Joy-Pod reviews

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  1. rmist

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    Looking for the good, the bad, and the ugly !! But seriously what are your thoughts on the joy pod? Straight or bent handle? Cant adjustable version, does it stay where you put it? What feet are you using Did I miss anything?

    Thanks again
     
  2. 280man

    280man Silver $$ Contributor

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    My daughter and I have been using Joypods since Seb came out with them. I honestly do not have anything negative to say about them. Ours are the standard production model so they have the flat feet. We use a cheap Wal-Mart door mat under neath for them to slide on.
     
  3. aussiepowderburner

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    The feet come loose - loctite the main screws once angle adjust set.
    The main head attachment screws also loosen and the same fix as for feet - loctite them.
    There is flex in the joystick.
    You can replace it with a custom solid unit - adds a little weight but more precise.
    Been using a couple for about a year.
    They vary - between my wife and I we have 4 of them.
    2 are very good
    They are quite easily damaged due to their lightweight construction.
    Don't leave them on the rifle behind the line!
    We had one stepped on by someone unknown?
    Bent the joystick and may have damaged the bearing?
     
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  4. rmist

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    I thought the old ones had curved feet and the new gen 2 had the flat ski type feet.

    Good to know about leaving behind the line !!!
     
  5. 280man

    280man Silver $$ Contributor

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    The original prototype I received did have curved feet. The production ones now have flat.
     
  6. rmist

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    Thanks 280man
     
  7. SRJG

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    I have a Joy pod, and while they are great for lining up shots, once i fire the rifle is way off target. So i have to push it back to where i started from and lower the frame by a couple of clicks on the legs on each side. Now the mound at my range is crap, so i am basically shooting on a small round hill. I have not been able to fire it on a flat mound, as we dont have them. Has anyone else found this sort of issue? I suspect its the mound, but would like others thoughts on it.
    Gun is a rem700 in a dolphin stock
     
  8. 280man

    280man Silver $$ Contributor

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    Lots of variables to consider like your position, weight of the barrel, the shooting surface.

    I have no problems with mine but that doesn't mean you won't.
     
  9. Jdne5b

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    When I have to lower the frame mid string, it means my position moved (fwd or back) if the ground isnt flat, or I didnt get the rear bag settled enough before starting to shoot.
     
  10. seb

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    A few things to check when using a Joypod:

    1). Be sure that the rear bag is settled before starting to shoot.
    Tap your stock into the bag and move your rifle back and forth, check your reticle, If it tracks straight, vertically perfect, and comes back to the original point of aim, it's fine. If not, re-adjust.

    2). If you use Podpad, also be sure it is settled before starting to shoot.
    Tap the top where the feet rides on using your palm, create a flat top.
    Be sure the Podpad does not move, remove gravels etc under - they can act as roller bearings.

    3) Be sure your shooting mat is not springy/spongy. This is very important.
    Use proper mat, or cut it if possible - so your rear bag will sit directly on the ground.
    You can use a sand filled doughnut (not a rigid spacer) to stabilize the bag on uneven ground/mound. It's also very cheap.

    4). Be sure your whole body position is right - so your shoulder is square.
    "Follow" the recoil with your shoulder, not "against" it. (sorry, don't know to say this properly in English?)
    Don't move too much, don't make unimportant movements during shooting string.
    Always be as consistent as you can in all things, how you hold the rifle, even how you breath before taking the shot.

    5). Be sure rifle and rear bag are aligned.

    6). It does not matter (from my own experience) whether you light-hold or let the joystick in the air when you shoot. I believe the bullet already exited the muzzle before the joystick moves in your fingers.
    I lightly hold the joystick myself, just like how I hold a billiard stick.

    All of us need to adapt with the equipments we use, rifle bipod rear bag trigger etc and understand how they work and react during firing.

    If everything is alright / set & done correctly, your rifle will track beautifully straight and your reticle will come back or very close to the original point of aim, every-time.
    Everything is right, you can also see your own score in the scope after recoil / every shot you made. This means that your rifle/setup does not move/shift to the left or to the right if you are a lefty...assuming most modern barrels today are right hand twist. You also don't have to change the bipod's setting, the height, the cant etc, at all.
    You only need to adjust the condition with the joystick, the joystick will do it all.
    That's why we call our bipod: JOY-pod.

    There should be something wrong/not right if you still have to change the setting of the Joypod or the rear bag or your body position after you shoot a round or some.
    Must be from one of those above.

    Note: I am not an expert in any way, it's just from my own experience and from what I learned/seen in the match.

    Hope this help,
    seb.

    To add:
    And believe it or not, use heavy rear bag. The heavier/the more stable the better.

    To add:
    Check out this video, me shooting my .308 with 200 gr bullets @ QRA Queens last 2014:
     
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  11. seb

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    You're right sir.
    They vary - the newer ones are better.
    Contact Jason for yours.
    ATB,
    seb.
     
  12. SRJG

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    Thanks for your replys guys. I suspect my problem has to do with the mounds at my range, as our mounds dont have flat tops. I am not a beginner at FTR shooting, just a beginner using the joypod. I just wanted a second onopion
     
  13. Immike

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    Hey shooter, good question I throw my weight on the rear bag around the edges once its in line before I start the settling procedure with the top. Start at the foundation first then go up. Good luck man!
     

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