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Wiley Clapp and Sheriff Jim Wilson—both decorated law enforcement professionals—offer decades of combined experience in their gun evaluations, tips, tactics and anecdotes for American Rifleman. Now readers can access this highly sought-after content in one blog: American Rifleman Law & Order—a page dedicated to satisfying readers’ cravings for honest discussion about concealed-carry, personal-protection and other real-life information from those who have lived it.

Sheriff's Tips: The Failure Drill Revisited

Sheriff's Tips: The Failure Drill Revisited

The justification for the exercise is the fact that we have applied two hits to...
Sheriff's Tips: Don’t Buy Expensive Defense Guns?

Sheriff's Tips: Don’t Buy Expensive Defense Guns?

The defensive shooter needs defensive handguns that he can depend on when/if the day ever...
Lever-Actions for Personal Defense

Lever-Actions for Personal Defense

Lever-action rifles and carbines were originally designed as fighting guns and they still serve that...
Wiley Clapp: This Colt Python Business

Wiley Clapp: This Colt Python Business

Wiley Clapp was around for the Python's introduction in 1955. In this first of a...
Wiley Clapp: The Best SIGs Ever?

Wiley Clapp: The Best SIGs Ever?

As the popularity of SIG Sauer pistols soars in the U.S., Wiley Clapp says his...
Wiley Clapp: Check Your Brass

Wiley Clapp: Check Your Brass

If I had one cent—just a penny—for every piece of brass I have picked up...
Sheriff's Tips: The Handy Carbine

Sheriff's Tips: The Handy Carbine

Sheriff Jim WIlson offers his rationale for a carbine as a defensive tool of choice.
Sheriffs Tips: Thoughts on the Defensive Shotgun

Sheriffs Tips: Thoughts on the Defensive Shotgun

After all these years, the defensive shotgun is still around because it is a proven...
Sheriff's Tips: The Fitz Special—A Defense Gun from Yesteryear

Sheriff's Tips: The Fitz Special—A Defense Gun from Yesteryear

Fitz carried one pair, or the other, every day for his own personal defense, and...
Wiley Clapp: What's All This 10 mm Business?

Wiley Clapp: What's All This 10 mm Business?

​Just shortly before the .40 S&W came along to better arm the nation's police, we...
Sheriff's Tips: The Golden Rule

Sheriff's Tips: The Golden Rule

The Modern Technique of the Pistol gave us four simple rules of gun safety that...
Sheriff's Tips: What's Your Stance?

Sheriff's Tips: What's Your Stance?

I have come to the conclusion that arguing the Weaver vs. the Isosceles is about...
Wiley Clapp: The .38 S&W—Isn't That Special?

Wiley Clapp: The .38 S&W—Isn't That Special?

Here's a quick question for all you budding handgun historians: What is a Smith &...
Sheriff's Tips: Defensive Handgun Choices

Sheriff's Tips: Defensive Handgun Choices

So many choices ... Selecting the best defensive handgun can be a difficult task, especially...
Sheriff's Tips: Understanding the Flash Sight Picture

Sheriff's Tips: Understanding the Flash Sight Picture

The flash sight picture is a defensive shooting technique that was developed by Col. Jeff...
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