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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.

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...
Wiley Clapp: RMH Grips

Wiley Clapp: RMH Grips

I enjoy fancy grips on even my every day carry guns, but modern gunmakers (particularly...
Sheriff's Tips: Is the Single-Action Revolver a Valid Defense Gun?

Sheriff's Tips: Is the Single-Action Revolver a Valid Defense Gun?

From its very inception as a percussion firearm, the single-action revolver was designed as a...
Clapp: Cobras ... and Beyond

Clapp: Cobras ... and Beyond

Could there be other revolver projects in the mill? Possibly, yes ...
Clapp: The Case for Hammerless Revolvers

Clapp: The Case for Hammerless Revolvers

Wiley Clapp makes a strong case for a particular class of firearm as a near...
Sheriff's Tips: The Nighthawk Custom Browning Hi Power

Sheriff's Tips: The Nighthawk Custom Browning Hi Power

Sheriff Jim Wilson tells why Nighthawk has taken the Browning Hi Power to an even...
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