Happy Birthday Gunsite!

Sheriff Jim Wilson's Take from the NRA's Shooting Illustrated Happy Birthday Gunsite
The Gunsite Academy, in Paulden, AZ, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Col. Jeff Cooper (1920 – 2006) and his wife, Janelle, founded the American Pistol Institute on property that they called Gunsite in 1976. While the school began as a means to teach honest citizens to use their handguns in personal defense, it quickly expanded to teach fighting techniques for rifles and shotguns as well. Cooper, a life-long hunter, also added hunting rifle courses to the curriculum. It is the oldest defensive training school in the world and also the most famous.

Those who are new to this business of personal defense probably don’t have any idea of the immense debt that we shooters owe to Col. Cooper. Above all else, Cooper was an inquisitive man, continually looking for better gear and better ways to do things. He was also a great teacher, finding the best way to teach students the new techniques.

In the 1970’s, the double-action revolver was the king of personal defense for citizens and police. Col. Cooper showed us that the big-bore service auto had a lot going for it as a fighting tool. And, while he preferred the 1911 pistol, Cooper saw to it that Gunsite taught defensive techniques with all of the various types of autoloading pistols, as well as the DA revolver. Here are a few of the other defensive innovations that came from Jeff Cooper and Gunsite.

Read more at Shooting Illustrated.

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Bullets For Tough Critters

Federal Premium 30-06 Springfield 165 grain trophy bonded tip bullets for thought critters Sheriff Jim WilsonRichard Mann and I, among others, have been trying to point out the value of using premium rifle bullets when hunting really tough critters. Conventional soft-point rifle bullets are fine for deer hunting but simply won’t always get the job done when you hunt the tough stuff. Continue reading

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An Aoudad Hunt

A nice aoudad taken in the mountains of southern Presidio County. Sheriff Jim Wilson

Here’s a nice aoudad that I recently took in the mountains of southern Presidio County. Aoudad were introduced on the ranches in the Big Bend country of West Texas in the 1950’s. Since there are very few high fences in this country, the animals are totally free ranging and make for a very challenging hunt. In addition, these critters have really taken to this high desert country and the population is enormous. Continue reading

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Late Breaking Jim Wilson Appearance News!

Sheriff Jim Wilson photographed for the cover West of Somewhere
SHERIFF JIM WILSON has an event April 1 & 2, 2016, at the Texas Concealed Handgun Association conference in Kerrville, Texas. He’ll be teaching a class on Friday afternoon, April 1, and playing some music that evening. Come join us, won’t you?

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