TwistRate: Crowdfunding for the Shooting Community

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Hoping to be the Kickstarter of the firearms community, TwistRate has opened is digital doors for aspiring firearms enthusiasts to fund their dreams, inventions, and kooky ideas. To hear them describe themselves:

TwistRate is Americans coming together online to build the innovations, dreams and causes of America’s veterans, service members, law enforcement, outdoor enthusiasts, fishing and hunting communities. We bring your ideas to life, giving you the tools to take your great ideas to others in your community so they can benefit from your ingenuity. TwistRate brings communities together to fund their own, build their own and make their own – all on their own.

TwistRate and you make the American Dream a reality by connecting the dreamers with the dollars.

Translation: We let gun guys fund gun guys since the other places don’t let gun guys have some fun. The other outdoor stuff is awesome too.

Now online, TwistRate has a few active campaigns. A few of which caught my attention:

  1. The Tourniqet Belt (Just like it sounds)
  2. The Ammo Bot (Automating a Dillon 1050)
  3. Shotgun Side Loader (A below the port Match-Saver)

Head on over to TwistRate and see what they are about and their current projects requesting funding.

Video for the Shotgun Side Loader below. 



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Julio

    Neat side-loader idea, especially if its quick-attach/detach-able. Standard shotgun certificates in the UK permit only 2-shot magazines, so having an extra round ready to go if need be has obvious appeal. And that’s just one of many scenarios in which this could be a good thing if well executed.

    • iksnilol

      You could attach a half-tube alongside the barrel with a spring pushing the rounds back. It would be like having a secondary magazine only it isn’t a magazine since you have to push rounds in manually.

  • USMC03Vet

    I’m not really a fan of kickstarter, but for firearms this is probably the most legit use of this type of thing if they actually get actual firearms on there.

  • iksnilol

    AmmoBot f*** yeah.

    Tourniquet Belt, not so much. I mean, you can use a regular belt as a tourniquet.

    Side-loader, meh. Seems like a good idea but you can make it pretty easy. Then again many people are too lazy + it is cheap compared to the other ideas. I think the side-loader will be the most successful.

    • Karl

      Ya, you’re right you can use your belt as a tourniquet. You can also use a spoon for a shovel, and build a fire by rubbing two sticks together. However, if you’re a person who walks upright, and thinks you should use the right tool for the job, the tourniquet belt is probably for you. If your an idiot, you should continue to use spoons for shovels, build fires with friction and your $2 dollar belt that you bought at JC penny when you were 16, to save your life or the lives of your family members.

      • iksnilol

        The right tool is a tourniquet, not a gimmicky combination of a belt and tourniquet. Will rather just carry a proper tourniquet in a pocket.

        Also, my belt is a handmade one that cost me eight dollars and not two. I sorta wish I had a monocle and mustace to adjust and twirl, respectively.

        • Karl

          Contrary to what you might think, that belt is a tourniquet that doubles as a belt, hence the windlass and the name. The guy that designed and owns the patent and has 27 years as a Green Beret with over 7 years of combat experience. To call it “gimmicky” boils down to a lack of research and pure naivety. Keep trying to twirl your mustache buddy. The rest of us are walking upright and and had PRK (laser eye surgery, for those still using monocles).

        • Karl

          Also, didn’t you just say you could use your belt as a tourniquet prior. Seems strange to contradict yourself in the following statement and at the same time agree with me by saying you do need the right tool for the job. Check and mate.

          • iksnilol

            Didn’t contradict myself. A soft leather belt makes a decent tourniquet in an emergency, but I prefer the right tool. Here is the funny part, I get in so few situations requiring a tourniquet that the belt works just fine for that. Though I do keep some in a med bag as I call it. I am a believer of avoiding bad situations.

            Also, I do walk upright and I can’t have eye-surgery due to health reasons.

          • Karl

            I’m sorry man. No harm in a little banter.

          • iksnilol

            No harm indeed.

            This is kinda awkward. Stuff like this doesn’t happen often on the internet.

            Maybe I was a bit harsh judging the belt? I just got chicken pox some days ago so my thinking is a bit impaired.

  • BryanS

    It will suffer from niche market issues. What are we taking about here? “Kickstarter for guns” which means that kickstarter already has the market, this is just trying to bite in where a company has said no.

    Much like the Gunpal fiasco, I dont see this going very far. I want it to go far….

  • Cymond

    Sorry, but I had some really bad experiences with crowd-funded gun parts during the 2013 buying craze. One company turned out to be an outright scam (Red Rock Ordnance) while another turned out to be a bunch of amateurs who bit off more than they could chew (2nd Am Arms).
    Certainly, there are some success stories, but it’s important to only fund well-established, reputable companies that are simply crowd-sourcing something new. Of course, it is unlikely that a well-estabilished, reputable manufacturing company would need to resort to crowd funding in the first place.
    Crowd funding is primarily the domain of startup companies, many of which fail.

  • mrt

    “Please enter a valid password (6 to 16 characters. case-sensitive alpha-numeric and/or . , _ , % , + , – , ! , $ , ^ , &)”

    Really?

    I cannot have a password with more than 16 characters??? And you want me to donate money to a project?

    You should suggest 16 character minimum and have no upper limit, or at least something like 200 characters.

    While you update that, add 2FA options from Google and Authy, plus voice/sms/email based two factor authentication choices. (just make sure you warn about the risk of using google voice for the 2nd factor)
    That any new site that deals personal information, even if it is not payment info, 2FA should come before you even decide if you will have a mobile website design or not.

    “Please enter a valid name”

    you want more than three characters for my name but restrict my password length and don’t require or even offer 2FA…..damn, guys…try again please.