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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.

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Builder’s Guide to the Designated Marksman Rifle

There really is a lot of misunderstanding surrounding the designated marksman rifle. That’s partly due to the fact that it’s more of a concept than anything else. Since the concept’s inception into the US military, the actual rifle configuration is changed every few years. The role of the rifle has not, however.

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Gear Lessons from Desert Brutality

Fellow blogger Sunshine Shooter competed in Desert Brutality 2019, a match that emphasizes physical toughness of you and your equipment.

In this post, you’ll get a sense of what Desert Brutality is all about as an event, and some tips for competing in future iterations.

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Tips for Adding an Assault Pack to Your Loadout

During our series on load carriage, we’ve gone over all of the most common methods available. Now it’s time to talk about where to put all that extra stuff: the assault pack.

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Vedder Light Tuck Holster: Raw Truth Review

The Vedder Light Tuck holster has been my go-to CCW holster for over a year. I thought it was time to do a write up about this great American-made holster.

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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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Trijicon LED TA-110 ACOG: Raw Truth Reviews

For whatever reason, I don’t think the Trijicon battery-powered LED ACOGs have gained as much traction as they deserve. The classic combat optic paired with an efficient LED emitter is a great combination, and I want to take a deeper look at it. In particular, I’m going to review my TA-110 ACOG with the horseshoe-dot reticle and green LED illumination.

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my current battle belt setup

The Battle Belt: 3 Essential Tips for Carrying Gear Like a Boss

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.

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JP Bore Guide for 223 Cal: Raw Truth Review

If you are very particular about the way you clean your rifles, then you probably take great care not to damage the crown or chamber of your gun. A cleaning rod guide, or bore guide as they’re often called, is a very effective way to prevent that kind of damage.

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Chest Rigs vs. Belt Kits: Pros, Cons, and Compromise

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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Let’s Talk About Load Carriage

It’s time to start talking about how we carry our stuff. This series of articles is not focused on competition or marksmanship. Instead, we’re going to talk about showing up for a fight.

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Rifle Weight, Balance, and Why it Matters

Rifle weight is one of those things that always seems to be shifting, and that has a huge effect on balance. A lot of people put too much emphasis on the former, but forget the latter.

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The Recce Rifle: Builder’s Guide to Modern Classic

The original SEAL Recce Rifle was an in-house modification to M4 carbines. The history goes back to the early 1990s. Since they were so individualized, there really wasn’t a spec, but there is an accepted pattern to follow.

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