Posted on May 14, 2015
SPC Jan Allbright, M.Sc., R.S.
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I was looking at both the Army and Marine method of combat pistol. To be quite frank I think the Marines have a better handle on this. What so you think?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sU17hG4zZvw
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MSG Brad Sand
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As soon as you said 'Combat Pistol' everything that followed seemed a bit foggy. If you are in combat and going to your pistol...well I am praying for you already.
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SPC John Cummings
SPC John Cummings
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1LT Nick Kidwell This too was my experience in Sadr City 2003. When driving, or in a crowd (more often then not) my M9 was out.
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Capt Christian D. Orr
Capt Christian D. Orr
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The pistol still has its place in CQB. Not as a primary weapon, but as a secondary. To quote H.W.. McBride in his famous book "A Rifleman Went to War," "I may not want this thing [the pistol, that is] often, but when I do, I want it damn bad."
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SSgt Bill Bowlan
SSgt Bill Bowlan
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CPT John Hanaberry - As an Air Force Combat Documemetation photographer the pistol was often our only weapon.
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SFC Personnel Staff Nco (Psnco)
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They should’ve never gone away from the .45. 1SG Patrick Sims
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GySgt Wayne A. Ekblad
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Marines (of course)! How could you have possibly thought otherwise? :-)
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CPT Canon To The Ordinary
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Uh-huh. LOL
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SGT Todd Morelock
SGT Todd Morelock
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I got the Army pistol expert badge and M16. Not that hard if you follow instructions..
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SSG Robert Clark
SSG Robert Clark
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SGT Carl Blas - Congrats Marine, Though I do find it mildly ironic that the above cert. for the "Combat Handgun Coarse" doesn't depict a single soldier using a handgun. LOL.
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SGT Carl Blas
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As a federal agent I can tell you that based on this video their technique is just not the best. For example sticking both hand out and drawing the weapon all the way out when you can just shoot from the hip. In addition they seem to just look left and right before holstering their weapon, this is intended for the firer to watch his six, not just his left and right. Lastly, when they holster their weapon they need to do it without looking at their holster, one would not be able to see in the dark. Just some pointers. 
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SA Michael Moore
SA Michael Moore
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A different perspective: In the late 40's, I lived with my grandparents and an uncle who was newly married and we all lived as a family in a single house. Granddad had been a deputy for a small town Jerry (uncle) was too young for War 2 and worked for Brinks armored deliivery in Alabama. I loved to listen to his exciting stories. One thing he told me was the way they learned to shoot. They had a shooting range in the basement of their office building and every guard had to fire?? rounds every day after they got off work but before they left for the day. They used .38 special revolvers, but their technique was not to aim, but instead to extend the index finger along the frame parallel to the barrel and point at the target.The claim was that you could accurately point at a target and with the practice could land the bullet there.
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SA Michael Moore
SA Michael Moore
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I also recall him saying they believed you could always point accurately no matter where yur arms were.
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MSG Allan Davis
MSG Allan Davis
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LT you nailed it on this one.
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GySgt Team Chief
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You do a lot of firing from the hip huh cowboy?!?! Are you sure you don’t work for the federales? Or are you just one of those “agents” who says fuck it throw enough lead up something is bound to walk through it? I cannot believe that I’m hearing shoot from the hip right now.

Sticking both hands out and presenting your weapon, only nerds who want to effectively engage their target want to do that.
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