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Rules for Gun Fighting


Marine Corp Rules for Gun Fighting:

1. Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns.

2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Your life is expensive.

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

4. If your shooting stance is good, you're probably not moving fast enough nor using cover correctly.

5. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral and diagonal movement are preferred.


6. If you can choose what to bring to a gunfight, bring a long gun and a friend with a long gun.

7. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.

8. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating, reloading, and running.

9. Accuracy is relative: most combat shooting standards will be more dependent on "pucker factor" than the inherent accuracy of the gun.

9.5 Use a gun that works EVERY TIME.

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

11. Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.

12. Have a plan.

13. Have a back-up plan, because the first one won't work.

14. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.

15. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect Your Ass.

16. Don't drop your guard.

17. Always tactical load and threat scan 360 degrees.

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.

20. The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

21. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone and everything you meet and see.

22. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.

23. Your number one Option for Personal Security is a lifelong commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation.

24. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun, the caliber of which does not start with a ".


Navy Rules to Gun Fighting:

1. Go to Sea.

2. Send in the Marines.

3. Drink Coffee.

4. Play with your Toys on your desk.

Army Rules to Gun Fighting:

1. Go Back to Sleep.

2. Send in the Marines.

3. Wake up and have a Cup of Coffee.

4. Tell the General the Enemy Retreated and Couldn't be Found.

Air Force Rules to Gun Fighting:

1. Blow the **** out of everything on the ground.

2. Send in the Marines to kill what’s left.

3. Have a Cup of Coffee and wait for the Marine Recon Report.

4. Take ALL the Credit.

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Never realized you were a Marine until I saw your signature.:rofl:
Good post.:flag:

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Being retired Air Force, I can only say.......




P.S. Anybody remember what the acronym F.L.D.P.B.K. stood for?...
A Marine Corps buddy told me it was used fairly widely in South East Asia...He's a little older than me bye the way,:biglaugh: I missed that one by about 3 years.

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