For those of you who have taken a Red Frog course it’s likely you’ve heard me talk about how to move out rapidly with a rifle or pistol. Guns Up is the position, and I’m going to be blunt, anything else is just plain stupid. There is a better way.

It seems everyone wants an insider tip on how to perform like a SEAL, here’s a tip, don’t run with your pistol tucked into your chest, and don’t run with your rifle as if it’s a football. Don’t run with your rifle pointed into the dirt, if you take a spill the barrel is likely to be impacted with dirt. If you stand up to maneuver as a group there is virtually no way to prevent flagging each other if your low port, or pointed down. There are a lot of goofy things going on out there but this tops the list.

The SEALs have been running “High Port”, or “Guns Up” since the Vietnam era. In the early 2000’s 10-Gun terminology was implemented as part of a combatives system the SEALs used for extensively for about 15 years.

The Guns Up position found it’s way from outdoor open terrain, to indoor CQB/CQC environments. The 10-Gun, High Port, or Guns Up position has been adopted by at least one elite government organization that I know of.

The organization I speak of is comprised of special operators from all branches of service, Marine Force Recon, MARSOC, PARARESCUE, SEALs, RANGERs, and Special FORCES. I’ve never personally met anyone who did not see an advantage to running Guns Up in some situations, this includes indoors and in the shoot house, in addition to MOUT, and Immediate Action Drills.

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  1. William

    I was in a shoot house recently running my handgun up like that because I have been implementing the guns up approach to warrants and movements with sub guns and rifles. The “instructor” advised against it and I cant even remember the reasoning why….something about short muzzle too close to people’s ears etc. Thoughts from the author on handguns? It just felt much safer to me and I felt it had less potential for flagging etc. Plus I always wear electronic earpro. and everyone else should as well.
    Thanks,
    Will

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    • Fern

      William, as you mentioned my first thought is the potential flagging issues take precedence over a ruptured eardrum. Unfortunately, I’ve seen an accidental discharge in a shooter train that resulted in the loss of an achilles tendon. An accidental discharge at High Port, or Guns Up will result in a ruptured ear drum, which heal’s itself in most cases. Shooters are encouraged to keep both hands on the weapon whether it’s a rifle or a pistol as much as possible. This helps to ensure it’s positioned at least as high as the top of you’re head and pointing straight up. Take a hand off to pass the squeeze, and return both hands to the weapon.
      Weapon retention issues are mitigated coming into a room Guns Up. Situational awareness is increased. And, there are more advantages however, those two are the most prevalent observations made by seasoned operators who have been trained in the technique.

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