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Hindsight 5×5, Lessons from my First Six Months of Amateur Radio

This is a guest post from community member Augray who, aside from being our resident GoRuck expert, has recently been diving deep into the world of amateur radio. In this article, he lays out some of the advice and lessons learned in his first six months since getting certified and on the air.

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Attacking Blind Spots: Let’s Talk About The Future

The theme of the month for members of our little tribe is “Back to Basics.” I know that means different things to different people, so allow me to give a quick take. The previous month was about red teaming and identifying where you have blindspots. This month is about adopting a beginner mindset and starting to solve for those weaknesses.

I have many weaknesses and blindspots, too many to tackle in a single month or year. So let’s talk about one of those and what I’m doing about it- because this affects you.

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Lynx Defense Discreet Rifle Bag: Raw Truth Review

This is a review of the Lynx Defense discreet rifle bag known as, “The Bronx.” It’s designed for a 16″ AR-15 rifle fully assembled and avoids giving anyone the impression “I’ve got a gun!.” The bag is high quality and completely made in the USA using American-sourced materials. So what do I think about it?

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Introduction to the Francs Tireurs, the Little-Known Irregular French Sniper

This is a short post today, as it’s more of a musing than anything. I wanted to touch upon something that I recently came across while reading John West’s Fry the Brain. This is a history about a group of French citizens who ground an enemy’s army to a halt with their marksmanship prowess.

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Preparedness Skillset: The Area Study

I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of “red teaming.” If you aren’t familiar, this is where you think deeply about how you would plan to defeat yourself if you were the bad guy. While thinking about my own gaps, I realized one of the biggest was a lack of information about my surrounding area. I mean, I know a lot about where I live, but I’d never approached it like a military intelligence analyst. What does that look like?

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Load Bearing Equipment: History, Personal Use, and Pro-Tips

This post continues our look at load carriage by focusing on more traditional load bearing equipment. Before we get into my personal setups, I want to talk a little bit about how load carrying gear evolved over time.

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How to Build Shooting Discipline with Standing, Despite the Panic

I was recently turned on to a YouTube channel simply titled, “Konrad.” I’ve bookmarked it for future reference, but in light of the ongoing ammunition shortage and a renewed focus on “back to basics,” I wanted to share a few videos all about improving your standing position performance.

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Everyday Marksman Fitness Standards: Level 2

This is the second level of the Everyday Marksman fitness assessments, and it focuses on strength and work capacity. Caution, this is not for beginners.

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The Everyday Marksman Fitness Standards: Level 1

It’s time to set some standards. Members of The Everyday Marksman community have been trading ideas back and forth about what a proper set of fitness standards might look like, so I decided to try and answer that question. This is Part 1.

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Oryx Chassis for Tikka T1x: Raw Truth Review

The Oryx Chassis is a great starting point for an entry-level precision rifle chassis. It’s beefy, stiff, and you can buy it for one of the widest variety of actions I’ve ever seen. But it’s not without its tradeoffs to reach it’s budget-friendly price point.

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Here’s Your Postal Match Winners for Q42020

The results are in, and it was a squeaker! The Q4 postal match for 2020 ended last week. If you recall, it was a pistol-focused course of fire consisting of 25 shots between 3 yards and 25 yards. There was no timer, no positions, nor anything else. The event was a pure pistol marksmanship challenge against a small target.

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The Best EDC Lighter? Douglass Field S Review

A review of a lighter on a shooting blog? Yeah, we’re going there. I’m not here to shill a product, but rather talk about what I think is probably the best lighter you can buy and add to your kit. We’ll also talk about why you should keep a lighter with you all of the time anyway, even if you’re a nonsmoker like me.

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Ammo Shortage? No Problem. Here’s a Solution

If you’re anything like me, then the great ammo shortage of 2020 has been putting a significant damper on your range time. I have a healthy stash set aside, for sure, but the general turmoil I’m seeing out there makes me reluctant to start using it until there’s a ready replacement. So what do we do?

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