As a grunt, you carry what you need for the mission, which may be alot. Past that, you have to make sure you are taken care of, which adds more gear. In this case, you will want a system like this sewn on British PLCE belt webbing, shown above, to give you ample storage space for 18 hrs worth of fighting gear. This system is designed to allow you and your team to be completely self-sufficient for about 18 hours without logistical support.
Recently I took a huge step out of my comfort zone and took a course on how to use a red dot sight on a pistol. The idea of using an MRDS (Micro Red Dot Sight) on a pistol has seemed more like a trendy move and didn't appeal to me in the least. However, I like to step outside of my comfort zone often and try new things, so I coughed up some cash and took a course on the pistol MRDS using a rental pistol and gear. What an experience! Anyways, in the next few paragraphs, I want to glaze over a few things that I noticed that a red dot can do for you that irons never could.
The British military, along with other European based countries such as Australia, still use some version of belt kit like the set displayed above. The reason this type of gear has stuck around for so long is because of its true load carrying capability. Soldiers in the UK military generally do not appreciate their old school belt kit due to how it rubs them raw at times. However, it would seem that the troops do appreciate how well belt kit can distribute a 24hr fighting load. It has been a great piece of gear for light infantry in the past, and I do not think that has changed much, if any.
I was shooting long before I started this blog or my YouTube channel. Prior to even living in Alaska, one of my favorite guns was the S&W M&P line. I say the M&P "LINE" because I owned virtually every caliber except .22 and .380. The reason for my love for the M&P line was that they simply performed perfectly in my hands. I cannot remember having any legitimate issues with the pistols in terms of reliability other than the one time my shield recoil spring popped off its guide rod. Any time I had an issue or had a recoil spring that was a bit weak, S&W was a quick call away willing to send me parts or offering a return label for me to get my gun fixed free of charge. In my simple mind, naturally performing well with the gun and having the manufacturer standing behind you 100% makes the M&P line a no-brainer for me now.
Being a human being, we have to be real with ourselves and understand that we are bound by physical limitations. Of course we can always ask more from ourselves and train our bodies to a higher level of performance. However, we must at least understand that we are flawed from birth. After understanding this, we must establish a reasonable and practical standard for how we will perform with our firearms, as far as accuracy is concerned. Barring you being part of a team/department/unit, you must focus on yourself and your abilities and just keep practicing and asking more of yourself....within reason.
I think it is very productive to look at the history of different warrior cultures and analyse the qualities that made them so successful. This is not going to be a quick read about a trendy workout program for an unrealistic outcome. I am simply going to go over some ideas that the Roman Army had for getting their troops ready for battle. The purpose is to give the reader a few ideas about how to take historical examples and adapt them to current weaponry in order to help them train to a higher level of proficiency. Keep in mind that I am going to have to leave alot of stuff out since this is not a book, but rather a quick jot about incorporating historical examples into current training methods.
Throughout history, warriors of all types learned the hard way that physical fitness pertaining to their style of fighting was absolutely necessary. If we look at warrior training from successful militaries around the world and throughout history, there are many examples that show a pattern of focus on methods of conditioning and fitness priorities.
I know I have earned a little reputation for be a Glock hater or basher. I guess it is somewhat earned, but the reason for my past protests was based on experience. Now it is about time that I get back in the Glock game and record my experiences. Its time that I prove or disprove my own claims and fears on video and here on my blog with a record of this pistols performance.
Let's face it, 90% of you are not dry firing the way you are supposed to, or you have no idea how to even do it in a way that will help progress your skills on the flat range. That is fine, because it is understandable that dry firing is boring and almost like watching paint dry. However, I think that there is a way to use lasers to make it fun and engaging by actually SHOWING you when you are hitting and missing. There is a reason many people like myself are promoting the use of laser trainers to enhance your training and practice.
With the idea of protecting ourselves as private citizens gaining more popularity, there seems to be a growing trend for people that are seeking training as well. Training classes are filling up and people are investing in learning how to shoot properly. However, there are those out there who are taking their firearms training to the next level and are seeking training in team and squad tactics much like what military and law enforcement would learn. Is it beneficial for these people as civilians to dress up and practice raiding buildings, laying ambushes, and conducting patrols?
Do It Rite
Alaska-Based Youtube Vlogger, Retired Marine, Firearm and Gear Tester.