Lint Free, Cleanable, and Reusable Gun Cleaning Foam Swabs
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There seems to be constant new innovations and products regarding cleaning solvents, but little evolution has occurred in regards to cleaning patches. Most of us are still using little flannel patches, pieces of cotton pillow cases or underwear – you name it. The folks from Bore Tips are changing all of that! ~Desert Rat

Swab-Its® family of innovative Lint Free, Cleanable, and Reusable gun cleaning foam swabs just got bigger.

Swab-Its® introduces its extraordinary .177 and .22cal Bore-Whips™. These new members of the Swab-Its® family are pull-through gun cleaning products that can be inserted from the breech and outperform any product on the market with tight, complete bore coverage. The new .177 Bore-Whips™ work great with precision air guns and .17 caliber rimfire and centerfire rifles alike. The .22 Bore-Whips™ are especially useful with airguns, semi-autos and lever actions. Both the .177 and the .22cal Bore-Whips™ function as Empty Chamber Indicators (ECI) as well.

Swab-Its® is known for its popular Bore-Tips® that are superior to patches for cleaning and lubricating firearm bores, and their Gun-Tips™ that can get into all the nooks and crannies. These new Bore-Whips™ bring faster, easier pull-through cleaning for.17’s and .22’s.

Swab-Its® .177 Bore-Whips™ are available now at Bore Tips. Swab-Its® .22 Bore-Whips™ will be available mid-December.

Reviewing the Vapr Boot from Irish Setter
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A reprint from my review originally posted over at Outdoor Hub

I’d like to thank Kim Emery from Firefly Publicity and Irish Setter Boots for sending me a pair of the VaprTrek boots to do a review on. These boots looked ideally suited to the deserts I frequently hunt, here in Arizona.

From Irish Setter, here are some details on these boots:

New VaprTrek boots are 40% lighter than traditional Irish Setter big game hunting boots without sacrificing support or stability. RPM Technology, a breakthrough composite material, significantly reduces the weight of the boot, providing extreme comfort without the extra weight.

The RPM sole features a bi-directional lug pattern for increased traction and balance during heel strike and toe off. The wrap-around instep provides protection and aids in gripping tree stand rungs or ATV foot pegs. Armatec™ heel and toe protection guards against ground hazards. Underfoot comfort is enhanced with an anatomically-correct polyurethane and high-rebound foam footbed with a ScentBan™ odor inhibiting top cover. And a ScentBan lining delivers scent control through a process that kills odor-causing bacteria.

Irish Setter VaprTrek hunting boots incorporate UltraDry™ waterproofing so feet stay dry and boots stay breathable. A memory foam collar forms to fit the ankle for comfortable stability in the boot shaft. The Cushin™ Comfort Tongue offers long-lasting comfort in the shin area. A speed lacing system with one-tug tightening provides fast, snug lacing.

While waiting for hunting season to roll around, I tested these boots over the course of several hikes in the San Tan Mountain Regional Park, which is within a few miles of my house. Temps and weather varied from 107 and sunny, to about 100 and blustery with summer thunderstorms rolling around. This terrain is typical of the Sonoran desert, hard-packed and rocky, with lots of prickly things.

These boots are very comfortable, first off. The bottom of the boot on the inside is soft yet supportive. The sole is firm enough that stepping on sharp rocks didn’t feel uncomfortable, but they were thin enough that I always had a good feel for the terrain underfoot. The treads worked as advertised, providing good footing whether I was on smooth rock, gravel, or shards. The boots and stitching held up well. The soft sides seemed relatively impervious to accidental contact with cactii, a constant nuisance in Arizona. They were light, as adevertised, and I enjoyed wearing them.

I tend to roll my ankles a lot in rough terrain. These boots provided enough support that I never rolled my ankles, but they weren’t so stiff that I felt like I was wearing ski boots either. Again, I found them to be comfortable, rugged and supportive. Having no body of water to verify that they were waterproof, I came home from one hike, snuck into the bathroom with my boots on and filled up the tub. They are indeed waterproof as I spent several minutes with them fully submerged in the tub. Luckily my wife didn’t catch me. If I could find one “con” – these boots were oddly warm. Not so warm that I was dying, but warm enough that I went and double-checked the box to make sure that I had received the non-insulated boots. They weren’t insulated, but they were pretty “cozy” nonetheless. Of course, it was over 100 degrees out, every time I hiked.

All in all, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend these boots. They are sturdy, well-designed and can handle rough use. I didn’t baby them out in the desert, and there was no sign at all of wear, stitching breakdown, separation, etc. A great product from Irish Setter Boots.

Desert Rat Talks to Doug Giles
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Well, I’m hoping that you read my review of Rise, Kill & Eat by Doug Giles. This was an awesome book, and I’d like to thank Lyn over at Liberty Alliance Publicity for allowing me to do a follow up interview with Doug.

I received a release from Doug’s publicist with his take on hunting:

“Five Reasons Why I Love Hunting”

1. Hunters are the salt of the earth. Matter of fact, I’d say that 95% of the people I have met in the hallowed hunting camp have been upright, pleasant, courteous, grateful, hard working, God-and-country-loving, family oriented folks with whom it was my deepest pleasure to be able to share a few days pursuing game.

2. Hunters put their money where their mouth is. What I’ve seen in 30 plus years out in the hunting fields is this: The family that hunts together stays together. Hunting requires communication between the hunting parties. There’s a lot that goes into being a successful hunter, and it demands plenty of quality time spent between the tribe discussing safety, terrain, conservation, the particular animals to be pursued, and choices of weapons, boots, clothes, bullets, bows/arrows After all the aforementioned prelim stuff is done with, then the hunt commences, which includes sitting, walking, stalking, and then relaxing around the sacred campfire, where it’s just talking, laughing and anticipating the next day, you are all together. The hunter understands this: Family is everything.

3. Hunting provides massive amounts of food for the poor. The reality is that we provide a massive, benevolent source of high-protein, low-fat food to the poor at our own expense. In the last couple of years alone, my buddies and I have paid for the hunting, butchering and processing of, conservatively, 10,000 pounds of sweet venison for the poor in Africa and at risk kids, Christian ministries, and abused and battered women here in the U.S. of A. That’s 10,000 plus pounds of meat just between a few guys in the last few years.

4. Art by God. The hunter gets an ocular overload, as he is fortunate to behold the handiwork of the Creator in an intimate and intimidating way. The hunter understands what King David meant in Psalm 23 when he says that God “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.”

5. Hunting revives the hunter’s primal roots. Just getting out in the wild reconnects me with my original spiritual and physical moorings. When God created Adam and Eve, He made certain that their initial crib didn’t have cable TV or a home association.

Honestly, Doug really seems like my kind of guy, so I thought it would be cool to ask him some questions. Thanks again to Lyn for doing the legwork, and Doug for taking time out of his bus schedule to answer some questions…

1. Why do you think we have gotten so far in society where hunting is frowned upon more and more? Urbanization?
Changing social values?

I think, we think, hunting is ‘frowned upon by more and more people’ because the morons have been given a massive megaphone, via social media, to make their emotional imbecilicy heard.

In addition, the concrete jungles of the malls and the game room basements of Any-Town, America has squelched the provider, protector, hunter, hero vibe from the American collective. Especially, the metrosexual males.

Lastly, the doe-eyed bunny loving tree-humpers also are in control of TV and motion pictures and they wash their dain bramaged masses with the message that anyone who puts the bam to Bambi is evil. The reality is, if it weren’t for hunters and the 100s of millions of dollars they put towards conservation annually … that our flora and fauna would be screwed, glued and tattooed.

2. Do you think we can swing the pendulum the other way or should we simply attempt to slow or delay the inevitable?

I think the pendulum is swinging our way. Women are entering the hunting fields in record numbers. Slowly but surely great reality and food shows are showing the fact that hunting is a legit way of life and and the food taken in the hunt is better than that store bought, poison choked, crap grub you get from the grocery.

I think if we give up countering the lunatics’ anti-hunting rhetoric then we’re to blame for the possibility of hunting being verboten.

3. Christian values seem to be sliding too. Same problems or different? (than hunting)

Our nation has been systematically hijacked by secularists who don’t give a flibbertigibbet about traditional values and it is way past time that Christians got vocal, not only about God loving bad people, but that we too have equal rights, under the law, to enjoy our beliefs without having some godless ‘progressive’ tell us what to think and how to behave.

4. As hunters, what is our biggest mistake? Infighting? Insensitivity? Lack of education and outreach?

I’d say, lack of education of the amazing blessing hunting and hunters bring to real life in the preservation of land and species. Additionally, I gotta say we need some cojones and comedic relief to confront and ridicule the obstreperous when they start to slam our grand tradition. It’s time to get on the offensive because science and truth is on our side.

5. What is the best thing the hunting community can do to promote our lifestyle?

Aside from buying my book, we’ve got to be an example to all men: we’ve got to be sharp, solid and smart and counter the knuckle draggin’-Neanderthal-Bubba cartoon the anti-hunting dipsticks have made us out to be.

6. What is your favorite hunt? What is on your bucket list that you haven’t done yet?

Geez … what’s my favorite hunt? There has been so many from Alaska to Africa. Some successful and some not but all equally enjoyable because I only hunt with great friends and family. That said, I must put at the top of my list my Alaska brown bear hunt when I took a 10′ prehistoric toad with my .375H&H and my buffalo hunt in Zimbabwe last year when I finally got my first cape buffalo bull with my wife on our 25th anniversary.

My bucket list? It includes, but is not limit to; elephant, lion, leopard, dry ground hippo, bongo, lord derby eland, markhor, the various ibex species, mt. goat, yukon moose, roe deer and an Amazon fishing trip. After that … I can die and go eat some ice-cream in heaven with Jesus.

Loving you some Doug Giles? You can read more here: Town – Doug Giles

Buy his newest book here: Rise, Kill & Eat

Uncle Mike’s IWB Tuckable Holsters
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I’d like to thank Mike Capps from Howard Communications for getting me one of these holsters to do a review on.It worked out well since I had recently purchased a new Glock 32 and I didn’t have a holster for it.

Here is what Uncle Mike’s has to say about this particular holster:

The most versatile inside-the-waistband holster on the planet. The IWB Tuckable allows for the shooter’s shirt to be tucked in around the holster, offering complete concealment of the firearm.

The IWB Tuckable is ambidextrous, allowing the user to change between right and left handed carry. Because of its versatility, it can be comfortably worn appendix, cross draw, and small of back. Three levels of adjustment on the holster and another five levels of adjustment on the j-clip, allow the shooter to truly adjust the holster to preference. The four available sizes fit the majority of concealed carry firearms on the market.

All of my holsters previously had been of the “open carry” variety, so an IWB holster was a new thing for me. Uncle Mike’s makes a well-built, well-designed, rugged holster that is easy to use, and easy to configure. It has a tom of cool features.

Now, it is with some trepidation that I post a picture that clearly shows the remnants of a beer belly and the subsequent muffin-top. I get a little solace from the fact that my shorts are clearly too big now, having lost over 35 pounds over the past few months.

The holster is easily adjustable for which side you are carrying it on (or small of back),how high or low you are carrying it, and at what cant or angle. You can do all of this fairly simply, and with only a small Phillips’ screwdriver.

Not used to CCW, I had my daughter inspect me and take photos, and the Glock wasn’t even remotely visible. It rode comfortably and the retention strap (adjustable) was easy to use. The strap is held in place with heavy-duty “hook and loop” material, is reversible, and comes with a small device (marked as a ruler to adjust depth) which slides in and disengages the strap from the slot.

This is an extremely versatile holster, and I tried carrying in all positions and it was comfortable in every position. It is held securely, and the holster doesn’t wiggle or rattle. A flick of the thumb releases the retention strap and the pistol clears easilyfrom the holster and it re-holsters effortlessly. It is well-constructed and made of durable materials. If you are looking for an IWB Holster, I would highly recommend checking out this holster or one of the other cool products from Uncle Mike’s

Dove Season is Upon Us
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I’m not a fanatical dove hunter; I don’t like opening morning for sure, and overall I prefer the evening shoot. My daughter wants to give it a try this year so I hope we get out for a bit this season. Bag limit is up to 15 this year, so lots of people excited about that.

Looking for some new dove recipes? Hank Shaw is one of my favorites. Check out some of his yummy offerings here:

Grilled Doves la Mancha

Grilled Doves Teriyaki

Cajun Grilled Doves

You can check out the Arizona Dove regs (and buy your license or dove stamp online!) HERE

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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