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 conversation starter series is an opportunity for members of our community to talk about a specific question or problem. We have readers and commenters from a wide variety of background. From high power competitors to military and law enforcement personnel. Each has their own take on things, and this is how we talk about it.
I’ve touched on the magic of angular measurements before. Typically, you’re going to run into one of two flavors: minutes of angle or milliradians. The quick version of this is to understand that a radian is another way to measure rotation around a point. A milliradian, sometimes called a mil or MRAD, is 1/1000 of a radian.
While researching places to download fitness programs, I came across the Mountain Tactical Institute (MTI), run by Rob Shaul. Waylon is a 7-week program focusing on work capacity, core strength, endurance, and strength.
If we are to truly embark on a journey of mastery in any given area of our lives, then we must dedicate ourselves to the enjoyment of that journey for the sake of taking it. It’s not about the end goal.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, I have a strong distaste for internet and gun store lore. That’s especially true if that lore isn’t much good for anything other than burning a hole in your pocket.
Practicing rifle positions will take you far. You’ll be able to get in and out of them quickly, build up a stable shooting platform, and even be an effective marksman. But getting good with your natural point of aim will make you even better.
This is a rant, and I’m going to take heat for it. Gun people are some serious fanboys at times. I’m focusing my rant here on Glock because they’re low hanging fruit. Well, that and their well-known tagline: “Perfection.”
Most training courses offered to civilians focus on quickly and accurately running a carbine.
This course is all about small unit tactics, and it’s amazing.
Next to barrels, AR-15 trigger selection is the most contentious issue for enthusiasts. It’s actually frustrating, because so much of it is personal preference, yet everyone will tell you unequivocally that you should get whatever model they like.
As a quick follow up to the article on zeroing your iron sights, I wanted to share this video. It’s a USMC Primary Marksmanship Instructor teaching about zeroing the M16A2 rifle.
Iron sights are not magical talisman that turn you into a rifleman. They are a tool for executing marksmanship, not part of the “fundamentals.” Don’t get wrapped up.