Larry Vickers – Russian Confidence Handgun Training

From an episode of his show Tac-TV.  Russians Spetsnaz are confident sons of bitches. Fueled by vodka?

The crappy old version of the video in case the new one disappears.

Holy shit that guy with the balaclava is high speed… just wait and see what I mean.

1:17 – Hmmmm so he’s putting on a vest… I wonder where this is going…

1:22 – Hmmm 2nd guy walking on to range… OH HOLY JESUS please no…

1:24 – Gun drawn and aimed at guy #1 *My mind explodes*

1:35 – Three shots from guy #2 into guy #1s chest (body armor) *The pieces of my exploded mind explode again*

2:08 – Phew… ok I thought the LAV was going to be like “Meh… good training drill for sure”, but he really doesn’t like it.

3:46 – WHHHHHHAAAAT?!?!??!

4:23 – Human obstacles?  Seriously… I just feel like I’m getting trolled at this point.  

4:47 – Nothing like another few shots next to your head.

Spetsnaz-Mission-AccomplishedPlease tell me simunition is being used in some of these drills.  I noticed some fluorescent tape on some of the slides… not all of them though.

Try as you will, you’ll never be that HSLD.  I’m surprised they don’t raise the bar a bit more and do some of these drills on a busy playground or at a trampoline park considering they are so fancy.


Hat tip: Christopher



Whacker-15 November 12, 2013 at 03:23 am

so when do we finally get to play with that damn Strike-1 pistol!!!


Regulus November 12, 2013 at 05:31 am

3-2-1 Cory they pimp will be teaching this drill in his class on YouTube


every others Mickey Mouse wanna be operator on YouTube will be doing this drill and posting vids of it.


Matt in FL November 12, 2013 at 06:15 am

How many vests was he wearing? I’ve moved more getting hit by a paintball. The way he didn’t move it all, he must have been wearing a Level V plate.


PPGMD November 12, 2013 at 06:37 am

They dd mention “shoot him in the plate” so I assume it had one of the hard trauma plates that you can stick in soft body armor. Those don’t increase the armor rating, but absorb the impact of the shot.

Anyways these drills don’t surprise me. Even US special forces have their own forms of trust drills. They don’t involve shooting each other though, that is simply the Russians taking it way over the top, which they typically do.


Dan G November 12, 2013 at 08:05 am

The russian plate systems is generally a hard steel or titanium plate system with kevlar infront and behind the plate making them similar to level 4 ceramic plates in terms of how things are felt and mass of the armor as i currently understand it.


Taylor TX November 12, 2013 at 11:17 am

but were you moving from pain or surprise? This guy knows its coming and has braced himself Id assume. Either way, fucking russians man, they win the crazy award every time.


Matt in FL November 12, 2013 at 11:51 am

Well, probably surprise. Seeing the paintball coming and standing in front of it anyway would be pretty stupid, wouldn’t it? (Not saying I haven’t done it, just acknowledging I’m stupid.)


Dizzy November 14, 2013 at 01:20 pm

You ever shoot a 9mm with a stock? Bracing ta 9mm with mass of one’s body almost completely mitigates the recoil. So it’s not that hard to imagine 9mm bullets not doing much to a 200+ lbs man.


Josh83 November 12, 2013 at 07:19 am

Those guys wear arm tape. Guaranteed.


elephantrider November 12, 2013 at 02:40 pm

These guys still can’t touch the South African Special Police.


jim bob November 12, 2013 at 07:26 am

they are so tactical, even their balaclavas have notches.

(for every comrade they have inadvertently killed doing this drill)


derpmaster November 12, 2013 at 08:22 am

I’m severely disappointed by the lack of backflip hatchet throwing.


elephantrider November 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm

I prefer the backflip shovel throw.


GreenMountain Human November 12, 2013 at 08:54 am

Trust drill, lol. My friends and I have a similar trust drill: We all trust that none of us would be retarded enough to suggest trying this. Yeager may have just picked up a new drill here. Of course in his, there is also a cameraman behind each operator. They don’t need vests though, because the cameramen are never in any danger. ;)


Jeep November 13, 2013 at 02:35 am

“My friends and I have a similar trust drill: We all trust that none of us would be retarded enough to suggest trying this.”

HA HA HA HA Epic !


Werewolf1021 November 12, 2013 at 09:28 am

Do ya have another video that wasnt recorded by a potato?


Nakedgun November 12, 2013 at 10:33 am

We’ve done similar drills with Simunitions; a quick-draw competition at 10 feet. It was hell on the hands. As far as doing it with live rounds… I would think they’ve been shot at enough in real-life operations while operating.


st4 November 12, 2013 at 10:38 am

Monitor -> Youtube screen -> someone else’s TV.

I’ll pass on video Inception….


elephantrider November 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm

3:53: shooter fires a round into the ground inches from his own foot. Trigger discipline?

As Mike pointed out, some of the pistols look like they might be simunition (yellow tape on slide), but there are distinct impacts in the berms when they are fired. I guess they could still be simunition guns being fired behind the guy’s ear.


Jeep November 13, 2013 at 02:36 am

Yeah I saw that he shot himself in the knee (or feet) at 3:53, and again, not a single fuck was given !


The Stig December 17, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Yep, noticed he ND-ed on the first watch through and went back and checked. I’m surprised LV didn’t mention it because they clearly slowed the footage down so you could see it.


Olly Lyon November 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm

In some ways its similar to the hostage rescue drills the British SAS do. They put a member of their team between two targets in a shoothouse to play the role of hostage. They then do a full blown, live-fire assault, to give the “hostage” simulation of being flashbanged and shot at. They’ve been doing it since the 50’s and nobody has been killed.


Franz November 13, 2013 at 07:52 am

If I remember correctly Lady Thacher participated in one of those drills while touring the facility. Scared the crap out of her staff, but being the Iron Lady that all was taken in stride.

Wow, contrast the current American Regime with her administration the differences are breathtaking.


Chris November 12, 2013 at 01:37 pm

It seems like the shooter dumps a round into the floor on purpose when pushing the instructors away. He does it again later in the drill. (you cant see it but listen for the pop) At first I thought it was a mistake or an ND, after hearing the second shot I think it is a tactic to let the guy you are going hands-on with know you are serious without killing him.

It is also clear that these guys just dont give a crap. Very intimidating.


James P November 12, 2013 at 01:49 pm

Yeah this was the most interesting part for me. Also, seeing as the host isn’t part of the team, they might have used nonlethal ammunition such as rubber/wax bullets for his drill.

I know they say “don’t try this at home” but I expect to see some natural selection if this goes viral.


Franz November 13, 2013 at 07:57 am

I am guessing “big boy” rules apply, I if you are big boy enough to be invited, you are big boy enough to not get any special accommodations.


DaveP. November 12, 2013 at 02:42 pm

Read ‘Viktor Suvorov’, especially “Inside the Aquarium”. Suvorov was a GRU officer who defected back when that meant a death sentence and he spent the rest of the Cold War talking about what it was really like inside of the Soviet armed forces and intelligence services.
Shooting your buddy in the plates ain’t beans: according to Suvorov, the Spetnaz used to practice their physical and armed combat skills on political prisoners… the question is, do they still?


11b November 12, 2013 at 05:35 pm

Someone else mentioned this but, ND at 3:55? Shitty trigger discipline.


TophK November 12, 2013 at 11:25 pm

yup…thats insane.

Infantry leads the way.


11b November 16, 2013 at 08:48 am

Fck yeah man ;)


Jeep November 13, 2013 at 02:39 am

Ah ah, joint operation with South African Special Forces and Spetsnaz.

No survivors.


santi November 13, 2013 at 05:41 am

Well, I will carry on with my day feeling meek and unsure of myself.


Vladimir November 13, 2013 at 10:17 am

That wasn’t a ND, just a standard procedure to scare off noisy bystanders.


Federale November 17, 2013 at 08:28 pm



Gen. Hawk November 17, 2013 at 11:23 pm

GMH beat me to it:

The second he sees this, Yeager will have Reid creating a new course centered around it.



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