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Spare Gun Parts: Why You Need Them Now

When it comes to firearm maintenance, anticipate the unexpected and keep spare parts on-hand, especially...

3 Self-Defense Opinions That Don't Hold Water

Too often, Sheriff Jim hears these three claims in the personal-defense community. Here's why you...

Self-Defense Knives: Should You Carry Them?

Is carrying a knife for self-defense a wise decision? Here's one take from an expert...

5 Myths About the Home-Defense Shotgun

Many gun owners believe these five shotgun myths. Our Shotguns editor separates fact from fiction...

Impact Weapons for Self-Defense: Training & Skill-Building

If you’re serious about self-defense, you should consider that you won’t always be able to...

Handgun Break-In: Is It Needed?

At the gun shop the other day, while shopping for a new concealed-carry pistol, I...

The Object of Defensive-Gun Handling: Stop the Threat

There's a lot of talk about the lethality of certain cartridges, but Sheriff Jim reminds...

Charging-Handle Placement: Does It Matter?

Location, location, location. The placement of the charging handle on a rifle has been up...

Tips & Techniques for Defensive Shotgun Patterning

Is the load in your defensive shotgun the best choice? Here’s how to find out.

Fitness & Firearms: How Light Exercise Can Improve Shooting

Good firearm owners are always trying to find ways to improve their gun-handling skills, and...

Aiming for 'Condition Yellow:' A Lesson in Awareness

Every defense-minded citizen always ought to be in Condition Yellow, but that's not always possible,...

Bisley Grip Conversion: Tools, Tips & Techniques

Single-action revolver shooters have a great love for Bisley-style grips, due to its unique fit...

Surviving Animal Attacks: Get a Shotgun

What’s the best method of deterring four-legged interlopers? Well, as I'm the Shotguns editor for...

Skills Check: Single-Action Defensive Revolver Drill

Should you choose a single-action revolver for defensive purposes, it’s imperative to know how to...

Cocked & Locked: The Best Way to Carry a 1911

It's possible to carry a 1911 using several different methods, but when examining the pros...
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