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Marksmanship

I have long had a tendency to tie marksmanship to morality. The essence of good marksmanship is self-control, and self-control is the essence of good citizenship. It is too easy to say that a good shot is automatically a good man, but it would be equally incorrect to ignore the connection.

Marksmanship is the heart of everything we do here. Through marksmanship, we learn and practice discipline, focus, and self-control. As one of my podcast guests once put it over a couple of beers, “Marksmanship is the American Martial Art.”

Here you will find all of my articles, podcasts, and marksman challenges relating to the study and practice of good marksmanship. If you’re specifically looking to learn the fundamentals, be sure to check out my article series on how to shoot a rifle. I’ll soon be working on a series for pistol marksmanship as well.

If you haven’t tested yourself against a Marksman Challenge, be sure to check one of them out and lets us know how you did over in the community forum.

/// Marksmanship Archive

Quick Hits: Lessons Learned from My First USPSA Match

Skill development is a cycle. Competition shows you what skills you need to work on, taking you back to learning a skill that then gets refined. Besides the "software," or the skills that you personally have, competition is a great place to test your gear. After way, way too long, I finally went and shot a USPSA match. Let's talk about lessons learned.

Minimum Capable Handgun Skills Challenge

During last week's live stream with USPSA Grand Master Josh Shaw, I broached the topic of standards that every capable citizen should aspire to. He provided two simple tests, and now I'm turning them into a challenge for you.

Exploring the Road to Handgun Mastery

In this session of Marksman Live, I talked with Josh Shaw of Green Ops Inc about handgun skills. Josh is a USPSA Grand Master and teaches courses for Green ops in the Northern Virginia Area. We cover the importance of handgun skills, misconceptions, gear selection, and a training plan to propel your success.

Five Things I’m Focusing on in 2022- You Probably Should, Too

I dislike the whole New Year's resolution ritual, but that doesn't mean I don't do some self evaluation and pick some new things to focus on. In this episode, Allison and I discuss my primary focus areas for 2022, how they will affect the site, and why you should probably consider focusing on these things too.

How to Prepare for the Tactical Games with Mike and Pascale Green

The Tactical Games are part of a growing trend with combining physical fitness with marksmanship in competition. I've seen them talked about quite a bit over time, and I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Mike Green and his wife Pascale to talk about how the games started and what to look out four while you prepare.

Lessons Learned from Arklatex Multi-Gun Match Part I

Alex, AKA Diceman, recently competed in his first multigun match at the Texarkana Gun Club. In part one of his lessons learned, he breaks down each of the four stages, his performance, and what you might take away from that experience.

MRAD vs MOA: It’s About the Angles

Buckle up, because I'm about to talk nerdy. This post is all about the two most common marksmanship measurement systems, how to use them, and which one you should use. Be warned, I will be dropping some math on you. I'll be gentle, though.

Getting Started in Tactical Biathlon

In this guest post, Erik talks us through a new type of tactical biathlon going on down in Texas. Are you up for this combination of endurance and shooting prowess?

The MEC Marksman Challenge: Better Think Fast

This marksman challenge is something I'm calling the "Make Effective Choices" challenge. Like the pistol shooting drills that inspired it, you must balance speed against precision and decision making. Let's dig in.

Lessons Learned From My First PRS Rimfire Match

I recently competed in my first PRS Rimfire match, and it was a great time. I also came away with several observations and lessons learned. Let's dig into what I would do different for next time and what you might consider for your first match.

Do You Know Your DOPE? Here’s a Custom Card

With my upcoming PRS Rimfire match, I set out to create my own custom DOPE cards. Whether I need them or not remains to be seen, but I figured you might be interested in downloading the template for yourself.

The Beginner’s Guide to Zeroing Rifle Scopes

Today we're doing a deep dive into zeroing a rifle scope. This procedure applies wether you're working with a red dot, fixed magnification, low powered variable, or a long range precision optic. All you need to know is a few basics about your scope, some range time, and a box of ammunition.

How to Build Shooting Discipline with Standing, Despite the Panic

I was recently turned on to a YouTube channel simply titled, "Konrad." I've bookmarked it for future reference, but in light of the ongoing ammunition shortage and a renewed focus on "back to basics," I wanted to share a few videos all about improving your standing position performance.

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.

Ammo Shortage? No Problem. Here’s a Solution

If you’re anything like me, then the great ammo shortage of 2020 has been putting a significant damper on your range time. I have a healthy stash set aside, for sure, but the general turmoil I’m seeing out there makes me reluctant to start using it until there’s a ready replacement. So what do we do?

Mike Green of Green Ops Tactical Talks About Adult Skills

Mike Green is a 15 year veteran of Special Operations who began a training company in Northern Virginia as a bit of a side gig. His school has since grown into quite the training operation spanning multiple states and categories of students. One of the things that stood out to me about Green Ops is their motto, “Why Should Your Training Be Less Special?”

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