August 27, 2005


My unit qualified with Berettas last Sunday on the combat pistol range at Fort Bragg. Two shooters stood out: the first was my command sergeant major, a quiet career police officer who did almost exclusively head shots. When I asked him, he said: "Sir, when I have to shoot someone, I want to be sure they are not going to get up." The other was our medic, a female sergeant we borrowed from a medical unit on post. Her shots were largely to the groin. I guess she did not want them to get up either.

Posted by LMC at August 27, 2005 10:39 PM | TrackBack

Your sergeant major is not being realistic -- head shots to a stationary target are one thing, but a live, moving target is something else again. In critical situations, you should never shoot at extremities (arms. legs, and head) since they move the fastest. He should be doing a "mozambique" -- a double tap to the T-zone (lungs, heart, and spine) to immobilize the target, and then one to the head (the security shot). It's too easy to miss the head, but much harder to miss center of mass, and then at least you have severely injured the target.

Posted by: jd watson at August 28, 2005 05:34 AM

So the real question is, "How nice should we all be to the medic?" since she's clearly answered the problem of who leads when you're out on patrol.

Posted by: tee bee at August 29, 2005 11:30 AM

tee bee,

the correct answer to the question "How nice should we all be to the medic?" would seem to be "as nice as we possibly freaking can."

Posted by: Brian B at August 29, 2005 04:07 PM

Dunno, Brian. Among the hotheads I've known and been, too much attention is bad too. Although it might help to break through the vulcanic barrier if the she in question hears you say "as nice as we freaking can." Made me smile.

Posted by: tee bee at August 29, 2005 06:34 PM
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