I’ve been a fan and user of the MDT CKYE-POD since it first came out and have been desperate to test the MDT Gen 2 CKYE Triple-Pull Bipod. Here we take a closer look at its capabilities for both small and large calibers.
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About MDT CKYE-POD Gen 2 Triple Pull
The CKYE-POD is designed for the shooter that wants the best rifle support system money can buy. It’s made of quality materials and is nearly endlessly adjustable.
If you’re a hunter or a match shooter looking for a game-changing piece of gear, look no further than the MDT Bipod. Quality craftsmanship and fast, simple, one-handed adjustments make this bipod the ultimate platform for stability and versatility.
MDT CKYE-POD GEN2
After much anticipation, we are proud to release the MDT CKYE-POD Gen2. Adding lockable pan, and a cant tension adjustment knob, the MDT CKYE-POD Gen2 is now tumble deburred for a smoother, more tactile feel. Check out the video below for a full story and outline of the MDT CKYE-POD Gen2.
The MDT CKYE-POD Gen2 was developed for the competitive shooter with a focus on strength, single handed operation and versatile configurations.
This bipod is a true work of art, featuring 3 locking positions from front to back – stowed, angled and down. MDT CKYE-POD Gen2 is in a league of its own with quick single-handed adjustable height, allowing you to achieve from 4.5” to 15.5” (standard leg length model), paired with 170 degrees of cant, 360 degrees of pan capability (sling swivel stud version does not pan), and an integrated barricade stop. Mix and match the independent leg heights and angles to create the perfect shooting position, every time.
The MDT CKYE-POD Gen2 comes standard with it’s own spiked foot/claw for ultimate traction on any surface. However, if you prefer rubber feet, the MDT CKYE-POD Gen2 Standard and PRS Short legs will accept any Atlas style feet.
There are multiple different variants available for the MDT CKYE-POD Gen2, depending on which attachment point, leg length and which is your dominant hand.
- Single-handed adjustment
- Provides ultimate traction with spiked feet (Compatible/interchangeable with other brands of feet in the Standard and PRS Short legs)
- Crafted from hard anodized aluminum
- 170 degrees of cant – Now with tension adjustment knob
- 360 degrees of pan (on most models) – Now lockable
- Quick release push button Picatinny mount OR Quick adjust ARCA / RRS dovetail mount
- RRS mount requires the purchase of a compatible clamp from Really Right Stuff, like the SC-LR
- Separate tension adjustments for pan and cant features
- Built-in barricade stop
- Tumble deburred for a smooth tactile feel
- Four leg length options:
- PRS Short (approx. 7.5″ collapsed, 13″ extended)
- Standard (approx. 9″ collapsed, 15″ extended)
- Double Pull (approx. 9″ collapsed, 18.5″ extended)
- Triple Pull (approx. 14.5″ collapsed, 36″ extended)
- Weight: starting from 21 oz.
There’s certainly a lot of information to digest. Let’s break it down.
What’s in the Box
There isn’t anything out of the ordinary in the CKYE-POD Gen 2 Triple Pull box. Inside you’ll find the following:
- Spec Sheet
- Allen Key
- Sticker (Who doesn’t love those!?)
We took a closer look at the bipod and its capabilities.
Weight and Compatibility
The Gen 2 Triple Pull CKYE-POD weighs 2.38 lbs. It’s a bit heavier than my 1.62 lb Gen 1 (pictured below) with add ons.
The BTC mount we have on this Triple Pull is compatible with ARCA and Picatinny rails. MDT also offers the Triple Pull with an RRS attachment head.
A Breakdown of Adjustment Options
The MDT Gen 2 CKYE-POD has what we are calling a 5-axis adjustment capability:
This axis has three different positions: stowed, angled and down. Stowed is great for traveling. Angled puts you at a 45 degree angle. Down allows for maximum height.
2. Lockable Pan
This allows you to pan left and right with no resistance. You can lock it at as well! This is a feature on the Gen 2 only.
You can adjust so the reticle is level, even when the bipod is on uneven terrain.
The spread adjustment relates to how far apart the legs are, and adjusts both stance (width) and rifle height.
5. Leg Extension
No buttons need to be pushed to expand, only to retract.
The CKYE-POD has a minimum height of 7.75” with the legs collapsed and folded forward. It has a maximum height of 38.5” with the legs in the most vertical position possible. The legs move in increments of 1” with a click each time.
There are 10 clicks (10”) of adjustability in the uppermost section, 9 (9”) in the middle and 7 (7”) in the lowest section of the legs. You can combine clicks on one leg with cant adjustment to get smaller increments of adjustment.
Shooting At Ultimate Reloader Ridgeline Range
We headed out to Ultimate Reloader Ridgeline Range to put the Gen 2 CKYE-POD to the test. This is a great place for this type of testing because we can shoot in just about any position, and hit targets ranging from 100 yards to 1000 yards!
We started out shooting prone with Gavin’s 300 PRC build and the CKYE-POD in the “low” position. It was impressive how stable the bipod remained even against the recoil of the 300 PRC. Gavin noted the bipod he usually uses with the 300 PRC is much narrower. The CKYE-POD Gen 2 Triple Pull has the ability to get low to the ground with a wide stance. Spikes on the end dig into the ground for extra stability.
For positional work, we moved to an ultralight 22 GT Gavin built. Shooting from the sitting position off a hill, I pulled one leg out completely to reach a spot on the side of the hill and adjusted the other leg to rest on the top of the ridgeline. I also took advantage of the cant to fine-tune my position. Between Gavin and I, we had six successive hits out of six shots. What could have been an awkward shot turned out to be quite comfortable and surprisingly stable. The legs of the bipod extended with ease. The pillow bag helped to “lock in” the buttstock of the rifle- a stable rifle support front and rear! This scenario was set to mimic a 200-yard shot on a coyote or NRL Hunter shooting stage.
Gavin selected a challenging spot to shoot just over 200 yards. Prone wasn’t an option, so we were left with sitting or kneeling. We fired from the kneeling position over the crest of a hill. What made this shooting position difficult was how the target vanished from view if you got too close to the ground. I compensated by kneeling with a rear support bag and shooting with the CKYE-POD fully extended. I also leaned into the bipod to get into a downward point of aim.
The CKYE-POD performed flawlessly with two very different calibers.
In case you missed it, here’s a feature from the MDT ACC 300 PRC build series:
Is the Triple Pull The Ultimate Bipod?
Though a bit on the heavy side for carrying long distances, Gavin and I are already fighting over the CKYE-POD Gen 2 Triple Pull. MDT offers a variety of CKYE bipods to fit different situations and budgets, but this is one of the most versatile pieces of gear on the market. I personally believe the Gen 2 Triple Pull CKYE-POD offers unprecedented benefits to hunters as well as NRL and precision rifle competitors. Keep in mind working with a CKYE-POD, like using any piece of gear effectively, takes time and practice. Don’t underestimate the value of this bipod at first use without taking the time to learn how to best use it in a variety of situations.
Get the Gear
MDT has a whole CKYE-POD series for a variety of budgets and applications, ranging from $199.95 to $999.95.
Find the MDT CKYE-POD Gen 2 Triple Pull Bipod on MDT’s website for $999.95.
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