For the 10th episode of Everyday Marksman Radio, we’re starting something new. From time to time, I want to bring on members of our own community that you see posting in the comments or in the forum. One of the most rewarding things I’ve gotten to do while running this site is have conversations with a variety of people. And while interviews and discussions with the experts is always fun and interesting, it’s the conversations with readers like you that really excite me.

It doesn’t matter if it’s via email, the forum, the comments section, or even a phone call. It’s the community aspect of all of this that really motivates me.

So let’s get into things.

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Finding The Everyday Marksman

The interview starts off with Mark describing how he came across The Everyday Marksman and why he stuck around.

In fairness, it was several years ago and the exact article has since been lost to the sands of time, but the important part is that he stuck around because of the message. The point of all of this is not about shooting fast and expensive gear, but about building a solid base of skill.

Shooting Community Observations

During the discussion, Mark relayed some observations about the kinds of people involved in the shooting sports and tactical training.

A lot of folks who are oriented into the shooting community have a healthy respect for for the weapons and things that they're dealing with. And with that comes a bit of self empowerment. For some guys, and usually it is guys, not always, once again, just my experience here.

Mark Cutright

The hazard is that there’s a lot of ego that gets wrapped up into things. Guys want to shoot faster, louder, and have better gear. For a lot of people that can’t keep their impulses in check, there is a real risk of spiraling down a financial rabbit hole.

Training Experience

Mark found himself involved with Asymmetric Solutions down in Farmington, Missouri. As part of a training subscription, he had the opportunity to take a lot of tactical and medical training from some serious professionals over time.

During that, he learned a lot about weapon handling, situational awareness, and saving lives.

One of the highlights here was talking about the importance of medical training. He relayed a story from a former special operations combat medic discussing blood loss and just how much the human body can lose before it becomes a problem.

I’m sure I’ve heard that number before, but it was the visualization in his story that stuck with me.

We also discuss how force on force training will often be a humbling experience for even those who have a lot of training under their belts.

One of the big takeaways from that course was, imagine a two liter of soda dumped in your kitchen floor.

That's, that's a lot of fluid.

And that's how much fluid you can lose before you need to actually start to be concerned, you're fine with losing two liters of blood.

Mark Cutright

During those force on force scenarios, Mark learned a lot about situational awareness. The story he tells reminds me of a great book i worked through in 2017, Left of Bang by Patrick Van Horn and Jason Riley.

Current Goals

Our conversation pivoted towards Mark’s current goals. Aside from shooting goals and working on the plate rack, he is working on survival skills. Some of the highlights he discusses are primitive skills and wild edibles in his region.

Knives

I knew I wanted to venture into this territory because Mark was one of my sources for my article on field knife selection. Mark runs a small business crafting quality knives.

We discuss what he looks for in a good outdoors knife, as well as some things to keep in mind when shopping around. We also derail a bit talking about people who unnecessarily abuse their equipment.

Wrapping Up

After listening to the episode, be sure to leave a comment down below and thank Mark for participating in the very first Community Highlight. I look forward to doing more of these from time to time, and I think Mark was a great first interview.

Take care!

Matt

Matt

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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Matt,

Thanks again for having me on. It was a blast. It’s a great opportunity to participate in what you have going on here and share a perspective with folks who are sharing theirs, and to learn from them as well.

Cheers,

Cutright

Akm295
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Great episode guys! So much good info and thoughtful commentary on training.

@cutright you clearly meant the range toy comment near the end as tongue in cheek snark, but it also raises an interesting point about range time. Sometimes it’s important to go out just for the sake of fun and turn money into noise. Taking a break from training and drills to shoot that handgun you’ve always wanted, that milsurp classic, or the old 22 you grew up on for nostalgias sake. Enjoying shooting just for the sake of it sometimes can get lost by accident.

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You’re absolutely right I do believe. Fun time is necessary. There was a period for a few years where I wasnt doing that at all because my sense of down time/fun time was the training, and it still is to an extent.

I almost always bring a suppressed Browning Buckmark to the range and share with whomever is there with me for some good ol’ .22 plinking time. I always try to shoot whatever is available to try for curiosity’s sake and the fact that it introduces me to a new, slightly different manual of arms.

On thing I’d add, and I AM NOT a professional trainer, just a guy who likes training and shooting, is that I spend a lot of time showing friends what I’ve learned if they want an introduction. Specifically, I’ve spent probably 50 hours this year with 5 different people on several occasions sharing how to draw a pistol and place a shot center mass at 7 yards without aiming, basically instinctive point shooting at close distance. I really, really get a kick out of seeing people learn and grow just un a few short hours. So as I share that, I see all kinds of mistakes I made and many I didnt and learn more about what’s going on physically and mentally depending on the individual. I can then use that to better my own performance.

Also, once they’re competent, we can start hitting the plate range for fun and get a little competitive. But safety first as drawing and reholstering is dangerous for those who are newer.

Anyhoo, you have a good point and thanks for taking the time to share it.

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