Running with Guns

By John Farnam

Runniing with Guns
Runniing with Guns
Defense Training International, Inc
Defense Training International, Inc

Ft Collins, CO –-( Running with Guns!

A deployed weapon should not slow us down!

Holding a pistol with both hands while running is like running with your hands tied together.

Getting from cover to cover needs to be done as fast as possible. The enemy should never get more that a fleeting glimpse!


Separate your hands and run normally. Make sure fingers are where they belong.


Use your strong-side hand on the pistol-grip or receiver and run!

Threats moving quickly, unexpectedly, and rapidly make difficult targets. Slow, ponderous targets don’t!

“It will grieve me to kill you, but you are very much in my way.” ~ Samurai Proverb


About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit:

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6 years ago

Scoped rifle run die tired.

6 years ago

It is nice to write articles that are common sense but don’t let people write it who are not educated. The word should be “you’re,” not “your.” I know schools are dumbed down now, but this is just basics.

F Riehl, Editor in Chief
Reply to  Chuck

belonging to or associated with the person or people that the speaker is addressing.
“what is your name?”
belonging to or associated with any person in general.
“the sight is enough to break your heart”

Dr Dave
Dr Dave
6 years ago

Nice advice. It amazes me how basic those concepts are and yet how often they are not upheld I see LEO’s all the time running with both hands on a pistol as if they were going to shoot and fire at the same time. Who would do that except Hollywood? Firing requires precision and control two things that running and even moving are contrary to. Sure you have to move but THEN you brace establish your sight picture and proper grip and fire away. People especially laypeople need more basics like this for self defense. I know your goal is… Read more »