Firearms Authors

Firearms authors are a compilation of writers who are experts on aspects of guns and shooting with author bios and links to their books.

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Dr. Alexis Artwohl (ad) – Alexis is a retired clinical and police psychologist. She provided traumatic incident debriefings to public safety personnel and citizens. Alexis co-authored two books, and she published research in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin and the Law Enforcement Executive Forum. She provided training to law enforcement since 1990, and she applies the lessons learned from police combat to CCW training. Alexis is the co-author of Deadly Force Encounters, Second Edition: Cops and Citizens Defending Themselves and others.

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Massad Ayoob (ad) – Massad is one of the pre-eminent fighting handgun trainers in the world. He operates the Lethal Force Institute, which trains both U.S. and international clients. His methods of reflexive, high speed yet accurate shooting has been adopted by the U.S. army as part of its standard pistol-training course. Massad has written books for Krause Publications, including Combat Handgunnery, The Gun Digest Book of Sig-Sauer, and The Gun Digest Book of Beretta Pistols.

Andrew F. Branca (ad) – Andrew is an expert on American self-defense law. He is an attorney, and he is an NRA-certified firearms instructor in pistol, rifle, and personal protection. Andrew is the co-author of Law of Self Defense. He states a chilling fact about self-defense. “Arm yourself for the legal battle that happens after an attack. The first fight is for your life – the second for your liberty.”

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Ryan Cleckner (ad) – Ryan was a special operations sniper team leader with the U.S. Army’s 1st Ranger Bn. He is a graduate of the Special Operations Target Interdiction Course (SOTIC), and he has taught snipers and police sharpshooters from around the world. Ryan has a series of online instructional videos that explain complex topics in simple terms. He is currently a firearms industry professional, an attorney, media personality, and owner of GunUniversity.com. Ryan is the author of Long Range Shooting Handbook.

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Jeff Cooper (ad) – (1920 – 2006). Jeff spent a long and active life reading, shooting, hunting, fighting and teaching. Internationally respected as the “Gunner’s Guru,” Jeff is a philosopher, moralist, and political commentator — a true modern Renaissance man. It is to the benefit of his readers that he developed the passion at an early age to write it all down. Jeff is the author of To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth.

Grant Cunningham (ad) – Grant is an author and teacher specializing in personal security and defensive shooting topics. His emphasis is on preparing ordinary citizens to efficiently deal with extraordinary circumstances. He teaches “real skills, for real people, living real lives.” Grant is co-author of Defensive Revolver Fundamentals, 2nd Edition: Protecting Your Life with the All-American Firearm.

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Kevin R. Davis (ad) – Kevin is a 33 year veteran of law enforcement. He was inducted into the National Law Enforcement Hall of Fame in 2019 as Trainer of the Year. Kevin is an expert in use of force, firearms, tactics and suspect control. He is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA). Kevin is the author of Use of Force Investigations: A Manual for Law Enforcement.

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Drew Estell (ad) – Drew served in Army Special Forces in various roles, deploying multiple times across the globe. After retiring from the military, he founded BAER Solutions LLC. Drew provides high-level firearms training to a variety of enthusiasts and professionals. They include military, police, competitive shooters, and hobbyists across the country. Drew is the author of Process and Progress Pistol Training: Proven Methods to Structure Your Practice.

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Tom Givens (ad) – Tom has more than four decades of experience as a firearms instructor. He has carried a gun professionally, in one form or another, for 50 years. He has trained private citizens, civilian and military police, intelligence and Special Forces. Tom has been involved in armed confrontations both as a police officer and as a private citizen. He has experienced how decent people, with proper training, can fight back and overcome criminal attacks. Tom is the author of Concealed Carry Class: The ABCs of Self-Defense Tools and Tactics.

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Julie Golob (ad) – Julie is one of the most accomplished professional shooters in the world. She has more than 150 championship titles in international, national and regional marksmanship competitions in 7 different shooting disciplines. Julie is a veteran of the elite U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, and she was named the U.S. Army Female Athlete of the Year. She is the first and only woman to claim national titles in all 7 practical shooting handgun divisions. Julie is the author of Shoot: Your Guide to Shooting and Competition (Blood Red Turns Dollar Green Book 2).

Steven Gregersen (ad) – Steven lives with his wife on a self-sufficient, off-grid homestead in the mountains of northwestern Montana. His writing is not based on research but on his experiences in life. Steven is a “hands on” type of guy. When there’s a new skill to be learned, he’s never content to just read or watch a Youtube video. He has to do it himself. When he writes of homesteading, shooting, reloading, hunting or any other topic, you can bet that he’s done it himself. Steven is the author of The Gun Guide for People Who Know Nothing About Firearms.

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Stephen P. Halbrook (ad) – Stephen is a legal scholar and historian on the Second Amendment. He has devoted fifty years to studying the right to keep and bear arms. Stephen holds a J.D. and a Ph.D. in philosophy, and he has argued cases before the Supreme Court. He is the author of The Right to Bear Arms: A Constitutional Right of the People or a Privilege of the Ruling Class?

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Dennis A. Henigan (ad) – Dennis is director of policy analysis and research at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. He’s a former vice president of the Brady Campaign and Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. For over twenty years, he was a leading advocate for stronger gun laws. Under his direction, Brady Center lawyers recovered millions of dollars in damages for gun violence victims. Dennis is the author of “Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People”: And Other Myths About Guns and Gun Control.

Richard A. (Dick) Hosmer (ad) – Dick has collected Springfield rifles since 1970. He began by specializing in the Allin “trapdoor” series, but he expanded his collection. Dick’s goal was a specimen of every long-arm produced at SA during the 1865-1895 time periods. This increased the interest of the collection; although, a few items remain out of reach. Dick is the author of More .45-70 Springfields, 1873 – 1893: The Uncommon, the Scarce and the Rare.

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David B. Kopel (ad) – David is Research Director of the Independence Institute in Denver, Colorado. He is the author of 17 books and over 100 scholarly articles. Topics include constitutional law, international law, criminal justice, technology, antitrust, media issues, and environmental policy. His research has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, lower federal courts, and state supreme courts. David is the author of The Truth About Gun Control.

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Bruce M. Lawlor (ad) – Bruce is a retired U.S. Army Major General. He was one of five White House staff members who wrote the plan to create the Department of Homeland Security. General Lawlor was the first DHS Chief of Staff. Bruce is the author of When Deadly Force is Involved: A Look at the Legal Side of Stand Your Ground, Duty to Retreat and Other Questions of Self-Defense.

Albert League (ad) – Albert is a personal security consultant and practical skills firearms expert. He has instructed law enforcement, military and federally contracted security personnel in the use of handgun, rifle and shotgun. His firearm training philosophy of uncompromising accuracy combined with practical techniques began in the United States Marine Corps. Albert is the author of The Perfect Pistol Shot: By a Former U.S. Marine Corps Firearms Instructor.

Greg Lickenbrock (ad) – Greg is a firearms analyst and technical advisor. He is dedicated to gun violence prevention and safety in the United States. He has contributed articles to firearm related magazines, including Combat Handguns and Guns of the Old West. Greg’s had the opportunity to attend training courses and test hundreds of firearms. He is the author of Safe Gun Ownership for Dummies.

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Bryan Litz (ad) – Bryan earned his Aerospace Engineering degree from Pennsylvania State University in 2002. For the next 6 years, he worked for the US Air Force on Air-to-air missile design, modeling and simulation. In November 2008, he left the government, and he became the Chief Ballistician for Berger Bullets. Bryan founded Applied Ballistics, and he has produced articles, books, and videos related to the science of long range shooting.

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John R. Lott Jr. (ad) – John is an economist with a background in politics, economics and gun rights advocacy. John is most famous for his view on gun rights, ownership, and the ability to carry a gun. His most well-known works include More Guns, Less Crime and The Bias Against Guns. He argues that the media covers only guns used for violence instead of guns used for defense. John believes this misrepresentation of gun use is unfair, and it is a key factor in misinformation of proper gun use in America.

Robb Manning (ad) – Robb loves everything guns — especially military surplus, tactical rifles, and handguns. He is the author of Glock Quick Reference Guide and Gun Digest Book of CZ. Robb is co-author of the Shooter’s Bible Guide to AR-15s, 2nd Ed with Doug Howlett. In 2010, Robb decided to put his lifelong love of guns to good use, and he became a freelance writer. He has written for AR Guns & Hunting Magazine, Predator Xtreme, Gun Digest Magazine and others.

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Paul Markel (ad) – Paul has been a United States Marine, police officer, and professional bodyguard. He has been published in periodicals and professional journals since 1993. An Amazon Best-Selling Author, Paul’s work covers a variety of topics. He is the host and founder of Student of the Gun Radio and Television. Paul is the author of The Martial Application of the Shotgun (Martial Application of Firearms Book 2).

Michael Martin (ad) – Michael is the Chief Instructor for the United States Concealed Carry Association. He is the author of Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals, Emergency First Aid Fundamentals, and Countering the Mass Shooter Threat. Michael is the creator of the Firearms Instructor Toolkit. It is now used by thousands of United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) instructors nationwide.

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Philip P. Massaro (ad) – Philip is the President of Massaro Ballistic Laboratories, LLC, a custom ammunition company. He’s been handloading ammunition for 20+ years, and he has loaded a wide range of pistol and rifle ammunition. They range from the lightest plinking loads through the heavy hitting cartridges designed for animals that are measured in tons. Philip is the author of Gun Digest 2023, 77th Edition: The World’s Greatest Gun Book.

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Tom McHale (ad) – Tom McHale is an author and Editor of American Handgunner magazine. He’s published seven books, most of which focus on Second Amendment topics, concealed carry, personal defense, and guns and shooting. Tom has published nearly 2,000 articles across a variety of publications. He serves as Director of Public Policy and Digital Media for American Constitutional Rights Union and ACRU Action Fund. Tom is the author of The Practical Guide to Guns and Shooting.

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Jenna Meek (ad) – Jenna is a self-defense instructor holding credentials from the Massad Ayoob Group and the NRA. She specializes in teaching firearms and self-protection. Jenna and her husband Jeff run Carry On Colorado, which is located in the greater Denver metro area. She is the co-author of  What You Don’t Know Can Kill You: How Most Self-Defense Training Will Put You into Prison or the Ground.

Phillip Peterson (ad) – Phillip is a federally licensed firearms dealer. He has more than 25 years of experience in military firearms and collectibles. Phillip is a certified master gunsmith, and he’s been a featured columnist for Gun Digest Magazine. He’s also the editor of Modern Gun Values and Gun Digest Buyer’s Guide to Tactical Rifles. Phillip is the author of Standard Catalog of Military Firearms, 9th Edition: The Collector’s Price and Reference Guide.

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Rob Pincus (ad) – Rob’s firearms courses emphasize EFFICIENCY and what really works during critical incidents. His ideas on training and tactics have been shared around the world through his role as a writer and Training Consultant. Rob’s specialty is progressive reality based training and fitting the fundamentals into the context of his diverse students’ environments.

Yehuda Remer (ad) – Yehuda grew up in an environment where guns were only seen in movies and TV. The only people allowed to actually use a gun were police officers. People would ask Yehuda, “How can you buy a gun? You have two children in the house! Aren’t you afraid of accidents?” Those questions were answered with two simple questions of his own. “Where do you suggest I teach my children about gun culture in America? Should I leave that to the media and Hollywood?” Yehuda is the author of Safety On: An Introduction to the World of Firearms for Children.

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Robert A. Sadowski (ad) – Robert is a best-selling author, and he has written hundreds of articles for gun magazines. Some of the magazines include Shooting Illustrated, Gun World, Ballistic, Gun Digest, Combat Handguns, Black Guns Annual and Tactical Life. Robert is the author of Shooter’s Bible Guide, 50 Guns that Changed the World and many others.

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Chris Sajnog (ad) – Chris is a retired Navy SEAL Master Firearms Instructor. He is one of the most experienced and respected firearms trainers in the world. Chris was hand-selected to develop the training program for the US Navy SEAL Snipers. He is a federal and state certified firearms instructor, and he has trained DOD, DHS, FBI, CIA, and law enforcement. Chris is co-author of  How to Shoot Like a Navy SEAL: Combat Marksmanship Fundamentals.

Dustin Salomon (ad) – Dustin is a former naval officer and member of the Naval Academy Combat Pistol Team. He is a certified law enforcement firearms instructor in multiple disciplines. Dustin is the Founder of Building Shooters Technology LLC. It applies cutting-edge scientific research to develop improved training tools and methods for tactical applications. He is the author of Building Shooters: Applying Neuroscience Research to Tactical Training System Design and Training Delivery.

Jim Supica (ad) – Jim is an expert on antique and collectible firearms. He is the owner of Supica Consulting LLC and https://GunHeritage.com. Jim is the Editor of the leading illustrated gun price guide, Standard Catalog of Firearms. He’s a past Director of the NRA Museums Division where he oversaw the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia. Jim is the author or co-author of eight firearms books and numerous articles. They include the all-time best-selling gun book Illustrated History of Firearms and Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson.

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Bryce M. Towsley (ad) – Bryce is a world-traveling hunter. He competes in several shooting disciplines, including 3-gun, IDPA and USPSA. He’s been a full time writer for decades, and he’s published hundreds of articles in outdoor and gun magazines. Bryce has published six hunting or gun related books and contributed to several others. He is the author of Gunsmithing Modern Firearms: A Gun Guy’s Guide to Making Good Guns Even Better.

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Brandon Webb (ad) – Brandon is a combat decorated Navy SEAL sniper. As a U.S. Navy Chief, he was head instructor at the Navy SEAL sniper school. His first assignment was a helicopter Search & Rescue (SAR) swimmer and Aviation Warfare Systems Operator. Brandon is a New York Times Bestselling author. He is a co-author of Navy SEAL Sniper: An Intimate Look at the Sniper of the 21st Century.

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Glen D. Zediker (ad) – Glen is the owner of Zediker Publishing, which focuses on providing insight and information to serious riflemen. Established in the industry since 1989, Zediker Publishing has produced  highly-regarded and successful books. It has tens of thousands of sales to customers around the world. Glen is a foremost authority on both the “precision side” and “practical side” of rifles and ammunition. He’s regarded as one of the world’s authorities on hand loading.

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