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Old October 1, 2010, 09:46 PM   #3
grumpycoconut
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Join Date: March 14, 2008
Location: Kalifornia
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Meh.

Stressful and loud and scary but it didn't look all that bad considering the participants. These were not normal folks. Doing this with normal folks would make as much sense as giving a regular guy with a drivers license an Indy car. No bueno for Joe Snuffy but no problem for (Insert driver's name here)

When I was a swat police we used to train for vehicle assaults where we had shooters on both sides of the car shooting inboard and sniper initiated assaults where the long rifle boys shot right past the entry team. On one special occasion we set up targets facing each other along the sides of the range. By the time the drill was over we were standing between the targets while our partners shot them and we shot the targets beside them. I never doubted my partner's skill or guts after that day. Stupid with normal people and a serious calculated risk with trained entry guys but it was a whole lot safer and more controlled than a real world encounter would be.

For what its worth I once heard rumor that the French GIGN used to do force on force training using live 22s and heavy armor. Suicidal for most. Just another special day at the office for a very rare few.

Training to go into the badness that others run away from is not for the average bear.
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