Thursday, November 17, 2016

25 "Rules" Of A Gunfight: Revisited In Detail (Part 1)

I thought that I’d give a more detailed definition of each “rule” In a previous article, “25 ‘Rules’ Of A Gunfight” posted 9/28/2016.
1. Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns.
This a humorous way of telling you that networking with friends, family, and others of like shooting mind is a good idea. I’m not suggesting starting a militia, but several friends you can shoot with, share experiences and info with, and enjoy shooting with together.
2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap – life is expensive.
When shooting in self-defense you must shoot until the threat is no longer a threat. That can be a few things. The threat could be down and not moving. They could have retreated. They could have stopped because getting shot is not fun. But make no mistake, you may have to shoot several times to stop the threat. But if one shot floors the threat, stop shooting. It could be considered something more than defense if you empty your magazine. Stop the threat and nothing more.

3. Only hits count. The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.
Practice. If you make the decision to carry get training and practice. You need to hit your target if you must shoot. It’s not as easy as it looks. You want to stop a threat and you can only do that if you are reasonably good with your gun. Don’t think that in your moment of truth you will become Jerry Miculek and hit every shot. Without practice you may hit something (or someone) else.

4. If your shooting stance is good, you’re probably not moving fast enough or using cover correctly.
Lots of people put a lot into a shooting “stance”. I don’t. I mean you need to be in a good position to manage recoil and be able to bring the sights up to you line of sight, but self-defense rarely affords you the luxury of stance.

5. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral and diagonal movement are preferred.)
The Army teaches the mantra “Shoot, Move, Communicate.” Moving is an important part of self-defense. Most people don’t train with a lot of movement.

6. If you can choose what to bring to a gunfight, bring a long gun and a friend with a long gun.
If you watch a team of law enforcement or military that are going into a building you will notice that all will have a rifle and a sidearm. Given the choice, a rifle is always the best option. Rifles are more accurate, and generally have more power.

7. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.
Ask someone who has been there. No one remembers the load of their rounds nor does anyone care. Survival is number one. If someone tells you the mission is above survival, I would tell them that I am more committed to my family and caring for them and their welfare than any mission. Being professional is one thing, going home is another thing.

8. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating, reloading, and running.
Preferably all simultaneously.

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 blows the powder from 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.
As in all combat, use your resources wisely. Give it your all and don’t give up.

11. Always cheat, always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.
All is fair in love and war. This can be attributed to John Lyly's 'Euphues' (1578). The quote was "The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war." John Lyly was a Renaissance English poet and playwright. Do not play by rules when it comes to self-defense. I’m not saying break moral and written law, but do whatever you need to survive.

12. Have a plan.
Practice thinking of plans quickly. “If he does this, then I’ll do this…” Being able to plan quickly and adapt quickly may keep you alive.

13. Have a back-up plan, because the first one won’t work.
The old saying “2 is 1 and 1 is none” applies here.

14. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.
The natural thing to do in wild situation is duck! That natural instinct should be used as much as possible. Learn the difference between cover and concealment.

15. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.
Flank is not a common term unless you were in the Army. It means the side. In the military the side of a formation. Hitting someone from their flank keeps them off balance. Often someone can be “blindsided”, this is being hit on the side. Keeping your head on a swivel can prevent being hit in the flank.

16. Don’t drop your guard.
Being vigilant about your security is what we all should be. Being in condition Yellow is another way of saying it.

Semper Paratus
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