Aridus Industries Goes Live With Self-Crowdfunding

QDC

Adam Roth, owner and founder of Aridus Industries, tried to start a crowdfunding campaign to fund the molds to have his shotgun Quick Detach Carriers injection molded. He ran into a snag. All of the crowdfunding sites turned down his proposal. So he is trying to raise the funds himself on his website.

His goal is to raise $25,000 for the injection mold costs. The benefit to raising the funds himself is that he has access to the funds sooner than through a crowdfunding site, so the contributors can get their perks sooner. Also he does not have to pay a fee to said websites thereby lowering the required amount to raise.

 

I did a review on the Aridus Industries QDC, if you missed it you can check it out here.

Like any normal crowdfunding campaign, Adam has set different levels of participation.

You can donate $10 to get a thank you on his contributor page. Next levels are $25 for a water jet and coated bottler opener. The cut out is for the piece that will become the carrier latch on the receiver adapter.

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A $30 contribution gets you a shirt inspired by various people in the industry, first person gaming, and the Nintendo Virtual Boy. Something Adam and I share a fanaticism for.

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For those who want to get in on his QDC, he is offering the QDC system at a discounted price.

The individual carriers are being sold for $37. Mag pouch and shells not included.

You can also buy the detachable carriers in bulk. A 10 pack of carriers is only $350

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To actually get started, you will want to get the QDC system. Both the Remington 870 and Mossberg 500/590 QDCs are available for $125. They come with one receiver adapter and one detachable carrier plus all the required hardware necessary to install the QDC.

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Beyond the coolness of getting stuff at discount, Aridus Industries is a company to look out for. Adam Roth is a great guy and is literally a one man show.

Like many of my peers in southwestern Pennsylvania, I grew up hunting and shooting guns. I would enjoy tinkering and modifying anything I owned as a kid, whether it was making my own toys or modifying my own hockey equipment. The hands on, creative side was there from the beginning.

Several years ago I was working midnight shift in a coal mine (it was as fun as it sounds), and I was thinking about various forms of gear loadout and ammo carriage for
various long guns of mine (anything to let my brain wander and help keep me awake in the wee hours of the morning). The AR15 loadout was simple enough to accomplish, however there was not a decent solution for carrying more ammunition for a shotgun- whether it be for military or law enforcement role, or simply as a civilian attending a defensive shotgun class. I had recently seen the Velcro/elastic options for shell carriers only a couple months before this, but didn’t love the idea. In the mine we dealt with industrial strength Velcro all the time (gloves, leg bands, vests, etc). I experienced first hand how quickly Velcro could fail, especially as it becomes dirty. I thought there needed to be a mechanical solution for a detachable shell carrier, and the concept for the Quick-Detach Carrier was born.

Through development of the Q-DC, I have taught myself to use three different 3D modeling programs to design the different parts of the assemblies. From there, I learned to use a CNC milling machine as well as hand writing the g-code to actually mill the parts. I have taught myself to use 2D vector based programs to design the latch used on the Q-DC, as well as learning to use a waterjet to cut the blanks from a sheet of metal. I have taught myself to weld, which has been helpful in building the various presses and jigs used for bending the latch as well as both the latch torsion springs and the carrier retention springs.

To this point I have been a one man show, but now I need support with the injection mold to fully get the Q-DC off the ground.

 

How could you not want to help a guy like that and a small business to boot? If you want to help or just check out more info on his products, go to his website.



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Hensley Beuron Garlington

    I’m curious, did they turn him down due to an anti-firearm bias? I think its important to know because I have been using Indigogo a bit here lately, but if a site is anti-gun, then I don’t want to finance them (even if just a small percentage of funds raised for their hosted campaigns). Our dollars are our most valuable and important voting method.

    • Sianmink

      The Glock Gadget ran on indiegogo just fine and nobody had a problem with it.

    • Nicholas Chen

      From Adam Roth: “I only tried Rocket Hub because they only said no weapons. Both kickstarter and indiegogo clearly state no firearms or accessories. The Gadget slid by because it is a safety device”

      • Hensley Beuron Garlington

        Thank you. I appreciate it Mr. Chen and Mr. Roth.

        I hate the way the tech industry, with most of the big players in big cities, often not only don’t champion the Second Amendment, but are opposed to it. Its hard to know who, what, when,where, individuals and companies stand and I try to make attempts to not just fling my hard earned money at individuals that would like to erode our right to bear arms, but I’m not always successful at this principle, as there often times aren’t effective alternatives.

        • All the Raindrops

          Paypal, whom many of us give massive amounts of money to in our quests for more gadgets, is ardently pro-tyranny and anti-RKBA. We need a pro 2a version of paypal, and need to stop using paypal.

          I am very guilty myself for using PayPal by buying and selling stuff on ebay(also an offendor), but it’s just become to convenient. Need RKBA banking solutions.

          • Hensley Beuron Garlington

            You’re exactly right! PayPal is a major offender. We really do need some options.

  • Sianmink

    Why does a shell carrier need to be quick detach? It doesn’t seem to be as useful or as fast as a competition shell carrier for 3-gun, for self-defense you pretty much have to go with what’s on the gun. Police and Military use it as a specialty tool.
    It’s neat, I want to like it, but I’m not seeing the application here.

    • Nicholas Chen

      It has its uses. No you don’t have to go with what is on the gun. I used it in 3Gun. Is it the fastest? No. But I’m not that fast so it is a wash.

      Adam can twin load 6 shells in 4.5 secs with this rig. Pretty fast. Quad loads are faster but not everyone can do that.

      Also this is more geared to tactical shotgun application. One issue with the 3gun caddies is it is belt worn gear. This works like an AR mag. You can have a chest rig full of these. It is an alternative to Velcro cards that malfunction due to dirt and debris. These don’t have those issues.

    • Adam Roth

      That’s completely understandable. Many agencies still don’t have patrol rifle programs, so this gives a solid, reliable way to carry more ammo for guys that only have shotguns. Many guys keep rigs and plate carriers in their trunk in case of an active shooter. This allows efficient ammo management. If the department allows, it’s also a great way to carry multiple types of ammo. Guys who use shotguns for breaching love it. They go through rounds FAST (sometimes emptying the gun on one door).

      From the civilian side, I agree, people are going to have what they’ve got on the gun. Nobody of going to throw in a rig with extra carriers in the middle of the night. In this context, it really shines in training. Many times you’ll fire 25-30 round strings at a time in a shotgun class. After your first 6 reloads, you’re pulling rounds from pockets or dump pouches. That means most of your reloading reps are not coming from the place that you’ll actually have ammo. If you look at it like an AR… many people use an AR for home defense, but they have pouches, belts, chest rigs, etc. Will they throw that on at 3am when they hear breaking glass? Probably not, but it makes practice and training way more efficient!

      The Q-DC certainly isn’t for everyone, but for guys who have struggled with ammo management, especially in classes, it’s definitely helpful. Pair that with an incredibly reliable retention system, and it has its place.

  • Gotta admit, that shirt is silly but cool!

  • Bronezhilet

    Directly from the Indiegogo Terms of Use:

    “Prohibited Campaigns

    Campaign Owners are not permitted to create a Campaign to raise
    funds for illegal activities, to cause harm to people or property, or to
    scam others. If the Campaign is claiming to do the impossible or it’s
    just plain phony, don’t post it. Users must comply with all applicable
    laws and regulations in connection with their Campaigns, including
    offering Perks and using Contributions. Campaign Owners shall not make
    any false or misleading statements in connection with their Campaigns.”

    So as long as the campaign goal doesn’t break the law or causes harm, he’s completely fine.
    He is, however, not allowed to give firearms or accessories as rewards.

    • Adam Roth

      That is true. The problem is I don’t think I’d be able to get anywhere near my goal without being able to offer the Q-DC as a perk.

  • thedonn007

    Not sure what happend to my comment, but have you considered crowdfunding with twistrate? They were created for the firearms community. I am planning to use them once I perfect my quick detach firearm mount.

    • Adam Roth

      According to Tom Jones, co-creator of the Gadget, their SSL certificate has expired, usually a good indicator a company isn’t doing too well.

  • Love it. Want it. But damn that’s expensive…
    Also – I don’t need QD on 3 of 4 of the guns I’d put this on. Can we get a less spendy fixed version of this?

  • Hrachya H.

    Maybe you should consider outsourcing to manufacture the first batch . Then ideally you can save enough money to buy your own injection molding equipment.

  • Captain Paintball

    Why not just have a magnet backing?