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Evaluating Your Gear for Real World Use

A series of recent events reminded me of the importance of actually checking your gear for fit, function, and purpose. It doesn’t have to take long, and it pays dividends when you actually have to use your stuff for competition, personal defense, or worse. Unfortunately, many people just don’t know where to start, so they begin and end with mounting pouches on their kit, snapping a few photos, and saying “Good enough!”

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Matt here. On this page, you’ll find all episodes of Everyday Marksman Radio, the official podcast of our community. These episodes include interviews with experts in the field, Q&A with the community, and talk about the same subjects we write about.

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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.

Fireside Chat: Establishing a New Heading

This episode expands on my last post about the future of The Everyday Marksman. I’m ready to talk a bit more about where we’ve been, where we’re going, and the role you can play in it.

Don’t Just Dress Around The Gun

In this episode of the Everyday Marksman, I’m talking to Alex Sansone, better known as The Suited Shootist and operator of the blog and YouTube channel under the same name. Alex is a bit different than most of the other guests I’ve had on the show because he doesn’t have the same military or high-level competition background as others. He’s a regular citizen who happens to care about protecting himself and his family while looking good doing it.

Ask Me Anything #2: Gear Whoring

This episode is an off-the-cuff ask me anything (AMA). I gathered questions from social media as well as the discord server and opened the flood gates. Allison also joins me again to help dig into questions abut gear, shooting, and some fun stuff.

Freedom is Scary: Common Threads with Guns and Money

I don’t do musings posts very often, especially with the podcast. Current events this week have been a little wild with the stock market, and I’ve been watching from the sides. While I didn’t partake in the Gamestop madness, I’ve certainly been entertained with the news articles and chatter on Reddit.

During all of this, I realized that there is a common thread between the politics of gun control and what’s been happening all week with retail investors.

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.

Why a Fitness Test? Why now?

This is just a quick unedited rant about why I decided to launch a physical fitness test for The Everyday Marksman. In short, 2020 sucked, and 2021 might be worse: maybe it’s time to hold ourselves to some objective standards.

Cash to Burn? Spare Parts & Magazines

This is a short episode touching on an observation I’ve had lately. Since the biggest rush of gun-buying stuff, this year is new shooters, they haven’t quite learned about all the other stuff they should be aware of. And that leaves an opportunity for enthusiasts like you and me.

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The Right Optic for the Mission

This episode is a bit of an audio guide version of my article on selecting AR-15 optics. It’s a bit more off the cuff than usual, and you can probably tell that I get a bit excited about nerding out with this topic.

The principles I outline apply to just about any kind of optic regardless of the rifle, or handgun, that it mounts to. At the core, it’s about understanding the role you are trying to fill and then selecting an appropriate solution within the bounds of your budget.

Now What? A Back to Basics Approach to an Uncertain Future

2020 has been a rough year, and things may only get worse from here. So what, exactly, can we do about that? First, take a breath. Now let’s talk.

Thank you for coming by The Everyday Marksman. This site and its community are a labor of love. I hope you stick around for a while, and maybe even join us.

-Matt

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