Rock Creek SOPMOD bipod
Below is a comment/question from the group buy section that I ended up doing kind of an answer/review....thought everyone else might be interested and it'd be good to hear other input.
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: mdesign</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Anyone have comments about how these compare to the Harris design. They look well made but I was unaware of them until this thread came up. Pros/Cons...Likes/Dislikes....???
Looks like a good price but hard for me to buy based on pictures. How well(quick) do they adjust to height, react to recoil, etc?</div></div>
This will be just one person's opinion, but I hope it helps. I recognize anyone can read the info from the rock creek website, so I'll try to write from more of a individual impression/experience viewpoint. I received my bipods last week (had ordered two). Shipped quick without extortion charge, proper package. Initial impression, "I can't believe they just sold me this bipod for $125." It has a heavier weight (not surprising...steel) and more of a "solid" feel than my Harris bipods. Has more of a "well, if the bipod thing doesn't work out...I'll use it to beat the s**t out of a mugger or something" feel to it. Brief, but appropriate instructions that are worth looking at because the mount for this bipod is distinctly theirs, not a rip off of someone else's design, and it will show you how to adjust the solid-jaw-side screws if need be. Attachment is solid with minimal effort, and has a cam lever big enough to handle with gloves on. The warning about the legs extending hard on the back seems like a joke, until you extend them. One of the first things I can say that I like about the setup is that the legs can fold forward OR backward without flipping the mount around (i.e. you can do the same thing with a harris, but only if you have a quick release mount that you release and turn 180-degrees)...with the rock, you just squeeze the legs together and fold the direction you need. The swivel design is NOT simply a tilt (like a harris), it is more of a ball-and-socket movement (like a hip or shoulder joint...multiple planes of motion) which I imagine some people might not like. BUT, it turns out that the multiple planes of motion are a good thing because the claw feet are so damn stable that they won't slide to make any small adjustments. The ball and socket motion of the bipod can be locked and taken out by tightening the lower set screw. If a shooter is someone who pushes against his bipod prior to shooting, they will probably hate the ball-and-socket motion.
I have been able to take it out for one range trip so far, and was very pleased with it's performance. Our range is NOT flat and level, and so the 100yd line is at a different level than the 200yd is on a different level than 300yd and so on....so the ball and socket motion was very good for me. It allows about 12-15 degrees either left and right swing from a center axis (the website says "more than 20 degrees"...which I would submit is true, total swing being 25-30 degrees). Pivoting my body from side to side to stay directly behind the rifle, I would say that if there was more swing in the bipod it would need to be repositioned anyway to a different position, not stay "feet in place". I tend not to push forward against a bipod anyway since I also shoot off of packs and make myself practice using odd rests, but I could see where someone who liked that would like the harris a lot better. Because of the springs on the harris, the legs spring into the up/stowed position. On the rock, they spring out (and down/forward for the legs).
Overall, with a bit of investment into a podlock, quick detach mount, and podclaws, you can probably make a Harris that is either comparable or preferred for some shooters. But if someone asked me to trade them the rock sopmod bipod for a stock harris, I'd start listing of the number of ways they were screwed in the head.
Just so it's said, I have no affiliation with rock creek barrels and the only contact I've had with them was talking with whoever took my order on the phone, but now that I have had such a good experience with the rock creek barrel on my PAI and now this bipod, you can be rest assured that I will be buying their stuff repeatedly. Feel free to PM or e-mail me if there's any other questions I can answer. Hope it was of some help. -A