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V2 SnipePod Info

Preparing the firearm for using the SnipePod V2

A small mounting device called a V2-QDMT is attached to the rifle. The V2-QDMT is manufactured out of 6061T6 Aluminum on a CNC milling machine. The V2-QDMT weights an incredibly light 109.2 grains or .25 of an ounce! There is an elliptical shaped hole in the V2-QDMT that allows it to fit over the head of any Industry Standard Q.D. sling stud, and lock firmly to the Q.D. sling stud with a dowel pin/set screw combination.

V2-QDMT INSTALLATION
The V2-QDMT is pre-attached to the firearm before embarking on a field trip, and remains on the firearm during the field trip. To attach the V2-QDMT to the firearm:

 

  1. Temporarily remove any sling swivel from the Q.D. sling stud.
  2. Place the V2-QDMT over the Q.D. Sling stud.
  3. Insert the provided dowel pin through the V2-QDMT and Q.D. stud.
  4. Tighten the socket head set screw in the front V2-QDMT.
  5. Reattach the and sling swivel to the surrogate sling hole in the back of the V2-QDMT.

The tightening of the locking setscrew places the dowel pin inside the V2-QDMT, under "traction", or a "sheering stress". This force prevents the dowel pin from coming out. Absolutely no pressure is applied to the firearms stock. This design allows the V2-QDMT to be attached to firearms that other bipods typically can not be attached to. Examples include:

  • Barrel attached sling studs (e.g. Marlin 336, Winchester 94, shotguns), and
  • Schnaubel stock forearms.

Attaching/Detaching Legs to V2-QDMT

The legs of the SnipePod V2 are manufactured out of Easton 7075-T9 Aluminum tent pole. Cut into short manageable segments, they are internally shock corded together. This Easton tent pole has been utilized in the backpacking tent industry for the past 40 years. Each segment is given a special double radius fillet to both the female and male end to facilitate smooth, effortless assembly.

 

Unfolding the legs
Grasp the legs and open the Velcro leg tethers which are bundling the segments together. Then let the segments drop straight down. A special double radius chamfer is applied to both ends of each segment to aid in this process. With experience, the process of the segments snapping together can only be measured in milliseconds. Most times the process is hard to see with the naked eye.

 

Snapping ON/OFF
Attaching the legs to the E-QDMT is a simple matter. First be sure the main pin is pulled out to clear the slot for engagement with the V2-QDMT. Next slip the leg assembly onto the protruding blade of the V2-QDMT. Last push the pin.

 

The pin is designed to be easily depressed with a thumb. The SnipePod V2 ability to be installed from both the left or right handed shooters perspective greatly enhances the installation process. The pin positively snaps when pressed in or pulled out, thereby eliminating accidental changes is position. This provides confidence, even when dealing with heavy brush conditions.

Stalking and/or transporting the SnipePod V2/Rifle Combination.

Stalking Position through Forward Storage Position
A special "rotation release mechanism" is incorporated in the head of the SnipePod V2. This mechanism has a button (shown in gold in adjacent animation) linked to a locking pin. The locking pin mates with a pocket milled into the V2-QDMT. When mated, the SnipePod V2 legs are held perpendicular to the firearm. In the adjacent animated picture, the "rotation release button " is colored in gold in the appropriate frames to help illustrate the timing of its usage and role. This "rotation release button" can be pressed from either side of the head unit for convenience and to accommodate both right and left handed shooters.

 

Many hunting situation require quick changes of position, lengthy spot-and-stalks, or even crawling on ones hands and knees. Simply pressing the "rotation release button" allows the SnipePod V2 legs to rotate back, parallel to the rifle. In this position, the rifle and SnipePod can easily be managed as one. Place the legs of the SnipePod V2 inside your grip on the rifle, and make your move. The sitting SnipePod V2(s) in particular are very easily managed in this manner, because the feet the SnipePod V2 will extend approximately back to the recoil pad area of the rifle.

The SnipePod V2 also has the ability to be rotated forward to allow the legs to be stored adjacent to the barrel of the rifle. This is one of several options for storage of the SnipePod V2. Each SnipePod V2 comes with a lanyard to bundle the legs under the barrel. A quick release of the slip buckle and sliding the lanyard back to a position in front of the scope provides for lightning fast deployment of the SnipePod V2.

The SnipePod V2 gives the shooter several options for transporting.

  • For the times when you are hunting on foot, then storing on the front of the rifle, or folded up in a pocket makes a good deal of sense. Just depends on personal preference.
  • For the hunter who needs to scabbard their rifle, either in a horse scabbard, a ATV scabbard or the very popular backpack scabbards, then detaching the SnipePod V2 from the V2-QDMT is very convenient. With only the V2-QDMT and sling attached, the rifle will easily slip into any scabbard.
  • And for the times when your adrenaline is pumping and you know the likely hood of a shot opportunity is just moments away, then having the SnipePod V2 pre-attached to the V2-QDMT and rotated back towards the recoil pad of the rifle, in the stalking position, will get you setup and on target in fractions of a second. Deploying a full length extended sitting SnipePod V2 from the stalking position to the shooting position is lightning fast and deadly quiet. It also is easy and convenient to repeat this process time and time again while moving in on a potential shot opportunity.

Only the SnipePod V2 give you this many options for transporting.

30" SnipePod V2 stored on front of rifle

*note* The standing model SnipePod V2s, because of their length are managed differently in a spot-and-stalk situation. Typically these are carried separately and quickly attached to the V2-QDMT at the last moment prior to shooting.

Adjusting height.

Height adjustment is accomplished in two ways.

The most fundamental height adjustment is by simply varying the spread of the legs. The closer the feet, the higher the rifle. The further apart the feet, the lower the rifle. By using this technique, there should be more than enough range of height adjustment for shooting a sitting SnipePod V2 from the sitting position, the standing SnipePod V2 from the standing position, or the prone SnipePod V2 from the prone position.

SnipePod V2 - 27" to 12 inch prone

 

If there is a need to convert a sitting SnipePod V2 to the prone position, or a standing SnipePod V2 to the sitting/prone position, segments must be removed from the leg length. For example... The V2-30 sitting SnipePod V2 has 5 segments in each leg. For this example, the segment attached to the ball is segment 1, and the segment attached to the foot is segment 5, with the other segments numbered accordingly. First allow all segments to join forming the full length 30 inch SnipePod. Now separate segment 2 and 3 and fold 3,4 and 5 back along side of segments 1-2. Next separate segment 4 from 5, and fold 5 back along side of 1-2 and 3-4. Finally wrap the bundle of segments together with the Velcro wrap, and the SnipePod is now set up for prone shooting at about 13 inches.

MODEL SELECTION

Accuracy verses Visibility relationship.

Accuracy vs Visibility
One of the most basic natural laws of shooting is depicted in the adjacent graph. Depending upon the shooters training/skill and firearm accuracy, the numbers on the vertical side of the graph may be greater or less, and the incline of the blue/red lines may be different, but the point is always the same. Greater visibility over ground obstacles (grass, rocks, brush, etc..) is enhanced when shooting from the standing position. Unfortunately, the standing position also provides the least amount of stability, directly affecting the accuracy of the shooter.

 

On the other left side of the chart is the prone position. It clearly offers the greatest accuracy potential, but with the least visibility. In most hunting situation, there is always some type of obstacle (grass, rocks, brush, cactus, etc..) that is taller than the bore of the firearm. And "MURPHY'S LAW" dictates that that obstacle will be in direct line between shooter and target.

In between prone and standing are the shooting position of sitting and kneeling. These position offer the best compromise. Sitting/kneeling positions are relatively quick to get into, are comfortable, and can be done in difficult terrain. As most experienced mountain hunters can attest to, lying prone on a steep side hill, attempting to shoot downhill or across canyon is like tobogganing. However sitting/kneeling in the same situation is easy and comfortable.

When shooting from the sitting position, simply leaning back against something, like a rock, tree or into the side hill will increase the accuracy of the shooter to the level of the prone position. This technique also allows the shooter to better leverage the amazing panning capabilities of the SnipePod V2.

Most shooters will find that they have at least double the range with equal accuracy when comparing sitting to the standing position. In other words, if they can effectively place killing shots into a deer size target with the standing SnipePod V2 at 200 yards, then they can place the same shots with a sitting SnipePod V2 at 400-500 yards. This 200-300 yard advantage that the sitting position has over standing is considerable. Rather than risk alarming game by trying to get within that 200 yard standing SnipePod V2 range, you have the option to actually backup to look for a vantage point with clear visibility and take the shot sitting.

Which SnipePod V2 is right for me?

General Field Applications.

For general purpose hunting it is hard to beat the versatility of the sitting model SnipePod V2s. They can be used prone, and provide considerable more shooting range than standing. Over 90% of all SnipePod V2s sold are sitting models, testifying to the popularity and versatility of this position.

Special Applications.

There are some special applications where the standing SnipePod V2 is the only choice. Hunting plains game in Africa is one such application. The terrain is flat, the brush and grass is tall. Also hunting caribou or moose in Alaska where conditions are wet, and river bottoms are covered in thick tangled brush may dictate the use of a standing SnipePod V2.

A prone SnipePod V2 may fit the bill if you are a New England rock/wood chuck hunter. The shots are long, and if you wait until the hay fields have been moved to a consistent 4-6 inches, there will not be any ground obstacles to shoot through.