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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

Canadian C7A2

A Builder’s Guide to the M16A5 Concept Rifle

The M16A5 configuration, though somewhat ambiguous, is some of the most fun you can have with the AR15 platform. You might know it as any combination of collapsible stock and 20″ barrel, but there is actually a history here I wanted to get into. At the end, we’ll talk about building your own version.

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Does the ACOG Really Slow You Down? Part 1

Check on any given online forum focused on the AR-15/M4, or really any gun board, and you’ll likely find a debate over using ACOGs in a world full of red dots and Low Power Variable Optics (LPVO). I decided to test it out. Internet speculation and hokey superstition are no match for cold hard data.

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CZ P07

CZ P07 Review: The DA/SA Glock Replacement?

After a year of use, including range time and carry, I thought it’s time to review my almost daily companion, the CZ P07 pistol. If you’re in the market for a DA/SA polymer 9mm, then it’s definitely worth considering. But know what you’re getting yourself into first. Let’s talk.

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The Minuteman KISS Rifle: Beauty in Simplicity

The Minuteman Rifle, as I call it, was a commemorative reminder of my time as a Minuteman ICBM launch officer. This lightweight KISS rifle was my main AR project between 2016 and 2017, and now one of my favorites to shoot. Let’s walk through the decisions I made and see if you can’t get any ideas.

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BCM 20" government upper

BCM 20″ Government Barrel: Raw Truth Review

This is a review of my BCM 20″ Government Profile Barrel, which I purchased as part of a complete upper in 2014. To date, it’s been a fantastic piece of gear, but is the 20″ outdated at this point?

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AR-15 in on a snowy day

Practical 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.

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larue tactical mbt trigger

LaRue Tactical MBT: The Meticulously Built Trigger Review

The LaRue Tactical MBT is a fantastic trigger, especially when you can get it for the prices it goes on sale for. I’ve run one for a couple of years now, and thought it time to give it a proper review.

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The Smock: Low-Profile Load Carriage Option

The tactical smock isn’t as popular in the United States as it should be. It’s a fantastic way to carry a bunch of important gear, from ammunition to shelter kits, close to the body and under a fairly low profile. In this post, let’s take a closer look at it.

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What’s the Difference Between Muzzle Brakes and Compensators?

A lot of people confuse muzzle brakes and compensators as being the same thing. Even manufacturers get the distinction wrong. They aren’t equivalent, though. But it doesn’t really matter for one important reason.

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A Marksman’s Guide to the Shooting Sling

If you’re new to shooting, you probably haven’t been exposed to a proper shooting sling. The shooting sling is one of the most helpful tools for better marksmanship. It practically doubles my accuracy capability.

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The Story of My First AR-15: The Recce

I would like to talk about some of my personal project builds. The intent of this post is not so much a “show and tell” as it is a discussion of what decisions I made, why I made them, and how they affected me as time went on. I’d like to think that my decision-making skills got better as time went on and I gained experience.

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.223 cartridges in front of AR-15

AR-15 Technical Details: How to Read the Spec Sheet

You know how that “teach a man to fish” saying goes? I always thought it was a little pithy, but it wasn’t wrong. I’m going to review common AR-15 specs and explain what they mean.

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