Adventure is Just Bad Planning

One of the most important habits my family taught me growing up was the value of playing “what if.” In this episode, I talk about the Special Forces PACE model for planning and how it applies to everyday situations.

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Make the Sacrifice Worth it: Olympic Shooting with Amanda Banta

Amanda Banta is a national rifle champion and Olympic competitor. She began shooting at 11 years old and competed in the 2012 Olympic games only 9 years later. In this conversation, we take a look at what it took to make that kind of progress, what it means to have a winning mindset, and of course learn some tips for better marksmanship practice.

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Community Member Highlight: Graveyard Fields

This episode is another in our community member highlight series. Today we’re focusing on Justin “Graveyard” Fields, who is very active in the community and is himself a prolific blogger. Among other blogs he runs, he most recently set up Swift | Silent | Deadly, a blog focused on full-spectrum individual security.

In this interview, we talk a bit about how Justin got interested in writing about this particular set of topics as well as his thoughts on the lessons we should all be taking away from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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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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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What Can We Learn from COVID-19 So Far?

I don’t’ write typical “blog posts” very often, but this is one of those days. We’re well into the panic of COVID-19, and things don’t show any signs of slowing down. I wanted to take a moment to share some of my observations and lessons learned so far in this mess.

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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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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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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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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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