Like Bricks Hanging Off An Assault Rifle

Training to compensate for muzzle DIVE?  Wait… what?…

Source – NYpost & NationalPost

The rifles are apparently QBZ model 95 or 97 bullpups.

Not too sure what that little training exercise acomplishes, unless its simply set up to break their spirits when they realize they can’t hold those bricks up for very long.

I’m surprised guy #1 in the 2nd picture didn’t get the cane.  He’s cheating by armpitting the rifle. Guy #2 is just an idiot.

Hat tip: Jared C.



Steve069 September 27, 2011 at 12:12 am

Haha, “the cane”.


GPAT September 27, 2011 at 12:20 am

aaaaand this is why one American solider is worth ten Chinese ‘soliders’. The whole Confucius self-perfection ideal only works when your tireless practice dosent defeat the ideal your trying to become. I dont care how many people they have over there, they are literally being trained to miss with brilliant example of anti-training.

keep it up, PLA (pun definitely intended)


Poppy September 27, 2011 at 12:38 am

Good lord this is almost as dumb as how N.Korea there soldiers punch a tree for 5 hours in order to “toughen them up.”

Furthermore, isn’t this training actually going to hurt the soldiers’ performance? I mean, muscle memory being what it is, training to handle a front-heavy rifle will force your body to hold it a certain way. And when you’re actually in battle and using a non-weighted weapon you’ll have to compensate for recoil and weight distribution that you aren’t used to.

Also, being able to hold your rifle for prolonged periods of time doesn’t mean shit in a modern war-zone. We have bipods and a little thing called “prone.” Don’t matter how long you hold your weapon if you can’t shoot for shit.

All this “self-perfection honor martial arts conditioning” eastern junk doesn’t help you win wars, just ask Imperial Japan.


AKMSF September 27, 2011 at 12:38 am

QBZ-95 for sure. This is probably some sort of odd strength training thing. I can guarantee you that that bullpup feels like a nerf gun once they take those bricks off!


matt September 27, 2011 at 01:52 am

muzzle dive? no. strength training, yes. they cant be shooting those guns, all that weight directly attached to the barrel would drastically effect POI.


Punish3r September 27, 2011 at 02:05 am

He needs to tuck in his boot laces too..


kvålseth September 27, 2011 at 02:57 am

There is definitely merit to the idea of shouldering a heavy rifle for as long as possible to build up static endurance but this is not a good execution of that exercise.


Rickenbacker September 27, 2011 at 03:51 am

I dunno, are these real soldiers or is this some Airsoft crap? I notice they all have their fingers on the trigger!


Crunkleross September 27, 2011 at 08:24 am

I suppose having your nose in the ejection port is a fine way of cleaning out the sinuses.


Cameron September 27, 2011 at 08:50 am

HAHA! Rittre do you Americans know! This secret Chinese training may rook sirry to you, but it make sordiers super strong!
We defeat Capitarist pigs!
China strong!

(As a serious note, this looks more like discipline training than anything else. Keep your rifle steady, for as long as you possibly can, with a heavy weight at the end.)


cc19 September 27, 2011 at 10:28 am

“Goddamn Mon-goe-reans!”


Poppy September 27, 2011 at 11:59 am

“How come every time Chinese try to make a wall goddamn Mon-goe-reans have to come tear it down!?”


Jeff September 27, 2011 at 09:02 am

Still waiting to read ballistic data on those 5.8×42mm rounds


Poppy September 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I hear that they’re leaps and bounds more accurate and powerful than both the 5.56 AND the 5.45. At least, that’s what the Chinese Government says, but I trust ’em. After all, when’s the last time a communist government ever lied to anyone?


Jeff September 27, 2011 at 03:37 pm

Yeah, somehow they claim that they’ve managed to get lacquered iron casings to outperform brass….. =P
Still waiting for some guy to write about the facts, plain and simple, without the ‘superior performance’ propaganda bullcrap


Hrachya Hayrapetyan September 27, 2011 at 09:50 am

These guys just HATE their barrels !!!
Or maybe this is a new type of free floating barrels :) ))))


Ajax September 27, 2011 at 09:54 am

Actually, the first guy in line is the one cheating by tucking the butt under his arm. The guy with it on top of his shoulder is making it harder. This is either patriotic grandstanding for the “Democratic Free Press for the “People’s” Republic” (double quotes intentional) or the most idiotic method of training muzzle control ever. I’m gonna go with both.

Maybe their scheme is to make us think they’re incompetent?


Steve September 27, 2011 at 11:29 am

Judging by the amount of stone strapped to those gun barrels I’m sure this is suppose to “show-off” the strength of their soldiers.

I would only be impressed if they an empty shell balanced on the end of the barrel too.


Crunkleross September 27, 2011 at 11:56 am

Yes while in the crane stance that would be awesomeness.


ENDO-Mike September 27, 2011 at 12:18 pm

ha yea good point.. i’ll change that in the post.


RWC September 27, 2011 at 11:45 am

So they discarded their bayonets and opted for something akin to a medieval flail.



Frank September 27, 2011 at 06:31 pm

Chinese steel is crap anyhow!


Poppy September 27, 2011 at 06:56 pm

Totally, I heard that shit is made in backyard blast-furnaces or something.


safegunuser September 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm

maybe all the silly chinese training we see is disinformation


Linoge September 27, 2011 at 07:11 pm


Actually, the second guy in the second picture is making his life harder for himself. With the weight dangling at the ends of the barrel, their forward (left) arm becomes the fulcrum for the lever. His right arm and right cheek are holding the rifle from tipping forward. Conversely, the guys with the rifles tucked into their shoulders are having an easier time, since their shoulder is typically stronger than their faces.


‘Course, it could just be that Guy #2 breaks boards with his faces, and considers this child’s play…


Critter September 27, 2011 at 07:23 pm

wtf kind of guns are those?


bryan September 27, 2011 at 07:52 pm

Ergonomics on the gun are crappy, especially the front of the trigger guard. Unlike the F2000 or Tavor, you can not grab onto the front trigger guard with your hand.


Jared C September 27, 2011 at 07:56 pm

My question is do they have an import ban on cinder blocks?


David September 28, 2011 at 06:06 pm

There camo looks like its from Endor from return of the jedi.


Gunny2862 September 30, 2011 at 10:25 am

Check the guy ?Officer? in the back who looks ready to shoot the first one to lower his bricks – incentivizing performance perhaps?


Lance October 9, 2011 at 03:35 pm

Lol. Looks like this is just creating poor form by forcing all the shooters to lean back.



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