Sunday, January 19, 2014

I'll just be stealing that...

Awesome mnemonic device for remembering the Four Rules at The Gunner's Blog:
I use "LS/MFT," a catchphrase from my youth. Only now it means, "LOADED, STUPID! Muzzle. Finger. Target."
Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco!

20 comments:

Weer'd Beard said...

Oh, I may have to use that when teaching my next newbie.

Also I used to smoke Luckies for a spell.

Kendal Black said...

Heh! Thanks for the mention, Tam!

--Ken at The Gunner's Blog

armedlaughing said...

I worked as a P.I. with a nice young woman many years ago. She had a remarkable figure. Her initials were L.S.
Our boss used to say (this was before political correctness - and NEVER in her presence)
L.S. Means Fabulous T...

Thanks for the memories...
No, I didn't make the last joke!

gfa

El Capitan said...

I heard it as "Loose Sweaters Mean Floppy Tits". Learned it from an old functional alkie at an early job. He used to smoke Philip Morris Commanders, sort of a magnum version of the Lucky Strike.

William Chavez said...

I came up with "Wear your LMIT".

Loaded
Muzzle
Index
Target

I may start using LSMFT. Easier to remember for newbies (I mean, even more newbie than myself).

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Oh, that is good...

Windy Wilson said...

Any doctor will tell you of the need for useful mnemonics in medical school, particularly for all those drugs and all those bones. Said doctor will also mention how said mnemonics are particularly unmemorable if not smutty.
Thanks for the post!

Phil said...

Liberated sounds so much nicer than stealing.

The things I've learned from my government.
(eye roll)

Ted N said...

Really big boobs should fill both hands.

Responsiveness, breathing, bleeding, shock, fractures, burns, head injuries.

Anonymous said...

LS/MFT means bupkuss to the younger generations .... are Lucky Strikes even sold anymore?

I teach the 4-H-ers "ALWAYS/NEVER, Keep and Know."

ALWYAYS treat any gun as if it were loaded. ALWAYS. No Exceptions.

NEVER (ever) alow th emuzzle to point at anything that you don't want holes in.

Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target. (Alternate, unforgettalble version:"Keep you booger hook off the bangswitch until you want it to go bang.")

Know what your target is and what is beyond it.

Kids can remember these. Even 8 year old boys with the inherent attention span of a Brittany puppy in the field for the first time.

jimbob86

Kristophr said...

Old c-rat packs still have a five smoke pack of Lucky Strikes in them.

They must be dry enough to use as kindling by now.

Anonymous said...


LSMFT/loose strap means flopy titty

Steve Skubinna said...

That one is excellent. Of course, despite being a nonsmoker, I do remember LS/MFT. Back when tobacco companies could advertise on TV. With actual doctors.

Even the kids were quoting Taryton's "rather fight than switch" and humming the William Tell Overture thanks to Larks (of course, the Lone Ranger, and later, Geno's Pizza Rolls had a lot to do with that).

Steve Skubinna said...

Kristophr, I just looked up Luckies on Wikipedia. They're still in production but are not actively marketed by RJR.

Man, you are dating yourself. I first enlisted in 1975 and the old timers were still griping about the cigarette packs no longer being in the c-rats.

RM1(SS) (ret) said...

Not to mention the Magnificent Seven theme used to advertise Marlboros....

Scott J said...

Funny how you can make it stick early.

After a practice session with my 8 year old observing I wanted to examine my revolver barrel for lead fouling.

Best way to do that is look down the business end with the cylinder open.

He piped up "hey, I thought we weren't supposed to do that".

So I had to explain I only do it when no ammo is nearby and I put my thumb over the firing pin.

Also explained that it never left my hand after I'd observed the empty cylinder.

Windy Wilson said...

To a smoker, its a Kent!

I think I'll go with "Always, Never, Keep and Know" for the youngin's. The indoctrination is so thorough around here I think they believe you get cancer from talking about tobacco.

rocinante2 said...

Apparently, Lucky Strike is still out there:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_Strike

Back in my days of putting nails in my own coffin, there was a little shop that sold nothing but tobacco a block away from my apartment. (It was across the street from the grocery store and I had to walk past it to get to the ATM and the local pizza joint

It was like a liquor store, in the sense that they had a huger variety of regular and well-known brands, but they also had stuff that (at the time) I didn't even know was made anymore, like Chesterfields, Pall Malls, Luckies, etc.

Anonymous said...

LS/MFT = Let's screw, my finger's tired.

Daniel in Brookline said...

Some mighty fine mnemonics here!! (Many of them, unfortunately, that I'd be unwilling to share with my 13-year-old stepdaughter when we go shooting. Never mind, she knows the Four Rules already.)

Apropos of nothing, she likes Kathy Jackson's version of Rule One: "Treat every gun as a loaded gun, because guns are sneaky and will reload themselves behind your back if they think you're not looking."