the only ones who had noticed this challenge. There were several interviews conducted time over time with different teams and the result came out the same. It was hard to consistently lock the swivel feature of the bipod. To make this happen, the knurled nut had to be tightened enough by hand, but this was always proving difficult. Then, KMW swung into action. We got the right people looking for an existing kit that could give us pointers as to ways of improving on this singular defect (every other feature on the bipod was perfect.).
As we would have it, the search returned empty no matter where we looked. There was simply nothing that could help us. Our answer laid in the improvements KMW was already experimenting on my personal bipods, and that was how we began work to make available a kit that could efficiently upgrade these bipods.
How did KMC develop the pod-loc?
It really did not feel right to introduce too many modifications to the Harris bipod. Compromising the design or making the bipod look less of a standard, as it would have appeared to serious users, was a risk we were not going to take.
Considering the efficiency of the Harris bipod, you would agree with me it is the most proven and well established bipod in the western world. I discovered that locking the cant position of the bipod in any position could be done easily and in a second, if an extended lever is used to replace the factory knurled nut.
There was still going to be one challenge about the positioning of the lever though. When adjusted to suit my preference, the lever began to fall into a less than satisfying position. And that was how we were left with only one answer; a lever assembly that has a re-settable position.
There were many different experiments until kmc finally designed an acceptable spacer.
What KMW did next was make about ten complete kits, and had some serious shooters who used rifles try them for efficiency. It was 1999, and time for the Autauga arms super sniper shootout at camp Shelby, now called the North American super championship. The event witnessed a cross continental attendance of military and law enforcement units. We took down a couple of these kits to the show and results collated from all the tests were an encouraging 100% positive. Well, that was the signal KMW needed to test the market with a few of the finished kits.
How does KMW produce the pod-loc?
We began to look within the United States for quality components but had challenges locating them. Although we could have looked in neighboring countries, KMW has a tenet to stick to US- made products as often as they could.
At the initial stage, we experimented with variety of materials in different sizes and finishes to make this kit as viable as it possible could be. We started off with a four-part lever assembly, and a space/dust cover. We began specifications from the start for the smallest spring to the largest part that was in stainless steel.
For the lever assembly’s handle session, we particularly specified glass reinforced nylon plastic. We deliberately avoided a metal lever. Because in a situation whereby the user mistakenly hits the lever against an object, a synthetic lever material would flex or even break. As a result, the rifle becomes free.
A metal lever material on the other hand could cause the internal pivot rod of the bipod to break before the lever would break or even flex. KMW knew this and made a choice. The synthetic lever breaking with the bipod still serviceable, instead of risking a situation whereby the internal parts of the bipod gets broken.
The exposed pivot rod could easily accumulate dirt and dust and sand. Taking this into consideration, a special spacer/dust cap was designed to fit between the lever assembly and the body of the bipod. If the kit was going to remain in perfect condition for functioning for a really long time, the spacer had to be in place. Needless to say the spacer/dust cap on all pod-loc kits is CNC machined from 416 stainless steel to specifications.
The introduction of this kit to the market was actually the very first time the lever assembly used in the kit would be taking on this kind of task. We had decided to avoid off the shelf levers totally. You just couldn’t trust them to be efficient all of the time. There were so many flaws accompanying them, it was just impossible to make use of them for the kind of perfect products we were churning out. The flaws ranged from malformed springs to incomplete thread profiles. Sometimes we found either metal or plastic chips right inside the lever assemblies. If we wanted to deliver nothing less than the best, the individual parts needed to be manufactured to specifications, and that was exactly what we went for. When we were sure the individual parts were all to specifications, that’s when we ship them to KMW for inspection.
We then sort all stainless steel parts into batches and send them straight to an industrial finisher who baths them in chrome sulphide. The effect of this is that all the stainless parts are covered in a non-reflective matted black. The materials also become more corrosion- resistant. They are washed again, but his time in readiness for assembling. .
Each lever is painstakingly assembled, one at a time. To reduce the chances of a failure, thread locker is used on the assembly screw. KMW has been using a custom assembly screw drive head on kits that does not encourage tampering since 2007.
After each lever is complete, we place a high quality lubricant in the female 10-32 threads. This lubricant helps it to perform efficiently on the bipod, even under torque load. When this is done, the space /dust cap and green instruction sheet are packaged along with the ready-to-go kit. In case you have any problems with installation or questions about the usage, you only have to check the contact information and instruction sheet.
The users of this kit get it in a ready-to-install state. It is nothing less than perfect and matches the seriousness of the users. And because of the great care put into making this kit; the high quality of parts and precision, we do trust you would find it more than satisfying.
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