Matt Sampson

Matt Sampson

Commerce Reporter

Matt Sampson is a commerce reporter for Task and Purpose and The Gear Locker, and a contributing writer for The Drive, and Car Bibles, covering everything gear and tech-related. He lives in Fredericksburg, VA or Richmond, VA, depending on the day.


  • Expertise and interests include individual tactical gear, military history, weapons history, watches, cooking, and running.
  • Enjoys writing articles roasting ridiculous gear, writing comprehensive articles to answer simple questions, and fighting against the military culture of using only what you’re issued.
  • Previous work experience: The Rappahannock Review, Hifi Pig Magazine, Marine Corps Systems Command



Matt has been interested in tactical gear since 2014, and military history since before he could remember. He submitted his first article for professional publication in 2015. Since then, he’s written in three different disciplines, enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve as a Forward Observer, wrote one of the top 10 most-read articles of 2021 for Task and Purpose, and traveled to Las Vegas for SHOT Show 2022.


Matt graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a Bachelor’s Degree in creative writing in 2018.

Words of Wisdom

“Nobody cares what you know, unless they know that you care”

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