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Gentlemen, I am looking for suggestions on how to make the feet on my rifle bipod non skid. Durability is a must. Right now, the feet are smooth and slippery. I would like to have them dig in a bit vs sliding on the shooting bench or any other surface. I don't want to have them having a spike.

I was thinking of finding some type of rubber material and use some sort of adhesive for the project. I am having a hard time finding any rubber material.

Any other suggestions?

Thanks,

Mike

 
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Nonskid stair tape?

If you don’t want something as aggressive and abrasive as that, there are various types of thin rubbery shelf and drawer liner that would increase friction. I have found the various Shoe Goo adhesives to be useful for attaching that material to surfaces, even fabric.




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Sigfreund, I use that for some of my pistol grips. It does not hold up very well.

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Nonskid stair tape?
 
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A few dips in PlastiDip from Home Depot, Lowe's, WalMart?


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Thanks Mark, I will give it a look.

I just found this. It may work, but it is spendy. I only need a couple of square inches.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ru...06-W100-15/301919677

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A few dips in PlastiDip from Home Depot, Lowe's, WalMart?
 
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How about a rubber floor mat/shop mat/interlocking mat?
https://www.americanfloormats....-UOB89BoC56sQAvD_BwE

I'm sure they can be had cheaply at HD,Lowe's or Harbor Freight. i'd use rubber cement or contact cement and glue em on. You may find a company that will send out rubber mat samples that would most likely be big enough for your project. A bit thinner but an old mousepad might work well also.



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Dog boots, slip them on and Velcro around the bipod leg.

https://www.chewy.com/frisco-a...zmrSRJxoCaYAQAvD_BwE


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I think the problem is getting and keeping anything to stick on the bottom.
I like the Plasti- Dip idea (a few coats).
 
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$33.00! Yikes!

I think that they would have too big a footprint. Pun intended.

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Dog boots, slip them on and Velcro around the bipod leg.

https://www.chewy.com/frisco-a...zmrSRJxoCaYAQAvD_BwE
 
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I agree. I think Mark nailed it. I just watched a few youtube videos on the plastidip. I am intrigued.

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I think the problem is getting and keeping anything to stick on the bottom.
I like the Plasti- Dip idea (a few coats).
 
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$33.00! Yikes!

I think that they would have too big a footprint. Pun intended.

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Dog boots, slip them on and Velcro around the bipod leg.

https://www.chewy.com/frisco-a...zmrSRJxoCaYAQAvD_BwE


Posted more for the concept, I am sure there are many options for size, color and price in the category. Would be a simple non permanent solution. Plus they come is sets of 4 so you could split the cost with a buddy Razz


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Jim, I like the material of the boots. I would like to find it in a small quantity.

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$33.00! Yikes!

I think that they would have too big a footprint. Pun intended.

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Originally posted by TXJIM:
Dog boots, slip them on and Velcro around the bipod leg.

https://www.chewy.com/frisco-a...zmrSRJxoCaYAQAvD_BwE


Posted more for the concept, I am sure there are many options for size, color and price in the category. Would be a simple non permanent solution. Plus they come is sets of 4 so you could split the cost with a buddy Razz
 
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Mike will these Accuracy International rubber bipod feet fit? I have them on my Gibbs M8500 (Parker Hale) bipod.




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Kind of similar to the Plasti-Dip idea, you can buy two-part silicone rubber or urethane rubber mixes.

You could make little molds (could probably be as simple as small plastic cups or a folded up piece of aluminum foil that you coat with vaseline), stick the bipod feet in the molds, and then pour the mixes silicone/urethane rubber in. Wait a bit and your bipod feet will be encased in a block of rubber.

I haven't done it personally, but I've seen it done and it's pretty easy. Smooth-On has a good reputation for their silicone and urethane rubber products.

Urethane would probably be more durable.

If you didn't want to go all the way to casting your bipod feet in blocks of rubber, Smooth-On also makes brush-on urethane resin products intended for coating stuff.
 
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Bald, I am not sure. I would have to see them. I wish mine were rubber from the get go.

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Mike will these Accuracy International rubber bipod feet fit? I have them on my Gibbs M8500 (Parker Hale) bipod.

 
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Excellent idea!

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Originally posted by maladat:
Kind of similar to the Plasti-Dip idea, you can buy two-part silicone rubber or urethane rubber mixes.

You could make little molds (could probably be as simple as small plastic cups or a folded up piece of aluminum foil that you coat with vaseline), stick the bipod feet in the molds, and then pour the mixes silicone/urethane rubber in. Wait a bit and your bipod feet will be encased in a block of rubber.

I haven't done it personally, but I've seen it done and it's pretty easy. Smooth-On has a good reputation for their silicone and urethane rubber products.

Urethane would probably be more durable.

If you didn't want to go all the way to casting your bipod feet in blocks of rubber, Smooth-On also makes brush-on urethane resin products intended for coating stuff.
 
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Gentlemen, thanks for all of the great ideas. I am going to try the plastidip route first. If it turns out that it is not durable, I will move on.
 
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I happened upon a local hardware store today. Lo and behold what I found.

https://www.grainger.com/produ...ECS&cm_vc=IDPPLARECS

Exactly what the doctor ordered! I just need to find the best rubber cement.

Thanks for your help guys.
 
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I was going to suggest skateboard tape maybe?




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We thought about that. I don’t think it would be durable enough.

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I was going to suggest skateboard tape maybe?
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