Old West Advice…Lessons Learned from Wyatt Earp

OLD WEST ADVICE…LESSONS LEARNED FROM WYATT EARP

 

1. “No wise man ever took a handgun to a gunfight.”

Earp obviously knew the advantage of weapon superiority. If you know your opponent is armed with a handgun, bring a shotgun, or rifle. Give yourself every advantage possible. You don’t want to fight fair. You fight to win. Something to think about for home defense.

2. “The most important lesson I ever learned was the winner of a gunplay usually was the one who took his time. The second was if I hoped to live on the frontier, I would shun flashy trick-shooting, grandstand play, as I would poison. In all my life as a frontier peace officer, I did not know a really proficient gunfighter who had anything but contempt for the gun fanner, or man who literally shot from the hip.”

The saying “slow is smooth, smooth is fast” applies here. Also, a fast miss never neutralized anyone. Guns have sights on them for a reason. Use them! Pick up your front sight during combat shooting. As Gunsite, famous fighting school preaches, “front sight, press” is the key to winning armed confrontations.

3. “Fast is Fine, But Accuracy is Everything…”

Again, a fast miss never helped anyone.

Take the time to use your front sight for making solid hits. The spray and pray mentality is useless with today’s high-capacity semi-autos.

4. “The most important lesson I learned was the winner of a gunplay usually was the one who took his time.”
This is related to #3. Take your time, but do it quickly, ensuring a smooth draw. Pick your front sight up and press your trigger smoothly, not jerking your shot, missing your adversary.

5. “Shooting at a man who is returning the compliment means going into action with the greatest speed of which a man’s muscles are capable, but mentally unflustered by an urge to hurry, or the need for complicated nervous and muscular actions which trick shooting involves.”

All this means is don’t lose your head. Easier said than done, but a cool head will prevail. Focus on the mechanics of a smooth draw and calculated shot. Fast shooting is useless in the “spray and pray” fashion. Remember your training. We all revert to training under stress … which emphasizes how vital proper training is.

If you’re not formally trained, do it. Training is the most important accessory you can buy, more than any gun, or ammo.

Fighting from Vehicles — Get off the X!

Paul Howe: Fighting from Vehicles — Get off the X!

 

Great article and vid from fellow Texan and former D-Boy, Paul Howe.

If you want to train with Paul, check out CSAT.

I also highly recommend reading Paul’s two books: The CSAT Way and Leadership and Training for the Fight.

Hard earned knoweldge and wisdom from one of America’s True Spartans.

 

 

Demystifying Long Range Shooting

Demystifying Long Range Shooting

 

Good basic primer on what I would call Rifle-Craft 101.

Never be afraid to reach out and touch someone!

The ‘Heat’ Course of Fire

In the pantheon of Heist movies, it does not get any better than Michael Mann’s 1995’s Heat.

(Yes it stars that lib-tard crybaby Robert De Niro but it also starred Al Pacino, Val Kilmer and Tom Sizemore, so it evens itself out.)

Michael Mann’s movies are known for intense firearm realism, not only in their manual of arms but also in the tactics used. This can be seen in the gun battle after the Bank Robbery in Heat which was choreographed by an ex-SAS Commando.

You can also see some nifty training and tactics in Thief (1981), Collateral (2004) and Miami Vice (2006) to name a few.

Anyways, the guys over at Forgotten Weapons decided to make the shootout in Heat into a Course of Fire, complete with the heavy bags of “money”. 🤠

Fun Watch!

 

Understanding Mechanical Offset: Skills, Drills & Solutions

 

Understanding Mechanical Offset: Skill Drills & Solutions

 

I have been rehashing some old rifle drills and this one came up.

A VERY important skill-set to review, know and practice for those times when you may have to grab a rifle for home defense or CQ fighting.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!