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https://www.gunssavelife.com/?page_id=68 CCRA/GSL member for 15 years and VP for almost as long. Lead instructor for GSL Defense Training with nearly 15-years experience as a handgun instructor and more recently rifle instructor as well, teaching hundreds of people (kids and adults like) basic firearm safety and handling skills. Editor emeritus of GunNews. Grew up in Hillsboro, IL. University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign Alumni. Works as an office manager during the day, publication editor at night and firearms instructor on the weekends. Firearm training junkie. Graduate of shooting schools taught by nationally-known instructors Massad Ayoob (Lethal Force Institute, 299/300 qualification score), John Farnam (Defense Training International), Pat Rogers (EAG Tactical), “Sully” Sullivan (Defensive Edge), John Krupa (Spartan Tactical Training Group, class top individual combined skills shooter), Frank Sharp (Fortress Defense), Steve Tarani and classes from numerous other regional and local instructors on firearms and defense topics as diverse as exhibition shooting (shooting trap with a rifle among other fun stuff), defensive knife, speed skills and first aid. United States Rifle Association Certified Instructor, Appleseed Intructor (in training), NRA Certified Rifle, Pistol and Personal Protection in the Home instructor. Teaches primarily with GSL Defense Training, but does 100% volunteer work for USRA, RWVA and the longest-running NRA Youth Shooting Camp in the USA, recently promoted to running the pistol line there. Married to guns and firearms training, and enjoys photography, flashlights, amateur radio as hobbies. Shares the home with three furry ferrets and a delightful woman who could do better than John. Terribly unlucky, John has tragically lost most of his guns and ammo in a series of boating accidents.


NORMAL, IL GUN BATTLE ON VIDEO: Bodycam video of gun battle from August 30, 2021

September 13, 2021
NORMAL, IL GUN BATTLE ON VIDEO:  Bodycam video of gun battle from August 30, 2021

Home carry can save lives.   On Monday, August 30th, a dementia-addled senior citizen went off the deep end in a mobile community on the very north side of Normal, Illinois.  Yes, the same Normal that is home to Illinois State University. Ron Reiner, 66, apparently started his rampage by killing his wife.  He then...
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Remembering September 11, 2001

September 10, 2021

Do you remember September 11th? While you and I do, plenty today do not.  Those college age and younger don’t have any recollection.  Even those in their mid- to late-twenties may have few if any memories of the day or its significance. I certainly remember it. It was on the Second Tuesday of September,...
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GETTING RANGE TIME in the era of ammo shortages

September 6, 2021

By John NaeseIn the back of your mind, you knew the day was coming. It was just a matter of the next horrible crime committed by a gun (of course, not by a criminal!), or the next time the perennial gun ban bill came close to passing. You knew the ammo would dry up...
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A BASTION OF IRON: How to survive this onslaught against tyranny

September 1, 2021

  In regione caecorum rex est luscusIn the Land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is King by Desiderius Erasmus, a GSL memberMany great military strategists throughout history were forced to fight from a position of disadvantage: the other guy was more powerful; sometimes the strategist had more than one adversary. Such was the...
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Dear Concealed Carry Training Students…

September 1, 2021

Twenty-one states with permitless carry prove on a daily basis that a lack of state-mandated firearms training and licensing to carry guns outside the home does not result in blood running in the streets. In a perfect world, all fifty states would recognize the 2nd Amendment as the only carry license needed. Alas we...
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DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION: US Army SSGT issues terroristic threats against American citizens on TikTok

August 27, 2021
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION:  US Army SSGT issues terroristic threats against American citizens on TikTok

One of Joe Biden’s “woke” US Army soldiers recently hopped onto the Tik Tok social media platform, while wearing her Army uniform, to issue some terroristic threats to her fellow Americans. Staff Sergeant Cindy Rena Bronson from El Paso, TX explained that if she’s deployed within America, her weapon will be pointed at you....
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Guns Save Life defends *everyone’s* right to self-defense

August 26, 2021
Guns Save Life defends *everyone’s* right to self-defense

by Dale LockGSL PresidentIf I see someone drowning in the Sangamon River, I don’t ask about preferred pronouns. I don’t care what color they are, who they voted for or who they worship. Instead, I would help them. It’s the righteous, noble and Christian thing to do. In America today, many blacks and other...
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How do you know when civil unrest has become full-on civil war?

August 26, 2021
How do you know when civil unrest has become full-on civil war?

How do you know if or when a second Civil War has arrived? Here’s a spectrum of events to watch for as our existing cold civil war turns hot. Eventually, as the violence comes closer and closer to home, even the clueless will figure out CW2 has begun, at least regionally. But don’t expect...
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Gear Review: Crimson Trace Lasersaddle LS-250G… Two thumbs up (along with a big grin)

August 26, 2021

I thoroughly enjoy my Mossberg Shockwave, but shooting it “from the hip” is fraught with danger when it comes to using it for personal defense. Initially, I mounted a Crimson Trace laser ahead of the foregrip to solve the problem.  And on that first range trip, while using Aguila “shorty” shells, it worked great....
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: September’s Springfield GSL meeting is CANCELLED. Other venues are a “GO!”

August 25, 2021
IMPORTANT NOTICE:  September’s Springfield GSL meeting is CANCELLED.   Other venues are a “GO!”

Initially, we moved our “first Monday” monthly GSL meeting at SCHEELS to 4pm as the store closes at 6pm in recognition of the Labor Day holiday.   As we’ve moved closer to the meeting date – and with what’s happening with the latest COVID and other factors – SCHEELS has asked us to cancel September’s...
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