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My expertise lies in Defensive Handgun Training as well as Arizona Concealed Carry Weapons Permit and Utah Concealed Firearms Permit related issues. I do not provide legal opinions or solutions. This area of expertise is best left to the legal professionals (Attorneys). Generally speaking, any technical questions on gun values should be directed to gun dealers and/or collectors.

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NRA Certified Firearms Instructor Arizona Department of Public Safety Certified Firearms Instructor Utah Department of Public Safety Certified Firearms Instructor Advanced M26 Taser & X26 Taser Certified Chief Instructor Certified Glock Armorer Instruct and certify thousands in Firearm Safety & Marksmanship, Defensive Handgun Training and Concealed Carry since the inception of the Arizona State CCW Law in July of 1994.


Present/Past Memberships: International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI) American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers (ASLET) United States Practical Shooting Assn/International Practical Shooting Confederation (USPSA/IPSC) International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) National Rifle Association (NRA)


Military (U.S. Marine Corps) NRA/DPS Certified Firearms Instructor Los Angeles Police Academy (Police Science) Former Law Enforcement (LAPD) G.I.A. Gemologist State of Arizona Licensed Private Investigator since 1992.

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Eleanor11/30/15101010God, simple reply; covered all my inquiries .....
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2015-11-30 which gun?:

Hello Eleanor,    Glocks, IMO are still #1 in self defense, ease of use and more importantly - dependable with little if any jamming compared to other models of handguns.All handguns are usually set up

2013-04-11 taking apart a gun:

Hello Ruben:    This is a tough one! I have never personally disassembled a Hawes 25 Cal before. I have located one source for assistance however. Cut & paste this address:


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