Founder & Editor
Practical Pistol, 3-gun/multi-gun, Hunting
There are weekend shooters and hobbyists but for mcb-homis.com founder Matthew Birch it is a lifestyle. Growing up in Alabama gave Matt ample opportunity to explore the wilds and gain a deep understanding and respect for the sport of hunting.
Before he hit his teenage years, Matt had taken deer, turkey, wild hog and numerous small game from the woods around his home. As his passion grew, he began to travel the Eastern U.S. for more hunting opportunities. While this love of the outdoors still exists, it was just the tip of the iceberg for what was to come.
Matt became committed to defensive firearms when he hit his late teenage years and his early 20s saw him competing in numerous shooting sports from IDPA to NSSF Three-Gun. He even tinkered with NRA F-Class long range.
While he is always hesitant to call himself a professional shooter, his experiences have put him well above the curve in most defensive shooting challenges. This culminated in taking several professionally taught shooting classes from a number of schools across the country.
Still the consummate outdoorsman and firearms proponent, nothing pleases Matt more than sharing his knowledge and experiences with others. At his home range he can often be found giving tips and pointers when requested and offering impromptu seminars on the use and care of firearms.
If it has to do with guns, it is likely that Matt has tried his hand at it. This covers reloading, firearms modification, collecting and even a little gunsmithing. This lifelong pursuit is the guiding light behind mcb-homis.com.
Meet Our Team
Contributors & Writers
Geoff has a background in professional game and deer management, he has put his years of experience to good use and now lectures at Hartpury College, one of the UK’s leading providers of land based education. He specialises in training game and wildlife managers who will go on to work in professional game management, conservation and other outdoor professions. He has been teaching at colleges for eight years and in that time has worked at some of the most prestigious land based colleges in Britain.
He has also worked in lead instructor roles at outdoor education centres and as manager of outdoor centres in Norfolk and Scotland and has also operated his own bushcraft and survival skills training companies for many years. He specialises in providing training in bushcraft, survival skills, wild food, and woodcraft.
A keen traveller Geoff has honed his survival skills in New Zealand and Scandinavia as well as his native Britain. He speaks fluent Swedish after spending several years there and has proven his bushcraft ability on many expeditions. Several of these expeditions were on long distance trails in the UK to raise money for Whizz Kidz a charity that supports disabled children, Geoff has hiked over 2000 miles in aid of this charity.
Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record setting 11 months at sea. He’s trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines and the Afghan National Army. He serves as an NRA certified pistol instructor and teaches concealed carry classes.
Eric grew up hunting, fishing, and roaming the hills of the Easter U.S. and has dedicated himself to becoming a well-rounded outdoorsman. Anytime there is an opportunity for a little fishing or a morning spent hunting, you will find him in the woods. In his off time, he teaches a variety of outdoor skills including land navigation and basic survival. Recently a Search and Rescue member, he has begun learning the ancient art of human tracking in a variety of terrains.
When he isn’t outdoors, Eric frequently writes about the outdoors and interacts heavily with a number of online communities dedicated to backcountry camping, conservation, trapping, and survival skills. He is dedicated to preserving the old ways rather than taking on technology to solve problems.
I'm Joe O'Brien,
Lifelong Scholar of Military and Firearms History.
15+ years of Retail Firearms Industry experience
Appraiser of Firearms and Military AntiquesATF trained in Firearms Regulatory Compliance.
Avid Historical Researcher.
Bachelor's Degree in History with Emphasis on Asian and African History.
Association of the United States Army Distinguished Scholar Award Winner.
Certified Glock and Smith & Wesson Armorer