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The television series Handguns and Defensive Weapons takes a look at these weapons and why they are good for personal protection. The viewer will learn how the weapon works as well as tips to stay safe. They will also learn about the different types of weapons they can use only for defense.

Handguns and Defensive Weapons is a Reality series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (74 episodes). The series first aired on June 30, 2014.

Handguns and Defensive Weapons is available for streaming on the SPORTSMAN CHANNEL website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Handguns and Defensive Weapons on demand at Amazon Prime online.

Monday 9:00 PM et/pt on SPORTSMAN CHANNEL
6 Seasons, 74 Episodes
June 30, 2014
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Handguns and Defensive Weapons Full Episode Guide

  • Jim, Rich and Scott review guns and accessories that work well for home defense. Scott runs the one-shot-draw drill, and in Zeroing In Jim explains the importance of rotating defensive handgun ammunition.

  • Jessie Harrison of Team Taurus joins Jim and Rich to demonstrate shooting drills that train critical handgun skills with steel and paper targets. Rich explains the ins and outs of appendix concealed carry.

  • Scott, Jim and Rich dive into techniques designed to help shooters be more accurate and effective with an AR-15. Scott demonstrates how to top-off a revolver quickly in Zeroing In, and Rich explains the finer points of shot placement.

  • Jim and Rich explain the concept of practical accuracy and demonstrate the best techniques shooters need for improvement. Jim runs a draw-from-concealment drill, and Rich shows viewers how to shoot if they get knocked to the ground.

  • Rich and Jim dive into team tactics—what a team is, how to communicate and how to work as a team. Jim runs a plate rack drill, and in En Garde Rich demonstrates strike-and-shoot defensive techniques.

  • Jessie Harrison of Team Taurus joins Jim and Scott to introduce viewers to the exciting sport of steel challenge. Scott reviews the elements of a proper draw, and Rich discusses drawing from an open-front garment.

  • Jim, Rich and Scott discuss what they look for in a CCW gun and why. Jim runs a homemade "Skills Drill" that teaches key skills, and Scott demonstrates how to use a mag loader on "Zeroing In." Rich reviews reload techniques in En Garde.

  • Team Smith & Wesson's Julie Golob joins Jim and Rich as they explain the techniques necessary for accurate fire while moving. Julie runs a "Skills Drills" that teaches target transitions, and Rich demonstrates ready positions in "En Garde."

  • Rich and Jim show how "advanced" skills are simply a matter of mastering the basics. In "Skills Drills," Jim runs the traditional, and still effective, El Presidente. Rich teaches the proper way to turn to engage a threat in "En Garde."

  • Jim and Scott shoot a number of awesome .22s and explain how rimfires offer great training and a whole lot of fun. On "Zeroing In," Scott breaks down pistol field strip procedures. Rich's "En Garde" segment focuses on one-hand shooting.

  • Team Smith & Wesson's Julie Golob joins Jim and Rich as they dive into the legendary 1911 platform. Julie runs a demanding version of the El Presidente drill, and Jim goes over light/laser operation methods.

  • Rich, Jim and Scott look at common shooting problems and ways to fix them. Scott runs the Failure to Stop drill, and Rich demonstrates recoil management techniques. And in "Zeroing In," Jim tackles magazine care.

  • Jim and Rich share tips and techniques that can help you and others survive an active shooter scenario. Scott showcases a simple drill that trains essential skills, and he and Rich square off on whether red dots or iron sights are better for ARs.

  • SIG Academy's Hana Bilodeau joins Rich and Jim to discuss the essential skills all handgunners should master. On "This Or This," Scott and Jim take up the snubnose versus small pistol debate, and Scott runs his favorite revolver drill, the 5x5x5.

  • Jim and Scott show you how to make each trip to the shooting range a quality experience. Rich covers techniques for using a handheld flashlight, and Jim and Scott debate the pros and cons of full-size versus compact .45s.

  • Rich and Jim get into the nitty gritty of the FBI ammo protocol, firing into various barriers to illustrate what can happen to a bullet. Jim shows off his Paper Plate Fade-away drill, and Rich explains how a fighting stance can help you shoot better.

  • Team Smith & Wesson's Julie Golob joins Jim and Scott to unlock the secrets of two popular action shooting sports. Rich and Scott throw down on whether the 10mm or .45 is the best 1911 caliber. Jim demonstrates the practical Bill Drill No. 2.

  • Jim and Rich cover the benefits and the challenges presented by very small pistols. Jim and Scott debate the merits of rimfire rifle versus pistol as a survival gun, and in "En Garde" Rich demonstrates emergency shooting from a seated position.

  • Jim and Rich head to FTW Ranch for pro tips on practical accuracy with an AR, courtesy of guest Doug Dog Prichard. The guys debate whether handheld or weapon-mounted lights are best, and Jim runs a great defensive handgun drill: Changing Gears.

  • Rich and Jim explain the special challenges presented by armed self-defense in and around vehicles. In En Garde, Rich gives tips on drawing from concealment, and Scott runs the time-proven Bill Drill and reveals why it's good training.

  • Julie Golob of Team Smith & Wesson guest stars, joining Jim and Scott for a discussion of how best to introduce new shooters to the sport. Jim and Scott argue over which is best: leather holsters or Kydex. Rich demonstrates pistol reload tactics.

  • Rich, Jim and Scott discuss handgun recoil and how it affects shooters'with tips on gear selection and shooting techniques. Rich and Scott discuss the merits of different targets, and Jim shows how to set up a simple drill with paper plates.

  • Jim and Scott team up with FTW's Doug Dog Prichard to tackle long-range target shooting with bolt actions and semiautomatics. Scott explains how the Circle Drill can improve handgun proficiency. In En Garde Rich explains the concept of targeting.

  • Jim and Rich visit Gunsite's Playhouse indoor shoot-house and engage targets in low light to explain how to defend yourself in the dark with weapon lights, handheld lights and laser sights. Jim demonstrates the famed El Presidente Drill.

  • Rich and Jim are joined by SIG Academy instructor Hana Bilodeau to cover the finer points of a successful handgun draw. On This or This, Rich and Jim debate the merits of retention vs. non-retention holsters.