Un-Official U.S. Marine Corps Rules:   

(Words in pink are Packing Pretty’s thoughts and comments)

1. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.

 Be careful who you befriend. Most women are attacked by people who are known to them, friends even. RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) reports that 73% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger. I am the nicest girl in the world…until you try to hurt me or someone I love.

2. Decide to be aggressive enough, quickly enough.

It is quicker and more effective to act then to react.

3. Have a plan.

Training and mental preparedness are crucial, develope a Personal Tactical Doctrine  

4. Have a back-up plan, because the first one probably won’t work.

Train in several methods of defense. When one technique fails, you will have back-ups. BUGs (back-up guns), knives,  tasers, and hand -to-hand defense training all make great back-up weapons. See also Packing Pretty’s Pointers on Staying Safe

5. Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

Be aware of the people you surround yourself with. Listen to their body language just as much (if not more) then the words they say. Mentally prepare yourself for the chance that you may have to use deadly force in defense against any person.  An attacker will always try to use the element of surprise. By following this rule, you will be prepared to act rather than react. See also Everything is  a Weapon

6. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun whose caliber does not start with a “4.”

Size matters. There is a reason why the F.B.I. and law enforcement carry higher caliber handguns.

7. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.

Statistically speaking, it is highly unlikely you will be able to effectively stop an attacker with just one handgun round. It takes a few seconds for a person’s blood pressure to drop to levels where they can no longer be a threat. An attacker can bridge the gap between you and him in a matter of a fraction of a second. Statistics show that 80-85% of people experiencing a penetrating handgun wound to the torso will survive. The lesson to be learned is that even well placed hits will not necessarily take the attacker out of the fight.

8. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral & diagonal preferred.)

This one speaks for itself.

9. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.

Cover is something that will protect you from incoming shots. A refrigerator, a cement wall and a Kevlar door are all cover. Concealment is something used to obstruct the opponents view of you. Furniture, regular walls inside your home and a wooden door are all concealment. Many forms of cover also provide concealment. However, few forms of concealment also provide cover.  

10. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours (your flank).

Keeping your weapons on target, maneuver so your opponents weapons are no longer on you. Flanking often means attacking an opponent from his side. 

The flanking maneuver is a basic military tactic, with several variations. Flanking an enemy often refers to staying back and not risking yourself, while at the same time gradually weakening enemy forces. Of course, it may not always work (especially if outnumbered), but for the most part can prove to be effective.” – Wikipedia

11. Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.

My mentor and very best friend, Gregg Smith has always instructed me to “never fight fair”. There are no rules or courtesy when you are fighting for your life.  Do whatever it takes to keep you and your loved ones alive.

12. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.

 Choose your tool based on reliability and effectiveness, not how fancy or tacticool it is.  Focus on getting the job done and forget about how pretty or cool you will look doing it. 

13. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating your intention to shoot.

Make it so that the attacker has no doubt in his mind that you will pull that trigger. As women, we are often underestimated. Be forceful, have a strong posture and take control of the situation. The girl with the gun calls the shots.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the brave Marines and all the U.S. soldiers who sacrifice their time and lives to protect our rights.