Matt is the primary author and owner of The Everyday Marksman. He's former military officer turned professional tech sector trainer. He's a lifelong learner, passionate outdoorsman, and steadfast supporter of firearms culture.

The Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Training Course

I’ve got a bit of experience between training and competition, though not as much as I’d like. Still, I’ve learned a few things along the way and today we’re talking about some of the key lessons I wish I could go back and make sure I knew back at the beginning.

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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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Why a Fitness Test? Why now?

This is just a quick unedited rant about why I decided to launch a physical fitness test for The Everyday Marksman. In short, 2020 sucked, and 2021 might be worse: maybe it’s time to hold ourselves to some objective standards.

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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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Cash to Burn? Spare Parts & Magazines

This is a short episode touching on an observation I’ve had lately. Since the biggest rush of gun-buying stuff, this year is new shooters, they haven’t quite learned about all the other stuff they should be aware of. And that leaves an opportunity for enthusiasts like you and me.

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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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Athlon Ares ETR Knobs

The Right Optic for the Mission

This episode is a bit of an audio guide version of my article on selecting AR-15 optics. It’s a bit more off the cuff than usual, and you can probably tell that I get a bit excited about nerding out with this topic.

The principles I outline apply to just about any kind of optic regardless of the rifle, or handgun, that it mounts to. At the core, it’s about understanding the role you are trying to fill and then selecting an appropriate solution within the bounds of your budget.

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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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Now What? A Back to Basics Approach to an Uncertain Future

2020 has been a rough year, and things may only get worse from here. So what, exactly, can we do about that? First, take a breath. Now let’s talk.

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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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Faxon 18" Gunner profile barrel on another project

The AR-15 Barrel Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need to Know

This post summarizes just about everything I’ve learned about rifle barrels in general, and specifically the AR-15. Barrels are an important topic, so settle in for some details.

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