History of GPSI /// About the Company
The Grip Pod ® System itself was developed in 2003. The company, however, was founded in June of 2005 for the purpose of further developing and marketing a revolutionary vertical “forward grip bipod”TM for the M-4 / AR15 / M-16 rifles for military, law enforcement, and recreational sporting markets. The Company’s multi-patented Grip Pod ® “AUTOMATICALLY DEPLOYS A STRONG STABLE BIPOD AT THE PUSH OF A BUTTON”. Since its creation, the United States military forces have adopted the Grip Pod ® as standard issue for both combat and support personnel.
Who Uses Grip Pods?
The Grip Pod® is still the only weapon stabilization system to achieve total adoption by the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. National Guard, U.S. Air Force, British Army, Special Operations Groups, FBI, DEA, U.S. Customs/Border Patrol, plus many federal and state law enforcement agencies. U.S. forces have procured over 900,000 Grip Pod®s.
In 2005, the U.S. Army at Picatinny Arsenal tested all known bipods in an open competition for use on the m16a2, m16m4, and m16a4, in CQB, medium, and long range applications. Very harsh testing was conducted for over 9 months. One of the many tests consisted of a m16m4 rifle equipped with 30-round full magazine, issued acog optic, peq4 IR laser, and bipod with fully opened legs was dropped from a height of 4 feet onto concrete. Unlike the Grip Pod®, most of the bipods broke. The Grip Pod® passed the drop test and only weighed 7 oz. It was the lightest of all the bipods in testing, with some weighing up to five times more. Also, the Army had used vertical foregrips on m16s for years finding that they absolutely aided the soldiers in CQB target acquisition. The Army decided that the conventional bipod was a problem when used with the vertical foregrip as one got in the way of the other, and also increased weight. Thus the Patented Grip Pod® prevailed against all other bipods and provided the U.S. Army with a dual-purpose, much stronger vertical foregrip and bipod all in one small light package which deployed with the push of a button.
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