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Gear Lessons from Desert Brutality

Fellow blogger Sunshine Shooter competed in Desert Brutality 2019, a match that emphasizes physical toughness of you and your equipment. In this post, you'll get a sense of what Desert Brutality is all about as an event, and some tips for competing in future iterations.

Tips for Adding an Assault Pack to Your Loadout

During our series on load carriage, we've gone over all of the most common methods available. Now it's time to talk about where to put all that extra stuff: the assault pack.

Vedder Light Tuck Holster: Raw Truth Review

The Vedder Light Tuck holster has been my go-to CCW holster for over a year. I thought it was time to do a write up about this great American-made holster.

Book Review: Total Resistance – A Layman’s Guide to Guerilla Warfare

I collect manuals and books dealing with the Cold War era. Today, I want to take a closer look at one of those books. I find this particular one relevant to the topics of community defense and working with a team to provide security.

How the Infantry Board Kept the AR-15 Alive During the 1950s

We last left off from this tale in 1955, where Gerald Gustafson and William Davis had their funding cut off for any further research into small-caliber high-velocity (SCHV) cartridges. The Army Ordnance Board, responsible for developing new small arms, was well down the path to adopting the 7.62 NATO and M-14 rifle. The AR-15 seemed dead, and it might have been if not for the Army Infantry Board.

Trijicon LED TA-110 ACOG: Raw Truth Reviews

For whatever reason, I don't think the Trijicon battery-powered LED ACOGs have gained as much traction as they deserve. The classic combat optic paired with an efficient LED emitter is a great combination, and I want to take a deeper look at it. In particular, I'm going to review my TA-110 ACOG with the horseshoe-dot reticle and green LED illumination.

Gerald Gustafson’s Underdog Cartridge and the Future of Small Arms

By the mid-1950s, Gerald Gustafson and William Davis had taken up as champions of the little .22 cartridge. They were involved in D.L. Hall's earlier work, and now they wanted to continue proving to the Army that this research path was a worthy contender for an infantry rifle.

JP Bore Guide for 223 Cal: Raw Truth Review

If you are very particular about the way you clean your rifles, then you probably take great care not to damage the crown or chamber of your gun. A cleaning rod guide, or bore guide as they're often called, is a very effective way to prevent that kind of damage.

An Effectiveness Study of the Infantry Rifle

In 1950, Donald Hall sought to explore alternatives to the full-sized battle rifle cartridge. He built upon R.H. Kent's work decades earlier, and found similar conclusions that challenged Army thought.

Now is the Time to Get a Ham Radio License

Communications is yet another skill that I think people should add to their toolbox. It's just such a fundamental part of modern society, that I don't think most people could even begin to imagine what it would look like without it.

Profiles in Marksmanship: Daniel Morgan

Daniel Morgan and his famed riflemen were key figures during the American Revolution. They were among the first units to employ precision rifle fire and guerilla tactics to harass the British and interdict logistic chains.

Norman Hitchman’s Status Quo-Smashing 1952 Report

The Hitchman report from 1952 is one of my favorite bits of Army research. Like the 1930 Kent report before it, the findings eventually led to the adoption of the M-16 rifle and 5.56 NATO cartridge.

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