The World's Best Hiking Tips from an Army Ranger

Recently on a Warrior Poet trip to Kenya, Evan and I (John Lovell) took a long hike with our group up the inactive volcano Mount Longonot. This 13-mile trek up to 9,000 feet reminded me of some easily-forgotten hiking basics that I learned as a soldier and Army Ranger.  In addition to making sure you carry the basics like plenty of hydration (PRO TIP: sip, don't chug, your water as you hik

Can Design Change the Gun World?

Historically, the tactical industry hasn’t been characterized by its iconic or original branding. Many 2A companies fall into the habit of adopting the same designs and symbols that consumers have come to expect from a business that touts masculinity and self defense. Commonplace are seemingly infinite renditions of tattered American flags, bald eagles, bullet holes, and shell casings.Warrior Poet…

The WPS Rifle Sling - Something Different

The WPS Rifle Sling is the result of decades of R&D on the battlefield of Afghanistan, Iraq, and other tactical environments.Early on in the global war on terrorism, before this huge industry blew up with a thousand options for how to customize a weapon, I just wasn’t impressed with what I was issued in the Rangers. This is why I started making my own rifle slings. I took a section of tubular nyl…

Why Wokism Is Causing Decay in America's Defenses

Recently I (John Lovell) had an opportunity to speak alongside other Special Operations guys at Turning Point's America Fest 2021 on Dec. 21. You can pick up pieces of it at Fox News or on the Turning Point YouTube channel. This gathering has important implications for the future of our country, and the many people who attended or watched the livestream can attest to just how encour

The #1 Reason Shooters Miss Their Targets

There's a lot of reasons new shooters miss their targets. I hear instructors talking about bad trigger control. "Quit jerking the trigger. Quit slapping the trigger. Etc." And it's true. Trigger control is a real issue among new shooters, but really it's just a symptom of another root cause. And honestly, even among experienced shooters (myself included) this root cause still causes me to miss

3 Reasons Your Husband Should Buy A Gun

I realize there's a lot of tension about guns in American culture, and it's understandable why any woman might be a little hesitant to allow a gun into her house. Especially with words like "semi-automatic assault rifle" floating free in our media and the scare about mass shootings and gun violence. But I'd like to suggest 3 reasons why your husband owning a gun might be a better idea that many

The Best Gun for Home Defense for New Shooters—Shotgun, AR-15, or Pistol?

Choosing the best gun for use in a home defense scenario depends on a number of factors, and each of these factors carries greater weight depending on your level of training and tactical experience. But let's say your wife is home with the kids and the door gets kicked in. Let's assume she's had very little training. What gun do you think she would most easily deploy to stop the intruder—a pisto

Are Millenials Trapped in Postmodern Antiphilosophy?

Warrior Poets are lovers of truth, lovers of people and defenders of both. I admit that what follows is a bit of a tirade that may not seem to have a lot of relevance to guns and home defense, 2nd Amendment, etc. But unless you know why you want to defend something or someone and have the will to actually fight on behalf of that belief, you're basically just a gun hobbyist. The drafters of t


The AR-15 excitement in recent years has created a surge among gun manufacturers to offer their own take on this style of rifle. That's made a variety of rifle builds available to buyers, including the high-end offerings of Daniel Defense as well as some high quality options that won't break the bank. John Lovell met with Chad and Eric at IV8888 to see what lower cost guns these guys have used a