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Project Gungnir: My First Precision Bolt Gun

I’ve written a lot about the AR-15 platform and its uses, but there’s a lot more than that to shooting. Allow me to introduce you to my precision rifle project, which I plan to use for long-range training and competition.

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You Can’t Reach Mastery Without Conflict

Today we’re talking about mindset. Too many people have a bias towards the status quo, and it’s actively holding them back from reaching their goals. It’s not entirely their fault, though, because there’s a lot of systems trying to maintain that status quo.

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The 4 MOA Rifle Fundamentals Challenge

This is the very first of the monthly Marksman Challenges. This is not a competition, but a way to test your own abilities and improve. The first challenge is all about the fundamentals of marksmanship.

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The Minuteman KISS Rifle: Beauty in Simplicity

The Minuteman Rifle, as I call it, was a commemorative reminder of my time as a Minuteman ICBM launch officer. This lightweight KISS rifle was my main AR project between 2016 and 2017, and now one of my favorites to shoot. Let’s walk through the decisions I made and see if you can’t get any ideas.

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Terminal Ballistics: How Bullets Wound and Kill

In this article, we’re digging into terminal ballistics: the science of what happens when the bullet impacts a target. In particular, we’re going over the history of the research and what we know today about how bullets wound and kill a target.

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Book Review: Body by Science

I want to tell you about one of the best books on fitness and exercise I’ve ever read. In a way, it completely revolutionized how I think about exercise. I first purchased Body by Science in 2012 after a long stint of exploring better ways to live a healthy life.

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BCM 20″ Government Barrel: Raw Truth Review

This is a review of my BCM 20″ Government Profile Barrel, which I purchased as part of a complete upper in 2014. To date, it’s been a fantastic piece of gear, but is the 20″ outdated at this point?

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Book Review: The Foundations of Sniper Marksmanship

This is a review of John C. Simpsons newest book, Foundations of Sniper Marksmanship. This is an update to an older book of his titled Snipercraft, targeted squarely at rifle shooters early in their journey. If you have never had formal marksmanship training, then this is a great read to develop a baseline before you go.

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Practical 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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Conversation Starter: To Safety or Not to Safety

During a recent match, I was surprised about the rules they laid out for using safeties during movement. But it got me thinking: how standard is it, really? So I wanted to ask you what you think.

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LaRue Tactical MBT: The Meticulously Built Trigger Review

The LaRue Tactical MBT is a fantastic trigger, especially when you can get it for the prices it goes on sale for. I’ve run one for a couple of years now, and thought it time to give it a proper review.

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April 2019 America’s Rifle Challenge at the PNTC: After Action Review

On April 27th, 2019, I competed in the NRA’s reborn America’s Rifle Challenge at the Peacemaker National Training Center. In all, it was a very fun match and a great introduction to competitive action shooting. But I’m not without a few complaints along the way.

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The Smock: Low-Profile Load Carriage Option

The tactical smock isn’t as popular in the United States as it should be. It’s a fantastic way to carry a bunch of important gear, from ammunition to shelter kits, close to the body and under a fairly low profile. In this post, let’s take a closer look at it.

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