Saturday, May 11, 2013

41 Rules For A Gunfight

Some are for real, some are tongue in cheek, some are just plain ol' black humor.  All of these were gleaned from lists on the web.  Enjoy!

  1. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
  2. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.
  3. Your number one option for personal security is a lifelong commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and De-escalation.
  4. Do not attend a gun fight with a handgun, the caliber of which does not start with at least a “4″.
  5. You can’t miss fast enough to win.
  6. Forget about knives, bats and fists. Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns. Bring four times the ammunition you think you could ever need.
  7. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammunition is cheap - life is expensive. If you shoot inside, buckshot is your friend. A new wall is cheap - funerals are expensive
  8. Only hits count. The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.
  9. If your shooting stance is good, you're probably not moving fast enough or using cover correctly.
  10. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.
  11. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating, reloading, and running. Yell "Fire!" Why "Fire"? Cops will come with the Fire Department, sirens often scare off the bad guys, or at least cause them to lose concentration and will.... and who is going to summon help if you yell "Intruder," "Glock" or "Winchester?"
  12. Practice reloading one-handed and off-hand shooting. That's how you live if hit in your "good" side.
  13. Practice shooting in the dark, with someone shouting at you, when out of breath, etc.
  14. Regardless of whether justified of not, you will feel sad about killing another human being. It is better to be sad than to be room temperature.
  15. The only thing you EVER say afterwards is, "He said he was going to kill me. I believed him. I'm sorry, Officer, but I'm very upset now. I can't say anything more. Please speak with my attorney." 
  16. Guns have only two enemies: rust and politicians.
  17. It’s always better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
  18. Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not you.
  19. Never let someone or something that threatens you get inside arms length.
  20. Never say “I’ve got a gun.” If you need to use deadly force, the first sound they hear should be the safety clicking off.
  21. The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes, the response time of a .357 is 1400 feet per second.
  22. The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win – cheat if necessary.
  23. Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets…You may get killed with your own gun, but he’ll have to beat you to death with it, cause it’ll be empty.
  24. If you’re in a gun fight:
    If you’re not shooting, you should be loading.
    If you’re not loading, you should be moving.
    If you’re not shooting, moving or loading, you’re probably dead.
  25. In a life and death situation, do something…It may be wrong, but do something!
  26. If you carry a gun, people call you paranoid. Nonsense! If you have a gun, what do you have to be paranoid about?
  27. You can say ‘stop’ or ‘alto’ or any other word, but a large bore muzzle pointed at someone’s head is pretty much a universal language.
  28. You cannot save the planet, but you may be able to save yourself and your family
  29. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral and diagonal movement are preferred.)
  30. If you can choose what to bring to a gunfight, bring a long gun and a friend with a long gun.
  31. 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 blows the powder from the flintlock of your musket.”
  32. Have a plan.
  33. Have a back-up plan, because the first one won't work. "No battle plan ever survives 10 seconds past first contact with an enemy." Use cover or concealment as much as possible.
  34. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.
  35. Don’t drop your guard.
  36. Always tactical load and threat scan 360 degrees. 
  37. Watch their hands. Hands kill. (In God we trust. Everyone else, keep your hands where I can see them.)
  38. Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH.
  39. The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get. 
  40. Think, move, shoot.
  41. The will to survive is not as important as the will to prevail…The answer to criminal aggression is violent retaliation.


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