Ryan Cleckner served as a special operations sniper team leader with the U.S. Army’s elite 1st Ranger Bn. (1/75) on multiple combat deployments. Ryan is a graduate of the premier Special Operations Target Interdiction Course (SOTIC), among other military training courses, and has taught snipers and police sharpshooters from around the world.
He is recognized as a firearms subject matter expert – particularly in long range shooting. He was a sniper-expert on History Channel’s Top Shot and he has appeared as a guest on Fox News and NRA TV for firearm-related topics. He is the #1 best-selling author of the Long Range Shooting Handbook and he writes firearm-related articles for various major publications and blogs such as The Federalist, RECOIL Magazine, GunDigest, Off-Grid Magazine, Carnivore and TheTruthAboutGuns. He hosts the Going Ballistic podcast and the Trigger Words Podcast, and he has a number of instructional YouTube videos on long range shooting.
Ryan is also a firearms attorney and a firearm industry executive. He managed federal government relations for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, he was a Vice President of Remington Outdoor Company (Remington Arms and Ammunition, AAC, DPMS, Bushmaster, Dakota, Marlin, and more) overseeing all firearm compliance matters, and he was a voting board member of the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturer’s Institute (SAAMI). He is currently legal counsel for major firearms companies across the country.
Ryan loves to teach. He has taught for years as a sniper instructor and as a university lecturer of Constitutional law courses. In addition to his firearms compliance courses and FFL guides available through RocketFFL and his online firearm safety training for CCWs at RocketCCW, he continues to teach firearm-courses, write books and articles, host his podcasts, and create videos…. and, of course, write articles for us here at GunUniversity.com