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what action movies could be like…

….when the actors know what they are doing.

One of my pet peeves has always been the crappy presentation of firearms handling in the entertainment media. One of my more popular posts here covers some of the stuff that irks me.

From the simple way actors hold weapons to crappy portrayals of tactics, the “you gotta be kidding me!” stuff abounds.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Take a look at this video:

Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t perfect. The idea of a lone officer going in against multiple, heavily armed bad guys and advancing on the last one to the point of transition isn’t exactly the soundest portrayal of “what to do” from a tactical standpoint. As a matter of fact, that point was addressed by the “actor”:

Costa acknowledges that a one-man entry will be questioned, that the “reality” and “verisimilitude” of the mini-move will no doubt be derided by some, but in the end he says, “’s a commercial. If they lock it down and wait for backup to arrive, that would not make much of a commercial would it? Of course there is going to be some ‘entertainment value.’”

Tactics in this example aside, the individual weapon handling here is far above what you would see in most TV/movie examples. I contend that many people in the entertainment industry could easily “up their game” in the realism department by paying just a little more attention to how their actors handle weapons.

Of course this “actor” IS Chris Costa…perhaps he’s angling for an entertainment consultant gig?

what a man

They dont make them like this very often anymore.
Read about the life of James Stewart.

An actor who gave it all up to serve his country and actually fought as a combat pilot. No cushy rear area job for this guy. He enlisted as a private and retired from service as a general. Married only one woman and actually kept the “till death do we part” vow too. How many bona-fide movie stars can match that?

Jimmy Stewart insisted that he was just one of the boys, no more important than any other serviceman. He refused to talk to reporters about his war experiences or appear in any kind of publicity event that capitalized on his service. He also refused to act in movies that depicted combat, leading him to turn down lucrative roles in big movies like Midway and The Longest Day. He explained, “They’re just hardly ever the way it really is.”

Jimmy Stewart died at his home of a pulmonary blood clot at the age of eighty nine on July 2, 1997. His funeral service was held at The Presbyterian Church which was the family church in Beverly Hills. The Stewart family sat in the same pew for forty years. Here he was married and where his wife’s funeral was held a few years prior to his own.  He is interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.


wish i could come up with a line like that

Here’s a perfect example of what I’ve been talking about. Since this boy was suckling on his momma’s tit, he’s been given everything but discipline. And now his idea of courage and manhood is to get together with a bunch of punk friends and ride around irritating folks too good natured to put a stop to it.

I’m Hub McCann. I fought in two world wars and countless smaller ones on three continents. I’ve led thousands of men into battle with everything from horses to swords to artillery and tanks. I’ve seen the headwaters of the Nile, and tribes of natives no white man had ever seen before. I’ve won and lost a dozen fortunes, killed many men and loved only one woman, with a passion a flea like you could never begin to understand. That’s who I am.

I’m not a huge fan of Robert Duvall as a person. But he sure can deliver a macho line.


book review:Green Eyes & Black Rifles

I had been reading a lot about this book on various tactical forums lately so I decided to buy a copy. The author, Kyle Lamb, is a former SF (most likely Delta) soldier with combat experience in Mogadishu and Mosul, and is currently an owner of Viking-Tactics. Kyle wrote this book over the course of several years during down time in-between ops while in the box.

The book is written for the AR shooter specifically, but much of what is written can be of use to the tactical shooter regardless of the platform he/she carries.

Green Eyes & Black Rifles (referring to the green eyes of NVG goggles and the AR) starts out with rifle history, manufacture and components. He then heads to optics and sighting systems, weapon handling, reloads and a thorough section of clearing malfunctions. This is then followed by marksmanship techniques, the fighting stance, various shooting positions and shooting on the move. Zeroing, ballistics, slings (Viking-Tactics slings of course 😉 ), weapon retention, night fighting, cleaning and more than I care to mention are all covered in a concise and matter of fact manner in this book.

If you are looking for the “secret techniques” that will make you the King of Combat, you are going to be disappointed; but that is exactly why you should get this book. Kyle, like almost any warrior-trainer who has been there and done that, knows that there are no “secret techniques” only basics performed at higher speeds. He is cutting through the bullshit and giving you the techniques that work.

So. If you are looking for “specialization” perhaps this book isn’t for you, but if you want to know what a decorated combat Delta trooper has to say about the combat carbine you can’t go wrong with this book.


another entertainment industry rant

Some of you may have read my post “10 things about the entertainment industry that piss me off” before; in it I rant about some of the inaccuracies and liberties that entertainment types take with the military and LE professions.

Well just the other day I was watching a rerun of the CBS series “NUMB3RS”, a portion of which is below:

Now..I know, I know, it’s just entertainment. And to be honest I actually somewhat like this show even though it is one of the biggest offenders of the “unreality factor”. You frequently see the heros going in “point” on Tactical Assaults with in their shades, street clothes and unhelmeted heads amongst the “cannon fodder” SWAT guys who are just there for backdrop. Not to mention the “egghead” science types who are miraculously experts in any and every topic known to man…but I digress.

What really “popped” out for me in this episode can be seen by forwarding to the 3:00 mark of this clip. Note when the Russian Mob guys bust in with their armored HMMWV..guns a-blazin.. that two of the “cannon fodder” cops fall. Nobody appears to rush to their aid, but when the “hero” gets his shoulder wound everybody rushes to help him out. You never see or hear about the welfare of the two other officers for the rest of the show. Not one word. WTF?

I know full well “why” it’s done in terms of script writing and story telling, but the whole thing seems to really reinforce the impression that in Hollywood the “Uniforms” are nothing but worthless backdrops.

I guess this is a corollary of “3. Uniformed Cops as props” from my Top 10.