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.

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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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Novice Marksman’s Field Guide to 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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Strength and Honor: Accountability Challenge

The theme for May is Strength and Honor, so I’d like to spend a little time talking about what I’m doing this month in support of it. It’s going to be a doozy, and I’m telling everyone so you can hold me accountable for doing it.

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Fireside Chat: Establishing a New Heading

This episode expands on my last post about the future of The Everyday Marksman. I’m ready to talk a bit more about where we’ve been, where we’re going, and the role you can play in it.

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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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Don’t Just Dress Around The Gun

In this episode of the Everyday Marksman, I’m talking to Alex Sansone, better known as The Suited Shootist and operator of the blog and YouTube channel under the same name. Alex is a bit different than most of the other guests I’ve had on the show because he doesn’t have the same military or high-level competition background as others. He’s a regular citizen who happens to care about protecting himself and his family while looking good doing 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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Ask Me Anything #2: Gear Whoring

This episode is an off-the-cuff ask me anything (AMA). I gathered questions from social media as well as the discord server and opened the flood gates. Allison also joins me again to help dig into questions abut gear, shooting, and some fun stuff.

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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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Freedom is Scary: Common Threads with Guns and Money

I don’t do musings posts very often, especially with the podcast. Current events this week have been a little wild with the stock market, and I’ve been watching from the sides. While I didn’t partake in the Gamestop madness, I’ve certainly been entertained with the news articles and chatter on Reddit.

During all of this, I realized that there is a common thread between the politics of gun control and what’s been happening all week with retail investors.

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