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Part 3 of the USMC Rules for Gunfighting (explained & expanded)

Posted by Prairie Guns on November 18, 2009 at 7:42 AM

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

This should, of course, stand to reason.  As a variation might go "it is better to hit with a .22 than to miss with a .44".  I believe it was Massad Ayoob who said something like "in a gunfight it is not a matter of who gets off the first shot, but who gets off the first shot that hits its intended target."

The bottom line is that you need to hit your target.  The first part of the rule should teach us that we need to train constantly (or at least often and regularly) with our defensive firearm(s).  While no amount of "practice" is an absolute guarantee of 100% accuracy, you cannot become a better shooter by only reading magazines and following blogs! A shooter needs to get out to the range and shoot - preferably with a trainer or a partner who can help with some drills or at the very least watch you shoot with a critical eye and perhaps offer some constructive advice on what you are doing (or not doing).

With the right amount of the right kind of training, the basic motions that are used in the defensive use of firearms can become more natural and some degree of muscle memory should develop - the skills will become more "natural" and easier to perform time after time.  This will hopefully go a long way toward addressing the second part of this rule and help you avoid the only thing worse than a miss.

Practice, practice, practice.  But be sure to practice the right things, for as we said earlier, "practice makes permanent."


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Reply Ron McCullough
1:05 PM on March 15, 2010 
Semper Fi!
You are bringing back memories of the training I received in the 80's as a grunt- good stuff!