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In session 003, Allison and I talk about the underlying philosophy of The Everyday Marksman and why I believe in teaching tactical skills for all citizens is an important goal.

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BDC vs MRAD Reticles for General Purpose Rifles

In Marksman Live session 002, I talked with Ilya Koshkin (the Dark Lord of Optics) and Jeff Gurwitch on the topic of BDC reticles versus MRAD reticles for general purpose rifles. We also had a Q&A portion with the audience to cover a variety of questions that came up throughout the talk.

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Resource Review: Long Range Shooting Handbook

This is my review of Ryan Cleckner’s Long Range Shooting Handbook. It’s a beginner’s guide to precision rifle shooting, and it’s been in my reading queue for nearly a year. In all, I think the book is a worthy read for anyone interested in precision rifles, but it definitely focuses on beginners and might be too basic for some people.

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MRAD vs MOA: Choosing the Right Optics

Buckle up, because I’m about to talk nerdy. This post is all about the two most common marksmanship measurement systems, how to use them, and which one you should use.
Be warned, I will be dropping some math on you. I’ll be gentle, though.

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Getting Started in Tactical Biathlon

In this guest post, Erik talks us through a new type of tactical biathlon going on down in Texas. Are you up for this combination of endurance and shooting prowess?

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The MEC Marksman Challenge: Better Think Fast

This marksman challenge is something I’m calling the “Make Effective Choices” challenge. Like the pistol shooting drills that inspired it, you must balance speed against precision and decision making. Let’s dig in.

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Do You Know Your DOPE? Here’s a Custom Card

With my upcoming PRS Rimfire match, I set out to create my own custom DOPE cards. Whether I need them or not remains to be seen, but I figured you might be interested in downloading the template for yourself.

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Tackle the Kettlebell Mile Challenge

This Marksman Challenge is a test of strength and endurance. Like rucking, but with an added twist. The short version: pick up a kettlebell and carry it one handed for a mile. The devil is in the details.

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Everything You Should Know About Optic Cowitness

The best way to cowitness your optical sight to your iron sight is a common topic. Neither one is necessarily better than the other, but there are definitely important considerations for each. In this article, I’m going down the rabbit hole to explain each configuration and why you might want to consier it.

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You Weren’t Built for Safety

This is a short Mindset (with a bit of musing) of something that crossed my mind. I recently came across a video about our culture’s growing obsession with safety, and it made me think a bit about how humans are simply not built for safety. We’re built for danger, and we are at our best when we act like it.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Zeroing Rifle Scopes

Today we’re doing a deep dive into zeroing a rifle scope. This procedure applies wether you’re working with a red dot, fixed magnification, low powered variable, or a long range precision optic. All you need to know is a few basics about your scope, some range time, and a box of ammunition.

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Consistency Matters: You Need a Torque Wrench in Your Field Kit

I’ve been doing a lot of swapping of accessories and optics lately, and it occurred to me that one of the most useful things I have in my toolkit is a compact torque wrench. Consistency is accuracy, and this is an overview of what I think are the best torque wrenches for your rifleman kit.

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The Paper Plate Pistolero Challenge

After some discussion with members of the community, I’m going to post up some new Marksman Challenges as well as prune some of the old ones. Today I’m releasing the Paper Plate Pistolero challenge, which is a fancy way of saying you need to keep 10 shots inside of 8 inches at 25 yards. Let’s dig into the details and the target.

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