July 24, 2020
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 talks about his “Tikka Budget Build” project he’s been wanting to work on for the longest time! Phil and Caylen talk about Modern Day Sniper’s Basic Law Enforcement Qualification and some of the challenges Phil faced when doing the qualification. Thanks for listening! Please share with a friend if you found value in this podcast! Modern Day Sniper Schoolhouse Rifle Safety Training: *NEW* FUNDAMENTALS COURSE: Schoolhouse: MDS:
July 3, 2020
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 be in it’s current form. Phil and Caylen debrief the Sniper’s Hide Cup from a couple weeks ago and discuss some mistakes and successes. *NEW* FUNDAMENTALS COURSE: Schoolhouse: MDS:
June 17, 2020
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 what separates those from a phenomenal shooter. The pair discusses other topics such as what it means to develop a standard, and how those standards are missing the mark in places around the community. They round up the conversations discussing what “line of white” means regarding the aiming process, and the new release of the Modern Day Sniper Fundamentals of Marksmanship course at the Online Schoolhouse.*NEW* FUNDAMENTALS COURSE: MDS:
June 10, 2020
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 and you can expect a better experience next go-round. In the end, Jacob answered a lot of questions; hypothetical, by third-party, and live feed via our Facebook Live event. Thanks to everyone for listening, and please reach out to Jacob direct if you have any questions! Schoolhouse: MDS:
May 22, 2020
We had a great opportunity to get to know Ryan Cleckner in this episode. Caylen and Ryan explore Ryan’s path as a US Army Ranger sniper and how he progressed within that community. Ryan talks about how he got himself into the Army’s sniper program and how the lessons he learned as a young Ranger translate to his career today as a firearms attorney and his newly established online venture, Gun University. We enjoyed getting to know Ryan, and you can be sure to hear more from him in the future! Gun University: MDS:
May 20, 2020
Brian the podcast editor here! Caylen and Phil are back! First part of the podcast they catch up on their lives and Phil has a some exciting news! Halfway in they start chatting about wind and shooting in the mountains. Near the end they get into the love for teaching, competition shooting and all highs & lows it comes with. Then they wrap it up with future topics and some updates. You don't want to miss this one!Schoolhouse:
May 13, 2020
With Phil getting the Gunwerks Long Range University training season started, we invited a great friend on the podcast, Mr. Len Waldron. Len is an accomplished outdoor writer, experienced rifle hunter, and the owner of a newly patented firearms lubricant, EDC CLP. During this podcast, Caylen and Len discuss the progression of the rifle hunter over the last decade, and how new rifles, optics, and most importantly bullet design and construction allow the modern rifle hunter to ethically and responsibly extend their effective range when pursuing game. They discuss some epic hunting trips and adventures of the past and how those experiences drive training to establish new baselines.EDC CLP Firearms Lubricant Pond Outdoors
May 6, 2020
In this episode, we host a special guest; Mr. Cody Carroll. Cody is a long-time friend of ours, and truly a wealth of information pertaining to all things regarding military operations, from strategic planning to executing small-unit guerrilla tactics. A true professional soldier and a lethal sniper, Cody has one of the most diverse military backgrounds of anyone we’ve ever met. He’s also a self-proclaimed libo hound, which we can verify with steadfast assuredness. Enjoy the listen!Cody: MDS:
April 29, 2020
In this episode Caylen and Phil build on the previous; going a bit deeper into their philosophy on the mindset of the sniper and the shooter. This time they dig into what it means to be a volunteer, and all the responsibility that comes with being a member of a volunteer unit. The conversation moves into touching on ego, what it is, and the cop out of telling someone to put their ego aside without fully understanding it’s meaning and how it affects performance. Schoolhouse:
April 26, 2020
In this episode Caylen and Phil discuss the release of the Modern Day Sniper online Schoolhouse, and dive into what it takes to be a sniper candidate, answering the question presented by lots of listeners. They discuss the mindset needed, the physical preparations, and the personality traits and ethos the organization is looking for. Schoolhouse:
April 15, 2020
Caylen and Phil invite some special guests to the show from Ridgeline Defense, Rudy Gonsior and Alex Hartmann. Rudy is a former US Marine, and a former US Army Green Beret who served on multiple tours overseas as an assaulter and a sniper, and Alex Hartmann is the president of Ridgeline Defense, a former US Marine, and a fellow Hunter of Gunmen who has also completed several deployments as a sniper. During this episode your hosts and guests discuss training philosophy and most importantly, what you should be looking for in a shooting instructor, how their curriculum is structured, and how important it is to vet that instructor. There’s lots of bits on mindset and training in this one, enjoy!Contact Rudy and Alex:
April 8, 2020
In this episode, Caylen and Phil dive into the fundamentals as they discuss ways to keep your skills sharp while you’re stuck at home. The conversation covers a lot of the small details on what you should be looking for in your shooting position by elevating your level of awareness of what’s really going on with your body while you work to obtain a solid shooting position. Lots of tips in this one on the finer details of marksmanship. They also cover the upcoming release of the Modern Day Sniper Online Schoolhouse, and some other new items on the horizon.
April 1, 2020
You asked about hand loading, so we listened! We have a special guest on the podcast who needs no introduction in the precision shooting world, Mr. Scott Satterlee. Scott is a renowned handloading “tinkerer”, and we wanted to go straight to the source for the latest information regarding handloading. Scott takes us through his process of brass preparation, when to trim and anneal cases, and his process for developing the load. There are mountains of information in this episode, so have a pen and paper handy! We’re really excited to have this opportunity to talk with Scott and to give you an opportunity to hear what he’s got to say. If you’re looking for more information on this, check out the link below to a recent article that Scott contributed to on the effects of bullet jump and accuracy written by the guys at the Precision Rifle Blog and Mark Gordon of Short Action Customs. We sincerely hope that this helps streamline your reloading process, spending less time at the bench and more time on the range.Scott Satterlee:
March 29, 2020
Caylen flies solo on this episode answering some listener questions. Before he dives in, he talks about the new online training courses coming together, a little deeper look into what it means to have “mindfulness behind the rifle,” and the benefits of a morning routine setting the precedence for your day. The Q&A was a great spread of questions, ranging from barrels, being wary of the man who only owns one rifle, reticles, external ballistics questions, and rifle fit. Caylen wraps it up talking about the importance of keeping a shooter’s journal and the impact it can have on your training progression.
March 25, 2020
In this episode Caylen and Phil jump back into the technical talk and touch on some big picture topics regarding external ballistics. They discuss the progression of our understanding of projectiles in flight, the different ballistic solvers, and some common misconceptions on the science that are still floating around in the community today. Expect to hear a lot more on this topic in coming episodes because there's so much to discuss! Wrapping up, they discuss a couple listener questions in a brief Q&A session.
March 18, 2020
Caylen and Phil host a special guest, Mr. Jacob Bynum of Rifle’s Only. During this conversation the trio discuss the progress of precision rifle competition, from its roots to where it is today and their individual philosophies on the sport as a whole. Jacob releases a totally new rifle match set for the fall of 2021, and for those of you looking for a new flavor of competition this is an episode you’ll not want to miss!Jacob's Links:
March 11, 2020
In this episode Caylen and Phil discuss their individual versions of the shooter's checklist, and how following a checklist puts you on a path to achieving unconscious competence. They break the checklist down into three parts; the body position, the rifle, and the recovery process after the shot occurs. They also discuss personal accountability and how a shooter's checklist will prevent you from making common mistakes and forgetting critical steps in the process of the shot.
March 8, 2020
In this episode Caylen and Phil go into a free-flowing conversation that encompasses mindset, the phases of consciousness as it relates to the learning process, setting intentions, meditative states while shooting, and ultimately asking the question about what's really possible with a rifle. A different flavor than that of the recent technical conversations, we enjoyed this flow.
March 1, 2020
For those that have been with Caylen and I since day 1, it has usually been 2 passionate snipers talking about their craft. For this episode Phil brings in Mike Lilly as a guest. Mike Lilly was one of Caylen's students back in 2009 when Mike first got into precision rifle. We talk about his journey of starting as a long range enthusiast to becoming a competitive precision rifleman and his "Why?" I truly enjoy talking to Mike off-line about his experience from being a competitive golfer and how the mental aspect is completely relatable to being a competitive precision rifle shooter. We hope you enjoy this episode!https://moderndaysniper.com
February 26, 2020
In this episode Caylen and Phil continue their discussion from episode 0005 and they dive into the technology that surrounds modern day sniping, and how that technology affects what we do as shooters. They discuss data management, Maximum Point Blank Range, Optimum Point Blank Zero, danger space, and how those skills translate into being an effective shooter under stress. They wrap up the conversation by answering a listener question on cold bore shots, and knowing your DOPE from memory. Lots of great tidbits of technical knowledge, and one that you should probably listen to more than once.
February 23, 2020
With Caylen on vacation, Phillip takes the mic and goes over some of his frequently asked questions he gets on his social media platforms during this podcast. How to prepare for your first competition, finding a mentor in the long range community and his thoughts on .308 versus 6.5 Creedmoor for your first long range set up. We hope you enjoy this type of podcast and if you do, expect to have more! Thanks again for the support everyone and keep your face on the gun!
February 19, 2020
Welcome back to another episode of the Modern Day Sniper Podcast! In this episode Caylen and Phil touch on some more mindfulness behind the rifle and touch on a new hunting oriented tripod from Really Right Stuff before they take a dive into the meat of the episode. Caylen discusses some points of interest from teaching a military course that covers the T3 reticle, the Hornady 4DOF ballistic solver, and a pretty in-depth discussion on wind and how to assign your rifle a wind speed constant. They wrap it up with what's an acceptable sight picture and the differences between combat shooting and competitive shooting.
February 12, 2020
During this episode Caylen and Phil start the conversation off with what it means to have “mindfulness behind the rifle”. Caylen is in Boise, ID teaching a group of Marine snipers and they discuss the importance of rifle setup and the process that Caylen is taking the Marines through with their new Mk 13 mod 7 300 Winchester Magnum rifles. Lots of great technical information in this episode that many shooters overlook.
February 5, 2020
Phil in the hot seat!This episode Caylen swaps hot seats with Phil as we learn about Phillip Velayo and his journey from youth to Junior ROTC, the decision to join the Marines, into the scout/sniper pipeline, and then his perspective on his new life beyond the uniform as a professional long range shooting instructor. Phil’s path couldn’t be more opposite from Caylen’s but the commonality between them is clearly defined between the lines, which is what makes our community of snipers so strong.
January 29, 2020
In this episode Caylen is in the hot seat as he discusses his journey as a sniper and takes a deep look into the driving factors that caused him to follow the path that was laid. Starting from his youth, he takes us through how he taught himself long range shooting, his military service, then the life beyond, leading up to the genesis of Modern Day Sniper.
January 21, 2020
Welcome to the first episode of the Modern Day Sniper podcast!Your hosts Caylen Wojcik and Phil Velayo discuss what Modern Day Sniper is all about and provide you with an in-depth look at the “what” and the “why” behind Modern Day Sniper. They discuss their perspectives on where the community is and what it truly means to progress without forgetting where you came from.
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