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Conversation Starter: To Safety or Not to Safety

During a recent match, I was surprised about the rules they laid out for using safeties during movement. But it got me thinking: how standard is it, really? So I wanted to ask you what you think.

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Conversation Starter: Your Personal Shooting Standards?

Recently, I started asking around for some input. One of the recurring topics that you guys latched onto was the concept of standards. To be honest, I’m all about objective performance measurements for accuracy, speed, and other elements. As part of a broader goal, I want to make that a recurring element of our community.

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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?

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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.

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Conversation Starter: Have You Registered for Any Upcoming Matches?

In Q2, I wanted to start competing in local matches. As a point of commitment, I registered for a match about an hour away. My equipment probably isn’t up to snuff, and my skills are certainly rusty, but that’s ok.

Let’s talk about my match and what you might have coming up.

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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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Gerald Gustafson’s Underdog Cartridge and the Future of Small Arms

By the mid-1950s, Gerald Gustafson and William Davis had taken up as champions of the little .22 cartridge. They were involved in D.L. Hall’s earlier work, and now they wanted to continue proving to the Army that this research path was a worthy contender for an infantry rifle.

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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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Conversation Starter: Your 2019 Goals

Well, it’s 2019. I’ve always enjoyed the process of setting new goals for myself, but the truth is that I’m not always good at the follow up.

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Conversation Starter: Do You Compete? Where? If not, why not?

The conversation starter series is an opportunity for members of our community to talk about a specific question or problem. We have readers and commenters from a wide variety of background. From high power competitors to military and law enforcement personnel. Each has their own take on things, and this is how we talk about it.

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