Gun fighting rules

These rules are from a former Marine who became a police officer. They were given to me by a retired Rochester NY police officer.

Rules of gun fighting:

1 ) Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

2 ) Have a gun. Preferably have at least two guns.

3 ) Bring all your friends who have guns.

4 ) Anyone worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo’s cheap; life’s expensive. There’s no additional paperwork for shooting someone twice.

5 ) Only hits count. The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.

6 ) If your shooting stance is good, you’re not moving fast enough.

7 ) If you’re not shooting you should be communicating, reloading or running.

8 ) Always cheat. Always win. The only unfair gun fight is one you lose.

9 ) If you find yourself in a fair fight, you didn’t plan your mission properly.

10 ) Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it’s empty.

11 ) Use cover or concealment as much as possible.

12 ) Following  a re-load, do a 360-degree threat scan.

13 ) Become aggressive enough, quickly enough. The faster you finish a gunfight, the less shot you’ll get.

14 ) Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one. Your number one option for personal security is avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation.

15 ) Do not attend a gun fight with a handgun whose caliber does not start with a “4”.

16 ) Carry the same gun in the same place all the time.

17 ) In ten years nobody will remember the details; just who lived.

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2 Comments on “Gun fighting rules”

  1. Frank Paolo Says:

    Had a cop friend once who told me if he ever got into a gun battle, he was instructed to shoot the perp 8- times and then shoot the final round into the ceiling as a ‘warning shot.”

  2. Jen Says:

    Well that’s just a lovely article. You might also enjoy the last episode of Boston Legal. Or that old fart ex-star trek priceline guy might enjoy your article.


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