Your “Base Fitness” and Building a Solid Foundation for Future Events

You wouldn’t build a house without a foundation, right? Fitness works the same way. A lot of people, including me, have attempted to pursue some goal without building the proper base fitness level. Every time I’ve tried it, I’ve usually gotten injured or been unable to complete the program.

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USAF Joint Terminal Attack Controllers back squatting, a key movement for not just tactical fitness, but all fitness. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Scott Thompson

Tactical Fitness: Health and Durability is About More than the Fight

Physical fitness and shooting go hand in hand. There are too many people in our community who only focus on the shooting and gear components while completely ignoring their own health. This is my soap box.

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Participants in a GoRuck challenge, exhibiting tactical fitness

Do the Harder Thing: A Message from the Latest GoRuck Selection Finisher

Life is about growth and the only way to do that is take on risk and put yourself in uncomfortable situations. There’s always something else …

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Chicken Wings and Getting Your Arm Shot Off

Many view the notorious “chicken wing” as a defining trait of a newbie. Tactical instructors, and the enthusiasts who follow them, will all claim it’s a surefire way to get your arm shot off in a fight. So why is it still so prominent?

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A Marksman’s Guide to the Standing Position

The standing position is simultaneously the most common and least useful of the standard rifle positions. The thing is, outside of competition, if you need to use it then you need to use it right now!

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Resource Review: US Army TC 3-22.9 Rifle and Carbine Marksmanship

TC 3-22.9 is the US Army manual on rifle and carbine marksmanship. Every shooter should be familiar with it and what it contains. Revised in 2016 using experiences from Iraq and Afghanistan, 3-22.9 is a fantastic starting point.

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Raw Truth Reviews: The Trijicon Accupoint TR24G

The Trijicon TR24 is one of the all time greats of the low power variable market. How has it stood the test of time?

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A USMC competitor in the 4th Marine Division Annual Rifle Squad Competition, conducts an Unknown Distance course of fire from the kneeling position

A Marksman’s Guide to the Kneeling Position

Kneeling is a moderately stable position, being better than standing but not as good as sitting or prone. It’s the go-to when mobility is the priority, though.

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Just What is the Use of the Vertical Foregrip?

For a long time, you saw a vertical foregrip (VFG) on nearly every rifle at the range and on the internet. So what are they actually for, and why should you care?

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Beretta 92A1 double action/single action pistol

How I Learned to Shut Up and Love Double Action Pistols

I prefer double action/single action pistols for the real world. That’s a rather bold statement, but I want to explain. It’s not that I dislike striker fired pistols, but I’ve come to really enjoy the utility of the classic double action.

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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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A Marksman’s Guide to the Squatting Position

The squatting position, otherwise known as “Rice Paddy Prone,” isn’t as common as it once was. It is a moderate stability position that supports both elbows, making it more stable than kneeling yet keeping a high level of mobility.

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