I was at the range yesterday doing some boring ass weapons quals for the security contractor I work for here in Iraq when this new guy says to me “you’re not supposed to hold your M-4 that way” and then later “you’re supposed to let your mags fall free” – all said with an arrogant ‘I know everything because I watched a Magpul video’ look on his face [you all know that look].
The “Wrong Way” was: holding my M-4 with my weak hand on/in-front the magazine well [like the way many people grip an AK] and pulling my dry mags free [instead of letting them fall free].
Now besides the fact I can’t stand Range know-it-all Douchebags this kid was so wet behind the ears his shoulders were wet. Instead of the usual James G. berating that has been known to make grown men cry; I just beat his ass like a redheaded stepchild in China on the qual instead. So in the end he had to eat a big can of “shut the fuck up little man” [I still called his mom names].
I understand that the way I shoot an M-4 is not the “accepted” technique currently being taught today – but it works for me. So does be that make me a poor shot or tactically inefficient? No. Would my marksmanship or tactical ability be more accurate/faster if I shoot the way you are “supposed” to? Not for me, I tried other ways of operating my rifle and I just don’t move or shoot as efficiently.
Back when I first learned how to shoot I realized many of the ways I was told to shoot or manipulate my weapon [the “right way”] didn’t work as well for me compared with [what would be considered at the time] the wrong or an outdated way of shooting. So I just shot the way that worked for me, something I continue to do up to today despite not looking cool gripping my rifle inches from the muzzle or twisting my M-4 while the mags fly free.
It seems like shooting the “proper way” is in many ways like fashion fads – meaning it changes every few years, comes full circle every 15 and if you don’t look like everyone else you are not in the ‘in-crowd’ [the ‘in-crowd’ being people who know how to shoot the “right way”].
I remember back in the 90’s I would use the FBI combat isosceles stance when I shot a pistol because it felt the most natural to me and I would shoot 10X more accurately compared to the “right way” of shooting [The “right way’ back then was the Weaver Stance].
Also when you would move and shoot back then, you were supposed to do a duck-like walk. Walking like daffy duck felt so unnatural to me, it was distracting me from shooting accurately so I would just walk like I normally walk when I shot on the move despite it being the “wrong way”
Now fast forward to today and the “right way” of shooting a pistol looks suspiciously like the FBI combat isosceles stance to me and the Duck Walk has all but been abandoned in favor of [drum roll please] – just walking.
I came up with the idea for this article after talking to my brother about posting some videos of me and another guy I work with shooting and moving. My brother [Bubba G] does everything the “right way” and is tactically perfect, when he shoots and loots it looks like a delta guy or something.
He said to me – quote:
“dude if people see the way you hold your rifle, the way your kit is set-up and the way you move they will loose their shit and you will have like one billion comments about how you are doing everything the wrong way – it wont matter that you have been doing this shit for a living most of your life, you don’t shoot and loot the same way people get taught, so in the minds of many people that somehow makes you unskilled”
I don’t think it would be quite that bad, and I have not forgotten that he used to constantly make fun of me back in the day because I used the FBI combat isosceles stance [I remember him saying something like “so you think you are a G-Man now you little bitch”]. But instead of possibly feeding the monkeys I decided to write this up instead.
And in case you were wondering – the two points of this commentary are:
1) Shoot the way that works for you even if it is not the “right way”
2) Don’t be a Range know it all Douchebag or I will call your mom names
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James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long; he has traveled to over 50 countries chasing fortune and glory. He spends his off time in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns, writing poorly written articles and calling peoples moms names at the range. James G. on FACEBOOK