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Ryan Redding

Freelance writer. History buff. Golf fanatic.

Location icon United States of America

Freelance copy writer for Wpromote and Trivago, contributor to the Virginia Golf Report and Colonial Williamsburg's Making History blog. Follow along with me on Instagram as I explore Colonial Williamsburg from an insider's perspective.



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Are You Playing with the Right Golf Ball? - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

It's a Wednesday evening in the heart of summer and you're in a heated match in your weekly league. Both you and your opponent missed the green left on a long par-3, the next-to-last-hole of the match, and now face a tough chip to get up and down for par and keep the match square.

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Titleist Pro V1 & Pro V1x 2019 Golf Balls - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x are long recognized as the industry leader in golf balls, both on Tour and at local municipal courses, country clubs, and resorts. Players of every caliber trust and rely on Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls to provide ultimate performance on the course, from tee to green.

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Odyssey Toulon Milled Putters - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

As their mission is to design and create only the very best putters in the world, Odyssey Toulon Design continues to find leading-edge technologies and combine those with stunning looks to craft best-in-performance putters for serious golfers.

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FootJoy Fury Golf Shoe - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

Recognized as the Gold Standard when it comes to golf footwear, FootJoy's latest offering combines the benefits and comfort of an athletic-style sneaker with the stability of your typical golf shoe. They've taken all of the best elements from their Hyperflex and Freestyle families to create the ultimate in golf footwear- FootJoy Fury.

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XXIO Prime Family - Indulge in Distance - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

XXIO (pronounced zek-si-oh) is the golf company with the name that typically gets mispronounced. But that's not all they are, and if you're unfamiliar with them, you may want to look a little closer. This premium equipment manufacturer creates luxury golf clubs exclusively for those players with moderate swing speeds.

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Odyssey Stroke Lab Putters - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

According to the folks at Odyssey, and likely no surprise to anyone who has struggled with their putting at some point, most putting strokes are inconsistent. This could partially explain why some days you feel like you can't miss while other days you feel like you can't even sniff the hole.

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Callaway Epic Flash - Changing the Game with Technology - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

Two years ago, Callaway promised us something "Epic" was coming, and based on the popularity of the Epic line of drivers and fairway woods, they certainly delivered. Now, for its third release in the Epic line, Callaway debuts the Epic Flash line of drivers and fairway woods with their new Flash Face technology.

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TaylorMade Introduces the All-New M5/M6 Irons - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

From superstar Tour pros to weekend hackers, what does everyone who plays this crazy game want? Distance. And when it comes to distance, the name of the game is speed, which is why TaylorMade continues to seek new and innovative ways to maximize speed and distance while also maintaining a certain degree of accuracy, whether ...

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TaylorMade M5/M6 Metalwoods - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

Building on the M family of drivers, fairway metals and hybrids, TaylorMade has pushed the boundaries of technology with the M5 and M6 line of Metalwoods. With input from Tour staffers like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, and Tiger Woods, TaylorMade set out to create their fastest line of metals yet.

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TaylorMade Rory Junior Set - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

With a glaring hole in the junior golf club spectrum, TaylorMade set out to find a solution to the lack of well-made golf club sets designed specifically for junior golfers. And what better way to do that than to team up with one of their youngest, brightest ambassadors, Rory McIlroy.

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Introducing the Wilson Staff Cortex Driver - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

Introducing the Wilson Staff Cortex Driver, the winning entry from Golf Channel's second season of the show, Driver vs Driver. In the show, contestants submit their ideas for a driver and go through a game-show style elimination process to select a winner. The driver is then released for sale to the public as an official Wilson Staff product.

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Callaway Big Bertha 19' Irons and Hybrids - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

Recognized as one of the most iconic names in golf equipment, Callaway's Big Bertha brand has been a hit since the driver bearing its name was introduced in 1991. Over 25 years later, the name continues to symbolize power, force, and excellence.

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Wilson Staff DUO Professional Golf Ball - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

For over 60 years, Wilson Staff has pushed the boundaries of innovation and technology when it comes to golf balls. A long-time industry leader in golfing equipment, the Chicago-based company continues to create top-quality golf balls at reasonable prices. This time, in the form of the Wilson DUO Professional.

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Cobra King Forged CB/MB Irons - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

For the past six years, clad in his eye-catching Puma designs and equally bright colors, with the flare to match, Rickie Fowler has been the face of Cobra Golf. The four-time PGA Tour winner is renowned for his ball-striking capability which is why Cobra configured their new King Forged CB/MB Irons to match Rickie's gamers.

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Cobra King F9 Irons - First Look - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

COBRA KING F9 Speedback Irons Always at the forefront of innovation and technology, Cobra proudly introduces their new King F9 Speedback irons, available in both standard and One Length options. Cobra's revolutionary Speedback technology provides the ultimate combination of high MOI and low CG to create a powerful, stable and accurate iron.

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Ping Sigma 2 Putters - Featuring Adjustable-Length Shaft - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

Ping Introduces the Sigma 2 Putters - Featuring All-New Adjustable Shaft Length Over the past ten years, golf equipment has trended towards customization and adjustability. These advances in technology have enabled everyday golfers to reap some of the same benefits experienced by professionals. For many, off the rack clubs no longer make sense, which is ...

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TaylorMade Unveils the All-New P760 Irons - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

TaylorMade debuted into the market in 1979 with its innovation of metal drivers, and nearly 40 years later, they are still leaders in innovation and technology. Engineered to allow better players the speed and shot-shaping capabilities they seek, TaylorMade's new P760 irons boast a sleek, contemporary look that promotes confidence throughout the set.

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2019 PGA Tour Season Preview - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

Once again, the 2018 PGA Tour season was full of excitement, drama, major moments, a heralded comeback, and Ryder Cup glory. We saw first time major winners (Patrick Reed and Francesco Molinari), a repeat US Open champion in Brooks Koepka, 47-year-old Phil Mickelson win for the first time in nearly five years, and a stunning ...

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Mizuno JPX919 Irons - Packed with Your Potential - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

Introducing the New JPX919 Tour, Hot Metal, and Forged Irons from Mizuno Mizuno is well recognized as a top choice among Tour professionals when it comes to their irons. This highly trusted brand is renowned for crafting top-quality irons for low-handicap players, and those who prefer the look and feel of a Tour-caliber iron.

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Cobra Introduces the F-Max Superlite Line - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

Cobra Introduces the F-Max Superlite Line of Drivers, Fairways, Hybrids, and Irons What do golfers of all skill levels crave? Distance. And how do you maximize distance? Speed. In order to help facilitate that speed, COBRA Golf has introduced the F-Max Superlite series of drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, and irons - a series of clubs ...

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2018 Ryder Cup - Le Golf National - Paris, France - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

Ryder Cup 2018 - Preview, History of the Ryder Cup & A Look at the Venue Every two years, 24 of the best golfers on the planet get together for a friendly little golf exhibition between America and Europe. Well, yes and no. It may have started off that way back in 1927 when the ...

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Mack Daddy 4 Tactical Wedge from Callaway Golf - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

Callaway Introduces the Limited Edition Mack Daddy 4 Tactical Wedges For some players, the feeling of bombing a powerful drive down the middle of the fairway is the ultimate golf shot, while for others, hitting a putt in the sweet spot and watching it find the bottom of the cup is it.

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Titleist TS2 & TS3 Line 2018 (NEW) -

With two wins on Tour already this season, Titleist's new TS line of drivers and fairway metals is proving to be a true game changer. In essence, the TS line - the TS stands for Titleist Speed - is all about the pursuit of speed.

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Srixon Introduces 2018 Z Series Irons - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

Introducing the All-New Srixon Z585, Z785, and Z U85 For its latest series of irons, Srixon tapped the expertise and experience of their Tour staff members like Hideki Matsuyama and U.S. Open Champion Graeme McDowell to develop the Z 85 line of tour-quality irons. In today's arena, speed is the name of the game, and ...

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Introducing the All-New Srixon Z Series Woods - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

Srixon Introduces the All-New Z 785, Z 585, Z F85 and Z H85 With a confidence-boosting sharp, black club head and eye-catching red and silver accents, Srixon introduces their new Z Series line of drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids, just in time for the fall season.

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Cleveland Golf RTX 4 Wedges - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

Cleveland Golf Introduces the All-New RTX 4 Wedges Cleveland is proud to introduce their new line of RTX 4 wedges, which according to the company, are the most Tour-authentic wedge of all time. That's certainly saying something, especially coming from a company so well respected and trusted as an industry leader in wedge design and ...

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Top Players to Watch at the PGA Championship - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

PGA Championship - Top 11 Players and two Dark Horses to Watch 2018 marks the final year that the PGA Championship will be played in its traditional August time frame. Starting in 2019, the PGA Tour's schedule will experience a dramatic shift, with several tournaments switching dates.

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Introducing TaylorMade GAPR Irons - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

TaylorMade GAPR Irons | GAPR Lo, GAPR Mid, GAPR Hi Most recreational golfers are used to being told they have distance gaps between their short irons and wedges, and between the various wedges they carry. But TaylorMade's research has found that most players also have a significant gap in their long game - that is, ...

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Ping Introduces i210 and i500 Irons - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

Offering up a mid-season iron release, PING introduces its i210 and i500 iron sets. PING continues to build on the success of its noted i-Series iron lineup by offering enhanced technology and sleek designs for better players who want more improved forgiveness but with the shot-making capability and look of a traditional players iron.

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Ping Glide Forged Wedge - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

Ping Introduces Glide Forged Wedges Known for their cast irons and wedges, PING's last venture into forged territory was their Anser irons in 2012. However, in order to give their players wedges a softer feel, PING introduces the PING Glide Forged Wedge to their already stellar lineup of Glide wedges.

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Major Preview - Top 15 Players to Watch - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

15 Players to Watch at the Year's 3rd Major The 3rd major of the year is upon us and it's hard to imagine that the season is winding its way down to the end. Golf's oldest major championship returns to the Scottish seaside links of Carnoustie for this, its 147th playing.

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Wilson Staff FG Tour Raw V6 Irons - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

Wilson Staff Limited Edition FG Tour Raw V6 Irons Wilson Staff is proud to introduce a special, limited edition release of its award-winning FG Tour V6 irons, this time with a RAW finish. The V6 irons are Wilson's most popular iron choice amongst their Tour pros, including Kevin Streelman, Ricky Barnes, Troy Merritt and three-time ...

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Odyssey Introduces the New Red Ball Putter - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

Odyssey Red Ball Putter Odyssey, an industry leader in technology and innovation when it comes to putters, is proud to introduce its new Odyssey Red Ball Putters to the market. One of the main causes of missed putts is an incorrect setup and alignment at the address position.

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U.S. Open Top 10 Players to Watch - Worldwide Golf Shops Insider

For the first time in 14 years, the U.S. Open is going back to one of America's classic courses, Shinnecock Hills, which opened in 1891 in the Long Island town of Southampton, just east of New York City. This links-style course has played host to four previous U.S.

Virginia Golf Report

Fredericksburg's Mason Stutler goes from not playing as a freshman to First Team All-American as a junior.

Virginia Golf Report
Kingsmill Breakthrough

Australian rookie Minjee Lee wins for the first time on LPGA tour.


Making History
The DoG Street Patriot Takes Us Inside the St. George Tucker House

As you walk west down Nicholson Street toward the ever popular George Wythe house, you're likely to notice a large, cream-colored building on your right as you approach Palace Green. This home is called the St. George Tucker house, otherwise known as the donor house.

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DoG Street Patriot: Colonial Williamsburg's Hidden "Golden" Treasure

Since August is National Golf Month, we thought it would be the perfect time to talk about one of Colonial Williamsburg's hidden treasures, the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club! Located on S. England St. near the Historic Area, the Golden Horseshoe features two 18-hole championship courses, the Gold Course and the Green Course, plus the 9-hole executive Spotswood Course.

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The DoG Street Patriot Reveals 5 Perfect Spots to Enjoy a Colonial Williamsburg Picnic

With warm weather here and summer fast approaching, picnic season is upon us! Ah, yes-that most summer of traditions-the picnic. And what better place to spend an afternoon lounging in the sun, enjoying a gentle breeze? Sure there's the beach and the park, or even the Colonial Parkway, but my favorite place to picnic has always been CW.

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Police Work at Night: Night Vision & Thermal Vision

When it comes to law enforcement, perhaps no piece of equipment is more fun to think about and use than night vision and thermal imaging technology. You know night vision, those grainy, greenish pictures you see of law enforcement looking for a suspect at night on TV or in the movies.

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A Guide to Binoculars for Police

As with many decisions when it comes to equipment for law enforcement, opinion is often split between two camps - those who see a need for a particular item and swear by it and those who don't. That debate is true when it comes to binoculars as well.

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Shopping for a Police Duty Bag

As a police officer, you spend countless hours in your cruiser patrolling neighborhoods, cities, and rural communities.

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Spotlight on Propper Tactical Lightweight Pant

With the hotter months upon us, it's a good bet that you're in search of ways to keep cooler on the job. That could include anything from trying to talk your superior into short-sleeve polos to wearing a cooling, dry-fit base layer under your uniform.

The Buyer's Guide to Fire Helmets & Hoods -

One of the most, if not the most, important pieces of personal protection equipment for a firefighter is a fire helmet, as well as its companion, the fire hood. Originally made of leather, fire helmets have evolved over... Read More

Shopping for Fire Suppressants and Foam -

One of the most misunderstood aspects of firefighting is fire suppressants and foam. Why is that? Well one of the problems is that most people, firefighting personnel included, don't really understand the properties of foam and how it should be used. Foam can be used in many ways for dealing with chemicals and synthetic materials.

How to Choose Gear for Water Rescue Emergencies -

Swimming and boating. White-water rafting. Kayaking. Hurricanes and tropical storms. Flooding. These are all potential activities or situations that can lead to circumstances that may require a water rescue. If your job requires you to perform a water... Read More

How to Shop for Fire Boots -

Over the years, firefighting boots have evolved into a highly important part of a firefighter's gear. No longer are they just an afterthought, but instead, they are a specifically designed piece of equipment that are equally important as... Read More

Pants and Shorts for Police -

While uniforms are necessary to portray a professional appearance, they also need to be practical. A tactical uniform presents the image that an officer is ready for whatever comes their way. Additionally, the gear needs of the police... Read More

What to Consider in Tactical Shirts -

Choosing the right tactical shirt can go a long way toward helping ensure your peak performance when performing a variety of tasks, jobs, or functions, including military and law enforcement duties, as well as outdoor activities like hunting,... Read More

A Guide to Tactical Gloves for Police -

Tactical gloves are meant to protect your hands - it's important to keep your hands in the best shape you can so that you can maneuver your weapons - knife, gun, or even knocking down doors. Tactical gloves... Read More

Pivotal Trainer from Triumph Systems -

With recent events like the Parkland school shooting front and center in the public's mind, it's a good time to stop, think about, and reiterate the importance of a fundamental of law enforcement and tactical situations. Every officer... Read More

Outerwear and Jackets for Cops -

When it comes to your gear and equipment, the choice you make can literally have life and death consequences, so it's important to make a well-informed decision on what works for you. For jackets and outerwear, it's critical... Read More

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Wildland Fire Gear Checklist

Wildfires are a very different beast than your traditional structural fire, therefore they require a different training structure and preparation methods, as well as a different set of gear. According to the National Park Service's National Interagency Fire Center, a wildland fire "is a general term describing any non-

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How to Respond to Fires in Cold Weather

Winter is upon us, and for those of us who work in a cold-weather climate that means working in even tougher conditions than normal - snow piled to our knees, temperatures in the teens with wind chills in the single digits or below, icy roads and sidewalks.

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How to Show Your Support for Law Enforcement this Holiday Season

Candy canes and Christmas trees, carols and sugar cookies, hot chocolate and Christmas movies with the family - the holidays are a joyous time of year for sure. But they can also be difficult for many people, and this holds especially true for law enforcement personnel and their families.

Flashlight Comparison: SureFire G2X Pro vs Streamlight Strion LED Rechargeable Flashlight -

As a first responder, you know how vital it is to have a good, reliable flashlight with you at all times. Many units or departments supply a flashlight as part of your gear, but if they do, it's usually a cheap, AA-powered flashlight that's basically worthless and doesn't suit the real-world situations of a law enforcement officer, EMT, or firefighter.

Keep Yourself Safe on the Job with these Biohazard Supplies -

Hazardous materials (HAZMAT) and bio-hazards pose a serious threat to you and others. Perhaps you don't deal with these issues on a day-to-day basis, or maybe your job does entail these hazards daily. Either way, preparation is the... Read More

Tips for Keeping Your Police Uniform Clean -

While there isn't much knowledge regarding organized police departments in the United States prior to the 1830s, we do know that the police uniform was introduced in the United Kingdom as early as 1828. Embracing the idea of... Read More

How to Properly Maintain Duty Boots -

When it comes to your everyday life, taking proper care of your duty boots may not rank right up there with other high priorities. Perhaps you can't thoroughly clean your boots every single day. That wouldn't be realistic,... Read More

What You Need to Know About the NIJ Body Armor Standard -

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) began setting standards for body armor in 1972. The NIJ is the only nationally accepted standard for body armor worn by law enforcement personnel. The NIJ ballistic resistance standard classifies body armor... Read More

Why Body Cameras Help Police Officers -

Does your department already require you to wear a body-worn camera (BWC)? If not, the chances are that they will at some point in the not-so-distant future. High-profile cases involving law enforcement and the use of guns or deadly force are galvanizing both the law enforcement community and the public at large in the belief that BWC are necessary to protect police and citizens alike.

5.11 Tactical Fast-Tac Urban Pant vs TDU Pant -

As is the case with your duty boots, choosing the right pair of tactical pants is an important personal decision that affects your daily life on the job. You want a combination of just the right amount of comfort, durability, and functionality.

Reebok Sublite Tactical vs. Under Armour Valsetz RTS -

When it comes to choosing a good pair of duty boots, the choices can be overwhelming. So many brands and fancy language to describe them, when what you really want to know is what's the best option for... Read More

Fitness Tips to Prepare for the Police Academy -

The first step in becoming a police officer is pretty straightforward. Generally, a police department must hire you before you can enter the police academy (it is best to check with your local department to see what their... Read More

The Most Useful Certifications to Get a Job in Firefighting -

You've put hours of volunteer work in. You've focused on your fitness and stamina, and you've completed your basic training to be a firefighter. These courses likely included CPR Training, EMT certification, and a trip to the firefighter... Read More

What to Include in Your Jump Bag -

Firefighters and EMS personnel are usually the first responders in an emergency situation. In the event that an ambulance does not arrive right away, jump bags are essential for holding equipment and supplies necessary to help you make... Read More

What to Look for in Your Duty Boots -

Like many things in life, your job in law enforcement, the military or as an EMS requires a solid, sturdy foundation. The same way a strong family support system keeps you grounded, your duty boots provide the foundation... Read More

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Cold Weather Hunting Tips

As the remnants of summer fade into fall, hunters eagerly anticipate the arrival of hunting season. While most of October is relatively mild, the onset of cold weather for many begins in November and then the real frigid air hits in December.

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Shopping for Cold Weather Gear for the Outdoorsman

Whether you are a large-game hunter tracking the likes of elk and deer or a small-game sportsman looking for pheasant or quail, or even something in between, chances are you'll be out in the elements during the frigid, winter months.

How to Clean Your Hunting Rifle -

As an avid hunter, you know that a clean rifle is an accurate rifle. Keeping your hunting rifle clean and well maintained ensures that it shoots properly and accurately each and every shot. You also know that rifles... Read More

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