In this article, we’ll take a look at 6 most interesting gun-related crowdfunding projects currently active in crowdfunding websites. Although many of these sites are not quite friendly to the gun community, there are still some that retain common sense. Namely, the Indiegogo has most of the firearms and outdoor campaigns. So below is the list of six projects available right now on crowdfunding websites (December 2017). The list is in no particular order:
1) TR1 Rotating Free Floating Handguard
This handguard is designed by a US company called Stand Fast Tactical LLC. It took two years for the company to design and refine this product. TR1 has a dual tube construction with outer tube rotating on the inner one using it as an axis. In order to adjust it to your desired position, you need to push the outer sleeve forward, rotate it to the position you want and leave it to retract. Once released it will fix itself in the position it is left. The inner tube keeps the barrel free floated. So the idea is to quickly reposition your accessories depending on the need of any particular moment or scenario.
The tubes are made of aircraft grade aluminum and the retaining spring is made of stainless steel. The TR1 handguard will have an MSRP of $300. If you like it, you can support this project by $250 and get a handguard once they are made. You can find the link to their Indiegogo campaign right here.
2) The Gadget — A Striker Control Device for Glock Pistols
The launch of this campaign was earlier written about on The Firearm Blog. So I am presenting you the follow-up of the story.
Striker control device is meant to provide added level of security when holstering a striker fired handgun. It is a steel made safety device which replaces the Glock pistol’s slide plate. It is activated when pressure is applied on it such as the thumb pressure during holstering. The Gadget blocks the striker, which in its turn blocks the trigger bar, which prevents the trigger from being pulled.
This is a “passive” safety device and doesn’t interfere with the normal operation of the gun. The main purpose of it is to make holstering a bit safer and prevent accidents. The Gadget was tested through some 300,000 rounds with almost all Glock models and performed flawlessly. It is designed so, that even if it breaks it will retain its slide plate function.
They’ve already reached their goal with more than $81,000 total funds raised. Should you still need to support this project, you can do it here.
Swiss-Observer is a round counting device replacing the handgun magazine baseplates. It has a small window on the rear side where it shows the number of remaining cartridges in the magazine. The Observer was tested and has passed a 5000 round test.
The internal construction of the Observer is pretty interesting and looks like a Swiss watch mechanism. Take a look at it in the video below:
This device is designed in Switzerland and covered by a number of patents including a US one (US Patent # 20160169602). They have a number of options to support them which you can see by clicking here.
4) Hurler2 – A Sporting Clay Thrower
Hurler2 is a gun shaped clay pigeon throwing device. It makes launching sporting clays much easier and fun too. Hurler2 is loaded with one or two 4 1/2 ” clay targets. It is adjustable for left or right-hand use. It is also possible to adjust the spread of two clay targets. Hurler2 is completely made of plastic and will come with a lifetime guarantee.
The thrower is designed in the USA. The first batch is already manufactured and tested by hunters and skeet shooters. The production is estimated to start in January 2017. You can support this project starting from $15 by going to their Indiegogo page right here.
5) MotoTech SCAR17 25rd SheetMetal Magazine
MotoTech Engineering is a Texas-based company, which offers SCAR rifle parts. They’ve designed a 25 round 7.62x51mm magazine for SCAR 17 rifles. The company has already made the prototypes and tested them.
They’ve set a goal to raise $8000 to make the first batch of 100 magazines. By contributing $200 you’ll get a magazine free shipped to your address. MotoTech has crowdfunding accounts in Indiegogo and GoFoundMe.
This hunting accessory is somewhat hard to describe not using too many words. It is a sort of gun mounted glove, which allows you to keep your hands warm during hunting and still have access to the controls of the gun with bare hands. In cold conditions of the hunting field, you need to wear gloves thus sacrificing some dexterity. Or, you can keep your hands uncovered for a better feel of the controls, but suffer from cold. So GunMitt solves this dilemma.
The exterior material of GunMitt is a synthetic fabric not to absorb sweat and water. It also has an inside pouch to store a HotHands or similar warming bag. In order to prevent the GunMitt from sliding away, it is secured over the buttplate by an adjustable strap. Gunmitt is also ambidextrous and to change it from right to left-hand use you just need to flip it over. Another little feature is the possibility to hold four shotgun shells on the GunMitt.
In order to contribute to this project or to learn more about it, proceed by this link to their crowdfunding page on KickStarter.com.
I have included in the list the projects, which I thought are the most interesting. However, there are several smaller or not quite gun related projects too, which you may also like. Here are the links to that campaigns:
As you can see some of these projects are really innovative and may have wide use, whereas others have limited potential market. Also, note how some of the campaigns have no funding, while others have reached their goals and even raised money past the milestone.
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