Practical Advice on Self Defense

I received the following ‘words of wisdom’ from an old Army buddy:


Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not to protect you.

I have a gun because a cop is too heavy to tote around.

Never let someone or something that threatens you get inside arm’s length, and never say “I’ve got a gun.”

If you feel you need to use deadly force, for heaven’s sake let the first sound they hear be the safety clicking off –

and they shouldn’t have time to hear anything after that.

The average response time of a 911 call is over 23 minutes.

The response time of a .357 or .44 magnum is about 1400 feet per second.

The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win – and cheat if necessary.

Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets.

You may get killed with your own gun, but he’ll have to beat you to death with it, ’cause it’s going to be empty.

 If you end up in a gun fight… If you’re not shooting, you should be loading. If you’re not loading –

you should be moving, if you’re not moving, your dead.

In a life and death situation… Do something. It may be wrong, but do something.

If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. That’s ridiculous.

If you have a gun, what do you have to be paranoid for?

You can say ‘stop’ or ‘halt’ or use any other word you think will work –

but I’ve found that a large bore muzzle pointed at someone’s head is pretty much a universal language.

You have the rest of your life to solve your problems.

How long you live may depend on how well trained you are in the use of deadly force.

You cannot save the planet.

But you may be able to save yourself and your family.


We have the God given right to defend ourselves and our families.

NEVER allow anyone –

including a tyrannical government to deny you that right!

– Lenny Leatherman

2 responses

  1. Well said, Lenny. I believe in those principals myself.

    Jack Cavenah

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