USMC Rules for Gunfighting

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by Molon Labe, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. Molon Labe

    Molon Labe Come And Get'em

    For those who have not seen them here are the USMC Rules For Gunfighting. When discussing being prepared many of these should be listened to, not for gunfighting but preparedness in general.

    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. 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.

    10. Use a gun that works EVERY TIME.

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

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

    13. Have a plan.

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

    15. Use cover or concealment as much as possible. The visible target should be in FRONT of your gun.

    16. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.

    17. Don't drop your guard.

    18. Always tactical load and threat scan 360 degrees.

    19. Watch their hands. Hands kill. (In God we trust. Everyone else, keep your hands where I can see them).

    20. Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH.

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

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

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

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

    25. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun, the caliber of which does not start with a "4."
  2. RedRocker

    RedRocker Active Member

    Words to "live" by.

  3. Big B

    Big B Well-Known Member

    Haaaa Haaaa!!!!!!!

    Good stuff Molan :D
  4. Raven348

    Raven348 Active Member

    "25. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun, the caliber of which does not start with a "4.""

    I get the first part, a weapon without stock is always inferior. But the second part; is 4." the calibre of the bore or the calibre of the barrel length? 4 inches is pretty big (100 mm) for bore, but pretty small for barrel length.
  5. ke4sky

    ke4sky ke4sky

    Refers to caliber

    The "4" should be preceded by a decimal point, because it refers to the caliber, the author obviously liked the .45 vs. the 9mm

    However, caliber comparisons on a round-for-round basis are unrealistic. If armed with a handgun you need to consider whether your survivability is enhanced carrying an 9mm NATO M9 pistol and 2 magazines carrying a total of 45 rounds, or an M1911A1 .45 ACP with the same number of mags, but only 21 rounds.

    I've seen many more accidental and negligent discharges with single-action autopistols than with DA types. The .45 is harder to shoot well, requires more training and frequent practice to maintain proficiency. While there are modern DA .45 autopistols, the greater weight and cube of .45ammunition is a factor. Persons choosing a handgun for defense who are not shooting enthusiasts, or whose situation precludes frequent practice to maintain skill with the heavier caliber will be better and adequately served by 9mm pistols or a .38 revolver, using one of the better, proven personal defense ammunitions which are now available.

    Summing up, the statement quoted is a gross over-simplification. A good resource to learn more is: FBI Handgun Wounding Factors and Effectiveness - Since I do not want to start a gun thread, it's best we just end it here.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2009
  6. JohnFord

    JohnFord New Member

    Fighting Marines

    When I was in the Corps, they told us that only four kinds of people get into fist fights.

    1) Children.
    2) Foolish, drunken young men.
    3) Highly paid professional athletes.
    4) People who are out of ammunition.
  7. JohnFord

    JohnFord New Member

    And another thing. . . .

    Police statistics reveal that of all those killed in handgun duels, 70 percent die of multiple wounds that are inflicted from a distance of less than 5 feet. Ergo: target practice with a handgun is largely a waste of time. The main thing is to be quick and resolute.

    My own belief is that if your target is so far away that you actually have to AIM the weapon to hit it, you should be using a long gun.
  8. backlash

    backlash Well-Known Member

    A handgun is used to fight your way back to your rifle, that you should of had to start with. :D