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Quick Connect Bipod Modification for Picatinny Rail

The US Army seeks a partner to license and commercialize an innovative device to quickly and securely attach and detach Harris bipods to a Picatinny rail 

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The US Army has developed a fast, light, low-profile means to attach/detach a Harris bipod to a Picatinny rail that eliminates the need for the sling swivel adapter
The Technology: 

The US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal has developed and patented a device to modify a Harris bipod for easy mounting and dismounting from a Picatinny rail.  The device replaces the standard bipod mount to form an integrated unit that attaches directly to a Picatinny rail without the need for a separate adapter.  Because of the incorporated design, the resulting bipod system is lighter weight and offers the shooter a lower profile than other adapter devices.

The ARDEC solution is based on a proven rail grabber design employed to mount other military hardware to rails.  The rail grabber eliminates the need to slide the device down the rail, so other mounted items do not need to be removed to mount the bipod.  Also, the rail grabber does not require special tools, such as hex wrenches, in order to install or remove the bipod.

  • Simple: Drop-in replacement for the standard Harris bipod mount to form an integrated unit for attachment to a Picatinny rail; after initial installation into the bipod, no additional tools or separate adapters are required to mount or dismount the bipod
  • Fast & Convenient:  Military-grade rail grabber design enables tool-free attachment/detachment of the bipod without the need to remove other attached devices
  • Lightweight & Low-Profile:  The integrated design results in a lighter unit compared to other adapter mounts and lowers the overall profile height of the rifle-mounted bipod to reduce visibility of the shooter
The Opportunity: 
  • Available for license:
    • US Patent 8,458,946
    • Technical design package
  • Potential for collaboration with US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center researchers