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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

More With The Board

At the monastery, after running the practical drills described here, the monks had us then take our long rifles and make ready.

At the signal, each shooter would designate "odd" or "even" and proceed to use each of slots 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 (or 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10) as a loophole through which one round would be directed at steel hanging at 100 yards. One of the key steps was to make sure you stayed far enough back from the board so that both your boreline and your sightline would allow clearance through the particular slot. The shooter would fire one shot, then rise from whatever awkward position used for the shot, sprint to the barrel 15 yards behind the board, circle it, and return to fire through the next slot. Obviously, action operation, reloads, pulse/respiration, and any other drama were dealt with under time pressure, along with open questions on some shots as to whether your round would actually clear the board. Fastest shooter on the clock with highest number of hits would take kudos for each iteration.

Another variation was to post small paper targets at 100 yards and run the same drill so as to force greater precision out of the shooters.

Think it's no big deal?

Try it this weekend.


Anonymous Mark Matis said...

This is all very nice, but while you're running around from cover to cover and shooting, THEY have reinforcements on the way, including Air to help them know where you are. Unless you are doing force-on-force that catches them with ALL their manpower in one place (such as shift change at the station), they will have backup rapidly coming for you. Now if you have ENOUGH force of your own, you can probably set an ambush for their backup. But why not just put ALL of that against the target in the first place and be done with it? Or better yet, hit them with what scares the crap out of them - Lone Wolf? Where it's one shot and you fade into the surroundings.

November 2, 2010 at 12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must be nice to have a truck. I had to move the holes a little and put in a set of hinges, so I could get it in my vehicle.

November 2, 2010 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger sofa said...

mark - Why not prepare for many possible situations?

Sometimes you get to choose. Sometimes the other guys choose.

November 2, 2010 at 8:23 PM  
Anonymous Defender said...

I'm new to tactical riflery. I do know from experience that what you do on the practice range is what you'll do when it's for real. This sounds like good training against the natural tendency to use a windowsill or loophole as a rest, which leaves the rifle barrel sticking out like a flagpole. If the enemy(ies) has to look through 360 degrees at ground level, then another 360 on upper stories and rooflines, and sees nothing, that's more time to get out of Dodge.

November 3, 2010 at 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Mark Matis said...

sofa - You're welcome to do so. And being physically fit is NOT a bad thing. But if your ops plan REQUIRES you to do ANYTHING like this, you're dead meat. And quickly. I am merely positing ways for you to survive a hostile action to continue to inflict massive damage on the bad guys. And lone wolf would appear to do that FAR BETTER than any other option I have seen.

The one exception to that is "force on force" along the lines of the Mexican police station shootup last week:
although if you Do have an RPG, PLEASE put it inside the building. And yes, that was a "waste" of ammo. But if your stocks are sufficient, that is a VERY worthwhile message. Which THOSE cops clearly got.

November 3, 2010 at 12:33 PM  

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