Only accurate rifles are interesting

Townsend Whelen

The primary emphasis of The Everyday Marksman is on your personal skill and capabilities, but I’m not blind to the importance of good and reliable equipment for your success. The articles here cover selecting, configuring, and using your gear.

You can’t escape the work, though.

The thing I want to you remember is that your equipment only has to be good enough to be reliable. After that, it’s all about what you are capable of achieving with it. Don’t fall into the trap, as I did, of looking for mechanical solutions to software problems.

/// Equipment Archive

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.

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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?

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AR-15 in on a snowy day

Novice Marksman’s Field Guide to 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.

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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?

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Don’t Just Dress Around The Gun

In this episode of the Everyday Marksman, I’m talking to Alex Sansone, better known as The Suited Shootist and operator of the blog and YouTube channel under the same name. Alex is a bit different than most of the other guests I’ve had on the show because he doesn’t have the same military or high-level competition background as others. He’s a regular citizen who happens to care about protecting himself and his family while looking good doing it.

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Load Bearing Equipment: History, Personal Use, and Pro-Tips

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.

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The Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Training Course

I’ve got a bit of experience between training and competition, though not as much as I’d like. Still, I’ve learned a few things along the way and today we’re talking about some of the key lessons I wish I could go back and make sure I knew back at the beginning.

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Cash to Burn? Spare Parts & Magazines

This is a short episode touching on an observation I’ve had lately. Since the biggest rush of gun-buying stuff, this year is new shooters, they haven’t quite learned about all the other stuff they should be aware of. And that leaves an opportunity for enthusiasts like you and me.

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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.

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Athlon Ares ETR Knobs

The Right Optic for the Mission

This episode is a bit of an audio guide version of my article on selecting AR-15 optics. It’s a bit more off the cuff than usual, and you can probably tell that I get a bit excited about nerding out with this topic.

The principles I outline apply to just about any kind of optic regardless of the rifle, or handgun, that it mounts to. At the core, it’s about understanding the role you are trying to fill and then selecting an appropriate solution within the bounds of your budget.

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The Best EDC Lighter? Douglass Field S Review

A review of a lighter on a shooting blog? Yeah, we’re going there. I’m not here to shill a product, but rather talk about what I think is probably the best lighter you can buy and add to your kit. We’ll also talk about why you should keep a lighter with you all of the time anyway, even if you’re a nonsmoker like me.

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Faxon 18" Gunner profile barrel on another project

The AR-15 Barrel Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need to Know

This post summarizes just about everything I’ve learned about rifle barrels in general, and specifically the AR-15. Barrels are an important topic, so settle in for some details.

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