Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tacticool Stuph...

First up, from good friend Ann O'Nymous, the Tactical Response Serenity Prayer:
God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot shoot
The courage to shoot the people I can
And the wisdom to know the difference.

Next, thanx to Blackfive,  Rhino the Sapper gives us a quick lesson in Demolitions Range Etiquette:

DO pull hard on the initiator ring to ensure everything ignites properly
DON’T pull so hard that you pull the ring out and elbow your buddy in the nose
(DO bring gauze)
DO take off your gloves when priming the charges because you’ll need the dexterity
DON’T dig into your MRE at lunch without washing your hands. Ingesting trace amounts of C4 causes violent vomiting.
DO prime your blocks of C4 before going downrange to emplace them
DON’T play toss with them in front of the range NCOIC. Wait until he turns around.
DO designate a storage site for your explosives downhill of your blast site
DO designate a smoking area downhill of your blast site
DON’T make them the same area

I only got to do a Demo Range once, because who wants to trust a bunch of MI Geeks with explosives?   They might get all innovative next time they have "Burn Barrel" duty...

Oddly, "Ann" was an Engineer in the Army, too.  Coincidence?  Conspiracy?

OOPS!  Almost forgot:  Courtesy Ry, a pretty good article on a US Army sniper from... Vanity Fair?  Maybe they're trying to atone for that whole Scott Beauchamp thing...

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