This week has been pretty light on in terms of courses. I worked with the Coast Guard for a couple of days helping to run and critique their scenario based training.
Today I helped out on the High Risk Security Operator Course and gave the lessons on the M249, one of my favorite guns of all time.
If you didn't know, the M249 took the concept of the single operator machine gun from the Browning Automatic Rifle. The BAR which first saw service in 1918 was the only single operator machine gun in service with the U.S military up until the FN M249 was brought into service for the Panama campaign.
The U.S at the time was caught behind the power curve a little in the machine gun stakes for some time. The enemy was well up to speed with machine gun technology with the PKM which FN used as a model to create the M249.
The M249 took the operating system from the most reliable weapon on the planet at the time, the AK 47 and turned it upside down for the SAW. FN found inspiration from many other machine guns around the world including the German MG34, the Russian PKM, the Bren Gun and many more. The M249 pound for pound is the best the machine gun in service today.
I carried the SAW for the duration of my tour in Afghanistan and really enjoy teaching it and shooting it. The boys on the HRSO course today really got a lot out of the lessons and will now have a good understanding of how it operates, how to load and unload it, how to fire it and the rates of fire, how to change barrels and its importance, how to reload it, how to strip and assemble it and how to clean and maintain it.
This afternoon some of the other instructors and I went out to the range to shoot the Hackathorn Standards. It's one of our favorite courses of fire to shoot and compete against each other. I shot a 283 cold (no warm up) and moved onto another round. All three of us ended up with respectable scores of 288, 292 and 292.
We changed pace after that to the Bianci plate rack drill. The Bianci drill if you haven't shot it before is as follows:
10 yards - 6 plates - 6 secs (2x)
15 yards - 6 plates - 7 secs (2x)
20 yards - 6 plates - 8 secs (2x)
25 yards - 6 plates - 9 secs (2x)
This course of fire is all shot from the holster. There are no make up shots for missed plates. The total score is out of 48. Missed plates are tallied up to give the shooter his final score.
Today I missed only 3 plates, which is not too bad for not having shot it for a while.
Tomorrow I'm looking forward to getting out on the Known Distance range to Zero my DSArms FAL (OSW). If you are looking for an exceptional battle rifle call Mark at DSArms.
Mark is a great guy that will really look after you. Very professional and fantastic service.
Until tomorrow, check out this little clip of todays El Prez! This was shot during the Hackathorn, it's the 6th stage and when your trying to clean it, you can't afford to miss!
(10 yards - draw fire 2 per target, reload and fire 2 per target in reverse order - 10 secs)
Most of the time you will see the El Prez shot super fast for time, Thats fine for getting hits on target but, in this game, shot placement is everything and just hits on a piece of steel isn't good enough. In this clip you will see Speed, Efficiency and Accuracy combined.
The result is all A zone hits under ten seconds with a standard Glock 17, no race guns here fellas!