We’ve already pointed out that police firearms training is a little lacking, in terms of frequency and practicality. The more YouTube Army training videos I watch, the more I wonder about our fighting force’s weapons instruction. In this clip of the Small Arms Master Gunner Course (shooting an M240B 7.62mm Medium Machine Gun), the instructor tells the shooter to “Bring it up!” (i.e. aim higher). Repeatedly. To no appreciable effect . . .
In a combat situation, which would be a hundred times more chaotic, executing that command could be the difference between life and death. And what’s with the cartridge recovery magnet swooping around the gun? Although distraction is excellent preparation for the fug or war, this indicates nothing more than a lackadaisical attitude towards gun safety. Fun with 7.62mm? Sure, until someone loses an eye.