[April 16, 2021] An article I wrote last month on the rules of a gunfight was popular, especially among younger readers of my leadership blog. So, I decided to follow up. Here are five MORE rules of a gunfight with comments.
Most of us will go through our entire lives without having to fire a shot. That means those police officers, military personnel, and others who carry a gun professionally will rarely be in a situation to fire their weapon. One day, however, you might. Here are more rules to follow in a gunfight.
- Accuracy is relative; most combat shooting standards will be more dependent on “pucker factor” than the gun’s inherent accuracy. Comment: Be quick or be dead. The blast of a gun is deafening. If you are forced into a gunfight, remember there will be shock from the muzzle blast of the gun going off. Keep your head, and you will survive.
- Always cheat, always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose. Comment: When lives are on the line, be ready to overwhelm the bad guys. You must be prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives, and that is why you bring lots of friends with lots of guns.
- Use a gun that works EVERY TIME. Comment: Have the right tools for the job. Always be armed with a gun that works every time. Reliability counts, so take good care of it. “All skill is in vain when an Angel blows the powder from the flintlock of your musket.”
- Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty. Comment: “Never, never, never give up.” Fight to the end with everything you have, and don’t let the other guy get the drop on you. Use all your resources, don’t hold back extra rounds.
- Train hard. Practice, Practice, Practice. Comment: Practice shooting in the dark, with someone yelling at you, when out of breath, when tired, and under different scenarios. Shoot often. Go alone and with friends. Shoot left and right-handed. Shoot different types of guns. Get used to the sounds and smells of gunpowder. Be prepared.
Many people train all their lives for that one time they may get into a gunfight. That is a good thing. If you are not ready, you and possibly your family and friends will die. The Boy Scouts have it right, be prepared in everything you do.
When you are the good guy, there is no such thing as being unprincipled when someone’s life is at stake. Yell, scream, throw things (mostly bullets). Someday, someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it’s empty.
Note: Rules were selected from “30 Rules of a Gunfight” by Shannon McGurk on his blog titled You Matter As a Man: https://authenticmasculinity.com/rules-of-a-gunfight/