The Harris bipod is widely viewed as the benchmark for precision rifle use. Most shooters prefer the “S” version with a swivel base for shooting on uneven ground. The big downside to the factory configured “S” version, is the small swivel locking knob which doesn’t provide the shooter a lot of torque to lock the bipod into position. To address this short coming, bipod locks have been developed. In this post we will look at two, the KMW POD-LOC and the E. Arthur Brown S-LEVER.
KMW Long Range Solutions, owned by master gunsmith Terry Cross, was the first company to introduce a locking lever for the Harris “S” bipods. The KMW POD-LOC is a beefy lever made in the US. It is in use by military and law enforcement units around the world.
I’ve been using POD-LOCs on my Harris Bipods for the past ten years. I find they enhance usability of the bipod so much, that I have a difficult time using a bipod without one.
The E. Arthur Brown Company, also offers the S-LEVER. The S-LEVER is made from imported parts and has a lighter duty construction. It sells for about half the price of the KMW POD-LOC.
Both bipod locks are installed in a similar fashion.
Both locks work better than the factory knob. If you look at the two locks next to each other, you see how much sturdier the KMW POD-LOC looks. Between the two, I prefer the KMW POD-LOC. However, if you are on a budget, the S-LEVER is a serviceable option.
Harris bipods, the KMW POD-LOC, and the E. Arthur Brown S-LEVER are available from Brownells.
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