Tactical Skills for an Adventurous Life

Conversation Starter: What’s a Question You’re Looking to Answer

I am a naturally curious person. Part of the reason I dig into history as much as I do is that I’m just flat out interested in learning about subjects. It may come across as arrogant, but one of my personality traits that I’m very proud of is my underling acceptance that I could always be wrong.

That attitude has advantages, however. You accept that whatever belief that you have could always be wrong, then you’re always in a position to challenge the status quo. You’re always able to remain mentally flexible and adapt to new information.

A lot of the information I write about stemmed from asking seemingly simple questions. The answers, I’ve found, are often unexpectedly complicated.

For this edition of the conversation starter series, I want to know what’s on your mind.

What is Something You Want to Learn?

I bring this question up for two reasons.

First, I’m genuinely interested in what you’re trying to learn or accomplish. A lot of what I write are about my own interests and activities. I’m equally curious about you and your interests. If you came to The Everyday Marksman searching for an answer, I’m curious about what you want to know and whether or not I’ve answered it yet.

Secondly, and perhaps a bit selfishly, I’d also like you to help answer that question. I’m very interested in researching subjects for you and coming up with answers. These would probably make great future articles.

As for myself, I’ve been a bit all over the place. Lately, my spare time revolved around three subjects:

  • Preparing for the amateur radio exam
  • Learning about podcasting
  • Preparing for a rifle match in late April

With the exam out of the way, I’m making room for some more. Among the most pressing questions I want to answer is how to better employ a pistol. I’ve spent a lot of time to this point focusing on rifles, but the reality is that I’m far more likely to use a pistol in a self defense situation.

So, over to you. What are you looking for?

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Matt is the primary author and owner of The Everyday Marksman. He's former military officer turned professional tech sector trainer. He's a lifelong learner, passionate outdoorsman, and steadfast supporter of firearms culture.


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Doc Josh
Doc Josh

Marksmanship standards and benchmarks for performance


Bushcraft skills, getting my son his Rifleman patch (I guess that is me learning to be patient and to give instruction.)

Kenneth Orlich
Kenneth Orlich

When will 450 Bushmaster ammo go down!? There’s a lot of information out there regarding retrofitting 5.56 mags and people have been having problems with all of the 450 mags available. When will there be any good 450 mags available? And, I’d prefer not to pay $50 for a mag. 🙂 I think the 458 Socom falls under this too.


An issue that comes to mind is merits of Bird Shot vs. 00 Buck for home defense.

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I’d be particularly interested in the radio exam and also maybe some tricks on ranging with just one’s own eyes.

Thanks for all you do! I also enjoy the SIGINT you send out every week!

Doc Josh
Doc Josh

Hmmm…wind calls, high angle and low angle shooting, the transonic zone, and other external ballistics.


I’d like a review or even just some thoughts on your BCM 20” upper. Considering it myself but it’s a big investment and I’d love more info to make sure it makes sense for me. An AAR from your upcoming match with it would be a fun read as well.

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