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Gear is secondary to mindset and skillset, but still very relevant to success. The right piece of gear makes any job easier. Contained here are all posts about equipment, from reviews to employment.

Garmin Xero C1 Chronograph: The Raw Truth Review

I've been doing enough "serious" rifle and pistol evaluation that I've run into issues with chronograph selection. The ons I already had simply weren't cutting it for my situation. So, I did what I usually vouch against: spend some money to solve the problem. In this case, I picked up the recently-released Garmin Xero C1 Pro radar chronograph, and these are my thoughts on it so far.

Do You Need a 22LR as Your First Gun?

Short post answering a question that comes up from time to time when I put my opinions out there: Where does a rimfire rifle (or pistol) fit into the collection of a new shooter?

2024 Guide to Load Bearing Equipment: History, Tips, & Misteps

This post continues our look at load carriage by focusing on more traditional load bearing equipment. Before we get into my personal setups, I want to talk a little bit about how load carrying gear evolved over time.

Down the Rabbit Hole: A B&T GHM9 PCC Project

After hemming and hawing for months, I finally tipped over the edge to venture down the PCC rabbit hole. So I thought I'd introduce the project to you, how I ended up here, and where we're going with it.

Complete Guide on Setting Up Your Battle Belt: 2024 Edition

The battle belt is a sort of modern iteration of the classic ALICE gear that served the US military from the 70s through late 90s. But there are some significant differences, particularly in the type and amount of load that the belt handles. In this post, we're going through some basic guidelines and a suggested layout for developing your own minimalist fighting kit.

I See You, Two: More About Night Vision

In this follow up to his first article on night vision, particularly the digital variety, Pieter covers more of the basics- like mounting and aiming with your night vision devices.

My New Favorite Magazine Pouch: The Savotta 2-Mag

For years, I've been on the hunt for my "perfect" magazine pouch, to no avail. Several things came close, but didn't quite get there. I even went so far as to start talking about custom work with gear makers. That is until a couple of months ago when Savotta put up a social media post that seemed to be the answer. Today, I'm reviewing that mag pouch, which just might be my favorite ever.

I See You! Affordable Night Vision Options Part I

In this short primer, guest writer Pieter lays out the basics of night vision units. Not everything needs to be the high end gucci gear that most people think of.

In Defense of the SMG. Maybe You’d Like One After All

SMGs and PCCs have gotten some love lately, and fell off the radar. Their utility is a hot topic for debate, so here's one of our takes. This is a first post by guest writer Pieter, so enjoy!

Primary Arms GLx 3-18×44 Review: The Go-To SPR Scope?

This is my ongoing "live" review of the Primary Arms GLx 3-18x44 rifle scope. Nearly purpose-built for tactical rifles serving in an SPR/DMR role, it's got a lot of intelligent features and a great price point for what it offers. So how does it stack up for me?

The Rack Rifle: “Break Glass in Case of Emergency”

The question you're probably asking is, "Matt, what the hell is a rack rifle?" This post stems from a conversation in my friend Ilya's community. He tagged me on it to provide some of my thoughts, and then he built out his own calling his project, "The AK of ARs." The idea focuses on 3-4 rifles configured similarly that you keep on the rack (or in the safe) for the express purpose of handing them out to friends and neighbors to create a fire team if needed. I thought it was an interesting thought experiment, so I went down a ...

Ammo Squared Review: 18 Months Later

Every time an ammo crunch comes around, I find myself asking why I didn't take my own advice about buying ammo slowly over time. The reality is that it comes down to a mixture of time, budget, and attention. I recently came across a company that looks like it could solve that problem for me, and I want to bring them to your attention.

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