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Old Yesterday, 00:41   #1
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DIY Troy Alpha Rail Bipod Stud

Did you ever want to attach a bipod to your Troy Alpha rail? So did I!
I've been waiting about a year(not intently) to see if the Noveske Troy bipod stud would ever come back in stock at Midway, PA, Noveske, etc..... It never has. I would gladly have paid Midway $9.85 for this part.

So I set out to build my own. I will tell you how to make one for yourself if you have the same aspirations I do: to sometimes mount a bipod on your Troy Alpha Rail equipped......well whatever you have stuck an Alpha Rail on. This could also be used to mount a sling I suppose...although there are better options for that, IMO.

Take one of these:
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And cut it down to 0.825". The shank should be approx 0.450" from the end to the shoulder. Yes, there are shorter ones you can buy, but I do not know how long they are from the start. There is a very small window of usable length, so it's likely you'd have to cut a shorter one anyway. Get the long one. NOTE: put the nut (Yes! you need the matching nut) on the threaded section before you cut. That way you can remove the nut and it will fix the buggered up threads at the tip. I used a hacksaw and then touched up with a bench grinder.

Here is mine:

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Awesome!

Now get some flat washers that will fit the shank of the stud. Make them as so:

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The top is how they each started out.

The finished one on the left has been ground to have flat, mostly parallel sides, a width of 0.500":
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The right one has been ground to have a diameter of 0.600"-0.605".
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These measurements are very important. Bench grinder used here. Paint them afterward if you like.

Assemble as follows. You will need the smallest needle nose pliers in existance:

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1.Put the round washer on the stud, insert the stud through the hole on the bottom of the handguard(or wherever you deem fit for a bipod).
2. Finagle with your tiny needle-nose, the flat sided washer between the barrel and the inside of the handguard and land it onto the stud, which is barely protruding through.
C. Mount the stud nut into your needle noses and put it on the stud. The easiest (only) way I found to do this is to hold the nut stationary and screw the stud into it.
4. Make sure the washers are seated properly and tighten the stud into the nut. This will take trial and error to get the stud indexed correctly to accept a bipod.
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Finished product:

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There should be plenty of space for barrel/handguard flex/harmonics.

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Mounted on my Troy Carbine. 16" barrel + ~1.5" brake and a 13" Alpha rail.
BE CAREFUL WHEN STICKING YOUR HAND BEYOND THE MUZZLE TO EXTEND/FOLD BIPOD.

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Here's how it sits, proudly atop my Mosin crate coffee table.

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Enjoy, comment, and tell me how you found one of these to buy/made one with 1/5 the effort......
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I use my mag as a monopod. So while I admire your ingenuity, I could care less.

Now the coffee table is seriously awesome and worthy of its own thread. I would even go so far as to say that's the manliest coffee table I've ever seen.
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I use my mag as a monopod. So while I admire your ingenuity, I could care less.

Now the coffee table is seriously awesome and worthy of its own thread. I would even go so far as to say that's the manliest coffee table I've ever seen.
Couldn't care less Dale... couldn't.

OP, that is cool, both the part adaptation and the coffee table!
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I use my mag as a monopod.
That doesn't work well at 700.
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That doesn't work well at 700.
I don't shoot that far with an AR.

I do put my feet up on my coffee table a lot though!

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I like when people come up with good ideas!
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I like when people come up with good ideas!
Nobody wanted my money so I made it myself.

The only time I'll have a bipod mounted is when doing load development or when doing 500m+ paper punching. Too heavy and unnecessary for action matches.
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The only time I'll have a bipod mounted is when doing load development or when doing 500m+ paper punching. Too heavy and unnecessary for action matches.
If you don't mind my asking, are you near the Wilmington area?
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If you don't mind my asking, are you near the Wilmington area?
2 hours north.
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