Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering

grand-encampment-cowboy-gathering-sheriff-jim-wilsonI’ll be picking and singing at the Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering, in Encampment, Wyoming, July 15-17, 2016. In addition to that, I’ll be doing a Saturday morning session on Gun Safety & The Defensive Mind Set.

There’s the western mind set for you: Guns are just tools and we want to know how to use them safely and effectively. Guns, music, poetry, & a good time… that’s the Cowboy Way for sure!

If you’re in the area, come see us and join in the fun. You’ll be glad that you did and we’ll sure be glad to have you!

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Tom Horn

winchester-model-1894-30-WCF-tom-horn-sheriff-jim-wilson-LOAt the recent Western Writers of America convention, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, I was pleased to meet historian & author Larry Ball. Larry’s book, TOM HORN: IN LIFE AND LEGEND, is a real dandy and a must-read for anyone interested in the Tom Horn story. Does Larry think that Tom Horn actually murdered the Nickell kid? Well, you’ll just have to read the book and find out. Continue reading

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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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