One ought to know one’s forebears, which in our case means gunfighter history…at least if you’re one of our readers to whom gun handling is of more than an academic interest. B-B-C
‘Jelly’ Bryce: FBI Gunfighter
News Desk, via Shooting Illustrated (Shootingillustrated.com)
Jacob “Jelly” Bryce was a legendary law enforcement officer in the 1930’s -40’s. His career ranged from detective for the Auto Theft bureau in the Oklahoma City Police Department (OCPD) to FBI officer and shooting instructor at the FBI Academy.
“A great many impressive exhibition shooters have come to public attention since the days of Wild West shows, but none put their speed and accuracy to deadly effect in enforcing the law.”
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“This was a man who amassed a considerable reputation for deadly shootings, but he did so in a time and place where record-keeping was, at best, marginal. As the gun battles continued to stack up, so did the folklore about Bryce and his skills. “
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“…we can assume he had a steely resolve when facing a lethal confrontation. He may have presided at the demise of as many as 19 felons and that alone makes him unique among peace officers. There have been a number of masters of the trick-shooting game, but few have fired shots in anger to the degree of Jelly Bryce, a man who knew fightin’ iron.”
Thankfully for those of us interested in gunfighter history, Wiley Clapp of Shooting Illustrated recently published a biography about Jelly Bryce. You can read the full article online at SI, Jelly Bryce: FBI Gunfighter. Additionally, PBS ran a series about American Lawmen. Here is a clip from episode 6 about Jelly Bryce:
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