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An Official Journal of the NRA:  The Armed Citizen, 05/20/2024: Law-Abiding Citizens Using Their Second Amendment Rights In Self-Defense

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Refuse To Be A Victim—More Relevant Than Ever, June 6, 2024; NRA American's First Freedom

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Supreme Court rules for NRA in New York government coercion battle, May 30, 2024; NBC News

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Can You Take a Gun on Your Summer Vacation?, May 28, 2024;NRA Women

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Fundamentals of Handgun Marksmanship, May 9, 2024; Guns & Ammo

bullet NRA Wins Historic Victory For America’s Veterans, April 16. 2024; NRA American's First Freedom
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When It's Time To Go Hand-to-Hand, April 10, 2024; NRA Shooting Illustrated

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Here’s What AI Says About Gun Control, April 6, 2024; NRA America's 1st Freedom

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Defensive Handgun Fads & Facts, March 14, 2024; Gun Digest

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5 Mistakes Non-NRA-Certified Instructors Make, March 18, 2024; NRA Women

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Constitutional Carry Is Now The Law In 29 States, March 12, 2024; NRA Shooting Illustrated

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Can You Use a Field Shotgun for Home Defense?, February 28, 2024; NRA Family

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How (& Why) You Should Keep Both Eyes Open While Shooting | NRA Family

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Second Amendment supporters owe Wayne LaPierre a debt of gratitude, Washington Times

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Gun Crime Declined After Constitutional Carry Adoption, Ohio Study Finds, February 1, 2024; NRA American Rifleman

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94% of Mass Public Shootings Occur in No Gun Zones, CrimeResearch.org

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Why You Need a Round in the Chamber, November 17, 2023; NRA Women

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Why More Americans are Embracing Their Rights, November 17, 2023; NRA America's 1st Freedom

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Four Versatile Handgun Loads, October 27, 2023; Gun Digest

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The Myth That Guns Cause Crime, October 23, 2023; NRA-ILA

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Judge orders New York to dole out nearly half million in legal fees to NRA; Fox News

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Do You Need Snap Caps For Dry Fire Practice?, October 1, 2023; NRA Shooting Illustrated

bullet What NRA Instructors Are Seeing, July 22, 2023, NRA America's First Freedom
bullet Understanding Cartridge Headspace, September 14, 2023, NRA Women
bullet Preparing for a Basic Pistol Class, September 12, 2023, NRA Shooting Illustrated
bullet Four Carry Positions: How Well Do They Work?, August 27, 2023; Handgunsmag.com
bullet You Are Responsible For Your Own Safety, August 19, 2023; NRA Shooting Illustrated
bullet Smith & Wesson Equalizer: Full Review, August 11, 2023; Guns & Ammo
bullet Why I Carry: Starting Out In Armed Self-Defense, August 12, 2023; Guns & Ammo
bullet Understanding Rifle Barrels—Groovy!, August 7, 2023; NRA Women
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Criticism of the NRA Isn't Completely Fair, July 31, 2023; Portland Press Herald Letter To The Editor

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When A First Gun Comes Home, July 24, 2023; NRA America's 1st Freedom

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Handguns 101: Understanding Felt Recoil, July 24, 2023; NRA Women

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Situational Awareness and Risk Levels, CrossBreed Blog

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Constitutional Carry - What You Need To Know, CrossBreed Blog

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Traffic Stop Best Practices, June 21, 2023; US LawShield

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Raising Congizance of Jugging Crimes and Situational Awareness, June 27, 2023; US LawShield

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Home Defense Guns: How To Choose The Right One, April 15, 2023; NRA American Rifleman

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Why The Shotgun Is Best For Home Defense, June 26, 2023; NRA Shooting Illustrated

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The "Assault-Weapon" Lie, NRA America's 1st Freedom

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NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program, June 12, 2023; NRA American's 1st Freedom

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Four Reasons For The Crime Increase, May 21, 2023; NRA American's 1st Freedom

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Guns in 42% of Homes With More Female Owners than Ever, May 16, 2023; NRA Shooting Illustrated

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Less-Lethal Self-Defense Products, May 14, 2023; NRA Shooting Illustrated

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First-Time Gun Owners More Diverse, Younger, May 14, 2023; NRA American Rifleman

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Safety Practices for On and Off the Range, May 12, 2023; NRA Women

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Range Dilemma: What to Do If Someone’s Being Unsafe, April 24, 2023; NRA Women

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Work Less: The Case for Using Red-Dot Sights, April 7, 2023; Guns & Ammo

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Critical Defense Skills, March 15, 2023; NRA Shooting Illustrated

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The Well Armed Woman's Top 10 Guns of 2022, March 20, 2023; NRA Women

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Crime Facts the Mainstream Media Doesn't Want To Report, February 24, 2023, NRA 1st Freedom

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CDC Data Shows Constitutional Carry States Have Fewer Total and Gun-Related Homicides, October 4, 2022, The Truth About Guns

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Pistol Shooting Positions: Weaver vs. Isosceles, March 14, 2023; Ammoland

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Do Pistols Need a Break In Period?, March 6, 2023, NRA Shooting Illustrated

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Spring Cleaning and Maintenance: Keeping Your Handgun, Storage & Carry Holster In Top Shape, Rounded

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Notes on Practical Handgun Carry, February 27, 2023, NRA American Rifleman

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What To Expect When You Buy Your First Gun, February 21, 2023, NRA Women

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How To Win A Gun Fight, February 21, 2023, NRA Shooting Illustraded

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8 Great Optics-Ready 9 mm Defensive Handguns, NRA Shooting Illustrated

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Self Defense Myths, NRA Shooting Illustrated

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Best Distance to Zero a Pistol-Mounted Red Dot, NRA Shooting Illustrated

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The Secrets to Shooting Micro Compact Pistols, December 28, 2022 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)

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5 Common Grip & Stance Mistakes, December 1, 2022 (NRA American Rifleman)

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Range Safety Do's & Don'ts, October 26, 2022 (NRA Women)

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How To Properly Grip A Pistol, October 7, 2022 (Guns & Ammo Handguns)

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Recognizing and Interpreting Pre-Attack Indicators, October 3, 2022 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)

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Mental Focus vs Mental Awareness, September 28, 2022 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)

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Knife Defense Techniques for Armed Citizens, September 25, 2022 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)

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Shooting From Retention, September 12, 2022 (Guns & Ammo)

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The Most Important Shot, September 12, 2022 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)

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Over 1 Million Use Firearms To Protect Themselves Yearly, September 7, 2022 (Washington Examiner)

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The Most Common Mistakes In Your Drawstroke, September 1, 2022 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)

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5 Great Pepper Spray Options, September 3, 2022 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)

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Choosing An Everyday Pistol, August 31, 2002  (NRA Shooting Illustrated)

bullet The Keys To Successful Speed Shooting, August 17, 2022 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)
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The Real Impact of NRA Training, August 23, 2022 (NRA Women)

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SIG SAUER 9MM, 115gr, Elite Ball, FMJ Product Warning and Recall Notice

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Accidental or Negligent?, August 19, 2022 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)

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NRA School Shield Grant Program Now Accepting School Security Project Applications, August 9, 2022 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)

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Some of the Best and Worst Quotes from a House Committee's Atempt To Go After Gun Manufacturers, August 6, 2022 (NRA American's Freedom)

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Why & How You Should Learn To Shoot One-Handed, August 4, 2022 (NRA Family)

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Concealed Carry: It's About to Get Real, July 20, 2022 (NRA Women)

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Best Concealed Carry Handguns For Women (2022), June 27, 2022 (Gun Digest)

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What This Supreme Court Second Amendment Decision Means For American Freedom

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SCOTUS Ruling on New York Case Has National Implications, June 23, 2022 (Guns & Ammo)

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Concealed Carry Options for Shooters with Disabilities (Crossbreed Holsters)

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5 Critical Mistakes Made by Defensive Gun Owners, April 10, 2018 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)

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Rethinking The Second Amendment, June 4, 2022 (Dr. Naomi Wolf Substack)

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Correcting Common Handgun Shooting Problems, June 1, 2022 (Cheaper Than Dirt)

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Develop Good Shooting Skills, May 23, 2022 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)

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The Statistical Truth About the Impact of Constitutional Carry, May 23, 2022 (NRA America's 1st Freedom)

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4 Rules for Surviving Condition Red, May 19, 2022 (NRA Women)

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2022 BATFE Report Highlight Handgun Trends, June 7, 2022 (NRA American Rifleman)

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The How and Why of Training Under Pressure, June 1, 2022 (NRA Women)

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Four Reasons You May Want a Red Dot On Your Next Handgun, May 4, 2022 (NRA Women)

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How To Fix Your Follow Through, May 11, 2022 (Popular EDC)

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The Follow-Through Fallacy, May 3, 2022 NRA Shooting Illustrated

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Zero Problems with Zeroing Your Rifle, April 22, 2022 (Gun Digest)

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5 Signs of A Good Instructor, April 21, 2022 (NRA American Rifleman)

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Carry Concealed - It's A Way Of Life, April 19, 2022 (Cheaper Than Dirt)

bullet A Person Has The Right To Come To The Door With a Firearm, April 5, 2022 (Ammo Land)
bullet How and Why You Should Keep Both Eyes Open When Shooting, March 23, 2022 (NRA Family)
bullet What Your Pistol Target is Telling You, March 21, 2022 (NRA Family)
bullet Get The First Round On Target, March 16, 2022 (NRA Shooting Illustraded)
bullet Learning From Mistakes & Failures, February 27, 2022 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)
bullet Handbook: Carrying a Firearm In Your Vehicle, February 8, 2022 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)
bullet 4 Best Concealed Carry Positions, Pros & Cons, February 3, 2022 (NRA Family)
bullet Firearms Training The Israeli Way, October 27, 2021 (Firearms News)
bulletAnti-Gun Businesses (Updated September 2020)
bullet 5 Sure-Fire Training Drills For Your Concealed-Carry Pistol, September 14, 2020 (NRA Family)
bullet Q&A: Massad Ayoob On Self-Defense In 2020 America, September 10, 2020 (Gun Digest)
bullet Best 1911 Pistol Options For Concealed Carry (2020), September 9, 2020 (Gun Digest)
bullet These 10 Examples of Defensive Use of Second Amendment's True Purpose (The Daily Signal)
bulletFirst Time Gun Ownership On The Rise, September 8, 2020 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)
bullet Great Night Sites for Your Handgun. September 5, 2020 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)
bullet Concealed Carry Made Easy, September 4, 2020 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)
bullet NRA-ILA Announces Partnership with 6 Companies for $1 Million Match Campaign
bullet 5 Steps To Improve Your Dry-Fire Routine, August 29, 2020 (NRA American Rifleman)
bullet Tips On How To Easily Repair Dry Firing Damage, August 28, 2020 (NRA Shooting Sports)
bullet Great Primer Shortage of 2020, August 12, 2020 (Guns & Ammo)
bullet Ammo Update: Panic Buying Continues, August 6, 2020 (Guns & Ammo)
bullet Mantis X10 Elite: Training Speed and Accuracy, July 21, 2020 (Gun Digest)
bullet Secrets of Handgun Grip, July 12, 2020 (NRA Family)
bullet Skills Check: The Wizard Drill, July 9, 2020 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)
bullet Should You Prep the Trigger?, July 8, 2020 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)
bullet Gun Background checks hit record high in June, July 2, 2020 (Fox News)
bullet Minneapolis Not-So-Nice: Armed Security for City Council, Not Citizens, June 30, 2020
bullet Trigger Control: How to Make Every Shot Count, June 30, 2020 (NRA Family)
bullet Get a Grip (Angle, That Is), June 11, 2020 (NRA Family)
bullet Practicing for Concealed Carry, NRA Family, May 31, 2020
bullet First-Time Gun Buyer Explain How Cornoavirus Changed Their Politics (Washington Beacon)
bullet Tips & Techniques: Safe Gun Holstering, NRA American Rifleman, May 2, 2020
bullet CCW Gun Maintenance: 7 Must-Know Tips, NRA American Rifleman, May 1, 2020
bullet Legal Information for Concealed-Carry Permit Holders, NRA Family, May 1, 2020
bullet 7 Pistol Shooting Tips for People With Arthritis, NRA Family, April 28, 2020
bullet How & Why You Should Keep Both Eyes Open While Shooting, NRA Family, April 22, 2020
bullet Dry Fire Practice, Guns & Ammo, April 22, 2020
bullet Top 5 Cleaning Tips to Keep Your Pistol Pristine, NRA Shooting Sports USA, April 21, 2020
bullet Cleaning Guns for Accuracy, Guns & Ammo, April 21, 2020
bullet What to Look for in a Trainer, NRA Shooting Illustrated, April 19, 2020
bullet The NRA: Your Resource for Firearm Training & Knowledge, April 15, 2020 (NRA American Rifleman)
bullet The Key To High Performance Shooting, April 5, 2020
bullet COVID-19: How to remove gloves safely, March 31, 2020
bullet President Trump Declares Gun Stores Critical, March 29, 2020 (NRA-ILA)
bullet New Gun Owner Guide: Cleaning, Shooting & Storage, March 24, 2020 (NRA American Rifleman)
bullet Stuck at Home? Dry-Fire Training Devices, March 23, 2020 (NRA Shooting Sports)
bullet New Gun Owner Guide: 3 Essential First Steps, March 20, 2020 (NRA American Rifleman)
bullet Skills Check: Handgun Red-Dot Sighting Skill, March 17, 2020 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)
bullet 5 CCW Tips for Older Armed Citizens, March 6, 2020 (NRA American Rifleman)
bullet What to Look for in a Holster, February 28, 2020 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)
bullet DOJ Study on Gun Show Loophole, February 27, 2020 (Freedom's Lodge) with PDFs
bullet Choosing A Holster to Fit the Fight, January 26, 2020 (Personal Defense Network)
bullet 1911 Pistols & Safe Concealed Carry: How-to NRA Family, July 10, 2019
bullet After A Defensive Shooting: What To Do, May 28, 2019 (NRA Family)
bullet Self-Defense Behind The Wheel, January 29, 2019 (NRA Family)

VIDEOS:

bulletConcealed Carry Hero Who Stopped Mass Shooting Drops TRUTH BOMB on Biden & His Gun Control
bullet Drawing With A Cover Garment (Recoil TV, Jamey Caldwell)
bullet Non-Lethal Self Defense (Personal Defense Network, Ron Pincus)
bullet Understanding the Need for High Capacity Magazines (Personal Defense Network, Ron Pincus)
bullet Closed Vs. Open Pistol Optics, (Personal Defense Network, Ron Pincus)
bullet Gun Gear: Features to Look for in a AIWB Holsters, (NRA American Rifleman)
bullet Empty Chamber Carry, (Personal Defense Network, Ron Pincus)
bullet Best Gun Sights for Aging Eyes (Personal Defense Network, Ron Pincus)
bullet Grip your way to better recoil management, Concealed Carry.com
bullet Tips for New Shooters, NRA Shooting Sports USA
bullet Learn the Different Handgun Types, Guns & Ammo
bulletOne-Handed Shooting 5x5 Handgun Series (Mike Seeklander, YouTube)
bulletMastering the Draw Process, 5x5 Handgun Series (Mike Seeklander, YouTube)
bullet Know your gun safety rules (Guns and Ammo)
bullet Minimalist Holster (Personal Defense Network, Ron Pincus)

 

HOW-TO VIDEOS: Cleaning & Lubing

bullet How to Clean AR-15 Magazines: A Quick and Easy Guide, Article, July 20, 2020 (Guns.com)
bullet Glock 26 Cleaning in Under 10 Minutes (YouTube)
bullet Glock's Official Recommended Cleaning & Inspection (YouTube)
bulletSig Sauer P226 Cleaning (YouTube)
bulletSig Sauer P365 Quick Cleaning (YouTube)
bullet Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm Cleaning (YouTube)
bullet Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm Cleaning (YouTube)
bullet Springfield XD-9 Cleaning (YouTube)
bullet Shotgun Cleaning (YouTube)
bullet AK-47 Cleaning & Lube (YouTube)
bullet AR-15 Cleaning & Lube (YouTube)

Hope you've enjoyed these articles and videos. If you have any suggestions for articles or videos, please email me.

John Bottomley
NRA Certified Instructor & Training Counselor
Chief Range Safety Officer
Tampa, FL
(813) 787-7120

               

 

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