20 Rules to Win a Firefight…

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In this guide we are going to go over the Top 20 Firefight Rules for any warfighter to live by.  In this day and age of high speed drills, and ‘tacticool’ gear we can often lose sight of essential firefight rules, fogging up the basics and getting your ass in a world of hurt.  With this in mind we are going to talk about 20 bedrock rules anyone who will end up in a firefight should know.  Focus on these rules first and foremost, worry about looking cool later…

  1. Ditch style for the kill…

I know you guys all love Travis Haley, focusing on your stance and strategies.  The reality is in a firefight all that shit goes out the window and no one will give a damn about your stance, tactics, or caliber. The only thing that matters is who lives, and who dies, if you have to operate dirty for the kill, do it…

  1. Communicate, communicate, and communicate…

Here’s the thing, if you’ve never been in a firefight, but you’re an avid airsofter or paintballer, you’re still going to be surprised how communication sounds in an actual firefight.  There’ll be confusion, frustration, and a mashup of ‘F#ck!’, ‘Reloading’, ‘Where the f#ck did that come from?!’, ‘Contact!’ and ‘Moving!’…

  1. Make sure they stay dead…

I’ve said it a million times before and I’ll say it again, ammo is cheaper than your life.  Never forget the Mozambique technique, put two in their chest and one in their hard drive.  A big mistake a lot of people make is thinking a center mass shot will put down your target, reality is they can keep moving long enough to plug you a couple times…

  1. Keep your distance, find cover, and shoot…

If it all possible keep your distance from your target using lateral or diagonal movement to get to bulletproof cover.  No, before you even think about it I am not talking about car doors.  They are not bulletproof!  Concrete, stone, and 10” thick bricks work very well as cover.  Once you find cover, shoot…

  1. No honor in a firefight…

If you are in a firefight with some preconceived notion of an honorable duel, you’re going to get your ass handed to you.  Instead, play dirty, do whatever you have to do to gain the tactical advantage, and get the kill…

  1. Pucker factor for the kill…

You may think that accuracy will get you the kill in a firefight, but in reality more often than not the pucker factor will get you the kill.  Basically extreme fear is going to make your butthole tighten up and you’re actions will become panicked.  At the end of the day accuracy is a relative term…

  1. Never go to a firefight with a pistol or a low caliber rifle…

If you have a choice, never go to a firefight with a pistol, and never go to a firefight chambered in anything less than 5.56 mm, 7.62 NATO, or 6.8 SPC.  Anyone who tells you a .22LR caliber rifle is just as good a caliber for a firefight is completely full of shit, and it would take a very skilled marksman to get a kill shot with .22LR in a firefight.  Your pistol is only a backup, and should only be used after all of your ammo for your primary weapon has been exhausted…

  1. You’re not a ninja…

Ditch the knives, swords, and nunchucks for a gun.  A lot of the guys I talk to are often brainwashed by this Hollywood horseshit, where you see Jason Statham in The Expendables getting in a knife fight every ten seconds, but again the reality is your knife will rarely come out to do anything else than to cut paracord, and eat your food…

  1. Prioritize ammo…

If you are going to a firefight or travelling through an area where you know you will encounter enemy forces, prioritize ammunition above all else!  Bring three times the ammo you think you’ll need because you have no idea how much you are going to be hating life when your ammo is gone.  75%+ of your load better be ammo…

  1. Have a plan, and have a backup plan…

When going into a firefight have a clear objective, with a well organized plan that will get you the tactical advantage.  That being said, ten seconds into a firefight Plan A will be shot to shit, so you had better have a backup plan for when everything goes to hell..

  1. Stay on guard…

Never drop your guard! Do a 360° scan for threats at all times.  Even after you know you dropped a target, you and your unit need to secure the area and maintain situational awareness at all times or someone’s going to pop up from behind a wall to punch your time card..

  1. Flank when possible..

Any untrained combatant will succumb to their fear and will get tunnel vision focusing what’s directly in front of them, while trained operators know to do a 360° scan. Flanking will not only side-blind the enemy but will force them to redeploy to face the new threat, causing confusion making their goals more difficult. With this in mind, you should always guard your own flanks…

  1. Life over morality…

Many of you will be faced with ethical conundrums of whether it is right to shoot this person, or if you are justified in taking another person’s life.  Get out of here with that mentality.  This is a cruel world we live in and I’d rather be bummed out than dead..

  1. Be fast…

Speed loading and tactical reloading both have their advantages and disadvantages, but regardless of which technique you employ know this, the faster you finish a battle the less people will shoot at you 😉

  1. Never use an unreliable gun…

You never want to go into a firefight with an unreliable weapon, to do so is almost assuring you a quick death.  Stress test your rifle in the rain, in dirt, mud, and any other grimy situation you can contribe.  Don’t worry you can clean it later.  The idea is to see if your rifle is going to fail you once it get’s some gunk in the works.

  1. Not all firefights are in the day…

Almost every video, or picture you find of people actively training for firefights are in the middle of the day with optimal lighting conditions.  Again, be realistic.  You will have a firefight at night and you need to be prepared for that..

  1. Be more aggressive, and faster than your enemy…

In any firefight the primary rule you must employ at all times is to be more aggressive, and to be faster than your enemies.  By keeping your tempo higher than theirs you will maintain a mental tactical advantage…

  1. If it’s on the ground it better be empty…

If your enemy finds your weapon it better be completely out of ammo, you never drop your weapon if it has ammo…

  1. Faces lie…

No matter what is a person is saying to you or how big their smile is they could very well be planning to kill you. Watch their hand movements for any threatening gestures, and/or if they are reaching for something and immediately draw down on them before you end up dead…

20. Listen to Gen. Mattis…

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17 thoughts on “20 Rules to Win a Firefight…

  1. News, maybe bad. It’s out of the Middle East, so…
    Imams have been seriously hunting for a man ‘chosen by Allah’ to be the caliph. He has to be tough yet open to others, preferably Sunni but willing to tolerate other sects of Islam. They may have found him.

    This is being sent around by Native Americans, and I trust the information.

    People claim Ergogan (of Turkey) this year had a grouse land on his head. This is seen a sign that he WILL become a caliph.

    http://www.todayszaman.com/national_erdogan-inaugurates-mountaintop-mosque-boasts-of-environmentalist-side_396514.html

    https://islamgreatreligion.wordpress.com/2011/12/16/meaning-of-dreams-in-islam-based-on-quran-and-hadith/

    A lot of Muslims claim him the 12th Mahdi with godly powers. They claim touching his clothes brings healing and so on, just as with Christ. Soros, an atheist, is backing a man in Turkey for the caliphate. Once in place, a caliph will consolidate Muslims into one nation. One violent, effective fighting force. Nuclear devises, frightened, greedy politicians eager for oil money ‘donations’. And dead atheists. Sardonically, I say gee, thanks, atheists, for allowing it to happen.

    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………
    I wish you all the best. Stay safe and stay free.

  2. Excellent article. I WAS skeptical at first, thinking it MIGHT be another “tacti-cool” type article. Thankfully, I was wrong! Well done, always keep telling it like it is. I’m now at the age/speed where I can avoid “fights” if I choose, and I CHOOSE to avoid all fights now. Call me what you will, I just don’t care. I will smile, say, “Sorry!” and move along. Keep coming, and this 60 year old man gets a might crotchety and I don’t bluff, not ever. No need to.
    Great advice for all of us. Good humor too!(unless my gallows humor meter is way off, don’t think so!)
    Appreciate the effort to keep us educated and informed. It’s been awhile since I was in the USAF and wearing a badge in civilian life in law enforcement, but, I want to keep learning and being able to avoid being anything but dull grey.

    • I agree…one issues I take with the article is #13. The best solution is not to abandon morality but to have thought through what you are doing so that you feel no remorse or hesitation in doing what is just and necessary. Also, you should know what you won’t do… what profit a man to gain the whole world but loose his soul?

      • Luke 22:36-37 And He said to them, “When I sent you out without money belt and bag and sandals, you did not lack anything, did you?” They said, “No, nothing.” 36And He said to them, “But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one. 37″For I tell you that this which is written must be fulfilled in Me, ‘AND HE WAS NUMBERED WITH TRANSGRESSORS’; for that which refers to Me has its fulfillment.”…

        Blessed Be the Lord, My Rock
        Psalm 144:1 1A Psalm of David. Blessed be the LORD, my rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle; 2My lovingkindness and my fortress, My stronghold and my deliverer, My shield and He in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me.…

        Numbers 1:22
        From the descendants of Simeon: All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were counted and listed by name, one by one, according to the records of their clans and families.

        2 Samuel 22:35
        He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

        Psalm 18:2
        The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

        Psalm 18:34
        He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

        Acts of war are not murder. We have to get the liberals’ lie out of our hearts. Jews have a deep, fierce love of family, yet Solomon had his brother killed for his evil. And the Lord commended his actions as wisdom. Also, Seek knowledge, gain understanding and find Wisdom. You will act as guided by the Holy Spirit. God commands mercy for sinners, but also commands us to serve our families. Defending them is serving them. Native Americans have always understood this. Even young boys were taught to stand between non-combatants and those who would kill or enslave them. God’s peace be on you–and confusion to your enemies.

  3. Appreciate the straight talk while yes alot of whats said makes absolute sense , and a is the safest way to think you do have to take into consideration what comes next or Could I have done anything to De escalate the situation ? Most potential firefights are nipped in the bud by finding out what the reasons for the confrontation are and heading them off or resolving them .
    If you see yourself in the situation thats cut and dry and you will be in a fire fight , you had best be thinking whats next and quickly , Who is this that attacked me , why did they do so , what do they want and most importantly who will come for me next … Because even if it is an isolated incident , authorities will have the same questions for you and regardless of who you are you always have someone to answer to ..
    So You have complete recall ,you have written down your statement,dealt with and comply with authorities investigation, but now some of your own , you need to know why your being attacked ,now who is coming next ? Know your Enemies these people very well could have a serious problem with you being alive and their Loved one or friend being taken down by you ..
    More often than not when poop hit the fan , stress and everyday life can drive people to think desperately or to act inconsistently with the normal way they think ..
    In this particular situation information may be hard to come by but learn all you can about everyone in the adversaries Life and make sure they either do not have the ability or interest in following up confrontation with you. .
    If so separate yourself from the Area and take your family with you , fall back to your bug out site and assess the situation and be ready .
    Communication with others would be limited but reach out to authorities and share any and all info that can help them keep distance from you and yours …

    I avoid these situations , mostly because I do not speak to anyone I do not know, I leave Politics and any Heated issues out of Conversation and I Certainly don’t tell anyone about what my bugout plans and capabilities or abilities are if I do not plan to include them ..

    I figure if no one thinks I am worth anything and I offer no argument , I may not be worth the bullet ..

    • Den,
      These people today will kill you just because they can. You may think you have no value sir, but these type of people delight in the control over you just like a rapist.
      You had better gear up and man up and kill them before they ever get to your AO / Personal space..
      No disrespect intended and thank you for your service , but in my world in the Military, Law Enforcement, Disaster Response and just walking down the street, we have a bolder new breed of evil .
      These people think this is the norm, no real parental training, no moral compass, nothing. When you can read an advertisement that says ( Just because you did it, it does not mean you are guilty ),
      you know we are screwed. Real Attorney ad.
      Be aware of your surrounding at all times. The only way one will survive a Cougar attack is to make them think I am not worth it because I am a Bad Ass from the get go.
      Best Regards / Stay safe,
      RangerRick

  4. Great read, sorry I have been absent, forest fires surrounds my AO for now.
    Had a God thing occur , 60 mph winds came in and took our level 2 evacs to level 3 in 5 minutes’. Issue; smoke came before fire and no one could see their vehicle 30 feet away, no way to get out.
    God Thing; for no reason the wind just stopped and it started raining. All areas now level 1 evac.
    I trust these folks now understand situational awareness. We were truly blessed.
    RangerRick- Firefighter – North Idaho

  5. I’ve got to say I’ve been following US Crow for years now and you guys never cease to put out good content thats clear and concise. To me this site is better than any other prepper website out there. This is a great article Runik, keep up the good work.

  6. I have no military training. I do not play video games. I’ve read books on tactics and run through some basic drills with a few family and friends. I admit I’m not as prepared as I could or should be. That being said, no one I know would recognize me in a crazy fight for your life situation. Civility and morality go out the window. Don’t panic. Move with efficiency. And kill them DEAD before they kill you!

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