The Sheriff’s Take

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The Holster Issue

Holster design is secondary to using the best safety out there—common sense adherence to the four rules—when it comes to preventing negligent discharges upon drawing from a holster or re-holstering a handgun.

April 22, 2014

Act Decisively

Having a plan is part of being prepared. Being able to put that plan into action and see it through to a satisfactory conclusion is key to surviving unpleasant encounters.

April 16, 2014

It’s A Slide Stop, Not A Slide Release

The defensive shooter should train to ingrain skills that will work best under duress. The slingshot method of facilitating slide release works for clearing malfunctions as well as recharging the firearm—one motion covers two functions.

April 8, 2014

Shedding Some Light On The Subject

Incorporating a small flashlight for auxiliary lighting in low-light conditions can be quite beneficial for a whole host of reasons.

March 27, 2014


Accepting that fear is a part of a defensive scenario is an important step in developing a plan to work through it.

March 18, 2014

Go Figure

Only planning defensive measures when you're going to a "bad area" is like only wearing your seat belt when you're driving on a stretch of road known for crashes.

March 11, 2014

A Plan That Worked

No plan survives first contact with the enemy, but it certainly beats not having a plan at all. Having something to modify on the fly is better than making it up as you go along.

March 5, 2014

Defensive Handgun Calibers

All handgun chamberings are not created equal. Your choice of defensive caliber makes a difference when it comes to stopping an attack quickly and decisively.

February 24, 2014

The Messages We Send

Criminals don't heed the expression "Don't judge a book by its cover" - they look for clues and decide on victims based on their appearance. Sheriff Jim reminds us to be mindful of how we might appear to a bad guy.

February 4, 2014

The Unarmed Truth

As more information about Operation Fast & Furious comes out, more questions start to be asked.

January 22, 2014