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
The Vortex Solo R/T 8×36 monocular is a handy piece of kit. It is lightweight, compact, and useful for daylight spotting. Its mil-hash reticle and silhouette-based ranging tools are an added bonus for competition and tactical shooters.
I’ve touched on the magic of angular measurements before. Typically, you’re going to run into one of two flavors: minutes of angle or milliradians. The quick version of this is to understand that a radian is another way to measure rotation around a point. A milliradian, sometimes called a mil or MRAD, is 1/1000 of a radian.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, I have a strong distaste for internet and gun store lore. That’s especially true if that lore isn’t much good for anything other than burning a hole in your pocket.
Next to barrels, AR-15 trigger selection is the most contentious issue for enthusiasts. It’s actually frustrating, because so much of it is personal preference, yet everyone will tell you unequivocally that you should get whatever model they like.
As a quick follow up to the article on zeroing your iron sights, I wanted to share this video. It’s a USMC Primary Marksmanship Instructor teaching about zeroing the M16A2 rifle.
Iron sights are not magical talisman that turn you into a rifleman. They are a tool for executing marksmanship, not part of the “fundamentals.” Don’t get wrapped up.
For a long time, you saw a vertical foregrip (VFG) on nearly every rifle at the range and on the internet. So what are they actually for, and why should you care?
I prefer double action/single action pistols for the real world. That’s a rather bold statement, but I want to explain. It’s not that I dislike striker fired pistols, but I’ve come to really enjoy the utility of the classic double action.
RIBZ stands for Revised Improved Battlesight Zero. It’s a method of adjusting standard military carry handle sights to allow a wider range of zeroes. This leverages one of the primary benefits of the adjustable sights over fixed sights. This guide shows you how to implement RIBZ.
One of the great mysteries of the modern AR-15 is the so-called Government profile barrel. The original AR-15, and M16, had the so-called “standard” profile. Today, we call this a “pencil” profile. When the design work for the M16A2 happened in the 80’s, the design team shifted away from the lightweight style. The thicker barrel at the muzzle became the new standard. Eventually, all modern enthusiasts ask why that happened.