Of special fire training
In modern Russia, almost every security agency find its own "special forces" - a group of specially selected and trained staff dealing with issues that require the use of special forces and means.
It is these guys come from, for example, for performing tasks related to the risk of their lives. In their competence, for example, capture or physical elimination of terrorists and hostage rescue. Work "specialists" is inextricably linked with the war in its various manifestations, but the specificity of action of such groups is still different from the great army and do not always fit into the framework of police-officers of everyday life.
As with any other profession, at the Special Forces soldiers have their own criteria for excellence and quality work. As befits a Special Forces - specific criteria.
At the special event, which is specially managed to look and I (unfortunately, was present at the site only for the first two days), they showed their skills before special judges and colleagues "craft" specially trained people.
The event had the status of open competitions on special fire training was dedicated to the memory of law enforcement officers and military personnel killed in the line of duty. At the landfill, where gathered to measure themselves special forces officers acted rules adopted in IPSC.
A safe shooting
The competition began with the construction of the public, greetings, short briefing, the flag rise, awards to outstanding achievements in the past and, oddly enough, with a briefing the chief judge of the competition, directly concerning safety issues.
Despite the departmental affiliation, military experience, achievements and titles, the rules were the same for all: uncontrolled waving arms, moving on range with a loaded gun, not directed towards the target and other "minor oversight" immediately punished by a fine or could result in disqualification of the whole team . Several looking ahead, one of the teams still was disqualified. The occasion was, in general, a little carelessness - a soldier doing the exercises, the alleged firing of a pistol and rifle, accidentally dropped his gun. And that, to everyone's surprise, was not attached safety line and fell to the ground.
In fairness, I note that all the participants of the competition the gun was equipped with a neat and functional twisted trenchikom with a carbine. Therefore, the chief judge of the competition decision was unequivocal: no mitigating circumstances in the offender not just fine will not be enough. Military weapons, although not charged, but dropped out of the holster, carries a potential danger to others. Which is unacceptable. And he delivered a harsh verdict.
Head Judge Kirill Kazakov (qualification was awarded the title of "judge of the first category" in January of this year, the city of Moscow by order of the Department of Physical Culture and Sports upon him) described in detail the safety requirements adopted in the PDF. I started with myself as a judge.
It turns out that in the IPSC and the Russian Association of Judges of practical shooting there is a special code for judges. It begins with the words: "I, as a judge of IPSC, above all, I will hold competitions, taking care of the safety of shooters and spectators. It directed all my thoughts and actions. " That's right, nor subtract, not add.
As for the shooters, the Code of Practice shooting four basic rules are listed, which should be guided by anyone who has taken up arms. Here they are:
1. I will always handle a gun like a loaded.
2. I never will direct weapons to where I do not want to shoot.
3. Before the shoot, I always check that the front of the target and beyond.
4. I will never touch a finger of the trigger until the barrel is pointing at the target. These and other reasonable rules of the PDF and operated at the site. For example, all the men outside the areas of the exercises carried their guns in a holster and discharged without the shops. All training with snatching weapons and further "castration" were carried out only in a special safe area.
In addition, the judge followed the following possible violations (for more information about them can be read on the website of All-Russian sports public organization "Russian Practical Shooting Federation"):
1. Gun needle is inserted in a holster with magazine - curb or not (direct violation of safety rules);
2. The shooter took out a pistol from the holster without a team during the passage of the game (a direct violation of safety rules);
3. The shooter dropped the gun during exercise or in an intermediate time (careless handling of weapons);
4. During the exercise there was a random shot, and the bullet hit the ground at a distance closer than 3 meters from the shooter (accidental discharge);
5. During the execution of the shooter exercises directed trunk at greater than 90 degrees with respect to the line direction to the targets (Down range) (dangerous movement gun);
6. Ctrelok store when recharging or when moving from one position to another to keep your finger on the trigger (dangerous weapons handling);
7. During the exercise or after the shooter has allowed himself roughly expressed aloud or argue with a judge (misconduct).
Again looking ahead, reported that significant violations of the rules during the competition has not been revealed, all the arrows are properly belonged to the security requirements, and the organizers were able to provide them with a comfortable and secure environment.
Tactical "kirzachi" and strategic footcloths
After building the team went to the issuance of ammunition supply points where the eyeballs loaded ammunition for pistols and submachine guns. A number of exercises There is no limit to the number of marksmen ammunition for sidearms. Shoot can be a lot, but it is necessary to carry ammunition for yourself, and every extra second spent on the shooting, was reflected in the final result of the team.
In some cases, the group commander had to smash his head and select the most important component of each exercise - accuracy or speed. Ideally, of course, they made the team, skillfully combines both of these parameter, multiplying them in tactical skill and experience of the commander.
It is interesting to observe was the weaponry and equipment of soldiers. Nothing particularly extravagant in the equipment has been noted, a variety of small arms is also not shocked: varying degrees of customization AK few series pistols Yarygin and Stechkin. Machines with additional hilts, tactical belts, unusual muzzle brake, flame arresters.
Grenade lanterns were presented, among others, the Chinese model: Fenix tactical lights with remote button owners described as "worth the money". If a Chinese lantern Add Canadian collimator sights, Israeli fire control handle and it is not known whose butts telescopes yes flame arresters - get just the very modified for a specific arrow sidearms. Some machines have been entirely or partially camouflaged. On the individual was able to observe LCC and the BSS.
Shops in AK also meet non-standard: with transparent inserts, indicators, and the US rubber "grips" Magpul, facilitating the extraction of the store "unloading". Some exercises directly prohibits the discharge of devastated shops on the ground, because among other participants of the competition were ammunition for yourself and a special container for empty shops.
Very, very conspicuous variety of shoes. Basically fighters legs were tightly laced in the so-called tactical boots is a successful cross between the well-known "ankle boots" and running shoes: tall, thick, high quality sewn from sturdy materials, with strong soles and deftly sitting on his leg. Strictly speaking, the English term tactical, we have used more for marketing purposes, an exact match in the Russian language does not. So all sorts of tactical footwear, apparel, knives, and even a bottle opener (there are - Ace Rail Hook Sling Mount / Tactical Bottle Opener) in relation to the situation can be called adjectives "assault, battle, field, army." As you like.
The price tag for such "tactical" or "assault" foreign-made products, of course, is not humane, but modern wind, waterproof breathable materials that provide an extra bit of comfort, are expensive. There were, of course, and the adherents of the extremes, preferring only shoes or, conversely, a high military budget "ankle boots." The range was presented knee protectors, shooting glasses with lenses of different colors, earphones and gloves.
The appearance of special forces soldiers gave them exactly special forces soldiers. During the group charges for pulling and fitting equipment and then was heard a cute joke about the inadmissibility of looking into the mirror. Say, is not a good sign to see myself in the mirror: you can get a fright to scare the audience, colleagues, judges and even disrupt the competition. Before going to the source of the second wave swept groups jokes. Naturedly laughed at most intimidating-stylish-looking fighters, they say, it is already possible and airsoft recorded, must take without much nagging!
Clean. Watch. Report to
But jokes aside, and coming fighters exercises, during which had to show their skills, are quite complex. And it is very different. For example, special forces group was to clean and inspect one-storey house.
Log on command, with pistols in their hands and with rifles, ready to fire. According to the rules of the competition in each of the shooters it had to be loaded on a lot of equipment and ammunition: body armor is not less than grade 4 protection, helmet, combat pack, unloading system, four to curb gun shop and vending machines, safety glasses and gloves. With the arrangement of rooms, furniture and target arrows were not aware in advance. The only thing they were aware - the house is a hostage. He also, in combination, and the informant group. Random defeat a hostage is unacceptable and is equivalent to the failure of the exercises as a group.
In addition to the objectives in the room, there were others - outside the building. They had to hit from the machine. One of these goals was the layout quickly removed along the guide-rails vehicle.
Another exercise to be performed as the entire group of forces was planned as an ambush on the road convoys. According to information from the informant, at the appointed time on the track will proceed two cars and a minibus with terrorists. In one of the cars, presumably blue, is a portfolio with documents. Them and had to grab. A minibus and a second passenger car is necessary to destroy a well-aimed machine-gun fire.
Exercise began consistently: the group went out to a position within a few tens of seconds to inspect the area, the commander gave instructions to his men. Then granatomotchik shoots mass-dimensional simulator rocket propelled grenade in red "six", and the whole group started aimed fire on the remaining cars and emerging around them targets.
After firing all visible goals group was divided in half and the two men that make up the evidentiary team, running moved to the blue cars and vans.
But it was not so easy to capture the coveted portfolio: the competition organizers have provided an element of surprise here. The tablet was outside the passenger compartment, and at the time of his stay in the boarding team suddenly there is an additional target, simulating survivors under fire and runs off into the woods terrorists.
For the defeat of these goals could earn a lot of bonus points. It should be noted that many of granatomotchikov hit right on target, having made in the sides or doors of the target vehicle strong holes.
"Grandma" under fire
Mini polygons, where practiced only with pistols, were taken to a separate area. Diked on three sides shooting positions very often made targets and all kinds of limiters. In one place, you want - do not want, and have only shoot with his left hand, the other should be one hand to pull the rope, only to rise target in the third platform for the shooting is suspended on short chains and swinging, and the fourth only suitable for shooting place obstruct of unaffected misheni- "grandmother."
These inviolable "grandmothers" -zalozhnitsami are covered on all sides by cardboard terrorists with guns in their hands. That's where it took the same time vigilance eye, the brain response, toughness and reliability hands of military weapons.
Since we are talking about guns, I would like to remember not the good word Yarygin pistol, passed in 2003 adopted the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation under the name of "9-mm pistol Yarygin" (PCOS). These guns come for several years and in special units nearmeyskih power structures.
Reviews of the gun sounded different competitions, in which, apparently, a lot of subjective, but the practice of AEs during exercise showed: delays in shooting from PCOS often arise. One such fighter delays, do the exercises on their own could not be eliminated.
The gun jammed tightly and had to resort to the help of instructor-gunsmith. According to the rules of the competition, any shooter had two minutes to eliminate the suddenly arisen delays. Yes, the competition here is such moments turn into just penalties, and what can happen during this time in a real situation brief battle?
After looking at here is the short-fiasco, seek clarification from the instructors and the fighters themselves. Summarizing heard pistol, in general, good, powerful and accurate, but the quality of its manufacturing and the miracles that occur when shooting domestic cartridges (there was said a lot of non-print) make us think about a return to obsolete and going back in time the samples: PM PMM and APS. The latter, though, and was produced until the end of the 50-ies of the last century, but received a well-deserved recognition and advanced shooters. Of course, all shooting in competitions conducted by domestic live ammunition, the exception was only the exercise, which used disposable grenade - there goal amazed inert ammunition, did not contain explosives.
To my inexperienced opinion, competitions have been organized and ably interesting. Excellent bother soldiers, providing smooth operation of the landfill at all stages of the competition. Due to the specific measures to remove all in a row could not, but he claims, of course, not.
The specifics of the service and the work of participants of the event is that the names and recognizable faces in the report can not be reduced. As for the skill and craftsmanship - special forces, I think, I did not disappoint, and sometimes even surprised. And a private personal gratitude for the numerous clarifications and the science of judicial and instructor team.
Before building gathered actively communicate with each other, it was evident that there is not the first time.
Referee training for commanders of SWAT teams
Kirill Kazakov, chief judge of the competition
Competitors with their small arms
Weapons some commandos were camouflaged in part or over the entire area
Construction before the competition
The support team competitions
Before the rise of the flag
The rise of the flag, and a skilled cameraman
in the cartridge has not been a lack of
Obtaining of ammunition and stores equipment.
At the landfill
One of the exercises is of a group of target shooting firearms and damage buildings inert grenade from the grenade grenade
Chinese lantern Fenix, I there is exactly the same. Suitable, say
Discussion of possible interaction schemes fighters groups
A special bag for discharge of empty shops
Special grippers on stores
Some fighters have used high-capacity stores up to 45 rounds
Before the first exercise. The judge explains the rules of performing tasks of an Official
According to the rules of the soldiers begin to exercise in the car, where for a minute can explore the landfill. Then disembark and proceed to assault.
Interior organizers have tried to bring to the actual placing on the premises of some lovely details
In the bath is that same hostage-informant. Next to it is a target that must be hit
Unpacking rocket propelled grenade
The group goes to ambushes. Panorama below roughly corresponds to what he sees in front of a fighter
Shot grenade - a signal for the entire group to the beginning of the operation
Some competitors used in the exercises overall stores by 45 rounds
The inspection team under the cover of his comrades sent to the seizure of documents
Somewhere there must be a package, the plate or briefcase with papers
Red car - the purpose for granatomotchika
His first group was struck by a car with confidence
The grenade pierced right through the car door and got stuck in the backseat
The second and third groups added bruises and holes
Inert grenades and the results of their hits
The inspection group at the head of the column of the machine
Fighter groups providing glues the holes in the targets for the next group
Ordinary soldiers are preparing to do the exercise
Affected of unaffected and target were placed in close proximity
In addition to accuracy and speed prized exercises