Handguns & Defensive Weapons is one of the most popular shooting shows on the Sportsman Channel It is co-hosted by Richard Nance, James Tarr, and J. Scott Rupp. Its primary mission is to cover guns, ammunition and accessories for personal protection—primarily home defense and concealed carry—but the show also highlights recreational shooting and other gun-related activities. Individual segments focus on defensive tactics, product reviews, shooting advice and more.
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 —including his 2016 novel, “Whorl”— 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.