Army Ranger explains how to win a gunfight (With KAGWERKS)

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Published 2020-09-22

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  • Calisaber1
    1st rule of a gunfight: bring a gun
    2nd rule: bring your friends with guns
  • rmls34
    My first gunfight...from a street cops experience. I am 51 and retired now, I spent my career mostly as a street cop. On Easter Sunday 2000 I was at a house with a subject wanted for stealing a car. To make this a short story he ran from me on foot, I chased him...he ran into the basement of his parent's home from an exterior entrance...as I made my way after him into the basement he shot at me from about 15 feet away with a .270 rifle...it was loud, and I felt the pressure wave...instantly my adrenaline kicked in and I returned fire (and never heard my own return gunfire)...during the shooting investigation I was asked how many rounds I fired, and I said "one" because that is truly what I thought...come to find out I actually fired 5 shots off...and I was so focused on the threat that I missed the bad guy and I shot his rifle...adrenaline does some weird shit.
  • “If your wife has ever walked in on you dry firing....go ahead and hit that 'subscribe' button."
  • Hainero2001
    I completely agree with the idea of avoidance if you can. I've been in exactly one gunfight in my life and not a single shot was fired. The presence of my gun changed my attackers mind. I'm thankful to have such a lame story to tell.
  • Beau DeClue
    Dad was a Ranger in the 50's. He taught me much of this in different terms. Lost him in '17. This takes me back. Thank you
  • Byron Holmes
    I got most of this growing up, unfortunately on the other side of the tracks. I grew up rough, gang member, went to prison, etc. He's talking about his first fire fight, and I'm remembering the progression of stress in prison, and all the stuff that led up to me getting used to it. I've long since cleaned myself up, and changed my life, but I find a lot of those lessons learned have stuck with me in life.
  • G
    “You need to make yourself an asset, not a liability”
    Me sitting in my underwear: “This is the way”
  • "Being comfortable being uncomfortable" is the mental and physical key. I've been training Jiu-Jitsu for 8 years and it's helped my shooting drills. Any stress-based technical training aids in turning a big problem into a handful of manageable small ones.
  • Matty Gunn
    My brothers, I am a fellow citizen patriot. I am a clinical psychologist with 20 years experience in brain injury rehabilitation and have worked with many a wounded warrior. When you told us of the brain tumor Garrett, my heart sank. I admire your courage and thank the Almighty that you came out of the surgery better than the prognosis. Thank you for your inspirational and courageous example and your willingness to share your expertise with your fellow, and most grateful, Americans. True heroes are you both.
  • Raven Lee Wolfheart
    Awesome video. I am an old Air Assault Recon soldier myself. It is good to hear some of the younger generation of soldiers use their talent to prepare the people.
  • Boomer
    Man have I enjoyed this video! I was in 3-75 many, many years ago and what I hear coming from Garret is exactly what we heard on a nearly daily basis (along with the Ranger Creed after PT) ... train for the worst conditions, be proficient with your kit, manage expectations, be consistent, be fit, keep your SA all the time and 'get there firstest with the mostest (No Fair Fight). My first Platoon Sergeant in 3rd Rangers was former Rhodesian Light Infantry, he was big on being consistent, he would say 'I would rather fight with a team that was second place EVERYTIME than some c*nts that come first every three or four times we run the drill.' He spent three years in the bush and he was big on 'shoot back first' and lay into the enemy (meaning not a fan of a double or triple tap, he would shrug then say 'start with knowing you are going shoot him at least five times ... and just work your way up to his face' he was a quiet, pragmatic killer). One time we had this king size E&E and we stole vehicles from Range control on Benning (because we just got trained on how to hot wire vehicles). Any hooo, when the exercise was over the MPs were at the gate and the Commander was bitching at all the Sergeants about 'how did this shit get out of hand?', Mike said "Hey sir think of it this way ... when the boys are fucking up, they are fucking up big ... means they are motivated. These are not timid souls, these men are Rangers." Sua Sponte Garret, glad you are still here.
  • Liah Fox
    Thanks guys! March is usually when I come out of hibernation for training. I loved how you guys drilled home situational awareness, especially for us females it's really our best defense. You cannot get killed or kidnapped if you practice "old-fashioned" common-sense. Don't go down that dark ally at 2AM. Don't go out at night alone, and if you have to, make sure you're armed.
  • I practice tactical forward rolls all the way to the kitchen when Mom tells me the pizza rolls are ready.
  • @ about 18:45 “avoiding a fight and you got the win” is one of Sun Tsu’s best tactics from The Art of War: “The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.” And it is one of the hardest tactics to master. Far more often than not, engaging brain before putting mouth or physical action in gear is what will save you or your team’s bacon. This is especially true if you are by yourself.
  • matthew baker
    Thank you for your service, proud to have people like y’all protecting us here in the states and all around the world
  • Kayleigh Ohler
    I've had my CC felt a number of times, mostly because I have a tiny waist and it sticks out like a sore thumb! That's why I strictly open carry now, I find the added early visual detection of my firearm is a welcome additional benefit to my WEDC. I encourage all members of our channel to be the one to start the discussion of what open carry would look like in your family and community, and together come up with a plan that best suits your situation. Together, I KNOW we can create safer communities for ever our most disadvantaged brothers and sisters.
  • jerrythewang
    I drive by Kagwerks pretty much every day, never knew what it was, and more importantly, that such a bad ass humble dude owned this company. Much RESPECT and so glad to have more of these heroes in the PNW.
  • bae313
    If you practice situational awareness and you never have to use your self-defense, your self-defense worked.
  • The Powers Family
    I'm an automotive locksmith. In 2020, I went to make a key for a stranded car in Memphis TN. The guy set me up and got my guard down with the initial phone call, because he said I was referred to him by someone else. When I arrived on scene (at an apartment complex in broad daylight), there was a guy leaning up against the front of the car. There was another guy about 10 yards away giving the appearance of talking on a cellphone. I exited my vehicle through the passenger sliding door and walked around the front of my vehicle. By the time I got to front decal of my vehicle, the guy on the phone closed the distance with a pistol drawn and actually pushed it into the back of my head. At this point, the guy who was leaning up against the hood, drew a pistol and pointed it in my face. The back door of the car then flew open and another guy had an AR style rifle pointed at me. They were all yelling commands to give them everything I have. I gave verbal compliance by telling them, "relax guys I'll give yall everything I have. Just relax. Here's my wallet and keys." At this point I reached into my pockets and threw my wallet and keys on the pavement at their feet. Right when my stuff hit the ground I bolted in the opposite direction at an angle to avoid the rifle guy, as he remained in the driver's side backseat. They didn't fire a shot, and they just ended up leaving the apartment complex. Gotta remain aware of strategies to retreat with your life when you are outgunned. Cheers. Stay frosty, maniacs.