You’re doing it wrong

From my friend Tony we get this picture:

100812-N-6463B-024 RED SEA (Aug. 12, 2010) – Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment 404, and the visit, board, search and seizure team aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) engage in close-quarters battle proficiency training. Princeton is part of Combined Task Force 151, a multinational task force established in Jan 2009 to conduct counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Herbert D. Banks Jr./Released)

Tony asks these simple questions:

  1. Wondering what the right hand of the guy in the foreground is doing; and
  2. Where he left his mag.

I can answer those two in reverse order. His rifle was unloaded because it was a training exercise, where apparently they don’t get to shoot anything. I can’t really tell from the picture, but hopefully they are facing off the bow or stern and not toward any people or structures on deck, otherwise they’ve broken several of The Rules. So his mag is probably back in the weapons locker or somewhere else feeling unloved.

As for what his hand is doing, I guess he feels a little feminine without the magazine and is fondling the hole where his manhood was. Either that or the CG needs to keep working on their CQB training.

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  • Lyle  On August 27, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    I can answer number one; I’ve seen this at least a hundred times, maybe several hundreds, as we use to do a lot of gun shows. It still happens whenever we get someone here in the shop who’s new to the pistol grip riflestock. They try to hold the rifle like it was their granddady’s Winchester. The trigger hand either goes behind the pistol grip, on the buttstock, or it goes in front of it, just like the guy in the photo. I’m now in the habit of demonstrating the hold, saying aloud, “hand on the pistol grip” before I hand an AK or AR to a newbie, ’cause this happens so often (that guy in the photo’s never trained with an AR before in his life).

    And if they’re not using live ammo at some stage, they’re not training. There should be some little targets out in the water and they should be expected to hit them. Then they need a portable trap and some clays (shotgun sport style) so the (ahem) “marksmen” can practice on fast-moving targets with their carbines.

    • trackerk  On August 27, 2010 at 7:26 pm

      There were some other pictures in the set that showed some live fire in prone position.

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