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Rules of Gunfighting

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by mrhuckins, May 7, 2005.

  1. mrhuckins

    mrhuckins Guest

    Intersting read from The Gun Zone

    The absolute First Rule of a Gunfight, in Mark Moritz' brilliantly enunciated aphorism, is "Have a gun!" The rest will supplement that first rule....
    1. Have a gun.
    a. Preferably, have at least two guns.
    b. Bring all of your friends who have guns.
    2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.
    a. "Why did you shoot only once? There's no additional paperwork for shooting someone twice!" -- Firearms Instructor P.O.J.D., MOS debriefing after a shooting.
    b. Bring ammo.
    i. The right ammo.
    ii. Lots of it.
    3. Only hits count. The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.
    4. If your shooting stance is good, you're probably not moving fast enough or using cover correctly.
    5. Proximity negates skill. Distance is your friend. (Lateral and diagonal movement are preferred.)
    6. If you can choose what to bring to a gunfight, bring a long gun... and a friend with a long gun.
    7. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance or tactics. They will only remember who lived.
    8. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating, reloading and running.
    9. Accuracy is relative: most combat shooting standards will be more dependent on "pucker factor" than the inherent accuracy of the gun. Use a gun that works every time. "All skill is in vain when an Angel pisses in the flintlock of your musket."
    10. Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty.
    11. Always cheat, always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.
    a. "If you find yourself in a fair fight, you didn't plan your mission properly."
    This is the law:
    The purpose of fighting is to win.
    There is no possible victory in defense.
    The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either.
    The final weapon is the brain.
    All else is supplemental.
    - John Steinbeck (courtesy of Ken Campbell)
    12. Have a plan.
    a. Have a back-up plan, because the first one won't work.
    13. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.
    (Consequences of not enough of the above.)
    14. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect your own flank.
    15. Don't drop your guard.
    16. Always perform a tactical reload and then threat scan 360 degrees.
    17. Watch their hands. Hands kill. (In God we trust. Everyone else, keep your hands where I can see them.)
    18. Decide to be aggressive enough, quickly enough.
    19. The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.
    20. Be polite. Be professional. But... have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
    21. Be courteous to everyone. Friendly to no one.
    22. Your number one option for Personal Security is a lifelong commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation.
    23. Do not attend a gun fight with a handgun whose caliber does not start with a "4."
    a. Nothing handheld is a reliable stopper.
    24. Carry the same gun in the same place all the time.
  2. Hal

    Hal Well-Known Member

    "Rules of Gunfighting "

    #1 - Avoid it if at all possible. Do any and everthing in your power to not get involved. Run away and be labeled a *coward* if that's what it takes.
    #2 - Win. If rule #1 doesn't work.

    Good read though.- Although I tend to disagree with this one somewhat:
    "The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either. "

    From Le Morte d'Arthur - Chapter XXV - when Arthur has been given Excaliber by the Lady of the Lake:

    "Then Sir Arthur looked on the sword, and liked it passing well.
    Whether liketh you better, said Merlin, the sword or the
    scabbard? Me liketh better the sword, said Arthur. Ye are more
    unwise, said Merlin, for the scabbard is worth ten of the swords,
    for whiles ye have the scabbard upon you, ye shall never lose no
    blood, be ye never so sore wounded; therefore keep well the
    scabbard always with you."

    In my mind, If I can escape unscathed by the "shield", I've achieved the same result @ a lower "cost". It all boils down to how you define "shield" I guess. I'd say that a simple display of the "sword" (gun) would equate to the same thing as a "shield".

    In the real world - ~ 2 million (est) times a year, the simple presence of a firearm is enough to stop a potential criminal. The gun in these cases isn't (or shouldn't - brandishing for example) being used in an offensive manner as much as it is in a defensive manner.

    CTI1USNRET Well-Known Member

    In a gunfight it's a million times more important to NOT BE SHOT than to shoot your attacker.
  4. Smoke

    Smoke Well-Known Member

    Old, so very old. DO a search..

  5. MaterDei

    MaterDei Well-Known Member

    Good. So very good. Thanks for posting this.
  6. mrhuckins

    mrhuckins Guest

    Thanks MaterDei,

    I thought it was an interesting read, and brought up some valid points. BTW, this is my 100th post, and I have this thoery, that when you make 100 posts, you become a Senior Member of THR. If I'm correct, I am very pleased to join this very exclusive club! I have to leave now, I think I'm going to cry. :(
  7. mrhuckins

    mrhuckins Guest

    I was right!! Do I get a discount on guns now, or a secret decoder ring or something?
  8. Mongo the Mutterer

    Mongo the Mutterer Well-Known Member

    Excellent post. Showed it to the fiance. Goin to the range this PM with 400rds 9mm and .45. Punchin holes! :evil:
  9. Mongo the Mutterer

    Mongo the Mutterer Well-Known Member

    Hey I get the "senior member" stuff. When, oh when, do I lose the newbie? :neener:
  10. Rexrider

    Rexrider Well-Known Member

    Lets see....
    When you joined you should have bought ammo for everyone. Now that you are a "Senior Member" I believe you buy everyone drinks (of everyone's choice....be it alcoholic or non-alcoholic)

    I will have a Yueghling Laguer

    Thank you very much
  11. Edmond

    Edmond Well-Known Member

    :D I like the sound of that.
  12. english kanigit

    english kanigit Well-Known Member

    What was it I saw on here one time?

    "A 9mm might expand but a .45 won't shrink." :D
  13. Double Maduro

    Double Maduro Well-Known Member

    There is only 1 rule to a gun fight.

    There are no rules!

  14. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Your secret decoder ring is in your private E-mail box. You do remember the magic pass word, right?

    I'm going to have to dwell on that one awhile. It suddenly seems to me many things are cheap, whereas life is expensive.
  15. jobu07

    jobu07 Well-Known Member

    And we all know that no matter if it starts with a 4, 3, 5, 2, etc, it doesn't mean a thing if it doesn't find its mark... ;)
  16. natedog

    natedog Well-Known Member

    Better not use one of those wussy .357 Magnums.
  17. mrhuckins

    mrhuckins Guest


    I think I popped my newbie cherry at 30 posts

    Your drink is in the mail sir!
  18. jefnvk

    jefnvk Well-Known Member

    When fighting for your life, there is no such thing as fighting dirty. If it comes down to life and death, I'm kicking the guy square between the legs.
  19. mrhuckins

    mrhuckins Guest


    I agree with you there, but I would do you one better by summing it up like this:

    After a fight is over there is just the winner and the loser. What matters is how you get there. Sometimes the fight isn't over until the court battle is finished. And in the big scheme of things, the fight may not be over until all concerned parties answer to God (if you believe in the hereafter).
  20. goalie

    goalie Well-Known Member

    I like these better:

    1. If you can walk away, walk away.
    2. If you cannot walk away, run away.
    3. If you cannot run away, you didn't walk away soon enough.
    4. If you have to shoot, shoot until the threat stops or slidelock, whichever comes first.

    Much later you run into the last rule:

    5. Let your attorney do your talking.

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