A friend had purchased a set of quad sticks consisting of four poles with associated hinges and cradles and on a trip to Scotland Sika stalking, I tried them out. I was instantly taken with how stable they were - eliminating movement between the stock and forend, but allowing movement in elevation. So the concept was an instant hit: What I wasn’t so enamoured with was the build quality and portability of what was available on the market. I started to give some thought on how to produce a set of sticks which would be more compact when being carried but easy to deploy for use. I have a back ground in aerospace engineering and an interest of woodworking and using both these interests set about the task.
Early prototypes were made consisting of square poles with slots for hinges and cradles. It quickly became apparent that a square pole was not comfortable to carry. So a radius router cutter transformed the individual legs into a round pole. Early feedback suggested they were a tad heavy. So the legs were fluted and the weight problem was resolved. The cradles presented challenges of their own and had to be strengthened with alloy inserts to eliminate potential weaknesses which could cause breakages if dropped. The hinges were further developed to provide protection of the wood when in contact with the ground and maximise wood strength. Small magnets are used at both ends of the stick to assist closing and help hold the pod together for carrying. The quad pod stick can also be used as a walking aid for stability on steep or rough ground.
The sticks are crafted from kiln dried oak and finished with stain and linseed oil. Being a natural product the sticks need to be cared for with oil applied periodically to help keep the elements at bay. If the sticks get wet allow them to dry naturally to help eliminate warping.
3 leg lengths have been developed , 55 inches, 57inches and 59inches, to cover individuals in height from 5’6’’ to 6’ plus.
Quad sticks have been around in various guises for some time. I believe the sticks I make take all the benefits of the quad stability and package them into a neat bespoke product. I have over the years spent hundreds of pounds on sticks of various types only to be disappointed each time. The Quad Pod development was originally developed for my own use but interest soon came about from other rifle shooters looking for a stable shooting platform.