USMC

This looks like it will be interesting:

From the description:

Just out of high school, at the age of 18, Miles Lagoze enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was deployed to Afghanistan where he served as Combat Camera — his unit’s official videographer, tasked with shooting and editing footage for the Corps’ recruiting purposes and historical initiatives. But upon discharging, Lagoze took all the footage he and his fellow cameramen shot, and he assembled quite simply the very documentary the Corps does not want you to see. COMBAT OBSCURA is a groundbreaking look at daily life in a war zone as told by the Marines themselves. More than a mere compilation of violence, the edit ingeniously repurposes the original footage to reveal the intensity and paradoxes of an ambiguous war from an unvarnished perspective.

You can check out the website for more info.  Coming to theaters, streaming, and bluray on March 15th.

I really liked Generation Kill (which was based on a true story), and this looks similar so I’m sure it will be good.

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LOL imagine that… a negligent discharge from one strip mall operator…

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(guy pictured, although a USMC defender; wasn’t the guy who ND’d)

You can read the full story at Columbus Dispatch, but here are the best parts:

One of them has been charged with a misdemeanor after he accidentally fired his AR-15 rifle. Someone from the recruiting center at 1530 River Valley Blvd. flagged down an officer at 12:01 p.m. to report the incident, Lt. Shane Wilson said.

The shopping-center owner issued a statement saying it was decided that “for the safety of tenants, customers and construction personnel working in the immediate vicinity of the Military Recruiting Center, it would be best to request the removal of the armed individuals.”

Christopher A. Reed, 28, of Lancaster, OH was charged with discharging a firearm in the city limits, and was issued a summons to appear in Fairfield County Municipal Court on Tuesday, according to the police incident report.

Reed told police that he was holding his rifle outside the recruitment center when someone asked if he could take a look at it. Reed agreed, and while he was trying to clear the ammunition from the weapon, he accidentally fired one shot into the asphalt pavement.

The only damage was a hole in the pavement. The rifle was taken from Reed pending his appearance in court, the incident report says.  Conviction on the fourth-degree misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum of 30 days in jail. Reed was convicted of the same offense in 2013, and was fined $50, court records show.

“I’m nobody special,” Reed said in a telephone interview on Thursday. “I’m just a guy doing my job because my own government wouldn’t do it.”  Reed said he is not a military veteran. He described himself as an active gun enthusiast who makes a living working side jobs.  He downplayed what happened. “It is what it is,” he said. “Nobody got hurt.”

Amazing… Reality is always funnier than fiction.  Glad to hear those idiots were told to go home before someone got hurt.  I’m sure there are a lot of non Law Enforcement and Non Military people who are proficient enough to actually do some good in a military recruiting center protection scenario… but the problem is you’re always going to get bottom of the barrel wannabe operators whose only qualification is that they “own a firearm” (like these guys “Defending USMC” which I posted about a couple days ago).  Well looks like Christopher Reed got what he wanted in this case anyway, and even was able to do a phone interview!  How humble of him to play down his operational tier though by stating the obvious “I’m nobody special”.  Although, I would disagree… he’s clearly “short bus special”.

Thoughts?  Oh and if you want to call me a pussy (like a guy did on Instagram, then SOP for internet G’s quickly went “private”) for knowing my limitations and not stepping up to the plate to defend the military by standing outside a recruiting office with a rifle (man, even typing that sounds retarded)… please do so in the comments so I have something to laugh at when I wake up.

P.S. What’s Christopher Reed’s ARFCOM username, and the link to the thread where he defends his “accident”?  Please leave it in the comments.

 

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Dustin Ellermann (same dude that was on top shot) posts a couple questionable pics:

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The full facebook post is here… Facebook (like YouTube) always has such a wide range of comments, ranging from intelligent to so dumb you wonder how the person was actually able to have their brain tell their fingers what keys to press on the keyboard to express their thoughts.  If you’re looking to kill some time, just scroll through and read a few to see what I mean haha.

As you can see, apparently sights are overrated for 2/3 of the guys anyway.  *smh*.  Also, that one guy has a slidefire stock!    Oh and you probably saw the Sig SB15 with the vert grip on the first guy wearing (What are thooooooooose) Crocs and the highlighter green shirt (great shoe choice and shirt color too for potential combat)… I’m assuming naturally he has the gun AOW’d, because I’m not one of those stamp snitches.  Someone brought up my Never Shoulder Never Forget shirt further down in the comments, and Dustin said he liked it haha.

Thoughts?  Better than nothing you say?  I say let the people who are trusted enough to carry guns in other countries to fight for our freedom, carry them on US soil to protect their (and our) lives.

Gat tip: Say Uncle

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How Marines Breach:

haha “Blanket Man” out of context sounds like the lamest nickname on earth.  I had no idea USMC carried around a ballistic blanket.  I just figured they stood a hand full of yards adjacent to where the blast is going to be coming out.  What’s the point of standing right in front of the blast?  That blanket must be quite heavy seeing as it’s a lot of layers of kevlar.  I know how much kevlar vests weight, so that has to weigh at least 6x what a vest would because it’s so big.

Linus-BlanketIf I was blanket man, I would really own the nickname by getting a Linus (from peanuts) tattoo.  Maybe even Gucci Mane style on my cheek.

Would operate with.

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You can help a documentary get made:

The idea of UNTIL it HURTS (UiH) was created by Dave Hall, retired SEAL sniper.  Dave’s plan was to honor his fallen friends and brothers by creating a piece of art out of a target.  He fired his weapon from 911 yards for each teammate that had fallen, one round for each of the 79 fallen SEALS since the wars started, onto the target.  Dave started firing on 9/11/2012 at 8:46 AM finishing at 11:40 AM.

I like the idea behind the artwork, and the fact it raised money but I’m really not a fan of the artwork itself.  Does it matter what I think though? No not at all.

I think this documentary “preview” was enough for me,  It could have been about 30 seconds long and had all the same information.  I couldn’t imagine an hour long documentary on the making of that thing.  If you want to support the documentary you can donate a minimum of $1 over at IndieGoGo, but if you want a copy of the documentary the minimum donation is $25.  The money raised (minimum goal of  $37911) will go towards making the documentary.  I like the colorway on those converse Chuck Taylors you get with at $185 donation.  Chucks are the most uncomfortable shoes on the planet though.

What I think would be a better idea, is if they would take donations of time / equipment to make the documentary and then donate the profit to a pro-military charity for wounded soldiers or something similar.

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A look at the new USMC pistol training program, slated to replace the old one:

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This new program is apparently designed to incorporate a mindset steeped in the battlefield according to the video description.  I guess battlefields work a lot different than I imagined them to be.

Yea I’m not qualified to critique a training program, but I’m going to do it anyway because that’s what I do best.

Those exaggerated 360 degree scans look derpy.  “BUT MIKE IT’S A 360 BATTLE ZONE IRL!”.  Yea Yea I get that but isn’t the saying “train as you will fight”?  Are these guys really going to be in tons of situations where they are calmly shooting a controlled pair an the enemy, ejecting the magazine and doing a 360 degree scan?

Is pulling the slide slightly back (press check I’m assuming?), ejecting the magazine and looking at it (to see if there’s at least 1 round left in it?) something real operators who operate in operations always should do after dropping tangos?

Is tapping the back of the slide, a Beretta M9 thing people do?  Did this operator just do that to look cool?  Should I be doing that to look like I know what I’m doing next time I operate with an M9?

Starting every drill with his hands up in the air by his face seem different than how I would think these guys would train for real life too.  When a marine walks around in a war zone does he always have his hands up there?

Thoughts?  Good way to train for real life situations a marine will encounter?

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