News

4. april 2016

Upgraded center section for the NeoPod

Stronger and more flexible version of the central yoke standard from April 2016

(Shortlink: http://bit.ly/StrongerNeoPod)

There has been reports of breakage of the central section of the NeoPod. The test team has shot hundreds of pieces of game with bipod over the last years without ever experiencing similar failures.

Our investigations revealed that it was all down to a wish to test the strenght of the bipod. Many of you will tend to take the bipod out of the box and squeeze the legs together or force them apart as shown below.

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This action may lead to microfractures and delaminated carbon fibres. Not noticable at first, this will manifest itself as a sudden, catastrophic failure at a later stage.

The bipod has been designed to support the weight of the gun and forces in the direction of the shot. Squeezing or pulling the legs focuses the stress due to the cantilever effect.

Our response is to make the users aware of this through an upgraded user manual and making the following changes to the center section:

  1. Curved radians to remove stress points
  2. Use a more flexible polymer
  3. Switch to fibers less prone to delamination

This makes for a much stronger part. You should still not squeeze or pull the legs as this has not been engineered into the design.

To replace the part follow these steps. You’ll need a 3mm hex/allen/unbraco wrench:

  • Make a note of the torque applied to the screws
  • Disassemble the legs from the yoke. It should look like this:

NeoPod center section

  • Remove the original center section and replace it with the new one
  • Assemble the bipod taking care not to overtighten the screws as this will strip the thread

The originial part has no further value and should be removed from the face of the earth. To tell the two apart you will notice the curved radians on the stronger version.

The arrows shows where to look. Green for updated version, red for original.

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The bipod has not been designed for reverse mounting.

Reverse_mount_NeoPod

To shoot tight groups you need to pre-load the bipod. Apply forward pressure to take up any slack in the system. Do not push with excessive force. The NeoPod is not designed for this, only for proper shooting technique.

Load_NeoPod

Here’s a very good video from Gunwerks showing proper technique

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