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2024 Guide to Load Bearing Equipment: History, Tips, & Misteps

This post continues our look at load carriage by focusing on more traditional load bearing equipment. Before we get into my personal setups, I want to talk a little bit about how load carrying gear evolved over time.

Complete Guide on Setting Up Your Battle Belt: 2024 Edition

The battle belt is a sort of modern iteration of the classic ALICE gear that served the US military from the 70s through late 90s. But there are some significant differences, particularly in the type and amount of load that the belt handles. In this post, we're going through some basic guidelines and a suggested layout for developing your own minimalist fighting kit.
Faxon 18" Gunner profile barrel on another project

The AR-15 Barrel Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need to Know

This post summarizes just about everything I've learned about rifle barrels in general, and specifically AR-15 Barrels. It's fair to say that the barrel is the heart of the gun, and the most important choice to make when configuring a rifle. There are a lot of considerations and tradeoffs to make when deciding on the "right" one for you, so let's dig in.
Athlon Ares ETR Knobs

Exploring the Ideal Zero for 22LR Precision Rifles

While zeroing a new optic at the range recently, I fell down a rabbit hole of finding the "best" zero for a 22lr precision rifle. My determination: 35 yards, but how did I come to that conclusion, and is it actually right for you?
AR-15 in on a snowy day

Field Guide to Buying Your First AR-15

The AR-15 is the most popular rifle in the country. This guide discusses a good first rifle configuration, and provides some technical info to back it up.

A Competition 22 Rifle for Everyday Precision Shooters

It's no secret that I've been assembling a 22 target rifle suitable for competition and training use. I've been posting articles debating the merits of a competition 22 rifle as a stand-in for larger centerfire rifles when it comes to long-distance training and practice. Well, it's now time to throw back the curtain on what I've built.

Barrel Length, Trajectory, and Learning Your Zero

There's a lot of engineering voodoo that goes into making a rifle work well and fire accurately. The length of a rifle's barrel and how it affects the velocity of the bullet is one of those major factors.

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