June 22/23 Training Weekend + Bunker Assault (+ Photo Updates)

Digging by Gunfire
June 25, 2013
Keep Low, Move Fast – PT for survival
June 27, 2013

I had a good group for this last weekend’s training. I will update here with any AARs or photos that come in. I have evolved the training schedule for the weekend a little. I have to base the progress of the training on how the students respond to it over the course of the two days and I had a goal this weekend of doing at least an introduction to team flanking assault, in order to show this technique following the training in basic fire and movement tied in with break contact drills up to team (four person) level.

Day 1 – Buddy Pairs React to Contact
It is summer now and it was warm and humid. However, when training at my site you are working in the shade under the canopy of the trees. The lack of direct sunlight makes a large difference. You have the humidity, so it is a little reminiscent of jungle operations. It is certainly a massive improvement over being in direct sun on an open square range. I always ensure that I monitor the students, making sure they are staying hydrated, and incorporating frequent rest breaks/periods of instruction between practical live firing exercises.

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“Max, here are some pictures from my phone (location services off). Not as good in my opinion as the ones from your last training session, but best I could get. Please feel free to use the ones of your choice. Once again, thanks for the training session. It was exceptional.”
Mike, SC

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I am happy to say that we managed two iterations of the bunker assault, led by me as the ‘voice’ of the squad leader. “Bunker assault?! WTF?!” I hear you say. Well, the idea was to go through a drill that moved the students on from basic fire an movement to the greater use of cover/concealment and the use of a flank. Using such a technique, with a support by fire team in place followed by a move along a covered approach to an assault position, is applicable for situation with 1) enemy ‘in the open’ 2) enemy in a trench 3) enemy in a bunker 4) enemy in a building.
The bunker was to show assaulting onto a  position with, limited fields of fire, and also for fun!
Doing the bunker assault allowed the demonstration and participation in a more complex team maneuver/drill, including:
1) Reaction to enemy contact.
2) Location of the enemy
3) Suppress the enemy
4) Positioning of a support by fire element (in this case a buddy pair)
5) Use of smoke
6) Movement to a flank along a covered approach
7) Use of ‘intimate fire support’
8) Flank protection
9) Bunker assault drills (applicable to breaching a window, without the further clearance of a room)
The drills were led  by me and we used a four person team for each assault. Each man could theoretically be doubled up to create a squad sized element of two teams. But the drills and mechanics are the same, which was part of the point of this.

Day 1 – Buddy Pairs – Fire & Movement
“But how can assaulting a bunker be considered ‘tactical self-defense? What is the application of that?” I hear you say. Well, if you have a threat in a post-SHTF situation, you may be forced to take action to stop that threat. I’m not saying the enemy will be in a bunker but I am saying that if you have to eliminate a threat, and have to take offensive action (‘”offense is the best defense”) then knowing how to use a flank attack, using ground to move your assault team in a covered approach onto the enemy position, will greatly aide your chances of both success and survival. 
See this POST for more on that.

I find that products designed for the airsoft market often have use as civilian obtainable equipment for tactical training. I purchased some smoke grenades from sportsmoke.com and they proved to be excellent, adding the the training when doing contact drills and the bunker assault.

More details on all these drills HERE

More Photos added below, sent in by Ben.

Running safety on Range 2 – Team ‘Contact Left’
Instructing ‘Contact Drills’
Revision on drills (Range 2) – explaining in the dirt
Team ‘Contact Left’ – Range 2 – Buddy Pairs Peeling
Contact Drills Range 1 – Pairs
“Push Left!” – safety on Range 2 – Team ‘Contact Left’
“How to defend against a man in camo coming at you with a board marker”

Live Hard, Die Free.

MV

5 Comments

  1. Max-
    A question about safety while moving, for example when peeling behind the pair shooting.
    What is your opinion on using a muzzle- up carry with your long arm of choice (ie, “SEAL carry”) when moving to your next position?

    I can think of at least one well known instructor that endorses this method, and seeing some of the pics here, thought it might be worth using in some instances to prevent accidental sweeps (not that I’m implying any happened- just a ready example), and wanted to know your policy on that sort of thing as some folks don’t like carry methods like that.

    Here is a video that demonstrates the type of carry I am referencing;
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsCL_DiwiUU

  2. Another good smoke grenade are these: http://www.hustlepaintball.com/Enola-Gaye-Wire-Pull-Smoke-Grenade

    Bonus, they come in any color you could want, so if anyone has a need for that….
    There are also some videos on that page if you scroll down that compare the two listed here.

    Also, a thought- from what I have seen of these smokes, it seems that maybe one of the colored type would provide better concealment? Seemed like thicker/denser smoke.

  3. Max Velocity says:

    I’m at the WV site commenting on my phone: briefly on the muzzle up/down carry: I have done both and their is video on a post a couple of months ago of me doing it on the ranges in Fallujah. My rationale for muzzle down at my training site: unknown students who are fully briefed on the low ready carry when turning, finger outside trigger guard and safety on. I find that if someone is running back doing contact drills on real terrain and they fall, muzzle down is safer. Muzzle up tends to sweep down across anyone who is there, including safety and other teammates.
    Either is legitimate and for close protection style drills I prefer muzzle up. For new teammates and infantry work I find the muzzle Don safer and also more realistic as a combat carry.
    I feel a post coming on next week!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Are these sportsmokes and enola gaye smoke ‘nades able to fit into a standard smoke pouch? or other common tac pouch?