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A Trip to the Gun Show, it’s Been a While

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase, “Gun Show?” I think your reaction is very culturally dependent on where you grew up, the circles you run in, and the kinds of things you take an interest to. It’s been a long time since the last one I attended, so I took an opportunity to hit a local one over the weekend. Here are some of my notes.

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How To Find the Ideal Twist Rate for Your Rifle

Let’s talk about twist rates.

Specifically, I want to dig into the purpose of rifling and how to determine the right twist rate for your rifle and cartridge.

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Barrel Length, Trajectory, and Learning Your Zero

There’s a lot of engineering voodoo that goes into making a rifle work well and fire accurately. The length of a rifle’s barrel and how it affects the velocity of the bullet is one of those major factors.

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The Complete Guide to Your Iron Sight Zero

Most articles walk you through the basic steps of getting your iron sights zeroed, but they lack an explanation of why you’re doing the steps you’re doing. Let’s change that.

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The Minuteman Marksmanship Challenge

Welcome back to another Marksman Challenge. For this one, we’re balancing speed and precision, while also giving a shout out to the guys at the Revolutionary War Veteran’s Association (RWVA) for their excellent work in the Appleseed program.

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Go Shoot the Gun: A Defense of the Mighty .308

This post is a little more off-the-cuff than my usual, but it’s something that’s been weighing on my mind lately. Producing the new podcast is quite the learning experience. I don’t say that just about the technical audio stuff, either, but the wisdom of the folks I’m talking to. To date, I’ve talked to four very experienced shooters across the tactical and competition realms. I’ve asked all of them about the caliber wars, and where things like .224 Valkyrie or 6.5 Creedmoor fit in. Though I keep waiting for the answer to change, it doesn’t: shoot the .308.

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AR-15 Optics: Making the Best Choice for You

Like barrels, triggers, and all the other choices, Ar-15 optics are a challenging one. There’s a lot of misunderstanding and “fluff” out there. I want to take a few moments and discuss some thoughts on optics selection.

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A Builder’s Guide to the M16A5 Concept Rifle

The M16A5 configuration, though somewhat ambiguous, is some of the most fun you can have with the AR15 platform. You might know it as any combination of collapsible stock and 20″ barrel, but there is actually a history here I wanted to get into. At the end, we’ll talk about building your own version.

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Rucking 30 for 30 Marksman Challenge

The July 2019 Marksman Challenge is upon us. Last month the focus was on the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship, and this month we pivot to fitness. The theme of the month is rucking. So dust off your pack and let’s get to work.

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Does the ACOG Really Slow You Down? Part 1

Check on any given online forum focused on the AR-15/M4, or really any gun board, and you’ll likely find a debate over using ACOGs in a world full of red dots and Low Power Variable Optics (LPVO). I decided to test it out. Internet speculation and hokey superstition are no match for cold hard data.

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Standing Position Tips and Crushing the Marksman Challenge

The standing position is the most difficult to master for marksmanship. With the June challenge underway and such a tough accuracy standard, I wanted to ask around for some standing position tips to help you, and me to be honest, out with earning that badge. Let’s dig into it.

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CZ P07 Review: The DA/SA Glock Replacement?

After a year of use, including range time and carry, I thought it’s time to review my almost daily companion, the CZ P07 pistol. If you’re in the market for a DA/SA polymer 9mm, then it’s definitely worth considering. But know what you’re getting yourself into first. Let’s talk.

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The Biggest Mistake We Make with Buying Gear

The hard truth is that most of us in the shooting world have a poor mindset when it comes to how we buy gear. We prioritize the weapon’s capability over our own and then sacrifice our time and training as a result. We need to stop that.

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