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AR-15 Technical Details: How to Read the Spec Sheet

You know how that "teach a man to fish" saying goes? I always thought it was a little pithy, but it wasn't wrong. I'm going to review common AR-15 specs and explain what they mean.

Conversation Starter: What’s a Question You’re Looking to Answer

For this edition of the conversation starter series, I want to know what you're currently working on. What questions do you have floating around that you'd like to get answered?

AAR: Ham Radio Technician Examination

I recently completed my ham radio technician exam with a score of 100% and received my license. In the end, it wasn't all that difficult, and I'd like to go over my preparation process in case you want to do the same.

1963: Year of the AR-15

We're closing in on the end of our SCHV series. It's now 1963, and the battle between the AR-15 and M-14 comes to a head.

The Martial Art of Marksmanship: It’s Not Bullshido

I don’t think many people bat an eye when they see someone practicing archery, fencing, or traditional forms of martial arts. We should be portraying marksmanship and the shooting sports in the same way.

The US Air Force: Savior of the M-16

When we last left off in 1958, the Army had canceled all future funding for AR-15 development. They got the M-14, and the SALVO project was the future. But that decision wasn't good enough for one hard-nosed Air Force general who had no problem "cracking skulls" to get what he wanted.

Townsend Whelen: Profiles in Marksmanship

Colonel Townsend Whelen is a legend among marksmen and outdoorsmen alike. His exploits spanned the Spanish American war to the Canadian wilderness, to even running the Frankford Arsenal. It's really a shame that more people don't know of him. So let's fix that.

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.

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