Sheriff Jim Wilson

There Is No Sanctuary

Carrying a defensive pistol inside the home should be the same as carrying one outside of the home.

The Basics of Tactical Shotgun Training

A shotgun can be a devastating firearm for home defense, especially with good tactical shotgun training. 

I'll Take The Shotgun

When it comes to home defense, it's hard to beat the power and flexibility of the 12 gauge shotgun.

Seven Inexpensive Home Defense Shotguns

Protecting your home doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank.

Downsized Defense

When advising others on the perfect gun for home defense, it’s become fairly en vogue these days for well-intentioned folks to say: “Just get a 20-gauge. It’s smaller than a 12-gauge, lighter, recoils less and it’s all you need.”

Upgrades for Your Shotgun

Here are practical upgrades to make your home-defense shotgun even more useful.

Testing Home Defense Ammo for Carbines

What is “just enough” or “too much” penetration in home-defense-carbine ammunition?

Where's the Best Place to Keep a Home Defense Firearm?

Where's the best place to keep a firearm for home defense purposes? Sheriff Jim Wilson talks about some of the different ways you can prepare for an armed encounter in the home. 

Is the .30 Carbine the Most Overlooked Cartridge of All Time?

The story behind the M1 Carbine is fascinating. And, while this column is about ammunition, it’s impossible to discuss the “carbine cartridge” without some gun history. In 1940, the U.S. Army was looking for a light rifle or carbine.

What's the Best Gun for Home Defense?

I got the question again this week. I live in a small town and a good number of folks know that I contribute to NRA Publications. To many, this means I am an authority of sorts and they would like to ask me about gun stuff.

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