What's Next, America? Sheriff Jim WilsonI am blessed with having some very talented friends out here in the Big Bend country of far West Texas. One of these is Joel Nelson… a cowboy, a horseman, a rancher, and one of the best cowboy poets that is working today. Joel has served his country, is a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and is not afraid to say what he thinks. Joel’s poem, “CLINGING”, speaks to me and I hope it will do the same for you. His poem is published here with his permission. Continue reading

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Sheriff Jim Wilson and His Very Best Amigos: Joaquin Jackson, and Bart Skelton

Throughout my adult life I have made my living with guns. However, it is not so much the guns that have made it an enjoyable experience as the people that guns have brought me in contact with. A good example of this are these two rascals who are an important part of the small group that I call “Special Friends.” Continue reading

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The Texas Border Special

texas-borde-special-colt-lightweight-commander-45ACP-Baranti-Tol-Dawson-holster-sheriff-jim-wilson-LOWhile I was working as Chief Deputy and later Sheriff of Crockett County, Texas, I was pleased to meet Tol Dawson, a retired Texas Ranger living in Del Rio, Texas. Tol made some of the nicest gun rigs that I had seen in quite some time. I had him make me one of his holsters for my Colt .45 Commander, a magazine case, and a chap-leather gun belt. Continue reading

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A Carry Pistol

Sheriff Jim Wilson's Colt Lightweight Commander 1911 in .45 ACP A Carry PistolThis story starts, as many do, with me walking into a gun show. This was our little Labor Day show right here at home, if it matters. The third table I came to had a pristine Colt Lightweight Commander from the late 1970s. Now, like I really need another 1911. Continue reading

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