A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition

Rudyard Kipling

In this section, you’re looking at all of the book reviews and links to sources of information I use in my articles and podcasts. The simple truth is that there are relatively few new ideas out there, so it comes down to how we interpret the information before us.

John Simpson, way back in Episode 2 of the podcast, once told me that too many people are in a rush to put their own twist on things before they master the basics. My goal in sharing these resources with you is that you take the time to master the fundamentals and start forming your own ideas.

/// Resources Archive

My First Precision Rimfire Match: AAR and Lessons Learned

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.

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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.

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Live Streaming with The Dark Lord of Optics

I recently appeared with Ilya on his live stream over at the Dark Lord of Optics. It started with a question about recent and future developments in the optics trade, but being a long stream with lots of Q&A, we covered quite a bit of ground in other places, too.

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Preparedness Skillset: The Area Study

I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of “red teaming.” If you aren’t familiar, this is where you think deeply about how you would plan to defeat yourself if you were the bad guy. While thinking about my own gaps, I realized one of the biggest was a lack of information about my surrounding area. I mean, I know a lot about where I live, but I’d never approached it like a military intelligence analyst. What does that look like?

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Keep Your Gear Dry: Waterproofing Your Pack

I’d like to throw a shout out to a fellow blogger, and community member, who did a great writeup on waterproofing a pack. I’ve got a bit of experience here, but given his background I think it’s best to just hear it from his mouth.

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Now Hear This: Are 22LR Trainers Overhyped?

By this point, it’s no secret that I’m way down the path to building a 22LR rifle for training and competition. I’ve previously written about using 22LR as a short-range substitute for centerfire rifles at long range because of its inferior ballistics. 

With that in mind, I want to share a podcast episode from Wolf Precision on this very topic, and why my thinking might be wrong.

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Risk Assessment and Mitigation for Everyday Living

It’s March 2020, a time when people are well and truly panicked about a virulent flu strain.  Government institutions across the globe are flailing about for consequence mitigation strategies with greater or lesser success and some risk of unintended consequences. 

People panic because they don’t trust established institutions to handle an emergency.  Institutions lose trust because they’re corrupt, incompetent, unresponsive or some combination. 

So we must ask the question: What’s a working man to do?

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Book Review: Body by Science

I want to tell you about one of the best books on fitness and exercise I’ve ever read. In a way, it completely revolutionized how I think about exercise. I first purchased Body by Science in 2012 after a long stint of exploring better ways to live a healthy life.

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Book Review: The Foundations of Sniper Marksmanship

This is a review of John C. Simpsons newest book, Foundations of Sniper Marksmanship. This is an update to an older book of his titled Snipercraft, targeted squarely at rifle shooters early in their journey. If you have never had formal marksmanship training, then this is a great read to develop a baseline before you go.

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Book Review: With Winning in Mind

Every once and a while, you come across a book that totally changes how you approach things. Lanny Bassham’s With Winning in Mind is one of those books for me. It totally changed how I thought about training, goal setting, and the mental game.

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1963: Year of the AR-15

We’re closing in on the end of our SCHV series. It’s now 1963, and the battle between the AR-15 and M-14 comes to a head.

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The Ultimate Collection of Free Training Videos

This post is a little different for me. I consider it a bit of a “living” post that I’ll keep updated with resources over time. It’s a collection of what I think are the best free videos for marksmanship training available.

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