Pronghorn antelope numbers on rise near Sonoita, Patagonia
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Birth of 84 fawns indicates management efforts paying off

TUCSON – After four years of comprehensive, science-based management efforts, biologists at the Arizona Game and Fish Department are encouraged by the birth of 84 pronghorn antelope fawns this year and increased pronghorn distribution throughout Game Management Units 34A, 34B and 35A in southeastern Arizona.

In recent ground surveys conducted with the Arizona Antelope Foundation, the Arizona Game and Fish Department counted 48 bucks, 131 does and 84 fawns during a two-day (June 13-14) ground survey near Sonoita and Patagonia.

This year’s count of 263 pronghorn antelope is up from the minimum adult population of 81 counted four years ago, when the Arizona Antelope Foundation was awarded a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant for grasslands restoration projects in the area.

The grasslands restoration efforts included a combination of mesquite removal and prescribed burns. In addition, fence modifications, water improvements, predator control, and population augmentation also were used to help bolster pronghorn antelope numbers.

“The conditions that allow pronghorn numbers to increase were created by a combination of these wildlife management actions,” said Amber Munig, big game management program supervisor. “Rarely will a single management action result in such positive change.”

A running pronghorn antelope can reach speeds of 60 miles per hour or more, but they are hesitant to jump over objects, preferring instead to crawl under or through fences. Their eight-month gestation period is among the longest of North American game animals.

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Bulletproof Laptop Bag Doubles as a Potentially Life-Saving Shield
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Wow – this looks like a great piece of kit, especially if you work in the security field. Heck – I oversee campus security – maybe I need one! ~ DesertRat

Bulletproof Laptop Bag Doubles as a Potentially Life-Saving Shield

MTS™ – Multi Threat Shield protects from various guns, knives; other weapon attacks

Most laptop bags are not much more than a pocket with a strap attached for people to tote more gear around than they can carry in their hands. Not any more. The new MTS™ – Multi Threat Shield (MTS) bag looks like an average black laptop bag, but not only can it carry gear it can also save lives. Built into the MTS™ is a lightweight and discreet ballistic shield. Whether the threat is an intruder or an active shooter, a quick flick of the wrist swiftly deploys a 3-foot long blanket of protection to defeat multiple impacts from most handgun, shotgun and pistol caliber sub­machine gun threats.

In the event of a physical attack, families, schools, law enforcement, first responders, hospitals, businesses and private security personnel can use the MTS™ to protect one or more people. The MTS’ primary design is protection against threats from firearms. However, the MTS™ is a true multi-threat shield, offering protection from attacks with blunt objects and edged weapons, as well as punches and kicks. The MTS™ is certified NIJ Level IIIA (Level III with optional Rifle Plate Insert). The MTS™ was tested by a National Institute of Justice approved laboratory for ballistic resistance in accordance with Modified/Abbreviated NIJ 0108.01, Threat Level IIIA. The results were “No Penetration,” and the MTS™ will not fold or bend when shot.

The MTS™ is designed for everyday carry. To enhance its practicality, it includes an expandable utility pouch with covert access, which offers the ability to carry a wide range of equipment and accessories – from a handgun or Taser to a laptop or tablet. The MTS™ measures 12 by 17.5 inches when closed. When the shield is unfurled, the MTS can protect an area that is 36.5 by 17.5 inches, with a total ballistic coverage of 639 sq. in. The MTS is a one-piece seamless design that weighs only eight pounds with a military spec webbing strap and 360 degree rotating attachment clips.

The MTS™ has a retail price of $899. For more information and purchasing, visit:

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Sitka Gear Video – Deer Year
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Awesome effort from Sitka Gear Here is the episode 1 of their new video project, Deer Year. ~DesertRat

Deer Year – Episode 1 – Explore from Sitka Gear on Vimeo.

Swab Its Needs Testers!
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You may have read my post about Swab Its a great product for gun cleaning. My good friend Pam Den Hartog from Swab Its contacted me to let me know they were looking for 300 or 400 product testers, for their new line of .50 Caliber Swab Its.

Here is the Press Release:

Swab-Its® by Super Brush LLC – We need 300 – 400 Product Testers for new product development testing for our .50cal Bore-tips

We’re Super Brush LLC – the folks who bring you the reusable and washable foam swab caliber-specific Bore-tips®, our new pull-through Bore-whips™ for cleaning bores and the non-caliber specific Gun-tips™ for cleaning nooks and crannies in your firearms,

We’re looking for 300 – 400 product testers who will try our new reusable washable .50cal Bore-tip® and let us know how it works for them. The Swab-its® .50cal Bore-tip® is designed to be caliber specific. It is developed to provide the same 360 degree bore coverage, tight bore fit and smooth application for the loading of solvents or lubricants as our other Swab-its Bore-tips®

We’ll send out two .50cal Bore-tips® to each tester, along with a postage-paid survey form that can be mailed or scanned and emailed back to us. We’ll also have an online link if you prefer to submit your feedback via computer. We’ll need feedback within 3 weeks of your receiving the swabs.

Please let me know if you can participate in this product testing. We need your honest opinion of how it works for you so we can make any changes needed before we go into mass production. If you wish to be a tester, please call or email me with your mailing address and best daytime phone, along with your email address.

You can find more information and videos about our firearm cleaning products and a link to our many retailers at Swab Its

Super Brush LLC, with its online retail division, is a USA-owned and operated foam applicator manufacturer located in Springfield Massachusetts. We have been proudly manufacturing swabs and applicators in the USA for over 60 years!

We look forward to your participation in our .50cal Bore-tips® product development!

So – do you want in? Shoot Pam an email at and let her know Desert Rat sent you!

Animal Weapons – A Review
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What an awesome book! I’d like to thank Ebony LaDelle from Henry Holt and Company for providing me with a copy to review.~Desert Rat

The book is written by Douglas J. Emlen, Illustrated by David J. Tuss

From the Publisher:

The story behind the stunning, extreme weapons we see in the animal world–teeth and horns and claws–and what they can tell us about the way humans develop and use arms and other weapons.

In Animal Weapons, Doug Emlen takes us outside the lab and deep into the forests and jungles where he’s been studying animal weapons in nature for years, to explain the processes behind the most intriguing and curious examples of extreme animal weapons—fish with mouths larger than their bodies and bugs whose heads are so packed with muscle they don’t have room for eyes. As singular and strange as some of the weapons we encounter on these pages are, we learn that similar factors set their evolution in motion. Emlen uses these patterns to draw parallels to the way we humans develop and employ our own weapons, and have since battle began. He looks at everything from our armor and camouflage to the evolution of the rifle and the structures human populations have built across different regions and eras to protect their homes and communities.

With stunning black and white drawings and gorgeous color illustrations of these concepts at work, Animal Weapons brings us the complete story of how weapons reach their most outsized, dramatic potential, and what the results we witness in the animal world can tell us about our own relationship with weapons of all kinds.

This was a great book! Emlen writes with knowledge and detail of a biologist, but weaves that info together with all of the mystique and ability of a seasoned storyteller. Fur or feathers, bugs or crustaceans; camouflage, weaponry, deception – this book covers it all. In an easy-reading fashion the book discusses evolution of weaponry and defense within species, and also compares animal weapons to both ancient and modern weapon systems.

Whether your interest is weaponry or the animal kingdom, I think you will enjoy this book. It’s a hardcover book and has a bit of a hefty vocabulary, but I definitely think younger readers will enjoy this book as well. I learned a ton and had a great time reading it!