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Caylen flies solo on this episode to give his thoughts on the recent annual training week for the Mountain States Tactical Officer’s Association. The MDS crew ran a Basic and an Advanced course concurrently and the team learned some valuable lessons from the experience. Caylen discusses thoughts on curriculum development, sniper skills, how to stru…
 
Phillip flies solo on this podcast while Caylen is in the mountains for a spring bear hunt. Phillip talks about his recent Intro to Precision Rifle course that just taught in Cody. Phil talks about some of the training takeaways from the class such as rifle and ammunition considerations when taking a class, equipment manipulation and management, an…
 
Caylen, Phillip and Owen Mulder have a conversation with Zachary Burgart who is a former Reconnaissance Marine, and fellow HOG. Zachary recently made a trip to Ukraine with the intention of providing aid to the people by means of medical support and training, basic infantry skills training, and logistical coordination for the newly established citi…
 
With the topics of tripod shooting at the forefront of the mind, Caylen and Phil discuss the nuances of tripod shooting and the pros and cons of different techniques and under what circumstances those techniques should be used. The conversation switches to wind, and the visual processing speed of the mind to derive precise corrections under time an…
 
We know you guys thought we straight abandoned our podcast… Nah, just an extended hiatus! We’re back and the boys cover a lot of ground in this one as they catch up on recent trips, classes and competitions. Lots of great content here on the post-shot process, the cognitive thought process while navigating scenarios, and some class debrief points f…
 
Buckle up guys, in this episode Caylen and Phil sit down with Chris Way, the founder of Riflekraft and the Straight Dope Podcast. Chris Way comes to the sport of precision rifle from being an outdoor athlete and when he was exposed to the complexities of the discipline his analytical brain kicked into overdrive. The trio cover Chris’s journey in th…
 
Caylen and Phil catch up after being on the road for classes. They discuss some after-action items that they noticed in their last batch of classes at Volusia County Gun Club. Things like rifle setup, improperly installed scope levels, and the nuances of the grip of the firing and trigger control were the trends in the Intro class. The conversation…
 
Caylen and Phil sit down with Mr. John Dufrense of Kinetic Consulting for another awesome talk on knowing thyself, training, and basic good-dudery. Known by most as “Duffy”, John has been to several of our classes with the intention of doing nothing more than expanding his own knowledge and proficiency as a shooter and a teacher in the firearms ind…
 
With Caylen and Phillip teaching at Altus Shooting Solutions, the pair sit down to have a conversation about the trends they’re seeing in class and student performance. The conversation takes off in a different direction though and they decide to take a dive into the psyche and talk about what makes us tick. With a deep dive into the mind aside, th…
 
Ted Karagias is the founder of American Rifle Company, a Washington based manufacturer of some of the finest rifle actions known to the precision rifle industry. Ted has been an engineer for the majority of his life and his affinity for the classic lines and design of the Mauser 98 led to the development of the Mausingfield and several other varian…
 
Caylen sits down with Tom Ryder of SPR Industries for a conversation on rifle building, the rifle building industry, and life in general. Tom has an extensive background in machining, and after he and Caylen spent time together in a sniper platoon Tom started his journey of being a custom rifle builder. Based out of Seattle, Tom is incredibly detai…
 
With Phillip back from a double-header set of classes at Rifles Only in Texas, he and Caylen catch up and discuss some trends from both our last set of Virginia classes as well as our classes at Rifles Only. The conversation drifts into the mentality of being a competitor and how Caylen and Phil will be working together this upcoming shooting seaso…
 
David Baker and Owen Mulder join the team on this podcast to talk about Handloading. This was a total improv podcast that started off as a conversation while they were eating dinner. Owen talks about his ultimate goal for what he wants to get out of the long range game and how it relates to being a sniper in combat. The group talks about their hand…
 
Caylen and Phillip are down in Virginia, teaching their courses hosted at Pigg River Precision. They’re joined by some of their students who are also active duty Sniper instructors for 2nd Expeditionary Operations Training Group Urban Sniper School. In this podcast they debrief the Intro to Long Range Competition course and how a sniper could apply…
 
Phillip is joined by the guys who head up the WyCo PRL and WPR to talk about the first season of both local leagues that stood up in the Wyoming, Montana and Northern Colorado areas. Phillip asks questions about what kind of growth they saw, how the classification system worked out for the first year and the matches for the upcoming 2022 season. Th…
 
Cody Carroll joins us this week to talk about his recent elk hunt with his son in Colorado. Cody shares his experience in the mountains of Colorado, comparing and contrasting the difference between a backcountry hunt and cold weather operations versus operating as a Reconnaissance Marine in combat operations and training. The team talks about lesso…
 
Caylen and Phil finally get back together after a couple weeks of hunting and talk about Phil’s successful Wyoming elk hunt. In this episode, we bring on Clayton Creel, who was raised in Cody, Wyoming and was the one who helped Phil out with his hunt. Clay shares with us his experiences of growing up in Wyoming, working with several outfitters and …
 
In this episode Caylen and Phil spend some time catching up on recent events and things going on at Modern Day Sniper and they debrief Caylen’s successful Washington state high country mule deer hunt along with some great lessons learned. The team discusses Phillip’s preparation for his upcoming Wyoming elk hunt and some housekeeping items. Good lu…
 
Ilya Koshkin, also known as the Dark Lord of Optics, joins us for this episode to talk about riflescopes. Ilya explains the basic mechanics of a rifle scope, what he’s looking for when he’s testing an optic and his guidelines to purchasing an optic. It was a refreshing conversation to talk about his unbiased approach to certain optics he’s tested, …
 
The Modern Day Sniper Podcast welcomes Mr. Owen Mulder, a retired USMC Scout/Sniper and MARSOC veteran. Owen’s area of expertise surrounds cognitive psychology and the perceptual psychology of observation. His combat experience as both a conventional and special operations sniper eventually led him to be a lead instructor at the Marine Corps’ Comba…
 
Caylen and Phillip dive into a contentious topic among the sniper community; the practicality of maintaining such a high emphasis on using the mil relation formula to establish ranges to targets at the basic sniper skill level. Caylen and Phil discuss the origin and history of range estimation with milliradians and how even modern reticle designs a…
 
Caylen and Phil catch up and recap Phil’s trip to Ohio for the Ohio Range Day. Phil presents the question of “how long does it take to build consistency?” and “how much time does a teacher need to get students to be consistent with a precision rifle”? The pair also discuss some common trends in the precision shooting industry regarding gear and set…
 
Caylen and Phil get together to wrap up their discussion on the NRL Hunter Finale. The conversation leads into discussions on competitive mindset, gear selection for competition and the difference between playing the game of competition vs. the practical use of the rifle for whatever application you’re using it for. They discuss the new Wilderness …
 
Caylen and Phil are together down in Grand Junction CO shooting the NRL Hunter Grand Slam. They recently taught a class with Stone Glacier up at Heart Mountain to help the team there get ready for their hunting season. Caylen talks about shooting the Range Officer match, which is new to the NRL series in which the RO's shoot the whole course of fir…
 
Wind, the great equalizer of the long range shooter. Many of us are humbled by it on a daily basis, regardless if we’re professionals or novices. We’re overdue for a technical topic so in this episode Caylen and Phil tackle this phenomenon and talk about their process for interpreting the wind and using that information to derive a correction. They…
 
We hosted a very special guest for this episode, the member of the Modern Day Sniper team that makes it all run behind the scenes, Mrs. Kassandra Wojcik. Kass, Caylen, and Phil discuss the beginnings of MDS and how Kass’s knowledge of technology helped establish the Modern Day Sniper Schoolhouse. The statement of “there is no mindfulness behind the…
 
In this episode, Caylen and Phillip circle back around to their "Why?" They talk about the progression of Modern Day Sniper and the building of the "Modern Day Rifleman" community and why it's important to them. Caylen and Phillip dive deep into the "Why?" they do what they do on social media, podcasts and In-Person courses. Modern Day Rifleman Net…
 
Caylen and Phillip are back together in Yakima for a few weeks of June. They're just coming off their Win at the Granite Creek Sniper Challenge hosted in Montana underneath the Rifleman's Team Challenge. They bested over 40 teams, which some of them have years of experience shooting together. With this being Caylen and Phillip's first time shooting…
 
Caylen and Phil invite the hilarious and articulate David Baker of the Just F’n Send It Podcast for another conversation on all things in life, kids growing up, and balancing activities. Caylen and Phil discuss some past law enforcement sniper and open enrollment classes and the teaching points from them, as well as a recap on some matches that wer…
 
Caylen and Phil discuss some of the recent matches they participated in and connect those experiences to how they view their own personal progression as riflemen and evaluate what is truly possible with a rifle in the year 2021. They discuss the mental and emotional aspects of evaluating personal performance, and ways to keep the mind in check by p…
 
Caylen and Phil are competing at the NRL Gemstate match in Idaho and debriefing their performance after day 1. With them, is Patrick Lorenzo who served as a Scout Sniper in 3/7 from 2007-2011 and deployed with them to Sangin for their Afghanistan deployment. Patrick talks about his experiences as a combat Sniper and what he’s currently up to today …
 
We’re back with our weekly drops with an episode that many have asked for, and we’re happy to bring Cody Carroll back to the podcast to discuss the topic of fieldcraft. Fieldcraft is a large subject and Caylen, Phil, and Cody discuss the wavetops of the core competencies, and setting the stage for future episodes that will be focused on specific ta…
 
We’re joined by a special guest this episode, Brian Bear Butler. We’re about to celebrate our 1-year anniversary and we thought it fitting to have Brian on as a guest to discuss how Modern Day Sniper’s foray into the digital space occurred, what the past year has brought us in terms of both business and personal development, and a look into where w…
 
Caylen and Phil are down in Volusia County for the beginning of their 2021 In-Person training season. In this podcast, they recap on the launch of their subscription service, Modern Day Rifleman/Sniper Monthly in which the first two topics of discussion were “Rifle Set Up” with Phil and “What It Means To Be Kind To Yourself” with Caylen. They talk …
 
In this podcast Phil brings on a special guest and good friend to Modern Day Sniper, Pete Kneip. Pete is the owner of Precision Shooting Solutions who fabricates moving targets. Pete and Phil discuss Western Precision Rifle and the concept of building up the shooting community in the Montana and Wyoming area. They talk about the "Why another shooti…
 
In this episode, Caylen and Phil talk about the recent matches that Caylen has attended. Caylen talks about his mental focus versus performance. They discuss their individual Shooter's Journal and Phil goes over his "Rifleman's List" in preparation for the release of the subscription service. Both Caylen and Phil have done Chris Way's KRAFT Challen…
 
In this episode, Phil and Caylen bring on Tristan Ivkov and Max Miller who are snipers in the Colorado National Guard and are the recent winners of the Winston P Wilson Sniper Match held by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center. They talk about what set them up for success for winning their division and what they experienced during the co…
 
Caylen and Phil are back on the mic talking about an upcoming live webinar that Caylen will be hosting, the year in review and a recent military course they taught for the Marines of 4th Reconnaissance Battalion down at Rifles Only with Jacob Bynum and Lindy Sisk. The course debrief points talk about training scars imparted on both the body and the…
 
Caylen and Phil jump right into the mix of things opening the discussion on training, mission statements, definitions, what it means to be a volunteer, and debrief bits from the recent Advanced Law Enforcement course in south Florida last week. They discuss some upcoming events and releases such as the pre-release of the 2021 schedule and new onlin…
 
Caylen and Phil are in Rocky Mount, VA for their PR101 and Positional Clinic at Pigg River. They talk about the Pigg River Precision Facility and the true southern hospitality they've received since coming to Virginia. The Modern Day Sniper team talks about the current class and the different backgrounds the students come from. Phil talks about his…
 
While Caylen is in the mountains chasing deer and bear, Phil takes up the mic to talk about some current events. Phil briefly discusses his podcast with Frank on the Everyday Sniper Podcast and congratulates Allison Zane for her first 2-Day national level match. Phil then dives into his current Tikka budget build rifle set up and how it's configure…
 
Caylen and Phil are back on the podcast doing a recap conversation on the last couple weeks of activity at Modern Day Sniper. Saying that they’ve had a lot going on is an understatement, and the conversation starts off talking about a recap of the Modern Day Rifleman Virtual Summit and extending thanks to everyone involved. The guys cover some poin…
 
In this episode we brought on special guests from the Army Sniper community, Christopher Roberts and Christopher Rance. Both Roberts and Rance have spent some time not only as Snipers but as instructors at the US Army Sniper School in Fort Benning, GA. At Modern Day Sniper, we want to ensure the term "Modern Day Sniper" doesn't just revolve around …
 
Modern Day Sniper hosts live podcast with Jacob Bynum of Rifle's Only, Frank Galli of Sniper's Hide, David Baker from Just F'n Send it Podcast, Hagen Dobrautz of Australia who is the Match Director, and Tom Fuller of Armageddon Gear (who is competing in it). September 01, 2020 starts the 1 year countdown for the start of the 23 day match that will …
 
In this episode, Caylen and Phil open up with some housekeeping items, such as our current In-Person class schedule from now until March 2021. On the books, we currently have classes in Yakima, Virginia, Texas, Florida and California! If you're interested in any of those please head to the Modern Day Sniper website to find out more information. The…
 
After a hiatus that lasted too long, Caylen and Phil are back at it with some big news; Phil is now an official member of the MDS team! The pair catch up on what they’ve been up to for the last month and a half which involved in-person classes, mentorship students, Phil’s budget Tikka build, Caylen’s American Rifle Company builds, an early fall bea…
 
Phil and Caylen are physically together for the first time to record a video podcast! On this episode they catch up on a few projects both are working on. Caylen talks about the new American Rifle Company actions he received, as well as some of the features of each action. Caylen shares the builds he plans on moving forward with each action. Phil t…
 
In this episode Phil and Caylen discuss a forum comment that questioned the validity of the fundamentals of marksmanship and “machismo” military stereotypes in the current state of precision shooting. The conversation covers topics such as trigger weights, modern competition rifles, and how the gear race has directed the sport of precision rifle to…
 
Caylen and Phil are back at it after a brief hiatus. This was an awesome episode of catch-up conversation and diving deep into some great topics. With the training season back into full swing, they talk about what it means to be a good student and the process of learning, which then rolls into what they define as a bad shooter, a good shooter, and …
 
After an unpleasant hiatus from our microphones (we sincerely apologize) we’re back at with an interview with Jacob Bynum, the creator of the future Assassin’s Way rifle match, entertaining questions from a Facebook Live question and answer session. Although things went well with the content and the questions, our technology skills need some work a…
 
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