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Re: 16X for Field Target Hunter Class?
« Reply #20 on: October 03, 2020, 03:57:44 PM »
I practiced with the Gen 3 bipod and found that getting set for a shot was OK, but cocking the gun and setting up for follow up shots was frustrating.  At least one of the legs would flare to a different angle.  Repositioning was very time consuming.  It looks as though placing a 5/16" shim in the joints at the top of the legs will limit leg splay to ~40 degrees.  I think that will make it easier to reposition for follow up shots.
Does anyone have a picture of the modification that field target shooters are  making to the Gen 2 sticks?

Ed, Thank you for the target examples.
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Re: 16X for Field Target Hunter Class?
« Reply #21 on: October 03, 2020, 04:14:11 PM »
Bruce,
You are on the right on track.
I have seen some sticks where a piece of metal was attached where you state.
It was about 1 x 2 if I recall.
Just to limit the amount of flare.
Too, some people tell me they use hose clamps to do the same thing.
As Ed stated he made his own sticks when he started as did I.
I bought a set of Gen II sticks in Reno coming back from Wyoming antelope hunt.
I shot two or three matches with them til I found the Gen I sticks.
I found one more set and gave them to a kid in Davis, CA who was starting out in FT.
He stopped shooting, though.
Pity.
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Re: 16X for Field Target Hunter Class?
« Reply #22 on: October 03, 2020, 07:22:20 PM »
Thanks for the picture Frank.  I took a gamble on the Gen. 3's.  I could only find video reviews of the Gen. 3 tripods.  The head on those had indexed positions for the legs.  One position limited the splay, or flare of the legs to about what yours look like.  The other position let them flare wide like mine do.  I thought maybe that was part of the Gen. 3 mod for the bipods as well, but it wasn't.  If I had known, I probably would have made my own like you guys did.
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Re: 16X for Field Target Hunter Class?
« Reply #23 on: October 03, 2020, 08:41:24 PM »
 Well a few years ago, while shooting a FT match Ed's Brother let me try his gen 1 sticks, prior to that all I had was home brew sticks, and a couple mono pods OK for hunting in dense areas, then I recently got some gen 3 I think, and all I can say is I need to make the mod, but they are usable with some added effort.
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Re: 16X for Field Target Hunter Class?
« Reply #25 on: October 27, 2020, 07:49:38 AM »
Got here late to the party.... Here is the mod I did to eliminate the movement of the Gen II trigger stick legs. Used 1/2"-8 machine screws.  Easy to adjust. Works great!

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Re: 16X for Field Target Hunter Class?
« Reply #26 on: October 30, 2020, 01:21:57 PM »
Paul,

I wish you had posted that picture a couple of weeks ago.  Your modification is a lot simpler than the one that I made.  I had the scrap end of a pressure treated 4"x4" lying around, and used it to cut a couple of shim blocks that I glued into the gap where your machine screw is placed.  It took a little filing to match the bevel at the bottom of the hinge gap.  I roughed up the surface of the plastic with some sandpaper, and glued the block in with medium super glue/cyanoacrylate.  After the glue dried, I painted the outside of the shim blocks with the super glue to seal it from moisture.  The gen 3 sticks that I got are the short model that are about 27.5" tall to the bottom of the fork when they are folded up.  In the shortest configuration the feet open up 15" wide, center to center.  They are a lot more stable to shoot from now.  I did lose the flexibility of adjustment that your mod has.
If I had seen your mod first, I would have gone with it.
Thanks for posting it.
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Re: 16X for Field Target Hunter Class?
« Reply #27 on: October 30, 2020, 01:36:25 PM »
If your mod works..... it works! As they say, "There's more than one way to skin a .........rabbit! I will say I was a bit nervous before doing this as I had no idea what I may run into inside the fitting or if it was hollow and would not have any screw retention to speak of.  As it turned out, it is solid.

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