Revolvers: A Favorite…

wheel-guns-revolvers-smith-wesson-model-19-sheriff-jim-wilson-LOIf you read my last post (Double-action Revolvers, Why Not?) you’ll know that I have been thinking a bit about DA sixguns and their value as defensive tools. In light of that, I thought I might share with you about my favorite double-action revolver; in fact, it’s one of my most favorite guns of any kind. I’m talking about the Smith & Wesson Model 19 with a 2 1/2-inch barrel.

When I started my career as a Texas peace officer, my department required that we carry a revolver capable of chambering the .38 Spl. cartridge. Back in those days, that meant you carried either a Colt or a Smith & Wesson. I tried several Colts and they were fine guns, but I finally settled on the S&W Model 19 as the best gun for me. It fit my hand and was a rugged, reliable, and accurate fighting tool. Also, I will admit that the fact that I was a great admirer of Bill Jordan, the Border Patrol fast-draw whiz, had something to do with that selection, too. You see, Bill had a hand in helping Smith & Wesson design that particular revolver.

My duty Model 19 was a 4-inch gun but I soon bought one of the new 2 1/2-inch versions for off-duty wear, as did several of my fellow officers. We soon found that this short-barreled magnum was surprisingly accurate and even got our chief, after a trip to the shooting range, to allow us to carry them in uniform. A sort time later, I was promoted to detective and the 2 1/2-inch Model 19 became my regular carry gun. Since those long-ago days, I’ve never been without one.

Read the rest of the article at Shooting Illustrated.

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Double-Action Revolvers? Why Not?

Sheriff Jim Wilson's Take from the NRA's Shooting IllustratedOne of the big news stories to come out of the recent NRA annual meeting was the partnership between Nighthawk Custom and Korth Arms to market… wait for it… double-action (DA) revolvers. Now, DA revolvers don’t get much space in today’s defensive press. In fact, if you listen to some folks, you are just bound to die unless you carry the latest prophylactic pistol with the 33 1/3-round magazine capacity. Continue reading

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Those Handy Carbines

Photo: Jan Hrdonka

The idea of a short, handy carbine has always been appealing to me. When I was a badge toter in two different Texas counties I generally relied upon a lever-action carbine in .44 Mag. I used both the Marlin Model 1894 and the Browning Model 92, both with receiver sights and the barrels cut to 16 inches. Even cut down, these lever guns still held 9 rounds of ammunition and were quite handy. Continue reading

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Nancy Elliott & Friends Sunday Brunch

Gigs From Hell, They Happen To Every Performer Sheriff Jim WilsonI’ve been looking forward to this gig for some time. Nancy is a very talented Arizona singer/songwriter and she’s no slouch at picking that old guitar, either. We’ll be sharing the program on Sunday, May 15, from 10am to 1pm. Continue reading

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