• January 9, 2010
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Practical Application.

Still at the Spartan Training Center whoopin’ it on.

Here are some photos of a more modern application of the kind of thing we were training for in the other post. The drill is designed to train you to get into an optimum distance based on the use of the type of weapon you have. In this case a baton.

The ICS developed the Battlehand series of drills some years ago that can probably be described here. The drills can get pretty intense and we have even done some live blade drills in the past.

The live blade increases the risk/threat of the exercise and thus the neural intensity. Usually after training I’m exhausted even if we really didn’t push ourselves physically.

To see what some of this looks like in action check out some video of Battlehand. Extra points if you can figure out where I am in any of the videos.

For those of you who insist on remarking: “Why don’t you just shoot ‘im?” Well yes, that would be ideal but there are plenty of examples of hand to hand combat and bayonet charges in every major conflict in recent history. Besides, I’ve never been involved in a fight yet that went “ideally”.

So check out some of the links to see what I have been up to. Or just check out more cool pictures of me beating people up.

Sleep peaceably everyone.

Semper Fi,

America’s 1stSgt

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  1. Top,
    when I was an Army grunt many years ago, we had a company commander who had us doing bayonet drills during morning PT. At first some thought it was kind of silly, but we devoloped the skills to fight better with what we had.
    I I learned how to use anything to protect myself…sticks, rocks, or whatever…
    But the proper application of a .45 round is a lot faster in my old age.

    Carry on.

  2. I just graduated BCT at Ft. Jackson, where they’ve eliminated the bayonet training. They said we’d never need it. Hopefully “they” were right…

  3. Hello A1S

    Yes. Now after seeing what you’ve been working on, I most certainly can sleep safely tonight.

    As for my personal opinion—OMG and WOW.

    Thank You for all that you are doing to be the best of the best in order to be the man on the wall saying, “NO, not here!”

    Miss Em
    Austell, Ga.

  4. Coffee, the counter to the RPG technique is a trade secret and I may not share it with others.

    CI Roller, what people forget is that using a knife, bayonet, rifle, or radio to call fire is really all the same thing. The movement you use for knife/bayonet work is the same you use to move and shoot. The intent is the same when you pick up a radio handset.

    Saker, never believe “them”. “They” aren’t going to be with you on the battlefield are they? Master the basic infantry skills and you will be in good shape. Forgoing the basics in favor of “sexy” stuff is what gets people killed. If you are really interested in bayonet use I suggest you contact the Spartan Training Center and ask about the Battlehand training.

    Red, if anything I am the one getting beat up. But I give as good as I get.

    Miss Em, then I say, “Over here, in front of the machine gun!”

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