Rules of a Gunfight

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    Rules of a Gunfight

    I forget which book I saw these in but I thought I would post them. I am sure they have been floated around somewhere, but reviews and reminders are always good.

    Rules for a Gunfight

    1. If you know you are headed to a gunfight, DONíT GO
    2. If you have no choice, and the gunfight is brought to you, have a gun Ė preferably two. Have lots of ammunition. Rifles and shotguns are better than handguns except in confined places like a doorway or a hallway.
    3. Be courteous to everyone; drop your guard for no one.
    4. Be polite. Be professional. But realize that everyone you see (or donít see) can present a threat. Immediately formulate a plan to neutralize every threat you encounter.
    5. Have a backup plan, because the first one probably wonít work.
    6. Use a gun that works flawlessly every time with your carry ammunition.
    7. Act quickly and decisively, but donít act too soon or overreact.
    8. Use cover
    9. Use cover
    10. Use cover
    11. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting more than once. Donít stop shooting until the threat has stopped.
    12. Realize that every shot you fire hits somewhere. A miss on your attacker may hit an innocent. Take bystanders and backstops into account.
    13. A hit with a small caliber is better than a miss with a .45.
    14. Forget Weaver. If your shooting stance is proper, you are not moving fast enough or using cover correctly.
    15. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral and diagonal movements are best.)
    16. In ten years, nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance or tactics. They will only remember who lived.
    17. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating, reloading and/or running.
    18. Win at any cost (except harm to innocents). There is no such thing as a fair fight. Somebody will have the advantage. Make sure it is you.
    19. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect your own flank.
    20. Watch the hands. Eyes might be the windows to the soul, but hands kill. (In God we trust. Everyone else, keep your hands where I can see them.)
    21. After you stop the assailant, scan for others. Always threat-scan 360 degrees.
    22. When searching for bad guys, look for exposed parts of the body (foot, hand, etc.) not just a full body.
    23. The sooner the fight ends, the less shot you will get.
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    Good points...all of them, especially #1.
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    18 kinda touched on it, but it doesnt really spell out the most important rule... there are none.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    18 kinda touched on it, but it doesnt really spell out the most important rule... there are none.
    That (and several of them actually) reminded me of another [rule]: "If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck."

    Never saw that list, good post exactlymtpoint.
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    I too old for a long drawn out combat scenario...

    1, 3, 11, 18...about sums it up for me!

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    If you are not cheating you are not trying hard enough.

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    Rules of a Gunfight
    Two, primarily:
    • Avoid, if able (#1); and
    • Go home alive (#18).

    Everything else is fair game, as your life is truly hanging in the balance. It might well dictate avoidance in certain circumstances, or a "good offense" in others. Either way, it will take some doing, 'cause the attacker isn't going to throw in the towel merely because you're inconvenienced, afraid, more worried about your family than he is, etc. Go home alive. If you do that, you've succeeded, though, as some have said, the only way to "win" is to not have been in one.
    Your best weapon is your brain. Don't leave home without it.
    Thoughts: Justifiable self defense (A.O.J.).
    Explain: How does disarming victims reduce the number of victims?
    Reason over Force: The Gun is Civilization (Marko Kloos).
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    Couple of rules I use as an assistant FMA instructor:

    #1) NEVER kick your own a$$.
    #2) If you're not cheating, you're not trying hard enough.

    -JT

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    I always thought the rule following "bring a gun" was "bring all your friends with guns".
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    How about: "If you get killed with your own firearm, it should be because your were beaten with it after you ran out of ammo."
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    Cool post...some other points

    I often find that everyone has a plan until they get punched in the nose.

    Be aware, a man surprised is half beaten.

    Your worst has got to be better than their best.

    You had all your life to prepare for this moment. Why aren’t you ready?
    Training means learning the rules. Experience means learning the exceptions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by semperfi.45 View Post
    Be aware, a man surprised is half beaten. Your worst has got to be better than their best.
    So very true. With weapons, trying to be nice during such an attack can literally be the last thing one ever does. Thanks for the reminder.
    Your best weapon is your brain. Don't leave home without it.
    Thoughts: Justifiable self defense (A.O.J.).
    Explain: How does disarming victims reduce the number of victims?
    Reason over Force: The Gun is Civilization (Marko Kloos).
    NRA, GOA, OFF, ACLDN.

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