Well the obvious move is purchase the correct spigot adapter from Versa Pod and your Accuracy International has a bipod. Alternatively you could use the Versa Pod Universal Tactical Mounting Adapter that picks up from the Harris stud on the underside of some AI’s. Both options work very nicely and both are somewhat flawed in my eyes.
The spigot adapter is a length of bar that has a large block in the middle so it extends the bipod forward by 30mm ish, the design is such that there is some slack in the system so it rattles which makes it noisy plus there is no damping on the Cant control which means it will readily flop from side to side until it meets it’s stops. The plus side is using the original AI bipod pick-up means the rifle can be kept lower.
The ‘tactical’ mounting adapter attaches to the underside so it immediately raises the rifle height by some 30mm and pulls the bipod back further under the rifle. Again there is no Cant control so the rifle will flop from side to side. Now as much as I agree that the rifle needs the maximum cant to be readily available I equally feel that there should be a degree of damping in place which makes me wonder why the manufacturers have not included this within their range of adapters.
Anyway that is just my take on it.
Now given that I have a couple of Accuracy Internationals on my ticket and a Versa Pod plus Versa Pod clone I felt it was time to put them together. I usually shoot of a 9-12″ Harris Type S bipod with a pod-loc and find it just too high even on the lowest setting, I much prefer to get a lot lower to the ground and in this respect my newly acquired bipods are going to help. The Harris type bipods are a pain to fit and remove and yes I so need to remove them as the cabinets are full so a bipod is a handy tool for graunching the woodwork of whatever rifle it is next to, in my main cabinet that is my F Open rifle and I really do not want to damage the Icewood stock on it.
Fairly obviously I am not going to go out and buy an adapter when I have a Shed within easy reach and I had already built a Mk1 and Mk2 adapter to see how they fared. So here are a couple more bites of the apple…
Firstly an adapter that uses the original AI spigot hole, plus adds a friction lock to offer a a degree of Cant control. The knurled knob on the end is a temporary affair in the absence of a decent star-wheel (I have a couple on order) I added a PTFE washer as well. Materials are my normal.
Second is my Versa Pod, I want to keep the bipod as close to the stock as possible so I machined a step in the back of the bipod spigot bracket so that the Cant movement is controlled, this also means I can get the bipod closer to the rifle and again the knurled knob and PTFE washer was added to tighten things up.
The slot machined in the back of the bipod with the spigot in place
The bipod fitted to the rifle
Both adapters were knocked out very quickly so now I have the basics in place I can build a couple of finished items. I have kept an outboard groove in both adapters so the bipod still remains captive to the rifle with the knurled knob removed.
Coffee time I think….