Who We Are

Gun University is your place to learn about firearms. It’s that simple.We are a collection of professionals with one goal: to provide the best, most accurate, and HONEST information about firearms, shooting, and the outdoors.On GunUniversity.com you’ll find gun reviews, articles that explain shooting concepts, firearms industry news and legal updates, and guides to learn about survival, concealed carry, the outdoors, hunting, and more!



Ryan is a former special operations sniper (1/75 Ranger) and current firearms attorney, firearms industry executive, university lecturer, and bestselling author of the Long Range Shooting Handbook. (note: we’re amazed we got him to pick a favorite gun in each category).
Rifle : Barrett MRAD
Handgun : Sig Sauer P365
Shotgun : Beretta A400 Xcel Sporting Black
Gun Movie : The Boondock Saints
Sport/Team : NHL Hockey
Hobby : Elk Hunting
Book : 1984



Roy Chesson is prior Navy with a specialty in international arms dealing for the US government across multiple countries. Having traveled the world and abided by ATF and ITAR, Roy has a unique background in legal as well as practical capabilities of weapons deployment and use.
Rifle : IWI Tavor X95
Handgun : HK VP9sk
Shotgun : IWI TS12
Gun Movie : John Wick
Sport/Team : Packers
Hobby : Making fun of Ryan
Book : Old Man’s War


  1. We are true gun-guys and gals: Many of which are recognized subject matter expert in our field
  2. We tell you the truth about gun reviews: We have no problem letting you know if we don’t recommend a gun or product. Too often gun reviews only include how such and such product is the greatest new product ever (until the next review comes out) – that’s not us.
  3. We don’t take advertisers: This allows us to accomplish the honest reviews above. Some companies send us free products to review – if that happens, we’ll ALWAYS let you know about it. If you’re a company that wants to send us a free product to review, here’s a warning: if it doesn’t perform, we’ll let you know and give you the chance to send us another one (sometimes early prototypes have problems) but the first sample’s performance will still be part of the review. If we buy the product with our own money, it only gets one chance.
  4. We Teach: In addition to the HUGE library of free content, we also offer professional online courses (we’re a University after all).




Our promise to our readers starts with our team. If you want to write for us, and meet the below requirements, then let us know:

  1. Must be a legit firearms expert in the field – not a hobbyist, or someone who ‘likes’ guns, but someone who’s known as an expert in the field
  2. Must have a portfolio of writing under your belt – just because you can shoot, doesn’t mean you can write

Our Writers and Contributors

Kyle is a retired special operations Sergeant Major, nationally recognized firearms trainer, author, owner of VikingTactics.com, and host of the Team VTAC podcast.
Rifle : Any AR15
Handgun : Ruger MK2
Shotgun : Bennelli Ethos 20
Gun Movie : Jeremiah Johnson
Sport : N/A
Hobby : Forging
Book : Teddy Roosevelt’s Hunting Writings
Joel Wise
Joel Wise has a law enforcement background which later turned into security consultant for non-profit organizations. He spent the better part of a decade as a firearms instructor. Currently, he is a writer, videographer, and competitor in the precision rifle industry. He owns the Precision Rifle Network.
Rifle : Accuracy International AT
Handgun : Sig P365 or Glock 19
Shotgun : Browning A5
Movie : Lord Of The Rings
Sport : Baseball
Hobby : Hunting & Flying
Book :The Bible, Dave Ramsey, Rich Dad Poor Dad
Ryan Hey
Ryan is a 16 year Army veteran, the Customer Service and Field Rep for MagnetoSpeed, and a competitor in the Precision Rifle Series (PRS).
Rifle : Custom 6XC competition Bolt Gun
Handgun : S&W M&P 9 Pro Series
Shotgun : Benelli M4
Movie : Fury
Sport : Precision Rifle matches and Hockey
Hobby : Handloading ammo, PRS/NRL matches, stirring pots on Facebook
Book : Armored Cav by Tom Clancy / Anything from Bryan Litz
Caylen Wojcik
Caylen Wojcik is a former USMC Scout/Sniper, internationally recognized long range shooting instructor, author, co-host of the Modern Day Sniper Podcast, and is an accomplished backcountry hunter. He has been teaching people how to shoot rifles for over 20 years.
Rifle : I’m an equal opportunist when it comes to rifles…
Handgun : Glock 19
Shotgun : Benelli
Gun Movie : Point Break
Sport : I don’t do sports sarge….
Hobby : family, skydiving, mountain hunting, alpine climbing
Book :Gates of Fire, Steven Pressfield
Jens–Rex Nanorum–Hammer
Life is an adventure for Alaskan expat Jens Hammer-a.k.a. Rex Nanorum. He’s a combat veteran with the 2nd Bn, 75th Ranger Regt and has completed 5 tours between Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, Rex is a certified helicopter pilot instructor, salvage diver, commercial fisherman, and personal trainer. And Gun University contributor.
Rifle : Noveske Ghetto Blaster
Handgun : Glock 43x
Shotgun : Remington 870
Movie : Serenity
Sport : NFL–San Francisco 49ers
Hobby : Leatherworking
Book : Without Remorse by Tom Clancy
Graham Baates
“Graham Baates” is a pen name used by a 15-year active Army veteran who spent most of his time in the tactical side of the Intelligence community including tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Post-Army Graham spent some time in the 3-Gun circuit before becoming a full-time NRA Certified defensive handgun instructor and now works as an industry writer while curating a YouTube channel on the side.
Graham’s Favorite
Rifle : AK-47
Handgun : Grand Power K100
Shotgun : Genesis Arms Non NFA
Gun Movie : Heat
Sport : Hockey
Hobby : Guns, of course!
Book : The Man Without a Face by Markus Wolf 
Travis Pike
Travis Pike
Travis is a former United States Marine Corps Infantryman and currently a firearms writer, instructor, and works in Emergency Management.
Travis’s Favorite
Rifle : BRN 180
Handgun : CZ P10C
Shotgun : Benelli M4
Movie : Heat
Sport : MMA / BJJ
Hobby : Video Games / D&D
Book : Dirty White Boys
Justin Fields
Justin Fields Bio Pic
Justin is a former MARSOC Marine, former government contractor, former special operations instructor, current student of paramedicine, author of digital security books, and blogger at SwiftSilentDeadly.com. Justin prides himself on being a generalist with a heavy emphasis in firearms and their employment.
Justin’s Favorite
Rifle : BCM Recce-14
Handgun : Nighthawk Custom T3 9mm
Shotgun : Wilson Combat Border Patrol 870
Movie : Hell or High Water
Sport : Shooting, of course!
Hobby : SAR Team Member
Book : The Stuff of Thought


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