A Drunk Green Beret’s Guide to Surviving a Gunfight [VIDEO]
During his time as a Green Beret and Army Ranger, Terrance Popp has fought on multiple continents, experiencing his fair share of gunfights and receiving numerous awards along the way. He shared his “rules of a gunfight” on YouTube, giving sound advice while being a bit inebriated. Regardless of his condition at the time, the information is valuable.
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Popp operates the YouTube channel Redonkulus, sharing tidbits based on what crosses his mind at the time.
In his video dedicated to surviving a gunfight, Popp begins with a story from his time in Panama. He says, while watching tracer rounds from a 50-caliber machine gun, his thought at the time was: “Part of my mind was, I can dodge that. The other half is like, no you can’t. Don’t be an idiot. ‘Cause you gotta remember between each tracer round there’s five bullets! What are you thinking, man.”
After his musings, Popp gets to the point of the video, the rules of a gunfight.
According to Popp, he “is giving you this briefing, so you do not die.”
Popp asserts that they are “very simple rules to follow,” as he discusses the topic in front of two whiteboards containing his rules.
He dives into his rules in more detail in the video, but this list contains the main points.
1. Have a Gun
While it may seem obvious, having a gun is essential to a gunfight, recommending you not “be that guy that shows up with a knife to a gunfight.” Popp also recommends bringing friends, and that they have guns too, “or else you all get shot.”
2. See Them First
“Have good reconnaissance, see them first,” is Popp’s second rule, adding that the element of surprise “helps cut down on two-way rifle range issues.”
3. Calm Accurate Fire
Calm, accurate fire at distance will beat up close-range “panic fire,” so maintaining your composure is essential
4. Fun Factor Goes to Zero
“Once the two-way rifle range starts, the fun factor goes to zero,” says Popp. He adds, “And the suck factor begins to rise. Why is this? Because Hollywood lied to you.”
5. Seek Bulletproof Cover
Popp recommends taking cover, preferably something that can stop bullets. He notes that your car isn’t likely to be sufficient, and adds that “the cover that you do seek, will never be good enough.”
6. Running for Cover is Not Cowardice
According to Popp, heading for cover is not cowardice, “it’s avoiding being sniper bait.”
7. Tracers Work Both Ways
Popp says, “If you can see where your bullets are going, then they can see where the bullets are coming from.”
8. Walk Bullets Up from the Ground
Once the shooting begins, this approach is “much faster” than walking them down.
9. They Will Try to Flank You
Popp recommends using “wingman etiquette” and taking “appropriate action” to deal with this inevitability.
10. Speed is Your Friend
Run, don’t walk, because “dead men walk.” He adds, “Don’t be a dead man.”
11. Communicate with Friendlies
Ensuring your friends know “exactly where you are and where you’re moving to” is crucial for avoiding friendly fire.
12. Long Fights Increase Likelihood of Death
Being quick is essential, as the longer the gunfight carries on, the higher the chance of “death and dismemberment.”
13. Learn to Shoot by Guesswork
Why? “Because smokeless powder works,” Popp recommends shooting anywhere you may have chosen to hide as, chances are, they are hiding there.
14. If You Have to Ditch Your Rifle for a Pistol, You May Have “Made a Fatal Error”
Popp recommends sticking to your rifle, or you may end up in trouble.
15. Don’t Get in a Gunfight
The easiest way to survive a gunfight, not getting into one in the first place. If radioing for help or extraction is on the table, do it.