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April 03, 2008

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Grip Pod

At first glance it doesn’t look like much, perhaps. It is just another take on the vertical grips that have become more and more common on AR-style rifles in recent times. But there’s more here than meets the eye. With the push of a button the Grip Pod quickly deploys two sturdy posts to form a bipod and give you a steady prone firing platform.Grippodinset1_2 

For guys like me, avid hunters and shooters, this is a great convenience. For guys in the military, it can—and has—saved lives.

As anyone who has fumbled with a rifle-mounted bipod knows, getting the legs down and into position is a graceless process. You have to take one of your hands off the rifle and pop the legs down, usually one at a time. No, it doesn’t take very long and that is probably fine for the hunter who is getting ready to draw a bead on a distant elk or mule deer. But when your unit is surprised and taking enemy fire you need to take cover and return fire now. Not in five seconds or ten seconds. Now.

Joe Moody at Grip Pod says the legs on his product spring into position in about one-ninetieth of a second. I couldn’t tell you whether this is true or not. But I can verify his claim that by if you push the button while going from a standing to a prone position that by the time you hit the deck the Grip Pod’s legs will be locked in place and ready to support the rifle. It’s that fast.

That it is strong and reliable and effective is part of the reason the Army and Marine Corps is buying them by the truckload—as fast as Moody and his partner, Joe Gudinni, can make them, in fact.

Moody and I spent about half and hour on the phone the other day talking about the “better mousetrap” he designed. More than one self-proclaimed expert gun writer told him that his idea was garbage when he first rolled it out in late 2003. Not that he needed any extra motivation to make his company succeed, but when he compares those criticisms with the feedback he often gets these days—namely from grateful soldiers, sailors and Marines praising the product—he is justifiably pleased.

Truth be told, I felt a pang of guilt when I ordered one of the grips for the rifle I’m putting together, thinking that perhaps there is a serviceman or woman in a combat unit who needs it a hell of lot more than I do. I hope that’s not the case and that no person serving our country on the front lines is going without vital and necessary equipment.

Every time I use the Grip Pod I’ll be thinking of those brave young men and women serving us in the military.  Here’s to the hope that they all return home soon and safely.

—John Snow


Thad Adams

Hmm, another piece of tacticool crap the mall ninjas can hang on an under powered poodle shooter. I always thought the idea of a battle rifle/personal defense tool was simplicity in itself, minimal things to go wrong or increase basic load weight. Instead of spending money on questionable gear, spend ammo and time in practice using field positions until you get it right every time you do it. We as Americans are way to gadgetized in my opinion. Keep it simple, the less to go wrong, get in the way etc. the better on a serious defensive rifle is the way to go I think.


I have found that most aftermarket "extras" for guns either haven't proved to really be useful for me or they just got in the way. And I've bought plenty of aftermarket widgets!!!

I agree with Thad. For me, simpler is better.


Dennis L. Crabtrey II

Think what you want, but I have one on my M-4 here in Iraq. So do a bunch of Marines. I think it's great. It's the best forgrip i've ever used and is built extra-heavy duty. The legs spring out with a satisfying "thwack" and hold much weight.

I like simple rifles as well, but this is definitely a must for those who are going to have a forgrip anyway. I tried to order one a few years ago, but at that time the full production was for military contract. It's worth every penny.

steve thompson

NO doubt in a combat situation it may prove valueable when sending clip after clip of ammo .THE long range shooter may benfit as well/but in a hunting situation or shooting doubles from station 6 in skeet i still haven't figured out its merits . 6phunter