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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.

The 1930 Report that Changed the World- Sort of

Way back in 1930, R.H. Kent proposed that a small bullet at high velocity would be as effective as the common 30-06. This report had the potential to change the direction of small arms development.

You Really Need to try Rucking, This is Why

This post is all about rucking. I want to dig into one of the foundational skills of the military, especially the infantry, but one rarely seen in the civilian world. We're going to talk about the benefits of movement on foot, over ground, while carrying a load.

Should You Buy a Nitrided Barrel for Your AR-15?

Salt Bath Nitriding/Nitrocarburizing is a surface conversion process for metal. With gun barrels, it produces a very hard and corrosion-resistant casing. It's gaining a lot of popularity, so let's take a look.

Choosing a Field Knife as a Constant Companion

Like rifles, there is a knife designed for just about any situation. Also like rifles, we must also be considerate of what we are actually able to carry with us into the field. With that in mind, most of us are served by carrying one or two "general purpose" blades.

Lessons Learned from My EIC Match

I competed in a lot of local outlaw matches for years before finally going to a “real” one. Excellence in Competition matches, or EIC, happen periodically at military bases all over the country. They follow CMP rules, with a few twists.

GoRuck Light VAFB: After Action Review

Set the way back machine to August 2016. I wasn't far from leaving the Air Force, and looking for a challenge. The day taught me a lot about grinning through the pain and discomfort. It also taught me the value of a team.

Precision Armament AFAB: Raw Truth Review

The Precision Armament AFAB is a killer muzzle device for making any AR-15 shoot smooth and flat. I've used it in competition and training courses, and it's been flawless.

The Aerobic Training Plan You Need to Try

Cardio training is one of those things that everyone knows they're supposed to be doing. Yet science is showing that most of are doing it wrong. As it turns out, our bodies are best at either training at low intensity for aerobic conditioning, or at high intensity for anaerobic value.

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