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USMC Rules for Gunfighting (explained & expanded)

Posted by Prairie Guns on November 12, 2009 at 10:57 PM

I am sure that many of you have seen the 24 "USMC Rules for Gunfighting".  The rules might seem humorous at first read, but there is a great deal of wisdom contained in them - and not just for Marines in a gunfight!  The principles - when reduced to universal standards - apply to all of us in defensive shooting.  I am hoping over the nexr few weeks to look ever so briefly at these rules and show how they actually do apply to all of us.  So, here we go with week #1...

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


I sure cannot argue with that!  The first lesson we might take away is to ALWAYS carry your firearm.  If you are a concealed carry permit holder, make it a point to ALWAYS carry whenever you can legally do so. 

Secondly, it does not hurt to carry a backup gun.  With the plethora of high-quality diminutive semi-autos and revolvers on the market today, it becomes very easy to follow this rule and  carry a second gun. 

The final clause might escape us at first read, but for the civilian world I would take it as an admonition to see that all persons in your household who are able to carry and use firearms safely are ready to do so, and that they (as well as you) are armed at all times.  The revolver in a locked box upstairs does you or your wife no good when a home invasion catches you both unarmed on the first floor. 

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