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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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Knock Off Some Rust With a Postal Match

Around the Everyday Marksman’s Discord server, we were commiserating over lack of range time and rusty skills. So we decided to set up an informal postal match just for fun, these are the rules.

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Live Streaming with The Dark Lord of Optics

I recently appeared with Ilya on his live stream over at the Dark Lord of Optics. It started with a question about recent and future developments in the optics trade, but being a long stream with lots of Q&A, we covered quite a bit of ground in other places, too.

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Getting Life Back and Firing on All Cylinders

I feel like it’s been time for a change up, what about you? We’ve all set goals for ourselves over the last year, some have done well and others haven’t. Maybe, like me, it’s been mixed.

Well, it’s time for a shock to the system and a kick in the pants. This is what I’m doing.

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Exploring the Ideal Zero for 22LR Precision Rifles

While zeroing a new optic at the range recently, I fell down a rabbit hole of finding the “best” zero for a 22lr precision rifle. My determination: 35 yards, but how did I come to that conclusion, and is it actually right for you?

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Field Guide to Buying Your First AR-15

The AR-15 is the most popular rifle in the country. This guide discusses a good first rifle configuration, and provides some technical info to back it up.

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