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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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The Truth About AR-15 Marketing

Today’s episode is about the tactics of AR-15 marketing in particular, but what I’m saying applies just as much to all firearms and tactical marketing in general. The simple truth, albeit a harsh one, is that you are best served by ignoring the ads and influencers out there.

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From the First Time to the Best Time: The Making of a Shooting Family

In this episode, I sit down with my wife, Allison, to discuss her evolution from knowing nothing about firearms to being a supporter of marksmanship and the shooting sports. We also cover tips for introducing your significant other to firearms and firearms culture.

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An Appeal to Heaven

I didn’t want to record this episode. As you know, I try to keep my opinions to myself when it comes to politics. But, sometimes the very thing you are interested in becomes political. With everything that is going on with the recent special elections in Virginia, I can no longer avoid the topic.

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Mental Marksmanship: Train the Mind, and the Rest Will Follow

Linda Miller and Keith Cunningham are the authors of Secrets of Mental Marksmanship, How to fire Perfect Shots. They are accomplished shooters in both the civilian and military worlds, and today we are talking about developing the right mindset.

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Bringing New Shooters into the Fold: A Range Day Story

Today’s episode is simple: I wanted to talk about a recent experience taking two new shooters to the range for the first time. I think this is one of those pivotal moments in peoples’ lives, and we should strive to get it right for their first time.

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Community Member Highlight: Mark Cutright

As part of a new series I’m calling Community Highlights, I asked Mark Cutright- my first subscriber, to come onto the show and tell us his story. Mark has extensive background with tactical training as a civilian, and a lot of advice overall.

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Goal Setting: When Wishing is Not a Valid Course of Action

Today’s episode covers three topics. Each of the focus on some important aspect of setting and achieving goals. First, we’ll talk about selecting and writing down a goal. Secondly, and this is where most people fall short, we’re going to talk about how to actually plan for the success of that goal. Lastly, we’ll talk about some of the common mental pitfalls that stop you from achieving whatever desire you have.

Why are we talking about this topic today? Well, that’s a great question.

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Loading Your Rifle with Ammo and Not Ego

Russell Miller is a triple-distinguished competition shooter as well as a former special operations officer. He’s spent an enormous amount of time coaching snipers and precision shooters, and today he’s our guest on the show.

In this episode, we cover a lot of ground between the world of competition shooting and tactical precision marksmanship. Russ shared some very pointed criticism of US Army marksmanship training.

Some of the main topics I think you’ll enjoy focus on getting started in rifle competition, and establishing a balance between behaviors appropriate for competition versus defensive situations. Additionally, we spend a lot of time talking about the importance of consistent practice to build a foundation of skills that make good marksmanship instinctive.

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On Tactical Timmy, Boogaloo Bob, and Other Notable Characters

This podcast episode introduces you to four recurring gun culture characters I might mention from time to time: Tactical Timmy, Boogaloo Bob, Fuddy Fred, and Sheepdog Shane.

Try not to take my irreverence too seriously on this one. We all have some of these characters inside of us, and I’m just giving them names so that we can bring the stereotypes to light and talk about it.

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Combat Strong: Analyzing the New Army Combat Fitness Test

I recently got the chance to speak to Dr. Whitfield East, the research physiologist for the US Army Center for Initial Military Training (CIMT). You’ve probably never heard of him, but he is responsible for leading review and analysis of military physical fitness training for the Army. More importantly, he’s a key player in developing the Army’s new Combat Fitness Test.

During this interview, we cover several important topics including the history of combat fitness testing; how military physical training evolved over time; how the new ACFT came to be; and what a training program for the average guy like you or me might look like if we were looking to maintain a solid base of fitness like this test requires.

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Lessons Learned in the Wilderness

This episode of Everyday Marksman Radio is a bit more improvised than what you’ve heard so far. I’ve been doing a lot of writing, talking, and interviewing about the guns and shooting side of the house. For this session, I wanted to pivot a bit more towards the survival and skillset side of things. In this episode, I’m going back into some of my adventures to talk about two in particular. One was a fantastic three-week canoe trip through Northern Canada, the other was a jaunt along a section of the Appalachian Trail.

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Reinventing the Wheel [Gun]: An Interview With the Revolver Guy

You know, I’ve never thought about it much but I know very little about revolvers. As someone who is a confirmed ballistics and firearms nerd, I’ve never actually learned anything about an entire class of firearms that dominated the personal defense scene for most of modern history. My guest on the podcast today, Justin Carroll, is here to help with that.

Justin is a former a US Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance member turned personal digital security expert. He’s also the Editor and Chief of Revolver Guy. Justin has published articles for GUNS Magazine, American Handgunner, and currently writes for Lucky Gunner Lounge.

Today, we’re talking about wheel guns.

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