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.

Ilya Koshkin, The Dark Lord of Optics, Schools Me on Riflescopes

Today we’re talking to ILya Koshkin, a prolific blogger and internet personality in the world of rifle optics. I’ve personally been following him for years and learning from his advice. We’ve recently struck up a bit of a friendship and I thought it was a great opportunity to bring him on to the show and have him share some of his wisdom.

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Overnight Outdoor Challenge

This marksman challenge is about spending a night in the wilderness. What good are all of the knot tying, fire-making, and other outdoors skills if we don’t put them to use. Take this chance to get out there and enjoy a bit of nature.

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Adventure is Just Bad Planning

One of the most important habits my family taught me growing up was the value of playing “what if.” In this episode, I talk about the Special Forces PACE model for planning and how it applies to everyday situations.

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A Marksman’s Guide to the Sitting Position

Jeff Cooper, in The Art of the Rifle, stated that the seated position is the most useful for hunters. Military shooters use it less because it’s neither as low as prone nor fast like squatting or kneeling.

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Talking about the M16A5 with Lothaen of TNR

In this episode, I sit down with Lothaen of The New Rifleman to discuss our mutual love for the M16A5 rifle. You know…the one that never really came to be for the US Military. It turns out that both of us have our own versions and experiences, and thought you might enjoy a little casual conversation about it.

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Beginner’s Guide to the Best AR-15 Upgrades

With so many new gun owners out there, especially new AR-15 owners, I wanted to lay down some thoughts on the best upgrades for their shiny new rifles. Settle in, we cover a lot of ground.

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The Everyday Knot Tying Challenge

This Marksman Challenge is all about the art of tying knots. I’ve long observed that experienced outdoorsmen learn to tie a few reliable knots extremely well, and use them for just about everything. Knowing knots also means you can carry less stuff. So let’s get on to the challenge.

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The Enemy of Good Enough: Advocating for the MCC

Today’s episode is bringing it back to the Minimum Capable Carbine that I wrote about in my article about your first AR-15. With so many new shooters out there dealing with their first guns, I’m seeing a lot of questions about all the little minutiae that I remember obsessing over when I got started. So this episode is really about giving some advice.

Here’s the short version: Don’t do it.

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The Recce Rifle: Builder’s Guide to Modern Classic

The original SEAL Recce Rifle was an in-house modification to M4 carbines. The history goes back to the early 1990s. Since they were so individualized, there really wasn’t a spec, but there is an accepted pattern to follow.

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Make the Sacrifice Worth it: Olympic Shooting with Amanda Banta

Amanda Banta is a national rifle champion and Olympic competitor. She began shooting at 11 years old and competed in the 2012 Olympic games only 9 years later. In this conversation, we take a look at what it took to make that kind of progress, what it means to have a winning mindset, and of course learn some tips for better marksmanship practice.

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On the Cheap: 22LR as an Awesome Long-Range Training Tool

Today I’m broaching on the biggest omission from my safe: a 22LR rifle. I know it’s been a great training tool for generations, but I’ve never been interested. Until now, that is.

And the reason I’m suddenly interested is how well the little rimfire works as a trainer for larger centerfire cartridges like the 308 at long ranges.

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Make faster Hits and Improve Marksmanship with Your Point Blank Zero

Most field shooters, from big game hunters to military members, do not have the luxury of time to check distance, adjust sights, and take a precisely aimed shot. Knowing and using the point blank zero is a tool for helping with that.

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