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The Everyday Marksman teaches regular people just like you how to live a more adventurous life through the study and practice of martial skills. We focus on marksmanship, survival, fitness, winning mindset, and equipment. Join us every other week as we talk to experts in the field and inspire success.

Everyday Marksman Radio Matt Robertson

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The Everyday Marksman teaches regular people just like you how to live a more adventurous life through the study and practice of martial skills. We focus on marksmanship, survival, fitness, winning mindset, and equipment. Join us every other week as we talk to experts in the field and inspire success.

    The Meaning of Being Armed in Modern Society

    The Meaning of Being Armed in Modern Society

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    Today I want to talk about the idea of being armed in modern society. Too many of us think that owning guns and being armed are the same thing. But they aren’t. Being armed is a choice that comes with a very different set of responsibilities, mindset shifts, and expectations. This episode is at least partially inspired by the ongoing events here in Virginia. By now you’ve heard of the lobby day rally, where over 20,000 citizens assembled to let the state government know that their draconian laws would not be tolerated. Many of those people openly carried arms and gear as a show of force for the “or else what” effect. I’m proud of their actions that day, and the fact that there wasn’t a single incidence of violence speaks well of their character.

    But what I also noticed, as usually happens at these things, is that many protesters didn’t quite look the part of armed Americans. From poorly-fitted equipment to poor weapons handling and discipline, there is a lot of room for improvement. And that’s where the mindset of the Armed American must come into play. I spend a good portion of this episode discussing the governmental philosophies of Max Weber and John Locke (linked above). Weber is a 19th-century German philosopher who founded the modern idea of “bureaucracy.” He’s one of the progenitors of the idea that a marker of civilization is that only the state has a monopoly on the legitimate use of violence. Locke, on the other hand, espoused the power of the individual. In his view, each person is imbued with rights as a matter of natural law, and that governments exist to protect those rights at a large scale. Governments only have power insofar as the individual consents to be governed.

    These two philosophies are sometimes at odds with one another, and it shouldn’t be a surprise that Weber’s ideas underpin a lot of modern European culture while Locke provided the inspiration to the Founding Fathers of the United States. I find it interesting that so many on the political left, who seek to remove individual power also simultaneously want to model our nation after that of Europe. I’m not one to give in to conspiracy theories of communist box cars waiting for gun owners someday, but I do think that there is a fundamental difference of opinion on how things should be run.

    But that discussion is for another day.

    Becoming an armed citizen means accepting the responsibility for your own safety and destiny. That also requires becoming proficient in defending your life and liberty at a personal level. The idea of only relying on the state, i.e. the police, to provide safety is not really compatible with our founding ideals. The trouble these days is that while there are many millions of gun owners, only a small percentage actively pursues the Marksman’s Path. How many actually attend competitive events and test their skills? How many seek professional training beyond the minimum safety rules?

    The answer is abysmally low.

    So what does that mean? It tells me that it’s up to us to encourage a culture that values the mental, physical, and emotional ideals of being armed. The acquisition of “stuff” is fun, and easy, but it is not the path to improving our culture. The next time there is a rally, how much more of an impact would it make to see thousands of disciplined American’s wearing their gear professionally and demonstrating great discipline? It would be subtle, for sure, but I think it would make a difference.

    • 13 min
    Finding Balance: If Everything is Important, then Nothing is

    Finding Balance: If Everything is Important, then Nothing is

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    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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    Episode Summary

    I’ve known Garrett for several years. We are both ICBM Operations Officers by trade. And while I’m no longer active, he is stationed in the DC area not far from me. We’ve been stationed together, taught the same courses, and gone to the same schools.

    What’s always impressed me about Garrett is his raw discipline to keep up his healthy lifestyle in the face of a busy schedule and a career field that encourages destructive habits.

    During our conversation, we cover three main areas. First, it’s all about building a solid foundation through nutrition.

    Garrett reveals that the first thing he requires his personal training clients to do is track everything they eat for a couple of weeks and then formulate a good nutrition plan.

    He won’t even set foot in the gym with a client before getting their eating right.

    Most people simply eat too much of the wrong things. Most modern American diets are full of “junk,” and hidden calories.

    The first step is to determine the amount of protein you need each day. For the average person, this means 1 gram per pound of lean body mass. Once the protein is dialed in, figure out how much fat to add to the diet, and then fill in the rest with carbohydrates.

    Carbs, as he puts it, are the lowest priority item because it’s the only macronutrient that your body can survive without.

    An important point is remembering that everyone has an agenda. Diet doesn’t need to be complicated, and there are a lot of “experts” out there pushing their program on you because they want to make money and get you to believe you can’t do it without their special sauce.

    Fitness Programming

    The second part of the interview covered workout routines. Garret again says that this doesn’t need to be complicated, but it needs to be intentional. Too many spend too much time browsing social media and being distracted rather than actually working out.

    The average person should prioritize strength training over cardio, even for fat loss. Cardio is good, but it doesn’t burn as many calories as muscle recovery and more muscle mass in general.

    Cardio, when performed, should either be after a strength training routine or first thing in the morning before eating. This maximizes the fat burning effect due to a lack of glucose available in the blood.

    Garrett lays out a three-day-per-week program that most people can follow. Combined with good nutrition, anyone should be able to achieve a great physique on three focused workouts per week.

    Finding Balance

    The final part of the episode digs into balance. Garrett, like you and I, is a very busy person. So how does he manage all of the things he’s doing?

    The answer is in prioritizing things.

    Not everything in life can be the most important thing all of the time. If that were true, then nothing would ever be truly important.

    Instead, figure out the most important thing in your life right now and make sure you give it its due.

    Each day,

    • 47 min
    The Truth About AR-15 Marketing

    The Truth About AR-15 Marketing

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    I have used this quote in my signature block for years. The context of the statement is interesting because he made it in reference to the importance of physical fitness and high morale, both things that I also prioritize, but I’ve always thought it spoke to something a little deeper.

    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.

    Getting lost in the noise will only serve to harm your efforts to become a better marksman and follow the marksman’s path.

    Put simply, gun companies aren’t interested in helping you become a better shooter. There’s no money to be made in telling you to keep shooting what you already own configured as it is. So rather than encouraging you to get out there and practice, they want to sell you another solution to make things “easier.”

    It’s a lot like the medical industry in that way. There’s not a lot of money to be made with healthy people, so all of the emphasis goes towards developing ongoing treatments that keep sick people under the care of physicians and buying drugs. In a lot of circumstances, the same result could be had just as permanently by switching to a healthier lifestyle.

    But I digress.

    The hard part about this is that people have truly come to believe that “success” is always right around the corner if they could only afford the next widget.

    It doesn’t matter if it’s a custom action, a special barrel, optic, trigger, or something else. They just know that it’s the ticket to reaching a new level of ability and they will finally be happy. So here’s my advice, and it’s the same advice given to me by many experts: stop.

    Stay out of the caliber wars. Buy something that’s good enough to be reliable and shoot it so much that it becomes second nature. Buying a gun capable of 1/4 MOA does you absolutely no good if you are an 8 MOA shooter. All the accuracy in the world doesn’t amount to a hill of beans if you can’t make a wind call to save your life.

    Take the time to truly master your basic weapon. Ignore the influencers, gatekeepers, and the ads trying to tell you that you just aren’t going to be happy or competitive otherwise.

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

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

    Allison didn’t grow up around firearms. In fact, she never even thought about them or noticed them, save for the occasional action movie.

    By the time we met when I was on active duty, I had a small collection that I generally didn’t talk about with anyone except for showing off at social gatherings. I certainly didn’t tell her about it for fear of scaring her off.

    It all came to a fateful head one night while she was tending to our newly adopted puppy and sleeping on the floor next to the crate. Allison happened to roll over and saw my M1A tucked rather casually tucked under the bed.

    Yes, I didn’t have any proper storage at the time. We’ve since rectified that problem.

    Allison found herself needing to make a decision: how was she going to handle the discovery? She ultimately approached me and recognized that if she was going to be part of my life, and that life included firearms, than she should at least learn to be safe around them.

    Learning to Be Safe

    The first order of business for Allison was learning to be safe. I taught her the basic safety rules, as well as another personal one of mine regarding checking chambers. Soon after, she began thinking that I was out of town enough that she should probably learn to defend herself, and Hera, if needed. So she wanted to learn how to shoot.

    The first experience was negative, which was entirely my fault. Rather than keeping it as a dedicated 1-on-1 learning session to build trust, she was thrust into the middle of a social situation with several people we knew all shooting firearms. Not all of them were being safe about it.

    Luckily, that first experience didn’t sway her from continuing to learn. Her second session focused on pistols, and then on to the first AR-15 I owned,

    That experience stoked her enthusiasm, and she demanded her own AR-15. That rifle, which I dubbed “The Wifle” is otherwise known as the Minimum Capable Carbine that I discuss in my article on choosing your first AR-15.

    From there, Allison grew to enjoy the art of marksmanship and ringing steel at 300 to 500 yards.

    Where We Go From Here

    The demands of family life meant that Allison hasn’t gotten to stay practiced on her skills. But she’s interested in learning more about long-range shooting and ballistics.

    Her background as a professional musician and marathon runner instilled a strong sense of discipline and willingness to “do the grind.”

    She’s also interested in learning survival skills, especially those surrounding bushcraft and the outdoors.

    Allison will be back on the show from time to time to explore the things she’s been learning. Or maybe she’ll make a great co-host for certain topics. In all, she really enjoyed discussing her experiences and providing some advice for those of you looking to introduce your wives, girlfriends, or anyone else to shooting.

    • 32 min
    An Appeal to Heaven

    An Appeal to Heaven

    Ididn’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.

    Today I’m touching on gun control. But this isn’t the same rant you see all over gun boards everywhere else. I want to touch on how this happened, and what you should keep in mind for your own battles in the future.

    Let me be brief. There are not detailed show notes or crazy history lessons here. Just a call to action.

    Virginia has fallen to some powerful political forces who are not on our side. They did it with dirty political tricks, and they are not going to play nice in the future.

    I don’t want to lament over anything. It’s done. What I’m interested in is the root causes and what you and I can do in the future to stop this from happening in your state.

    And make no mistake, this is coming to your state. They have a strategy and process down, now, and they want to keep the momentum going.

    The thing to take away from this is that the forces arranged against us are using the ignorance of the general population to their advantage. And we’re letting them do it.

    By staying quiet, keeping to ourselves, and not making our interests known, we are ceding the message to the other side.

    An Appeal to Heaven

    …where the body of the people, or any single man, is deprived of their right, or is under the exercise of a power without right, and have no appeal on earth, then they have a liberty to appeal to heaven, whenever they judge the cause of sufficient moment.

    John Locke

    The founders were no stranger to John Locke. In fact, he was the inspiration for much of the Declaration of Independence. The phrase, “Appeal to Heaven” means that when the mechanisms of man are no longer providing justice, there is always a higher authority.

    I propose that we use the old Pine Tree Flag, originally commissioned for George Washington’s cruisers, as the symbol for our resistance.

    What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

    • 15 min
    Mental Marksmanship: Train the Mind, and the Rest Will Follow

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

    Ireally enjoyed this interview with Linda Miller and Keith Cunningham. Together, they wrote Secrets of Mental Marksmanship, How to Fire Perfect Shots. In full disclosure, they sent me a copy of their book well ahead of the interview so I could review it and ask questions.

    Linda was a member of Canada’s National Shooting team and won medals in the Mexico World Cup, Commonwealth Games, Cuba world cup, and later became the first woman to win the Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for full-bore shooting.

    By 2002, she became the top-ranked female competitor in F-Class shooting, and in 2008 became the National Sniper and Precision rifle Champion.

    Linda also volunteered as a director, manager, administrator, and consultant in the Canadian provincial and national shooting sports organizations, and currently designs courses for competitive and professional marksmen.

    Keith served as a Canadian military officer with more than 25 years of experience including a combat tour in Vietnam, peacekeeping and counter-sniper operations in Cyprus, and many large scale military exercises throughout North America and Europe.

    He is an internationally-certified shooting coach who has taught marksmanship courses at the Canadian Forces Infantry School and to many police services throughout Canada.

    Linda and Keith's book, Secrets of Mental Marksmanship, which I heavily relied on for this interview

    He’s also a member of the Canadian Forces Sports Hall of Fame and the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association Sports Hall of Fame.

    Together, these two hold many provincial and national titles and records, winning international championships throughout the world in sniper marksmanship, service rifle, and three-gun competition.

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