I’m flabbergasted that I’ve already been running this blog for two yeas. I’m even more surprised at the traffic it has received. Compared to 2014, this blog saw over a 500% increase in traffic. The last few months of 2015 alone started seeing a 1000 view increase month over month. How much of that is robots, I don’t know. But what I do know is that I’m thankful that others are reading. I never imagined that would happen.
In any case, as I enter the third year of the Everyday Marksman, I wanted to come back and lay some things out. I do not wish to misrepresent myself, my background, and what I’m trying to do here. It is simply far too easy to put things on the internet and pretend to be more than you are. I have no interest in that, so it seems like a reasonable place to start.
Who am I, and why am I writing these posts?
I will never claim to be the authority on small arms that Hognose (of Weaponsman) or the guys at Forgotten Weapons are. I do not claim to be master of the tactical arts like the many training gurus out there who have “been there done that” are. While I am an active duty officer in the Air Force, unless you have a question about nuclear warfare (my specialty), you are probably better off asking one of those guys about a specific tactic they used and how well it worked out. I will also not claim to be a world class competition shooter that guarantees hitting A-zones and X-rings.
I will claim two things, however. First, I believe myself to be a competent shooter (if not above average) who has spent a lot of time and money experimenting with what works [for me] and what doesn’t. Second, I am an almost obsessive researcher with a knack for taking large amounts of complex information and distilling it down to easy-to-grasp principles. This is a talent I developed through years of teaching nuclear weapons principles, operations, and policy to brand new lieutenants and advocating nuclear policy with a civilian world who knows very little about nuclear weapons aside from what they see on television.
My goal in writing these posts is to primarily provide a log of my growth as a shooter, what lessons I’ve learned, how I’ve overcome obstacles, and to show others that it is indeed possible to become a great rifleman on your own. Secondly, I wish to serve as an example of a civic-minded shooter who takes my constitutional rights seriously, and the obligations therein, and wishes to share that point of view with others. I try not to get bogged down in political poo flinging, though I’m not necessarily above it. Looking back, the few times I’ve written about shooting culture simply haven’t been popular, people would rather read about marksmanship, or advice on equipment. With that in mind, I’m looking forward to the coming year.
What is next for the Everyday Marksman?
My life has recently undergone some dramatic changes. My first child, a son, was born late last year. That awesome moment meant my priorities (both time and financial) have to shift a bit. This also coincides with a pending promotion in my career that will come with considerably more responsibility. Where does that leave me? I fully intend to continue my pursuit of marksmanship excellence, but it will have to come in a more focused manner. That includes spending more time in actual competition this year, and not just the informal variety at my local club.
Additionally, I will seek out formal training this year above and beyond the excellent Appleseed program I had done previously. I may have reached a plateau of sorts on my own practice, and really need to get some outside perspective not only on my fundamentals, but on the addition of new skills.
I will, of course, continue to allow some gear-hoarding. I have plans to complete my 308 AR rifle, as well as more modifications to existing rifles. The difference now, as opposed to when I first started this journey, is that I want to do these things not because I think they will make me better, but because I simply enjoy doing it. The two year journey so far has taught me that I am really the limiting factor in all of my shooting, the “kit” is just bonus.
For those of you who have been reading my posts this far, thank you! For new readers, welcome! I may not have the massive readership and followers of many of the blogs out there, but I really do appreciate those I do have. I’m not in this for money or fandom, I’m in it because I love the shooting sports- and I’m happy to have you along with me.