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Is Your Firearms Training Realistic?

Frederick78 Wrote: Sep 09, 2014 4:34 PM
Is your firearms training realistic? Yes. I was a Marine infantry officer with three years in combat. In the process, I've trained along side a small CIA contingent in a foreign country on their range and their combat course which included practicing with a variety of weapons (shotguns, pistols, rifles, assault weapons, grenades, and others) while moving on foot and in vehicles. I also took the DIA's offensive driving course to use my vehicle as a weapon or to escape an ambush or to defend myself shooting from or at a speeding vehicle. While in the Marine Corps I scored expert on the rifle and pistol ranges and participated in countless live fire exercises. Anyone invading my home or threatening me or my wife will have made a very bad life ending decision. I learned in Vietnam that a wounded enemy is just as dangerous as a soldier who isn't. Unless a person had dropped their weapon with hands high in the air, he/she is dead. My wife is not that accurate with a pistol at night so I bought her one with a laser pointer and I have her practice everything she needs to do in case there is an intruder before I leave on business trips. Otherwise, I'll take care of business. If you want the most realistic firearms training join the infantry, the CIA's paramilitary, special operations, etc. The author is right. There is a world of difference between firing at a paper target and being under fire while you return fire. The latter is incentive for honing your marksmanship skills.
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Things I Don't Understand

Frederick78 Wrote: Sep 04, 2014 1:27 PM
There was a book printed many years ago called something like "The Lazlo Letters." The book was a compilation of letters the author sent to celebrities and corporations and the humorous responses he received. I don't remember many of them but one I do was a letter to a company that produced bubble bath power. The label said "Keep Dry." Lazlo wrote and complained no matter how hard he dried the bubble bath power would get wet in the bathtub. The company sent him a serious response. Mr. Williams' article reminded me that many of us have been puzzled for decades about labels, laws, rules, regulations, etc. that ether make no sense, defy common sense, are inconsistent with the laws of the land, or are inconsistently applied from person to person or place to place. Much of the world and government was insane then and times haven't changed much since then.
It's not clear to me how the Democrats can legislate a change to Constitutional rights as set forth by the Supreme Court. The Court didn't rule that the law was somehow flawed. It ruled that Congress could not ignore religious freedoms under very specific circumstances. Even Scalia said that the ruling did not cover those cases where the good of the state was greater that the individual beliefs such as in the cases of transfusion of blood, vaccinations, etc. And although the Supreme Court long ago agreed that abortion was a right, it did agree that those apposed to abortion would be forced to pay for them. The debate continues. And much like the Israeli and Arab conflict that has been ongoing for thousands of years, I see no end to it.
The hypocrisy of liberals knows no bounds. You got it. But you are expected to just shut up, sit down, and quietly accept the dual standard. The government does not have to abide by the laws of the land but you do.
So if ID cards are so discriminatory, then why does the DoJ require an ID card to enter the Department of Justice? Just asking. Shouldn't the DoJ be allowing illegal immigrants to flood into their office to stay for as long as they like without any ID or health evaluation? I smell hypocrisy.
And if you research the actual benefit of solar panels, you will find that no one will ever recover their investments so the fools are actually paying more for their energy by using solar panels. The reason is that the efficiency rating for the panels, upon which the glowing reports of energy savings are based, don't tell you that the efficiency rating begins to degrade the day after you install the panels just like the value of a car depreciates when you drive it off the lot. As the panel's efficiency rating degrades, it takes increasingly longer to recover your investment. In the majority of the cases the panel will need to be replaced before you see a return on the investment--and the cycle starts again. Those panels that last for the full expected lifetime rarely show an overall savings or if they do, it's so tiny as to be a waste of time and money when you consider the following. There is also the costs of removing/replacing the panels as well as the energy costs of recycling them--which are not factored into the hyped up promises of solar energy. The same goes for electric cars. The energy used to recharge the batteries, the fact that the battery packs will need to be replaced, and the cost in energy to recycle used battery packs before anyone sees a penny of benefit are not factor into the bogus mileage and energy claims. And like solar panels, no electric car owner will ever see a return on the investment in terms of saving money or saving the planet. Solar, wind, and electric cars are nothing more than scams supported by taxpayer subsidies and taxpayer dollars used to install them at government facilities or to encourage people to buy them; which are just other forms of taxpayer subsidies to the industry. Every solar and wind company would go broke in a month without the 53% of us who still pay federal income taxes paying to keep their doors open for business. My point is that the 20 million could have been put to better tangible benefits by providing care rather than flushing it down the solar toilet.
Allowing people to resign or retire isn't the same as holding them responsible for their negligence. I want to see them charged with felony offenses, tried, and spend some time in the slammer. That might set the right example for everyone in government that if you do the crime; you do the time. Why do government employees and appointees get a pass on the same crimes that send the little people to prison? This has got to stop. I was in the Marine Corps. If I had done anything close to the negligence of these people, I would have been court martialed, demoted, fined, and doing time in the brig. So why do they get to walk out the door as if nothing every happened??
For liberals it's never about the facts--only the emotions. Emotionally, Ms. Ireland is ideologically and blindly wedded to abortion and anything and everything that contributes to preventing new life or if that doesn't work to kill the new life as quickly as possible. She doesn't care if the SCOTUS ruling was narrowed to placebo only used at 4:30 am on the 2nd Tuesday in November--she would be blindly against it--just as the silly environmental wackos blindly signed the petition to ban dihydrogen monoxide (H2O or natural water) without a clue what they were banning. Emotionally if felt good for them to ban something, anything, everything, even water; as long has they feel good about their moral superiority in all things. And I'm dead tired of the term "woman's right to choose." She already had the right to choose not to get pregnant so it should more accurately say "woman's right to choose to revisit the consequences of her lack of good judgment."
I was a Marine platoon commander in Vietnam from 1968-1969. I was a Marine company commander during the evacuation of Saigon. You are so right. There were so many unsung heroes of that forgotten war. In fact there are more than 58,000 of them etched in granite at the Vietnam Memorial. I can't remember all of the names of the Marines killed in my platoon, but I can still clearly see all of their faces and I remember many of their personalities. There hasn't been an accurate or decent movie made about Vietnam. Hamburger Hill comes close, but it didn't capture the Vietnam I knew: stinking rice paddies, leaches, ring worm, oppressive heat in the dry season and driving rain for weeks at a time during the monsoons. Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, Platoon, Born on the Forth of July, and Good Morning Vietnam were total cr*p. We Were Soldiers battle scenes were fairly accurate, but the characters weren't. I'm sorry to say that the brief Vietnam scene in Forrest Gump was realistic compared to my experiences while I was there. Anyway, my point is that there are too many war movies about combat after WW II are either just political agenda BS fantasies or severely flawed in other ways that don't tell the real histories. Unfortunately, with the exception of a very few movies, Hollywood is little more than a propaganda machine for the liberal view of war. An that isn't going to change because the truth is too distasteful for liberals.
But a movie about an 18-month air campaign is unlikely. While unlikely because of Hollywood's appetite for liberal themes, I think it could be done. Twelve O'clock High was not about the entire story of the 8th Air Force, but it was representative of not only the 8th Air Force but of all the early bombing efforts of WW II. The movie "Air Force" wasn't about the entire bombing campaign in the Pacific, but it was representative. The average American is so incredibly ignorant of our own history that any movie about our history that is even remotely accurate would be welcomed.
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