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The Survival Fire Marksman Challenge

Building a fire is a fundamental outdoors survival skill. Fire keeps you warm, cooks your food, signals others for help, and purifies your water. But too many of us take the easy route for building one. The survival fire challenge is about doing it the old fashioned way.

Conquering the Emergency Shelter Challenge

For this challenge, we're pivoting to the survival world. With hunting season approaching, or just general outdoors activity in cooler weather, I thought it was appropriate to work on developing and deploying an emergency shelter kit. So let's talk about the Emergency Shelter Challenge.
goruck active shooter intervention

AAR: GoRuck Active Shooter Intervention

On July 20th, 2019, I attended GoRuck’s Active Shooter Intervention training course, as well as a night fire. I took away a lot of lessons from this one, including a preference for fiber optic sights on my pistols over tritium night sights, as well as the importance of good weapon light usage.

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.

AAR: Ham Radio Technician Examination

I recently completed my ham radio technician exam with a score of 100% and received my license. In the end, it wasn't all that difficult, and I'd like to go over my preparation process in case you want to do the same.

Book Review: Total Resistance – A Layman’s Guide to Guerilla Warfare

I collect manuals and books dealing with the Cold War era. Today, I want to take a closer look at one of those books. I find this particular one relevant to the topics of community defense and working with a team to provide security.

Now is the Time to Get a Ham Radio License

Communications is yet another skill that I think people should add to their toolbox. It's just such a fundamental part of modern society, that I don't think most people could even begin to imagine what it would look like without it.

AAR: Max Velocity Tactical HEAT 1 Training Course

Most training courses offered to civilians focus on quickly and accurately running a carbine. This course is all about small unit tactics, and it's amazing.

Book Review: MVT Tactical Manual for Small Unit Tactics

This is a review of the Small Unit Tactics manual written by Max Velocity Tactical. In short, it's probably the best book I've come across on the topic.

10 Useful Knots for Your Toolbox

Knots are is an extremely useful skill to develop. At some point, you will find that the classics you always come back to aren't great for every situation. Stacking a classic square knot or overhand on top of one another just isn't going to cut it. Let's look at some of my favorites.
Senior Airman Daniel West scales an obstacle during Combat Leadership Course. Oct. 22, 2010, at Camp Bullis, Texas. (U.S Photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

This is Why You Should Practice Tactical Skills

Learning military and tactical skills will improve your life. Adopting a mindset that pursues honor, strength, mastery, and courage has tangible benefits to your career, your relationships, and your own wellbeing. This post outlines why I started all of this.

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