Run, Hide, Fight!

When I was a kid about to head out to the school bus stop and there was a chance for rain, mom would say, ‘take your raincoat because it’s better to have and not need than need and not have.’  

As a kid, I never imagined how relevant this expression would be as it applies to so many things in life!  In wake of the Thousand Oak night club shooting and as a conceal carry citizen, this expression certainly rings some absolutes.  The obvious absolute is that when in a violent situation, where someone is trying to kill you, it’s better to have tools available to defend yourself or other innocent than not have and need.  That said, there are some other absolutes you should consider.  

As it relates to active shooter situations, burn this into yours and your kids memory!  RUN, HIDE, FIGHT!!!  

Run – I’ve said it before:  the best fight is the one that never happens.  If you find yourself in a situation with a crazy gunman and can run away, do so and contact law enforcement.  Share with them information you know about the situation.  Information provided by you and others provides them with intelligence and with that, they can respond more effectively.

Hide – If you’re cornered with no avenues of escape left to explore, it’s time to hide.  Find a hiding spot that provides both concealment and cover (if possible) and for the record concealment hides the body from visual detection and cover stops bullets.  Also position yourself as best you can to defend yourself.  Hopefully you like me and carry concealed.  Go ahead and de-holster and get ready.  If not, arm yourself with something close by – a mop handle, a brick, a pot of hot coffee.  In either case, at this point you have surprise and violence of action on your side and that’s about it.  

Fight – This is a last resort.  You’ve run.  You’ve hidden.  Now it’s you or the shooter.  The fight is on and the stakes are life or death.  This is a last resort, but Chris Kyle said it best:  “Despite what your momma told you, violence does solve problems.”

Nobody ever thinks they will be victims of an active shooter situation, but these tragedies happen all too frequently. It’s better to carry and train with different shooting targets like  turning target systems, electronic target systems, shoot and see targets, etc. to stay sharp. Be prepared and know what to do.  RUN, HIDE, FIGHT.

Train hard and stay frosty.

About Triumph Systems: 

Triumph Systems is a Shooting target and training systems manufacturer, based out in St. Louis, O. Founded by former Navy SEAL Jared Ogden in 2015, our mission is to provide cognitive and discretionary training to the citizens of the United States of America and the people of Law Enforcement Agencies. We strive to make everyone responsible user of firearms. All our products are designed, developed, and manufactured by the Americans and for the Americans. We are approved & recommended by the NTOA (National Tactical Officers Association). To learn more about Triumph Systems & our products please feel free to email us at: or call us anytime at 314-882-4324.

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1 comment

  • Chris R

    I agree, you never want to fight, but you gotta be ready. I try to go to the range as much as I could, but that was only 1 time a month sometimes. then I got a pivotal target system from these guys at triumph and now I can train because I set it up at the outdoor range a few miles away and my backyard!

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