Monday, August 29, 2005

Yet More "Rules of Gunfighting"

You're all familiar with the basic rules of gunfighting, the first of which is, of course, "Have a gun." I cribbed these from last week's Carnival of Cordite (where I was graciously mentioned, thank you, Gullyborg!):
US Marine Corp Rules for Gunfighting

1. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.
2. Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH.
3. Have a plan.
4. Have a back-up plan, because the first one probably won't work.
5. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
6. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun whose caliber does not start with a "4."
7. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.
8. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral & diagonal preferred.)
9. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.
10. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.
11. Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.
12. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.
13. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating your intention to shoot
Navy SEAL Rules for Gunfighting

1. Look very cool in sunglasses.
2. Kill every living thing within view.
3. Adjust Speedo.
4. Check hair in mirror.
I especially like Marine #5 — "Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet." Reminds me of when I was first starting out in this stuff. I was, like, 29 years old and had just started "combat shooting." I go out for burger and fries with a bunch of guys I shot with...one a SWAT commander; one a Vietnam Special Forces vet and two visiting Brit SAS guys. We're sitting there eating the MacWhatever burgers and one of the SAS guys turns to the SWAT commander and says, "What do you think?" The SWAT commander quietly starts pointing out people, "Him first...head shot...head shot...double tap...double tap..." One of the SAS guys says, "Sorry, mate...the girl behind the counter...can't see her hands, so she's a head shot, too." The other SAS guy pats me on the shoulder. "Don't worry," he says. "You'll get used to it. Eventually, it won't even feel weird."

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Him first....? Run out of time again?

Michael Bane said...

Sorry...CBF*

(* Critical Brain Manlfunction)

mb

shooter said...

Gee, sounds like my combat shooting nights. Get a pizza afterwards with the group and it is a race to see who gets the seats facing the exits.

Guy N said...

Great stuff for military and/or law enforcement, but, to me, for civilians, the first rule of a gun fight is to not be there. Be somewhere else.

Generally, for military/police, if you know there's going to bea gun fight, take lots of other guys with you.

Guy N

Michael Bane said...

Ah Guy, true enough!

During a radio interview I said something to the effect that if you don't frequent the criminal underclass — buy drugs (even marijuana!!), cruise for soiled doves, stop in at biker bars for a quick beer, etc. — you're very unlikely to experience violence a la television.

Perversely, a few weeks later I found myself drawing down on a miscreant intent on robbing me in a rural supermarket.

Go figure!

mb

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