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The Everyday Marksman
12 minutes | 11 days ago
Why a Fitness Test? Why now?
This is just a quick unedited rant about why I decided to launch a physical fitness test for The Everyday Marksman. In short, 2020 sucked, and 2021 might be worse: maybe it's time to hold ourselves to some objective standards.
11 minutes | a month ago
Cash to Burn? Spare Parts & Magazines
This is a short episode touching on an observation I've had lately. Since the biggest rush of gun-buying stuff, this year is new shooters, they haven't quite learned about all the other stuff they should be aware of. And that leaves an opportunity for enthusiasts like you and me.
24 minutes | a month ago
The Right Optic for the Mission
This episode is a bit of an audio guide version of my article on selecting AR-15 optics. It’s a bit more off the cuff than usual, and you can probably tell that I get a bit excited about nerding out with this topic. The principles I outline apply to just about any kind of optic regardless of the rifle, or handgun, that it mounts to. At the core, it’s about understanding the role you are trying to fill and then selecting an appropriate solution within the bounds of your budget.
19 minutes | a month ago
Now What? A Back to Basics Approach to an Uncertain Future
2020 has been a rough year, and things may only get worse from here. So what, exactly, can we do about that? First, take a breath. Now let's talk.
34 minutes | 4 months ago
Explaining the Minimum Capable Carbine
Today I'm talking about my concept of the Minimum Capable Carbine. If you've been reading for a while, you might recognize this as my suggestion for your first AR-15. In truth, this episode is a chance for me to say things out loud that didn't come across very well in written format.
48 minutes | 4 months ago
Mike Green of Green Ops Tactical Talks About Adult Skills
Mike Green is a 15 year veteran of Special Operations who began a training company in Northern Virginia as a bit of a side gig. His school has since grown into quite the training operation spanning multiple states and categories of students. One of the things that stood out to me about Green Ops is their motto, “Why Should Your Training Be Less Special?”
17 minutes | 4 months ago
The Marksman’s Trinity: Balance for New and Old Gun Owners
The theme of the month is all about balance, so here’s another one to think about. I thought about the elements that should go into decision making regarding everything we do, and I categorized everything into these three: safety, capability, and security. As gun owners and firearms enthusiasts, we should always be mindful of keeping these things in balance.
13 minutes | 4 months ago
A Marksman’s Balance: Making Time for Things that Matter
Today's episode has to do with the theme of the month within our community over at The Marksman's Quarter: finding balance. I thought this was an appropriate topic because I just came off of a month-long break from writing or recording, and wanted to talk a little bit about what led to that hiatus and the things that have been on my mind.
16 minutes | 6 months ago
Answering the Question: Why Good Marksmanship is Important
I don't know why this question has been on my mind lately, but I've felt compelled to try and put words to my answer. Why is good marksmanship important? What do we get from learning and practicing it? I think there's an assumption within the gun world that everyone already knows that marksmanship is important. But I don't think most people actually care.
56 minutes | 7 months ago
From Here to the Edge of the World: Talking Radio Skills with NC Scout
Today we're sitting down with NC Scout of Brushbeater and American Partisan to talk about radio communications. Scout comes from an Army Infantry scout background, with time served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He teaches a variety of martial skills to everyday folks, including radio communications.
15 minutes | 7 months ago
On the Modern Minuteman
Today's episode is a fairly short one. I want to touch on the idea of a modern Minuteman. It's something that a lot of people romanticize, but we never really define. In this discussion, I want to talk a bit about what it means to me and what I think we need to do. This isn't a discussion about the contents of a go bag or the kind of rifle to bring to the fight. No, it's about the philosophy of being an engaged citizen ready to put aside individual goals for the sake of maintaining liberty.
60 minutes | 7 months ago
Ilya Koshkin, The Dark Lord of Optics, Schools Me on Riflescopes
Today we're talking to ILya Koshkin, a prolific blogger and internet personality in the world of rifle optics. I've personally been following him for years and learning from his advice. We've recently struck up a bit of a friendship and I thought it was a great opportunity to bring him on to the show and have him share some of his wisdom.
13 minutes | 8 months ago
Adventure is Just Bad Planning
One of the most important habits my family taught me growing up was the value of playing "what if." In this episode, I talk about the Special Forces PACE model for planning and how it applies to everyday situations.
45 minutes | 8 months ago
Talking about the M16A5 with Lothaen of TNR
In this episode, I sit down with Lothaen of The New Rifleman to discuss our mutual love for the M16A5 rifle. You know...the one that never really came to be for the US Military. It turns out that both of us have our own versions and experiences, and thought you might enjoy a little casual conversation about it.
17 minutes | 9 months ago
The Enemy of Good Enough: Advocating for the MCC
Today's episode is bringing it back to the Minimum Capable Carbine that I wrote about in my article about your first AR-15. With so many new shooters out there dealing with their first guns, I'm seeing a lot of questions about all the little minutiae that I remember obsessing over when I got started. So this episode is really about giving some advice. Here's the short version: Don't do it.
47 minutes | 9 months ago
Make the Sacrifice Worth it: Olympic Shooting with Amanda Banta
Amanda Banta is a national rifle champion and Olympic competitor. She began shooting at 11 years old and competed in the 2012 Olympic games only 9 years later. In this conversation, we take a look at what it took to make that kind of progress, what it means to have a winning mindset, and of course learn some tips for better marksmanship practice.
48 minutes | 9 months ago
Community Member Highlight: Graveyard Fields
This episode is another in our community member highlight series. Today we’re focusing on Justin “Graveyard” Fields, who is very active in the community and is himself a prolific blogger. Among other blogs he runs, he most recently set up Swift | Silent | Deadly, a blog focused on full-spectrum individual security. In this interview, we talk a bit about how Justin got interested in writing about this particular set of topics as well as his thoughts on the lessons we should all be taking away from the COVID-19 pandemic.
14 minutes | 10 months ago
Sharpening the Edge: There’s Value in Competition
Life is full of competition. In fact, in the grand scheme of things, all of life is a giant competition for resources and reproduction. Entire species either prosper or go extinct on the macro level due to their collective abilities to compete in an ever-changing environment. Nations, businesses, and people operate in a similar way. And so should you.
80 minutes | 10 months ago
Getting Started in PRS with Mike Keenan
This is an interview with pro PRS shooter Mike Keenan on what every newbie needs to know to get started in PRS or NRL competition shooting. We cover gear, attitude, and the all-important cartridge selection.
55 minutes | 10 months ago
Ask Me Anything #1: What do I Fear?
It's Episode 25 of Everyday Marksman Radio! That's a bit of a milestone, as we're one quarter of the way to 100 and most podcasts don't make it past 7 episodes. To do something a little different, we've got an ask me anything episode, with questions supplied by you guys and asked by my wife, Allison. I hope you enjoy it!
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