Gunfighter Moment – Kyle Defoor

Prove yourself to me
Your xx years carrying a gun means nothing as far as your experience level. Especially when that gun rarely came out to train. I’d take a guy who’s trained with me for two weeks the right way over a guy who is big behind the job title and never trained the right way for 20 years.

Show your skills to me
Display your speed and accuracy with a pro timer and a small target. That FBI Q bullshit is for people with their head in the clouds looking for rainbows and unicorns.

Kill and bury your pride and ego
None of us can get all the answers all the time and being arrogant because of the unit you’re from or because of the gun you carry will only hurt you. At any given time, there’s a 20 year old from the 101st that has way more combat time, more kills, and more sack than you….pretty soon there’ll be women too.

Use your skills
If you’re going to talk the talk, then walk the walk. Training like mad, talking shit, and pretending to be a warrior means dick when you aren’t or haven’t put it to use. If that’s the case, there’s a housewife in Indiana who shot a burglar who has more gun fighting time than you, and she can actually talk about it with cred. Show others what you’ve learned if it will help them.

“The truth belongs to everyone, only lies belong to the individual”
(Kier,Potynsky 2009)

-Kyle Defoor
(SEAL Assaulter & Sniper)

Kyle Defoor is one of the world’s most committed and passionate shooting instructors. Literally growing up with a gun in hand he took his talents into the military where he was combat decorated as a SEAL assaulter and sniper. Kyle helped to create and define modern training while along the way personally teaching thousands of military personal and civilians from around the globe. His shooting prowess led to appearances on multiple TV shows including Shooting Gallery, Tactical Arms, and Tactical Impact, and guest appearances on History Channel. Kyle’s outdoor athletic lifestyle includes shooting, ultra running, stand-up paddle surfing and climbing. He now serves as the brand ambassador for Mission Ready Equipment and runs his own company which offers tactical training, wilderness navigation, TV and film consulting, and motivational speaking.

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12 Responses to “Gunfighter Moment – Kyle Defoor

  1. JM says:

    on point as always KD!

  2. AcidGambit says:

    Right on Kyle.

  3. Froggy says:


  4. BP says:

    On the “Use Your Skills” point, one must accept the fact that I can’t will the enemy to fight me, whoever that enemy may be. I am prepared for the situation where I can use my skills but not being put into one of those situations should not be held against me or the person with that skill set. Any combat veteran should have this attitude towards those with little or no combat experiencem at least until they prove you wrong.

  5. Chris K. says:

    Well said. The only reputation that matters is the one you earn today, and the only shot that matters is the one your are shooting now. And to the comment about putting training to use – I don’t think he’s down playing those who have not been in a gun fight, it’s just you need to use what you know outside of a range and many do not.

  6. Outstanding. Kyle knocked it out of the park.

  7. PC says:


  8. DP says:

    I took his handgun course and it was really good stuff

  9. Tom Kier says:

    Well said Kyle, way to keep perspective. Looking forward to training soon Brother.

  10. Sgt. Fowler USMC says:

    Well said warrior! I always had to deal with these guys that said they had a better shooting score, went to that school, been on several deployments but no combat training. As a LCpl I had more trigger time and combat experience than those senior to me and once rounds went down range it was another story for some. For those who never saw it they browbeat us because they knew Thea didn’t have anything in us.
    It’s like being 3rd String on an a football team. You may be on the team but until you’ve been in the game you are nothing but a bench warmer.

  11. Funny says:

    >Kill and bury your pride and ego
    >Types the most egotistical thing I’ve read in a while

    • Fox says:

      Pfff. No kidding, good call Funny. I think everyone hates a shit talker. Though you should not let it get to you when it happens. I am sure he is just god’s gift to the shooting community, though the whole shit talkin’ thing is contradictory in my opinion. This attempt of talking smack on other shooters is pointless, and is not a solution.

      TIP#1. THE FIGHT IS OUT THERE- work as a team! You don’t have to be the biggest fish. If you wanna be the biggest fish, go wear rhinestone t shirts and grapple in the UFC. If You go looking for a bigger fish, you will find him.

      Put any useful advice in your tool kit, and leave the rest.