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Some self-defense and teaching advice

June 19th, 2009 . by TexasFred

Some self-defense and teaching advice from Irons in the Fire

“The handgun would not be my choice of weapon if I knew I was going to a fight. I’d choose a rifle, a shotgun, an RPG or an atomic bomb instead.”

“The two most important rules in a gunfight are: always cheat and always win.”

“Every time I teach a class, I discover I don’t know something.”

“Don’t forget, incoming fire has the right of way.”

“Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets. I may get killed with my own gun, but he’s gonna have to beat me to death with it, ’cause it’s going to be empty.”

“If you’re not shootin’, you should be loadin’. If you’re not loadin, you should be movin’, if you’re not movin’, someone’s gonna cut your head off and put it on a stick.”

“When you reload in low light encounters, don’t put your flashlight in your back pocket.. If you light yourself up, you’ll look like an angel or the tooth fairy, and you’re gonna be one of ‘em pretty soon.”

“Do something. It may be wrong, but do something.”

“Nothing adds a little class to a sniper course like a babe in a ghillie suit.”

“Shoot what’s available, as long as it’s available, until something else becomes available.”

“If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. That’s ridiculous.. If I have a gun, what in the hell do I have to be paranoid for.”

“Don’t shoot fast, shoot good.

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Some self-defense and teaching advice

And my personal favorites:

Never allow yourself to be killed because you lacked something to FIGHT with.

Always carry a totally reliable, HIGH CAPACITY, large caliber weapon, as large as your circumstance allows.

Always carry ample amounts of ammo for said totally reliable weapon.

Always carry a *back up* piece just in case said totally reliable weapon locks up on you, at the WORST possible moment. :?

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13 Responses to “Some self-defense and teaching advice”

  1. comment number 1 by: BobF

    Outstanding advice!

    I’m looking to get another handgun and this time I think I’ll go with a 9mm. I know, I know…but, I already have a couple .45′s and with 9mm so available, it’s good to have another backup with plenty of available ammo.

  2. comment number 2 by: TexasFred

    Well, if you want a 9mm, that’s good too…

    If I am going to carry small, it’s for backup, you know I carry and XD-45 Tactical loaded with 230gr Golden Sabers for primary work, but a good S&W Chiefs Special with .38 +P will do you better than a 9mm in my opinion… Revolvers DO malfunction on occasion, but not like a semi-auto…

    I had a terrible, nearly life ending experience with a 9mm Glock locking up. Stove piped on me, and it did it to ME and every other poor SOB that shot it… It was a piece of GARBAGE and needed to be tossed in a large body of salt water…

    Thus, I now carry an XD-45 Tactical.

    Had it not been for a .38 Chief I carried for a back up back in the day, I likely wouldn’t be here now…

    Today, I carry an XD-40 Sub-Compact for a backup and concealment.. 180gr Federal HydraShoks, 12+1 in the long mags and 9+1 in the short mags.

    It’s just me Bob, I don’t like a 9mm and I hate Glocks…

  3. comment number 3 by: Basti

    I’ve always carried a knife/dagger as a back-up. Never needs reloading and never jams. Course ya have to like to work up close and personal where ya can see the fear in their eyes, but that’s a good thing. Yeah I know its knives/daggers are no good for long range, but a lot of stuff is up close and personal.

  4. comment number 4 by: BobF

    I know what you’re saying about the 9mm Fred and I don’t plan on getting a Glock. I was looking at a S&W Sigma. It’s fairly inexpensive and it shoots pretty good. Besides, this won’t be a carry or primary defense gun, that’s what my .45 is for. This is for just in case the stinky stuff hits the fan.

    I believe if the FBI agents had .45′s back in that 1986 shootout in Florida, those agents would still be alive today. The bad guys had fatal wounds but the wounds prior to the agents being hit, but the wounds weren’t “instant fatal”.

  5. comment number 5 by: minuteman26

    Thinking about putting a scope on my M1A as pictured above, any suggestions? Want to be able to pick up short range targets but still reach out to 7/800 yds.

  6. comment number 6 by: cary - Botan Ichihara

    Ya know, Basti – only Marines can get away with bringing a knife to a gunfight. But then, we are trained for that.

  7. comment number 7 by: TexasFred

    Cary, ixnay on the ainingtray… There’s faux conservatives that don’t need to know that… :P

  8. comment number 8 by: cary - Botan Ichihara

    Well, shoot – I thought the tag was activated…

  9. comment number 9 by: cary - Botan Ichihara

    ^^^ Lokks like my comment isn’t nearly as astute from this angle.

    What I meant to say was: I thought the (whisper) tag was activated.

  10. comment number 10 by: cary - Botan Ichihara

    Aw, crap – still can’t speel or anything. I’m goona quit while I’m behind!

  11. comment number 11 by: TexasFred

    @ Cary:


  12. comment number 12 by: Patrick Sperry

    Gads… I have known Fred online since what? 2000? I knew that he didn’t like Glock’s, but never really knew why. I have a tricked out Model 20, the full frame 10mm Auto. It has never failed a single time. For me, or my son on two tours. It has granted followers of the religion of peace a multitude of virgins though, and that’s with hardball ammo. I can also honestly say that I have never once seen the “chronic” stove-pipe, or the “blown barrel” that are so prominently talked about by Glock haters…

    Now, 357 Mag aside, for self defense always choose a pistol / revolver caliber that starts with a “4″… Enough said about that. I like the .41 Remington Magnum in a revolver. But, that’s a tad big for a back up piece. At least my Blackhawk is anyways :D I prefer a .38 Special stacked with Treasury plus “P” loads, but use what you can handle, as well as afford.

    Minuteman26: Check with Niel Stalkingbear, he can get you great glass at great prices, as well as point you in the correct direction. I used to shoot my M1A semi heavy barrel match in run and gun shoots using a Loopy Vari X in 3X9. There is better glass out there now, as in Zeiss, Swaro’s, and some higher end Burris. Hint (500 meter zero, use a 12 o’clock hold on the “6″ ring for a combat shot at 50 meters.

    Knives in gunfights: I like a BIG BAD RANDALL, or a handful of really small knives called Shaken or Shurikin… it’s a Ranger thing, and that’s from a Devil Pup that climbed Mount Motherlover more than a few times…

    Gads Garden Dude! ROARS LAUGHING! ( Then tosses the Jarhead a Guinness.) Drink well, and often Friend!

  13. comment number 13 by: minuteman26

    Patrick thanks for the info. Did you know Army and Marine infantry tactics differ a bit? When taking an objective, the Marines charge first and call for arty or air support when they get in trouble; the Army, however, uses an arty and or air prep first and then seizes the objective. Have a good Fathers Day.