Thread: Firearm Basics
7/19/2010 4:34pm, #41
7/19/2010 4:46pm, #42
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- Memphis, TN
I have to admit, my grouping at long range was seriously wank, because try as I might, I was looking (squinting anyway) at the fucking target not the FS. Didn't realise till he started advancing the target back towards us that I'd been focusing down range.
Hoping to get back out there this week sometime. Practice makes perfect and all that jazz... :new_snipe
7/19/2010 5:29pm, #43
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7/20/2010 9:59am, #44
A slight digress from the thread however;
Moose, when you start doing weighted runs/speed marches ensure your pack is high on your back and not allowed to swing or rest in the small of your back.
When we used to run around the COB at Basra, we'd see US troops on a daily basis running with their packs hanging off their backs as if they'd intentionally not tightened the shoulder straps at all.
The higher the pack is on your pack, the less strain you'll encounter, it will also encourage you to naturally lean slightly forward as you move, this again reduces the strain slightly. We call moving over distance at speed with weight, "tabbing" which is the plural for TAB - Tactical Advance (to) Battle.
Tabbing is an essential physical fitness tool which is very job specific and is much harder than running (obviously) because of the weight, this exercise alone is far better than road running because it conditions your core strength along with everything else you'd expect to stress during a foot patrol.
At the moment I'm only road running once a week, but I'm tabbing three times a week and finding that is having a higher impact on improving my fitness and more importantly the conditioning the body needs to undergo before you deploy.
I can't reiterate enough what Cassius said about IA drills, I visualise and rehearse those in my head as i'm tabbing, as well as things like METHANE, 9 liner etc to make sure they're second nature verbal/radio responses in stress situations.
Dave"To sin by silence when one should protest makes cowards out of men".
7/20/2010 11:56am, #45
How does one go about tabbing? What exactly is involved in it?
I can't reiterate enough what Cassius said about IA drills, I visualise and rehearse those in my head as i'm tabbing, as well as things like METHANE, 9 liner etc to make sure they're second nature verbal/radio responses in stress situations.You are not free whose liberty is won by the rigour of other, more righteous souls. Your are merely protected. Your freedom is parasitic, you suck the honourable man dry and offer nothing in return. You who have enjoyed freedom, who have done nothing to earn it
7/20/2010 12:50pm, #46
By way of excusing this post, here's something vaguely on topic: reviewing this thread as you get more practice might help you improve your mechanics. Maybe that's just me though, my balance has always been terrible. Come to think of it, why isn't that thread a sticky?
Oh, and thanks for that whole life risking thing.
7/20/2010 12:56pm, #47
Tabbing is nothing more elaborate mate than humping a fucking heavy bergen and belt order with rifle, kevlar over cross country terrain (and road) completing a set distance in or under a pre set time.
The British Army undergo the CFT - Combat Fitness Test which is 50lb (aprox) in weight over 8 miles in under 120 minutes
The RAF Regiment undergo the ROFA - Regiment Operational Fitness Assessment which is 80lb (aprox) over 6 miles in under 1hr 40"To sin by silence when one should protest makes cowards out of men".
7/20/2010 1:01pm, #48
7/22/2010 12:31am, #49
Thanks for all the help. Yeah, during training I noticed everyone had their **** loose as *****. I asked one of my instructors how to properly wear the fuckin' pack, and now keep that **** as high and tight as possible. Really fucking helped during our shitty mountain warfare package, though.
Your guys' CFT is harder then ours, how often do you do it? Ours is retarded and simple. Its an 880 sprint, 30lb ammo can presses, and a manuever under fire course where you sprint, crawl, carry douchebags, sprint, carry ammo cans, throw a grenade, and sprint. I didn't try at all, and got a 270/300.
We have to do ours at least once a year, usually two.
I really appreciate all your info and advice. If you have any more, PLEASE pm it to me. I'll explain more in the privacy of an inbox. I've been hitting the gym more, and once I get more comfortable running, as I suck at it (my 3 mile time is, at best 23 mins...though I usually max out the other two portions) I plan to include more pack runs.
7/22/2010 5:19am, #50
Will do mate, incoming shortly."To sin by silence when one should protest makes cowards out of men".