Sunday, November 29, 2009

Starting with the Fundamentals

10 Simple Rules of Life as a Gun Fighter

1. Bring a gun, preferably two.
2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice.
3. Only hits count.
4. If your shooting stance is good, you're probably not moving fast enough or using cover correctly.
5. Keep shooting until the threat no longer exists.
6. If you can choose what to bring to a gun fight, bring a long gun and a friend.
7. In ten years, no one will remember the details of caliber, stance or tactics. They will remember only who lived.
8. If you are not shooting, you should be reloading or running.
9. Accuracy is relative; most combat shooting standards will be more dependent on "pucker factor" than the inherent accuracy of the gun.
10. Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty.

Author Unknown - excerpt from Tactical Pistol Shooting, Erik Lawrence (2005)

Hello and welcome - This blog's dedicated to discussing thoughts and issues related to shooting and learning how to shoot well and reliably under stressful circumstances. With the number of new gun owners in the US since the 2008 election, it strikes me that novices may need some encouragement to get out the range and become experienced so that gun does not become a liability when you really need it. I fell in love the first time I shot a 1911 .45 ACP pistol, got my first gun on Mother's Day 2009, and have shot at least 4,000 rounds through all kinds of firearms since that day, I trust my enthusiasm will be contagious. Enjoy!


Darby said...

don't shoot...guns scare me. but reading doesn't! I'll read!! (love you!)

annie oakley said...

Frankly, Darby, they used to scare me too. Then out of curiosity and because a friend was signing up, I took a course in gun safety. Whether or not you ever want to own a gun, it's critical to understand how to handle guns safely, how they function, how loud they are when shot, what they can and cannot do, and how to unload them. I no longer fear guns, and while I don't think everyone will be as enthusiastic as I have become about gun ownership and marksmanship after taking a gun safety course, I think it would be wise if people became more informed. Did you know that marksmanship used to be taught in public high schools? I wish it was today, so that guns would lose their mystery, and kids would understand the seriousness of using a gun and consequences when used used improperly. What do you think?