Book Review: MVT Tactical Manual for Small Unit Tactics

This is a review of the Small Unit Tactics manual written by Max Velocity Tactical. In short, it’s probably the best book I’ve come across on the topic.

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A Marksman’s Guide to the Prone Position

The prone position is the bread and butter of a skilled rifleman. It is the most stable position you can get using only your own body. When you attend any shooting school, you’re going to spend a lot of time in the prone. But it’s not without its limitations. Let’s take a good look at the most classic of rifle shooting positions.

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10 Useful Knots for Your Toolbox

Knots are is an extremely useful skill to develop. At some point, you will find that the classics you always come back to aren’t great for every situation. Stacking a classic square knot or overhand on top of one another just isn’t going to cut it. Let’s look at some of my favorites.

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Senior Airman Daniel West scales an obstacle during Combat Leadership Course. Oct. 22, 2010, at Camp Bullis, Texas. (U.S Photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

This is Why You Should Practice Tactical Skills

Learning military and tactical skills will improve your life. Adopting a mindset that pursues honor, strength, mastery, and courage has tangible benefits to your career, your relationships, and your own wellbeing. This post outlines why I started all of this.

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A selection Daniel Defense M4 AR15 Barrels demonstrating the Government profile

The Story of the Government Profile Barrel

One of the great mysteries of the modern AR-15 is the so-called Government profile barrel. The original AR-15, and M16, had the so-called “standard” profile. Today, we call this a “pencil” profile. When the design work for the M16A2 happened in the 80’s, the design team shifted away from the lightweight style. The thicker barrel at the muzzle became the new standard. Eventually, all modern enthusiasts ask why that happened.

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Elcan SpecterOS4x

Raw Truth Reviews: The ELCAN SpecterOS 4x

Not a lot of people know the SpecterOS 4x. You’ve probably heard of its heavier and more expensive sibling, the SpecterDR, though. The SpecterOS is the same optic, but fixed at 4x. It is lighter, with similar illumination, but it is more akin to the ACOG than a 1-4x scope. I really like this optic, as it has outstanding glass quality and an attractive look. But I’m not crazy about the mount.

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What is Shooting Nose to Charging Handle, and Why?

You can’t read any discussion about proper head position when shooting an AR-15 platform rifle without coming across the acronym “NTCH,” which stands for Nose To Charging Handle. Some proudly declare that shooting NTCH is the only “proper” way to fire an AR-15.

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Faxon 18" Gunner profile barrel on another project

AR-15 Barrel Selection, What 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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Early Testing of AR-15 Performance in Combat

During the SCHV trials, and performance testing of the AR-15. The Army did a study in 1959 that showed the little rifle to be a more potent combat weapon than the larger .30 cal.

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The Everyday Marksman

The Everyday Marksman originally grew out of a singular objective: to become a better rifle shooter. But it has become about so much more than that. It’s about community, self-mastery, strength, and overall becoming a better citizen.

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