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Smith & Wesson Issues Safety Recall for M&P12 Shotguns, October 19. 2021 (NRA American Rifleman)


Why Tactical Pens Can Be So Effective, October 4, 2021 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)


Smith & Wesson Announces a Move to Tennessee, October 1, 2021 (Guns & Ammo)


Do Gun Safety Rules Stop at 3?, September 28, 2021 (NRA Women)


There Are Far More Defensive Gun Uses Than Murders. Here's Why You Rarely Hear of Them, (RealClearInvestigations, John Lott)


NRA Women's Instructors:  Dry Practice Saves Shooting Expertise, September 7, 2021 (NRA Women)


5 Things to Say When Talking to Your Kids About Guns, July 24, 2021 (NRA Women)


NRA Women's Instructors: Transforming Gun Owning to Gun Ownership, July 12, 2021 (NRA Women)


Constitutional Carry and Permitless Carry: Breaking Down The Pros & Cons, July 13, 2021 (


Trouble Carrying Your EDC With a Sidecar Holder, July 12, 2021 (


NRA Reopens Public Range Fund for Qualifying Projects, July 1, 2021 (NRA American Rifleman)


Mastering the Handgun: A Tried and True Method, November 1, 2020 (NRA American Rifleman)


Brandishing and When You Can Legally Display a Gun, June 24, 2021 (Gun Digest)


Survey Indicates Ammo Shortage Likely to Continue, June 1, 2021 (NRA American Rifleman)


4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Carry A Gun, May 20, 2021 (NRA Women)


Purse Carry, May 7, 2021 (NRA Women)


Seated Draw to Address A Threat, May 6, 2021 (Mike Hughes, Next Level Training)


3 Things You Must Have for Purse Carry, April 26, 2021 (NRA Women)

bullet 20 States Now Have Constitutional Carry, April 27, 2021 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)
bullet Why Eye Dominance Matters For Personal Defense, April 27, 2021, (NRA Shooting Illustrated)
bullet How To Build The Ultimate Range Bag, April 26, 2021 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)
bullet Biden's Executive Acton on Guns, April 8, 2021 (Guns and Ammo)
bullet Extending the Maximum Effectiveness of Your Everday Carry Pistol, March 25, 2021 (Guns and Ammo)
bullet 5 Low-Cost Training Methods for Shooters, March 20, 2021 (NRA American Rifleman)
bullet How To Master True Concealment with Everyday Carry, March 11, 2021 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)
bullet NRA & Police: More Than a Century Of Service, March 11, 2021 (NRA American Rifleman)
bullet 5 Great Types of Shotgun for Personal Defense, March 4, 2021 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)
bullet Red Dot Sights One of the Best Shooting Accessories for New Firearm Owners, January 19, 2021 (Guns & Ammo)
bullet Updated! List of Gun-Grabbers Who Don't Deserve Your Money, March 5, 2021 (Guns & Gadgets Daily)
bullet Red Dot Sights One of the Best Shooting Accessories for New Firearm Owners (Guns & Ammo)
bullet Biden's Two-Step Plan to Dismantle Gun Industry, NSSF, February 22, 2021 (Guns & Gadgets Daily)
bullet How To Welcome The Record Number of New Gun Owners, January 19, 2021 (NRA Shooting Illusatrated)
bullet 2020 Firearm Sales Hit An All-Time High, January 12, 2021 (NRA American Rifleman)
bullet Best Pistol Reviews to Find A Superb Semi-Auto, January 5, 2021 (Gun Digest)
bullet Six Best Revolvers for Home Defense, December 16, 2020 (Handguns Magazine)
bullet 2020 Ammo Shortage, Where Has All The Ammo Gone?, December 23, 2020 (Guns & Ammo)
bullet How To Read Handgun Performance Tables, December 7, 2020 (NRA Women)
bullet 5 Must-Have Accessories For Your Everyday Carry Revolver, December 5, 2020 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)
bullet Ammo Shortage Will Last Deep Into 2021, December 1, 2020 (NRA American Rifleman)
bullet How to Buy Guns From a Pawn Shop, November 20, 2020 (NRA Family)
bullet 8 Great Optics-Ready 9mm Defensive Handguns, November 16, 2020 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)
bullet Troubleshooting Your Targets: When Grouping Is Scattered, November 4, 2020 (NRA Women)
bullet The Truth About Assault Weapons, September 28, 2020 (NRA-ILA)
bullet The Secret to Becoming a Great Handgun Shooter, September 25, 2020 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)
bullet 10 Best Ways to Defend Yourself Against Civil Unrest, September 22, 2020 (NRA Shooting Illustrated)
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 Unboxing Your New Gun, March 26, 2019 (NRA Shooting Sports)
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)


bullet How to Grip A Pistol (Handguns Magazine)
bullet How to Safely Walk With an Unholstered Handgun (NRA Women)
bullet One Handed Shooting (Guns & Ammo Handguns Magazine)
bullet Empty Chamber Carry (Personal Defense Network, Ron Pincus)
bulletSmith & Wesson Gun Smarts, Videos for New Shooters
bullet Ultimate Technique to Racking A Semi-Auto's Slide (NRA Women)
bullet Defensive Shooting Standards Drill (Personal Defense Network, Ron Pincus)
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
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 Field-Strip an AR-15
bullet How to Clean AR-15 Magazines: A Quick and Easy Guide, Article, July 20, 2020 (
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



'I can tell you the probability of needing a firearm is remote, but it's more important to have a gun in your hand than a cop on the phone.'
- Sheriff Grady Judd, Polk County, FL




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