Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Gunfighter's Rules Explained (Part one)

I have been thinking about this for a few days, and I have decided that I am going to break down some of the rules that I posted a few days ago, for those of you that don't habla "Gunspeak".

I will be doing this in small doses so you can digest this, here are the first two:

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

Simply, this means that it is better to have more guns and more people with guns on your side than your opponent(s). The notion that more isn't always better can apply to gunfights... but it usually doesn't.

2. Anyone worth shooting is worth shooting more than once. Ammo is cheap.

This is an absolute truth and is designed to make the gunfighter understand that putting one shot on your intended target is potentially life threatening for YOU. Terminal ballistics can be a tricky thing, and what you really want to do when you shoot someone is to cause multiple massive trauma to him/her. There are many documented cases of instances where a person was shot (without finality) by an officer and the wounded assailant stayed in the fight and ended up killing the officer. Most notably during the so-called "FBI shootout" in Florida twenty years ago.

The idea is to shoot your subject enough take him out of the fight. My rule is a minimum of three shots to the torso, delivered in rapid succession.

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