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Down Range Gear’s Great Idea Turns ITW’s QASM on Its Side

We received an email at an odd hour last night from Down Range Gear’s founder telling us he had awoke from a dream with a great idea and just had to turn it into reality. Ten minutes later he had produced the first Down Range Gear QASM Vertical Connector. Once he told us about what he was up to this morning we agreed; it IS a great idea.

The ITW Nexus QASM (Quick Attach Surface Mount) is designed to fit on a piece of 1″ nylon webbing such as in a PALS application to allow you to attach an item to it that is equipped with the male portion of a 1″ side release buckle. Since PALS webbing is oriented in the horizontal plane, you can’t use it to attach vertical buckles without adding vertical webbing to your platform. That is, until now. Down Range Gear has come up with a simple yet effective modification to the buckle using 1″ webbing to allow it to be woven through PALS and attached back on itself. This means no modification to your existing kit.

Read more about it here: downrangegear.wordpress.com.

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4 Responses to “Down Range Gear’s Great Idea Turns ITW’s QASM on Its Side”

  1. Stefan says:

    Dreaming of buckles? Someone needs a vacation.

  2. Roecar says:

    That is a great idea. As a budding gear designer I wish it was mine. Kudos for a great idea!

  3. straps says:

    Yeah I like. The “Every Which Way” surface mount is very high profile and tends to break when being moved. Ask me how I know.

    The QASM is lower profile, and I’ve noticed also that it puts the male buckle down so close to the mounting surface that it actually helps maintain tension.