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Explaining the Minimum Capable Carbine

Today I’m talking about my concept of the Minimum Capable Carbine. If you’ve been reading for a while, you might recognize this as my suggestion for your first AR-15. In truth, this episode is a chance for me to say things out loud that didn’t come across very well in written format.

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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.

Be sure to subscribe in your podcast player of choice, and you’ll always find the most detailed show notes here on the site. As always, I appreciate any comments on the shows and sharing with friends.

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Sharpening the Edge: There’s Value in Competition

Life is full of competition. In fact, in the grand scheme of things, all of life is a giant competition for resources and reproduction. Entire species either prosper or go extinct on the macro level due to their collective abilities to compete in an ever-changing environment.

Nations, businesses, and people operate in a similar way. And so should you.

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Getting Started in PRS with Mike Keenan

This is an interview with pro PRS shooter Mike Keenan on what every newbie needs to know to get started in PRS or NRL competition shooting. We cover gear, attitude, and the all-important cartridge selection.

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Ask Me Anything #1: What do I Fear?

It’s Episode 25 of Everyday Marksman Radio! That’s a bit of a milestone, as we’re one quarter of the way to 100 and most podcasts don’t make it past 7 episodes.

To do something a little different, we’ve got an ask me anything episode, with questions supplied by you guys and asked by my wife, Allison.

I hope you enjoy it!

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Real Life is Open Division: Interview with Jeff Gurwitch

Jeff Gurwitch served in the US Army for 26 years, with 19 of those being in Special Forces. Jeff has multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and has seen the gamut of fighting styles from close quarters to long-range mountain fighting.

He’s also been a competitive shooter for over 15 years, competing in USPSA, IDPA, and PRS. On top of that, he also publishes articles for Defense Review and SWAT Magazine.

While his tactical credentials are certainly impressive, I wanted to use this interview to instead talk about competitive shooting and its relationship to defensive and combat shooting.

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The Dirty A-Word: Accountability

Have you ever been frustrated by not achieving your goals? It doesn’t really matter what the goal itself was. Perhaps it was [another] weight loss target, or putting in some extra hours on a hobby. We’ve all had that moment where it just fell apart.

It sucks.

Today I want to talk about the number one reason than this happens. It’s not going to be some quick fix that anyone can sell you, it’s not a book, or some slick goal-setting method. Nope, it’s just good old fashioned accountability.

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You Can Feel it in the Hand: What Goes Into Quality Gear?

Kody Hamel is an everyday guy who decided to start making tactical gear. In this episode, I wanted to learn about how he got to where he is and what advice he has for other aspiring makers.

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It’s Not About the Numbers: Focusing on the Right Stuff

In this week’s episode, I go on a bit of a rant about focusing on the right things in life. Goals and scores are good, but they don’t make you happy.

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Surviving so You Can Piss Off the Mortgage Company

In this episode of Everyday Marksman Radio, I’m talking to former Army Special Forces SERE instructor Mike Moore about what it takes to survive an emergency. We dig into survival myths, homemade survival kits, and more.

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Matt Versus the Cardio Machine: Beating the Mastery Plateau

Despite the title, this episode is not really about cardio equipment or the many benefits of cardio training, that you already know. Instead, this is a short episode discussing a thought I had while exhausting myself on my rowing machine a couple of weeks ago. The seeming slog of cardio is a lot like the path to mastery.

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Derrick Bartlett: Knowing the Need and Making it Happen

This is an interview with Derrick Bartlett, 28 year law enforcement veteran, SWAT officer, sniper instructor, and president of the American Sniper Association.

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The Meaning of Being Armed in Modern Society

Being armed is not the same thing as being a gun owner. Being armed is a state of mind. It’s a choice of committing to something deeper and more elusive.

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Finding Balance: If Everything is Important, then Nothing is

In today’s episode of Everyday Marksman Radio, I’m talking to an old friend of mine, Garret Glover. What makes Garrett interesting is not that he’s my friend, though. It’s that he has managed to strike a balance between his career as an active duty Air Force officer, planning a wedding, getting his second master’s degree, running a side business, and still compete as a bodybuilder.

So where does he find 36 hours per day to fit all of this in?

It’s all about smart time management and prioritization.

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