Grip Pod Announces Version 2 Coming Soon

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Almost everyone is familiar with the Grip Pod. Not only is it in use with shooters but has widespread use by law enforcement. The US military has been issuing the Grip Pod for years to our troops overseas.

During it’s years of use several additions have been made such as adding steel into the expanding legs, as well as a throw lever for quick attachment or removal. The basic shape of the Grip Pod has always remained pretty much the same. That is about to change.

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I met with the director of Grip Pod International today and during our talk he pulled out a couple of the soon to be released version 2 Grip Pod. The original has a round body with some additional circles to provide a decent grip. The version 2 has an oval body that is a bit smaller than the original. Both sides of the body are strippled which provides a very good grip surface that sure won’t slip. The shape just feels better to me and I think everyone who gets a chance to handle it will agree. Now there is another option and that is the extendable legs are available in aluminum. You can see in the photo how the aluminum has a smoother surface. The other Grip Pod has metal inserts which they have had available for some time.

Aluminum legs on the right side of the photo.

Aluminum legs on the right side of the photo.

I like the first version but this one feels so much better in the hand. The new military grade model has an MSRP of $149.00 while the model with aluminum legs has an MSRP of $180.00. Street price of course will be less. There is no extra charge if you prefer the throw lever over the original. The basic original retails right at $90.00. A LEO and M249 may be coming at a later date.

Grip Pods are not sold direct but can be purchased from the following retail stores.

1. Mounting Solutions Plus www.Mountsplus.com 1-800-428-9394

2. US Tactical Supply – www.ustacticalsupply.com 1-541-928-8645

3. Holsterops.com – www.holsterops.com 1-877-757-5600

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Grip Pod International Website



Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


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  • BattleshipGrey

    I see the original design in pics occasionally. Any thoughts from end users?

    • Squirreltakular

      Never managed to break one, and that’s saying something. They are pretty sweet.

    • Rob

      Worked great to set the rifles down in the chow hall. In use I found it worked well if you on a completely level surface but situations would usually not present perfectly level terrain. I usually ended up using the mag as a mono pod and the grip pod eventually came off the rifle and a KAC VFG went back on in its place. I saw a few of them break as well but we broke damn near every thing so I wouldn’t let that stop you.

    • I’ve used them for about three years. I never have broken one though. I’ve put it on some pretty heavy rifles and haven’t babied it at all. I’m using the one with metal reinforced polymer legs and throw lever mount. Just don’t over tighten the throw lever adjustment you could probably strip some polymer if you get it super tight.

      Australia just bought a big order for the military. I think NZ is looking at them or already ordered them for the new rifle.

    • Jeebus

      I was issued one in the Army (infantry). Broke pretty quickly. Other guys’ also broke including on the M249s. Usually the legs wouldn’t pop out correctly or the attachment point would get stripped- these were before the throw lever obviously. All gear gets trashed in the military though so I wouldn’t let that deter you if all you’re doing is range or casual use.

  • Joshua

    By far the easiest way to zero your rifle, toss on the grippod zero the sights and toss back on the KAC grip.

    I never broke one, and I know a few guys who liked them. They are ok, but in my findings they sit to high if you want to prop your rifle on a barrier without fully exposing your entire head to anyone. You’re honestly better off using the mag or the bottom of the rail.

    My biggest issue with them is they make for a crappy VFG, however this one may be better so we’ll have to see if they improved the VFG aspect of them.

  • mitch

    One of the lightest and cheapest commonly available bipods on the market, and sofar has been tough enough for anything i do. I like it for my 7lb budget SPR build, and if the new one is shorter and/or lighter I’ll trade up without hesitation.