Film Poster from the movie Gunfight in Abilene

Film Poster from the movie Gunfight in Abilene (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  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 or 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. “All skill is in vain when an Angel blows the powder from the flintlock of your musket.”
  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.
  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. Every one 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 gun fight with a handgun, the caliber of which does not start with anything smaller than “4.”

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14 responses »

  1. JH says:

    Hi Dan,

    Thanks for following my blog. I hope you’re doing well and staying safe abroad. Take care. 🙂

  2. Backup Plan… bring a wheel barrow, a butterfly net, 12 flashlights (thanks Nut), a couple knives, some trail mix, a pack of oreos, 53 metric tons of Urea and a handful of wheat seed, keys to the connex with the giant rat in it, a pack of handi wipes, and my pink Crocs….and stop along the way to buy some chickens…if I can get some cash to spend.

  3. Jules Knapp says:

    26. WTSHF- become a smaller target and don’t get tunnel vision. Keep your head on a swivel!

    Thanks for moving her down….perhaps it’s not being able to see her eyes or her hands (clearly). Why does it look like she’s carrying something in her pooch?

  4. Tom says:

    Never forget rule 26: The only hero seeking should be after the gun fight and that’s the sandwich.

  5. Azdevnull says:

    I’d say rule 25 should be “The best handgun to bring to a gunfight is the one you have on you” I have and carry a .45, but perforate a guy enough times with a 9mm and he’ll spend less time in the fight.

  6. PV says:

    The main aim of a gunfight is quick and steady!!!!

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