FrankFord Arsenal Introduces Platinum Series Rotary Tumbler
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The Platinum Series Rotary Tumbler delivers a new level of brass cleaning performance. Rotary tumbling with stainless steel media in a liquid bath gets brass much cleaner, and works much faster than ultrasonic or vibratory tumbling methods. The small stainless pins easily penetrate inside cases and into primer pockets to deliver unbeatable cleaning power. The large volume drum holds up to 1000 pieces of .223 brass and has a molded in rubber lining to protect brass and dampen noise during operation. A built in timer in the base can be set to run from 0 to 3 hours, shutting off automatically. The drum features clear end caps to allow visibility to the brass while tumbling. A set of sifting end caps is also included to assist in separating the stainless media once tumbling is complete. The tumbler can effectively clean without the use of stainless media pins with a mixture of Frankford Brass Cleaning Solution and water (use of media pins ensures primer pockets and inside of cases are perfectly clean). Five pounds of 304 stainless media pins and a sample packet of Frankford Brass Cleaning Solution are included. One accessory that makes sorting brass and pins quick and convenient is the Media Transfer Magnet. The Transfer Magnet is ideal for handling stainless media pins. It effectively gathers and then releases pins with a pull of the handle.

• Most effective brass cleaning process available
• Brass comes out cleaner than brand new brass
• Large 7 liter capacity, Tumble up to 1000x cases of 223 brass
• Dual layer drum with noise dampning rubber lining
• Includes 5lbs of stainless steel media pins ($49.99 value)
• Includes a sample packet of Frankford Arsenal Brass Cleaning Concentrated Solution
• Maintenance free geared drivetrain (No belts to replace!)

Battenfeld Technologies, Inc.
4885 West Van Horn Tavern Rd.
(573) 445-9200

Victorinox Swiss Army Introduces the Delémont Collection
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New collection of Swiss Army Knives highlights 130-year heritage of the finest in Swiss design and functionality; More than 50 new knives introduced

MONROE, Conn., and SALT LAKE CITY – (August 6, 2014) – Victorinox Swiss Army, with a 130-year heritage of quality and innovation in blade design, introduces the Delémont Collection, a complete new line of Swiss Army Knives offering a variety of unique features, tools and styles across 52 knives. The Delémont Collection, which is being introduced at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City this week (Booth # 16044), marks the first collaboration between Victorinox Swiss Army and Wenger, which joined forces last year.

“We’ve taken the very best attributes of Victorinox and Wenger and incorporated them into the Delémont Collection,” said René Stutz, President of Victorinox Swiss Army North America. “These knives are unlike any other in the industry with innovative, unique tools and features specifically designed for the needs of outdoor enthusiasts. Each knife is purposefully designed for specific outdoor activities. Whether you’re hiking, climbing, fishing or hunting, there is a knife designed for the unique situations and conditions you may encounter while enjoying the outdoors.”

The Delémont Collection is comprised of four separate handle designs, including the Evolution, EvoGrip, EvoWood and RangerGrip across a range of three different sizes. The collection includes a 65 MM knife featuring a deployable nail clipper, as well as a variety of 85 MM knives with the EvoWood, EvoGrip and Evolution handles. The line concludes with a series of large, 130 MM knives featuring the RangerGrip and RangerWood handles. The knives in the collection offer a wide variety of special features and tools; however, the signature feature is a contoured, ergonomic handle, which makes the knives easier to grip. The contoured handle design offers a more comfortable, non-slip grip even when wearing gloves or in wet conditions.

In addition to the contoured, ergonomic handles, the Delémont Collection includes a variety of unique features and tools. Highlights include: a deployable needle nose pliers; a heavy-duty nail clipper; a universal wrench for M3-M5 nuts; an integrated rotating compass; a shackle opener with marlin spike and ruler; a knife body with an integrated bit holder; and a lever designed serrated-edge scissors. Some of the noteworthy new knives in the collection include:

Nail Clip 580 – This 65 MM knife comes with all the essentials, including a 1.75” blade, nail file, scissors, tweezers and toothpick. It also incorporates a retractable, heavy-duty nail clipper and cleaner. It is the perfect tool to tackle everyday needs and is small enough to fit in a pocket, backpack or glove box.
EvoWood 14 – The 85 MM handle on this EvoWood 14 is constructed from sustainable walnut wood, which is repurposed from excess production materials. The walnut is finished with a rich, dark stain giving each knife unique shades and grain patterns. The knife features a 2.5” blade along with a variety of other functional tools.
EvoGrip S18 – At 85 MM, the EvoGrip S18 is an ideal mid-sized knife and fits perfectly in-hand thanks to the ergonomic, contoured handle with non-slip inserts. A veritable tool chest for the outdoor enthusiast, the 2.75″ double-cut wood saw can tackle much larger jobs than its size would indicate. Along with 14 other useful functions, the EvoGrip S18 is a stand-out in its striking, bright yellow finish.

RangerGrip 74 – The 130 MM RangerGrip 74 is designed for serious outdoor adventures and includes a variety of heavy-duty tools, including a 3.9” locking blade and a deployable needle nose pliers equipped with a wire cutter and nut wrench. The knife features an ergonomic handle with non-slip inserts to help improve grip even in wet conditions.

Victorinox Swiss Army is launching the Delémont Collection at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, August 6 – 9 in Salt Lake City, booth #16044. In honor of its 130th anniversary and the new Delémont Collection, Victorinox Swiss Army is hosting an event Thursday, August 7th emceed by Outdoor Retailer Event Director, Kenji Haroutunian. The event includes multiple prize giveaways, including a trip for two to Switzerland. Participants may enter to win at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market on August 6th and 7th at the Victorinox Swiss Army booth. For more information about Victorinox Swiss Army and the Delémont Collection, visit

About Victorinox Swiss Army

Victorinox Swiss Army’s portfolio of products represent a proud 130-year, family-owned heritage of commitment to quality and innovation in both multifunctional and iconic design that withstands the test of time. Today Victorinox Swiss Army knives are indispensable to millions of ordinary people, as well as NASA astronauts and even the militaries of more than a dozen armies around the world. The Swiss Army Knife has been recognized with ‘cult’ status among knife enthusiasts, and is featured in prestigious collections such as the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City. To learn more, visit

Badlands’ 20 Year Anniversary Book
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Looks like an amazing book put out by a great company. Love my Badlands pack. Available to customers at no charge?? Well done, Badlands! ~Desert Rat


Capturing the struggle, persistence, and ultimate success of the Badlands brand, the 20 Year Anniversary Book from one of the industry’s most iconic companies is now available in a full-color hardbound limited edition volume.
Having roots in a storage shed, fed only by relentless ideas of innovation and industry changing technologies, the special edition book tells the story of how a sewing machine, an oven, some spray paint and a little mad science changed the way hunters think about gear forever.

Not just telling the story of how Badlands came to be, the company also focused on the most important aspect of any business – the customer. Overflowing with customer photos, stories and anecdotes, the 20th Anniversary Book shows in vivid color and text just how Badlands has helped hunters achieve their goals over the last two decades.
Badlands founder Bill Crawley writes in the book, “Through all of it, we have tried to stay true to our 20 year promise – To simply make the very best products we know how and honestly stand behind everything we make. We do this in the same manner that we would for family members and close friends because that is exactly how we see each and every customer.”

The 130 page book will be available to customers at no charge on with only a minimal shipping fee. The Badlands 20 Year Anniversary Book will be available 9/1/2014 while supplies last.

Now in its 20th year, Badlands continues to focus on exceptional quality, continuing innovation, unmatched performance and as always the only unconditional lifetime warranty in the industry.

“Rise, Kill and Eat” by Doug Giles – A Review
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A big “Thank You” to Lynette at Liberty Alliance Publicity for reaching out to me and sending me a copy of Doug Giles’ book “Rise, Kill and Eat” to review.

I was curious about this book from the first time I saw it advertised. As a Christian, and an avid hunter – it seemed like the perfect book to have a look at. I get contacted by publishers a couple of times per week to do book reviews but usually I pass – I simply don’t have enough time to do all of that reading. This one, though – I made time!

I read this book cover-to-cover in two sittings. It is easy reading, provides a chuckle or two, and without a doubt – gives you lots of evidence regarding biblical support of hunting. Giles writes with a style that is reminiscent of Ted Nugent’s style (he wrote the Foreword, by the way) – chiding, irreverent, flamboyant, entertaining.

He takes what might be a dreary compilation of Bible references or at best – a literary sermon advocating hunting – and makes it fun and interesting.He answers questions like:

Who killed the first animal according to the Bible?
Is there one verse in the Bible that condemns hunting?
Was Jesus really a vegetarian hippy?
Does “Thou shall not kill” mean that one shouldn’t go quail hunting or catch and eat a bass?

Of course, any of us who hunt and fish but also go to Church has a standard reference or two tucked away to pull out in a debate. Giles utilizes dozens of references – heck – he lists over 50 that reference “snares”. I’m not sure this book qualifies as a legitimate theological/scholarly source of biblical hunting but it certainly exceeds the needs of Christian laymen who hunt and fish, and are searching for verses and answers to support their desire to trap, hunt and catch fish. It really was a great read.

To whit:

“So when any man from the sons of Israel, or from the aliens who sojourn among them, in hunting catches a beast or a bird which may be eaten, he shall pour out its blood and cover it with earth. – Leviticus 17:13 Giles doesn’t just list this passage, he explains it, relates it to the topic and puts it into context for the reader.

I would be doing the author a disservice if I didn’t mention the artwork contained throughout the book. Doug Giles has done his own artwork for this book. The illustrations are awesome and fit perfectly with the theme and tone of the book.

Giles states that “this book’s sole intent is to showcase, through both the Old Testament and the New, what the scriptures say about hunting, so that when you, the hunter, get around the whiners screaming foul when it comes to hunting, you can stand firm on the Verbum Dei, feel proud, and say in regards to this important activity, “Hey, leave me alone. I’m simply doing the Lord’s work”. I can say without hesitation that he accomplished his aim, through this very enjoyable book. Well done.

You can learn more about the book at the “Rise, Kill and Eat” WEBSITE

TwistRate – A Cool, Effective Way to Get Concepts to Market
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I’d like to thank the crew at Leverage PR for helping me learn more about Twist Rate – an innovative way to fund ideas, prototypes, production, marketing and more. I need to tell you – if you haven’t heard of “crowdsourcing”- you soon will. It’s an innovative way for entrepeneurs to get that boost they are looking for, to get their ideas to market. I’d like to thank Evan Hafer, the CEO of TwistRate, for taking the time to answer some questions. ~DesertRat

1. Desert Rat Outdoors: For those unfamiliar with crowdsourcing and similar programs, just how effective can it be?

Evan Hafer: If someone can raise $51,000 in a matter of days to make a batch of potato salad, I’d say crowdfunding is working very well. Crowdfunding is in its infancy, however, donor-reward crowdfunding projects are expected to grow to $93 billion by 2025 – that’s a lot of potato salad. What’s happening in the market is that new platforms are launching to serve the needs of different groups of people. TwistRate, for example saw a huge need for a place where the projects and passions of hunters, military, law enforcement and outdoor enthusiasts could get funded. While we just launched over the Fourth of July weekend, we’re already seeing a very positive response from the community.

2. DRO: What is the advantage of TwistRate over similar funding sites?

EH: Most crowdfunding platforms will not allow products and services produced by our community on their site. A techie from San Francisco can fund a new smart watch, but a former Special Forces veteran can’t bring a life-saving Kevlar vest to market or a new flashlight holder for police belts. The main advantage of TwistRate is the fact that we exist to fund all America’s innovators. We think new life-saving products and technologies that make hunting, fishing and outdoor play better are just as worthy of dollars as potato salad. There are other differences as well. We don’t just help inventors get funded. We also have services designed to take new products from idea to prototype to patenting, funding and retail sales and distribution. TwistRate is an end-to-end solution for those looking to turn their ideas into reality.

3. DRO: How has the reception been?

EH: Pretty amazing so far! The calls and emails have been pouring in from our community, and our campaigners are having great success. The number one crowdfunding platform in the world, Kickstarter, receives $127 per contributor, based on their last quarter. Our average contribution per donor is $160, and we are just starting to get noticed. This illustrates the enthusiasm investors have shown for a place where they can turn their ideas into action.

4. DRO: What has been the most successful campaign to date?

EH: The BallSkinz campaign, Vi Diamond’s invention, has raised 30 percent of its $5,000 goal in just nine days. He’s just starting, but he’s already determined that there’s a real market for his product. Twistrate allowed him to validate his idea without a lot of risk or time. It’s great that he could do a trial run and get market feedback in his spare time, while being a full-time employee and a father to two kids.

Vi broke his back during a Navy SEAL training mission. After he saw what exercise did for his rehabilitation, he became a CrossFit trainer and now owns several CrossFit gyms. BallSkinz came from his frustrations over not being able to bring all his exercise gear on the road. So he came up with a medicine ball, actually a medicine ball cover that you can fill with popcorn, BBs, ball bearings, etc., to get the weight you want. It’s one of those “why-didn’t-I-think-of-that?” devices. Check out his video here.

5. DRO: What prompted you to create it?

EH: TwistRate was launched after my partner, Jeff, a life-long inventor, was rejected from a major crowdfunding platform for his Touniquet belt, which will save lives in the field. We thought it was messed up that some kid could raise tens of thousands for potato salad, but veterans, police and other inventors in our industry were not allowed to list products. There was nowhere that our community could go to get its projects and passions funded, so we created TwistRate to serve every day Americans, not just the tech community.

I’ve been an inventor, investor and entrepreneur for a good part of my adult life. While simultaneously serving in the military and other government organizations, I have always mentored my fellow veteranpreneurs. I’ve commercialized government and defense projects, and I’ve invested in the projects of my fellow inventors. I have seen a great need for a place where inventors who create products for our market can turn their vision into a reality.

Just because you don’t live in New York or San Francisco doesn’t mean you don’t have good ideas. We believe there are good ideas to be found in all parts of America. The man who builds a new Kevlar vest or a magnetized device that a police officer can wear on his hip, so he can reload with one hand, has as much a right as a software developer to raise capital for their inventions.

6. DRO: Evan, you’re a hunter – what is your favorite thing to hunt?

EH: I love pheasant hunting with my dog Karl – an award winning bird dog. However, I love elk hunting, too, because it’s so challenging. It’s an individual endeavor that requires a significant amount of strategy to track and out-maneuver these beasts. The whole environmental spectrum comes in to play. What you wear, how you move, your scent, the wind, the sun and the rain all play a part. And the run-up to elk season is a year-long commitment. My whole family goes up in the mountains every chance we get to gather intelligence, collect horns, track and note the movement of the herd.

7. DRO: What fishing trip tops your wish list?

EH: I’d love to fly fish for salmon in Siberia.

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