Chest Rigs vs. Belt Kits: Pros, Cons, and Compromise

This post continues what I started in my introduction to load carriage. In that article, I talked about the ongoing battle between weight and capability. It turns out that up until very recently, the average weight carried by soldiers remained shockingly stable. When it comes time to fight, the recommendation is to stay less than 30% of your lean body mass or about 50 lbs for the average person.

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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.

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Let’s Talk About Load Carriage

It’s time to start talking about how we carry our stuff. This series of articles is not focused on competition or marksmanship. Instead, we’re going to talk about showing up for a fight.

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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.

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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.

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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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Rifle Weight, Balance, and Why it Matters

Rifle weight is one of those things that always seems to be shifting, and that has a huge effect on balance. A lot of people put too much emphasis on the former, but forget the latter.

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The Recce Rifle: Builder’s Guide to Modern Classic

The original SEAL Recce Rifle was an in-house modification to M4 carbines. The history goes back to the early 1990s. Since they were so individualized, there really wasn’t a spec, but there is an accepted pattern to follow.

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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.

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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.

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