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What? More Rules?

We here at Guffaw in AZ, and many other gunnie blogs, have touched upon The Four Rules more than once.  They are on my sidebar, and should be committed to the memory of everyone in a gun-owning household, ages three and up.
We owe Jeff Cooper a great debt for distilling out these rules.  Others, like the NRA, have subtracted one rule:  1.  All guns are always loaded.
(The NRA seems to think one will have time to load, when needed.)
And some have added a Rule 5 Don’t try to catch a dropped gun (or knife).
But, there are more rules out there.
One of the more popular television shows (since 2003) is N.C.I.S., about adventures of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

“A slap to the face
is an insult — to the
back of the head
is a wake-up call.”

Generally entertaining, flawed characters, diverse plot lines.
The main character is Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, played by Mark Harmon.  His tragically deceased wife (in the show) is said to have created a number of rules, which he adopted, and passed on to his agents and agent trainees.  There are more than 50 rules, I’m cherry-picking ones I find of interest:
Rule #9: Never go anywhere without a knife
Rule #23: Never mess with a Marine’s coffee if you want to live.
Rule #27: Two ways to follow: First way, they never notice you, — second way, they only notice you.
Rule #35: Always watch the watchers.
Rule #45: Clean up your own mess
Rule #51: Sometimes — You’re Wrong!
If you’d like to see more of the ‘rules’, here’s a link:  Gibbs’ Rules
(Obviously, being a fan of the show would help.)

PS – Yes, I had to get past Mr. Harmon’s support of gun control in his private life to watch the show.  Unlike some Hollywood types, he separates his private and public life.

h/t CBS television

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I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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6 thoughts on “What? More Rules?

  1. Curious as to why the NRA would drop the first one – seems safer if one ALWAYS assumes the gun is loaded.

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | December 14, 2011, 8:39 am
  2. @ProudHillbilly – I don't understand their rationale, either. They have three rules, and say don't load until you are ready to use it.Maybe liability?

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | December 14, 2011, 8:42 am
  3. Probably Guffaw, since they are thinking RANGE safety, not street safety.

    Posted by Old NFO | December 14, 2011, 11:03 am
  4. @Old NFO – good thinking (by you, not them)

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | December 14, 2011, 11:19 am
  5. Yeah, love NCIS. Only discovered it several months ago.

    Posted by Warrior Knitter | December 16, 2011, 7:11 pm
  6. @Warrior Knitter – Check out previous seasons on DVD.

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | December 16, 2011, 9:06 pm

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