Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Shooters & Hunters

Many old time gunfighters often said they lived and the other guy died because the other guy lacked the will to look him in the eye and shoot him. Studies done in World War Two and the Korean War showed that many soldiers did not fire their weapons at the enemy; they only pointed their guns in the general direction of the enemy and shot without aiming. I have watched video of soldiers in Viet Nam holding their M-16’s above a wall and simply firing in the general direction of the enemy. One of my friends was a Marine Corps officer in Viet Nam; he used to say his platoon was composed of lots of shooters and a few hunters.

Are you a shooter or a hunter? Are you able to shoot at the suspect, knowing you may likely kill him? Or are you just firing bullets in his direction? As an officer you must be ready to shoot another person any time you are on duty. Not shoot the gun out of his hand, not shoot them in the leg, but two rounds in the chest and one to the head. Shot another human being one in the heart, once in the lung, and once in the brain; through the face. If you can’t then you need to hang up your gun and your badge; that’s what the SGT Says.

8 comments:

Bob G. said...

Sarge:
Intersting thing about the 'Nam...
They USED to issue the old M-14...damn good (if heavy) rifle, but it was more a HUNTER'S weapon.

The reason they went to the M-16 was to get a lot more smaller rounds downrange, becasue of the reason YOU mentioned...too many "shooters" in the crowd. (blame basic training for that)

I'm one of those people that LIKES to HIT what he AIMS at...

Hell, anyone can pull a trigger and dump a mag downrange.

But to SQUEEZE a trigger and KNOW WHERE those rounds are going to end up provides a lot more "personal security", if you know what I mean.

Stay safe out there.

Bunkermeister said...

The assault rifle concept is to supress the enemy while you maneuver into position to get them with grenades, or until they surrender or withdraw. Instead it was often used as a substitue for marksmanship training.

ccm2361 said...

Agreed
Hitting the target does tend to improve odds of winning.
Back when I drove Armored car there was one guy in the company who told me (when I was working with him one day) he didn't think he could shoot someone. No surprise-the rest of us quickly refused to work with him.

Can you imagine your partner telling you he couldn't shoot someone???
Buddy you are in the wrong line of work.

Bunkermeister said...

Guns used for protection have a good chance of killing someone if you are forced to shoot them. If you are not willing to use deadly force, then don't carry a gun for defense.

suz said...

"If you are not willing to use deadly force, ...." When I was shopping for my first gun, my boss (former Marine) made that point - don't count on it if you won't use it. My problem wasn't the taking of a life, but accepting the fact that someone wouldn't hesitate to take MY life. I don't know if that was the product of a 24-year-old's ego, or if I simply couldn't comprehend such a total lack of compassion. I suspect it doesn't take cops very long to get past that.

Bunkermeister said...

It is hard to imagine why someone would want to hurt a nice young lady. But that's why we call those people evil.

Protect_and_Serve said...

This is why most Bad guys get off the first shot. A lot of Cops don't realize it's a life or death situation until they are actually shot at or shot.

Bunkermeister said...

Denial is not just a river in Eqypt.