Friday, November 18, 2016

25 "Rules" Of A Gunfight: Revisited In Detail (Part 2)

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.

17. Always tactical reload and threat scan 360 degrees.
A tactical reload is the action of reloading a weapon that has only fired a few rounds out of its magazine, and retaining the original magazine. Scanning is keeping your head on a swivel.

18. Watch their hands. Hands kill.
In God we trust. Everyone else, keep your hands where I can see them.

19. Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH.
Knowing when to pull your weapon is important and knowing when to press the trigger is even more important. Restraint is something a concealed carrier must always have. Emotional control and good sense helps a lot.

20. The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.
Finishing does not always mean shooting. Finishing can mean retreat. Avoidance is always preferable to a gunfight. Getting shot less, or not at all, is the goal.

21. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
This does not say kill indiscriminately, but have a plan.

22. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.
Treating others well is important. Friends can be costly. I’m not saying have no friends, just choose them wisely.

23. Your number one option for personal security is a lifelong commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation.
This one is obvious.

24. Do not attend a gun fight with a handgun, the caliber of which does not start with anything smaller than “4”.
So that means 9mm is good… I’m not a big proponent of this philosophy. Rule 1 applies. A gun, any gun, is better than no gun. I have killed animals with a .22. The caliber size is not that important. Shot placement IS important. Even with well-placed shots, some people continue on to be a threat. Placement is more important than caliber.

25. You can’t miss fast enough to win.
Another call to practice. Training on a regular basis is the only thing that may save you. Luck may play into it, but relying on luck is hardly a strategy.

Rules of a gunfight is a misnomer. There are really no rules in a gunfight. These are just things to remember and to try an implement. Every situation is different and unique. Knowing what is and is not cover is important. There is not so much cover out there as you might expect. Not only that, attackers can go around cover just like you can. If they are determined, they will do everything they can to get at you. Shooting and moving becomes very important to you.
Train like your life depends on it, because it truly does.

Semper Paratus
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