Handguns and Defensive Weapons is one of the most popular shooting shows on the Sportsman Channel, combining the most popular features of two of our most well-known shooting shows, Handguns and Personal Defense. It is co-hosted by Richard Nance, James Tarr and J. Scott Rupp and covers everything from competition to self-defense, pocket guns to long distance rifles. We are there to educate, inform, and have fun.
Richard Nance is a full-time, municipal police officer with a Northern California police department. During his nearly 20-year career, Richard has served as a SWAT Team Leader, Firearms Instructor, and Defensive Tactics Instructor in addition to his patrol duties. Richard writes for Handguns and Guns & Ammo magazines and is the author of the book, gunFIGHT! – An Integrated Approach to Shooting and Fighting in Close Quarters.
James Tarr is a former police officer who spent 17 years as a private investigator in the Detroit area. However, the most dangerous job he ever had was driving an armored car around Detroit. An avid competition shooter, he has a Grand Master rating from the USPSA and has won state and area championships. Tarr has had several books published and is currently a Contributing Editor with Handguns Magazine, Rifle Shooter Magazine, and FIREARMS News.
J. Scott Rupp is editor-in-chief of Handguns and Rifle Shooter magazines and has served as executive producer on Handguns and Personal Defense television shows as well as producer/co-host on Ruger Inside & Out. He is a former member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit and was an NRA All American small-bore rifle shooter at Eastern Kentucky University.