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Matt

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

The Martial Marksman Mindset: A Deeper Dive

Mindset is one of the core topics of The Everyday Marksman, and it's one of the four corners in our pyramid of performance, but I've never planted a flag in the ground about what exactly I mean by, "Mindset." So let's fix that.

The Martial Marksman’s Training Philosophy: Simple, Not Easy

In the last episode, I discussed the Martial Marksman ideal and how it relates to the various topics I talk about here. One of the challenges that anyone going down this path quickly runs into is the fact that there is a lot of “stuff” to learn and practice. It’s one thing for a professional soldier to do these things, but it’s a very different beast for Everyday Marksmen like you and I.

AAR: Tough Mudder 5k and the Value of Generalism

As a team building event for my day job, I joined a Tough Mudder. After finishing, I decided to jot down a few thoughts about how it went, how to train, and why I think it's a decent approximation for "real life emergencies."

Virtue in the Crosshairs: The Martial Marksman Ideal

Every year, I tend to focus in on a “theme” to pursue. Sometimes it’s personally, sometimes it’s got a bit more to do with the site. For most of 2022, the key phrase was “Minimum Capable Citizen.” The idea was around a set of standards and baseline targets that I think any prepared citizen should strive for. Eventually, the idea fizzled out a bit when I felt like there wasn’t much more to write. I’m not interested in “minimum.” I believe we should strive for excellence, and minimum doesn’t cut it. In 2023, my goals turned personal, with a heavy ...

Primary Arms GLx 3-18×44 Review: The Go-To SPR Scope?

This is my ongoing "live" review of the Primary Arms GLx 3-18x44 rifle scope. Nearly purpose-built for tactical rifles serving in an SPR/DMR role, it's got a lot of intelligent features and a great price point for what it offers. So how does it stack up for me?

Introducing the Rifleman Pentathlon: A Game for Martial Marksmen

For a while, I've been kicking around an idea for a new type of competition. I enjoy all the various disciplines I've played in, but also think that each of them in isolation is missing something. Today, I'd like to tell you about my vision for a "complete" type of match that I think covers all of the foundations of Everyday Marksmen, and it does so in a way that lets all of us have an objective to train for. Let's talk about the Rifleman Pentathlon.

Agon and Aretê: A Foundation for Life

This is a philosophical one. For the last month or so, I've been obsessed with an Ancient Greek concept of excellence and how to apply it. Today's post is about presenting the core concepts and how I think it works within the construct of The Everyday Marksman. At a broader scale, this will weave throughout my work and form the bedrock what I want you to achieve.

The Rack Rifle: “Break Glass in Case of Emergency”

The question you're probably asking is, "Matt, what the hell is a rack rifle?" This post stems from a conversation in my friend Ilya's community. He tagged me on it to provide some of my thoughts, and then he built out his own calling his project, "The AK of ARs." The idea focuses on 3-4 rifles configured similarly that you keep on the rack (or in the safe) for the express purpose of handing them out to friends and neighbors to create a fire team if needed. I thought it was an interesting thought experiment, so I went down a ...

Foundations of Patrol Rifle Marksmanship: Know Your Objective!

A while back, while talking about the latest revision to his sniper marksmanship book, John Simpson let me know that he had another book on the way- this one focused on patrol rifle marksmanship. Well it recently hit the shelves and we got together again to talk more about rifle marksmanship, training philosophies, and competition. Let's dig in.

Ammo Squared Review: 18 Months Later

Every time an ammo crunch comes around, I find myself asking why I didn't take my own advice about buying ammo slowly over time. The reality is that it comes down to a mixture of time, budget, and attention. I recently came across a company that looks like it could solve that problem for me, and I want to bring them to your attention.

A Better Way to Battle Belt?

Circumstances have made me reevaluate and replace my longstanding battle belt system. I took the opportunity to seriously poke around the market and find a better way to do business, and I think I found it.

An Introduction to Sniping 4th Generation

The Swiss Sniping 4th Generation, or S4G, concept leverages ballistic arcs and volleys of fire to increase hit probability. It's not as fancy as the American Designated Marksman Program, but it's no slouch, either.

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