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
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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
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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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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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Uh-huh. LOL
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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 (Join to see) - 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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1LT A. Uribe
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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
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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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Cpl Bill Johnson
Cpl Bill Johnson
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If you feel safe enough to reholster, you are probably safe enough to look at it rather than feel for it. Also military holsters are different
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CSM Vern Pratt
CSM Vern Pratt
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There is a distinct and deadly difference between marksmanship and combat/stress firing of any assault weapon. Marksmanship is the methodical application of stability (aka stance or position), grip/shouldering, sight alignment, breath control, and trigger pull.
Stress/combat firing is the method of putting rounds on target with muscle memory (instant reaction) first.

As for any person implicating that a federal agent is less of a combat worthy firearms handler you are very small minded. Every member of the law enforcement professions are more prone to use of a handgun in life or death situations than any service member not actively in a combat situation.
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