Thoughts added, but first, a disclaimer: My comments are not denigrating the individual or the event; they were there and the writer participated (very important). I did not. However, there are a few things folks contemplating doing something like that might want to consider to prepare:
- Ruck walks/runs of lighter weights building up to your maximum weight. On max weight walks/runs, only do half your max walk distance. Example: When at peak, I do a 15.5 minute mile with an 80 lb ruck over even terrain (mostly sidewalks and flat, gravelly ground) for 8 miles; rarely 10. When I do a walk/run for max speed, I only do 4 miles.
- The article validates other posts on this and other blogs about open drop leg holsters and chest rigs when crawling. Those things are great for vehicle ops. Running and gunning in mud and rural areas, not so much.
- Long sleeve rip stop shirts might be a pain, but they do best in keeping your arms from getting torn up. It also helps if you have a properly fitted and modified shirt. Waist pockets are ‘wasted’ usually, and having the shirt modified to ‘raid’ configuration works better. (Bias alert – this is an individual thing….so it’s not gospel.)
- Posts on good footwear can also be found here. Merrill and Danner combat hikers are two excellent choices, you may have your own. Don’t forget about good socks, like Vermont Darn Tough, and moleskin and Body Glide.
- If you want to go ‘old school’ without the military loop sling, rig a 550 cord sling. If you’ve got it set up right, you can carry your piece comfortably (read that as not being an entire PITA). Or you can spend $50 on something that is great for an event, but might not suit your needs for real world.
- Optics or irons, the only thing that’s going to help you shoot better under stress is to replicate that in your training. Like doing a 150 meter sprint prior to coming to the firing line and getting busy.
- Weak handed shooting is just that; take those who might have only a right or left eye to shoot with. Improvisation should be considered for your drills and/or practice.
- Opinion: Doing something like this should be done with what you consider to be your basic load/standard gear set up. If that’s 1 standard mag in the carbine and 8 on your harness/vest/rig, then that’s what you run it with. Same with the pistol. While an event, it’s also training. Train as if you mean it.
All in all, a great article from a humble participant who laid it out for others to see his mistakes so they may learn. Kudos, guy!
Anyone thinking I’m disparaging the author, go up and read my disclaimer….again.
From over the transom:
I wonder how many WRSA readers couple even begin such a course with the requisite mindset, minimum physical conditioning, and gear.
What percentage could complete it in a reasonable time and outcome (i.e. not die, get injured, actually hit 50% of the targets, not lose/break half their stuff)?
I ran a couple of combat courses when I was much younger in the Marines. I was in fantastic shape with a first class USMC Physical Fitness Score back then. I dreaded running them. Those exercises where some of the most physically and mentally exhausting things I have done in my life. They are also some of the best training you can get.
Nowhere else can you so be so quickly and forcefully put face to face with your own shortcomings and those of your teammates.
If someone were expecting future times to become a lot more…
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