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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.

How to Carry the Load: Marksman Live!

In Marksman Live session 004, I talked with Brent0331 all about various load carriage methods. Brent is a US Marine with a popular YouTube channel teaching basic infantry tactics, and the conversation wandered over a lot of topics. Enjoy!

BDC vs MRAD Reticles for General Purpose Rifles

In Marksman Live session 002, I talked with Ilya Koshkin (the Dark Lord of Optics) and Jeff Gurwitch on the topic of BDC reticles versus MRAD reticles for general purpose rifles. We also had a Q&A portion with the audience to cover a variety of questions that came up throughout the talk.

Everything You Should Know About Optic Cowitness

The best way to cowitness your optical sight to your iron sight is a common topic. Neither one is necessarily better than the other, but there are definitely important considerations for each. In this article, I'm going down the rabbit hole to explain each configuration and why you might want to consier it.

The Beginner’s Guide to Zeroing Rifle Scopes

Today we're doing a deep dive into zeroing a rifle scope. This procedure applies wether you're working with a red dot, fixed magnification, low powered variable, or a long range precision optic. All you need to know is a few basics about your scope, some range time, and a box of ammunition.

Consistency Matters: You Need a Torque Wrench in Your Field Kit

I've been doing a lot of swapping of accessories and optics lately, and it occurred to me that one of the most useful things I have in my toolkit is a compact torque wrench. Consistency is accuracy, and this is an overview of what I think are the best torque wrenches for your rifleman kit.
Athlon Ares ETR Knobs

Exploring the Ideal Zero for 22LR Precision Rifles

While zeroing a new optic at the range recently, I fell down a rabbit hole of finding the "best" zero for a 22lr precision rifle. My determination: 35 yards, but how did I come to that conclusion, and is it actually right for you?
AR-15 in on a snowy day

Field Guide to Buying Your First AR-15

The AR-15 is the most popular rifle in the country. This guide discusses a good first rifle configuration, and provides some technical info to back it up.

Lynx Defense Discreet Rifle Bag: Raw Truth Review

This is a review of the Lynx Defense discreet rifle bag known as, "The Bronx." It's designed for a 16" AR-15 rifle fully assembled and avoids giving anyone the impression "I've got a gun!." The bag is high quality and completely made in the USA using American-sourced materials. So what do I think about it?

Oryx Chassis for Tikka T1x: Raw Truth Review

The Oryx Chassis is a great starting point for an entry-level precision rifle chassis. It's beefy, stiff, and you can buy it for one of the widest variety of actions I've ever seen. But it's not without its tradeoffs to reach it's budget-friendly price point.

Vortex Strike Eagle 5-25×56: The Raw Truth Review

The Vortex Strike Eagle 5-25×56 is the first entry of the Strike Eagle line into long range optics, and it seems as though it was purpose-built for the precision rimfire market. Vortex managed to stuff many of the desirable features of their more expensive Razor line, ubiquitous in Precision Rifle Series (PRS) matches, into a more affordable package for the everyday shooter.

Keep Your Gear Dry: Waterproofing Your Pack

I'd like to throw a shout out to a fellow blogger, and community member, who did a great writeup on waterproofing a pack. I've got a bit of experience here, but given his background I think it's best to just hear it from his mouth.

Chest Rigs vs. Belt Kits: Don’t Fall Into the Trap

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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