Marines Step it Up – Training Blindfolded on M4’s
Every marine is a rifleman and the Marines of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit prove that with their latest training regiment.
The Marines have been training in weapons manipulations blindfolded. According the Marine Times:
Marines conducting predeployment training at Camp Pendleton, California, took sight out of the equation when clearing weapons malfunctions in late October. While Marines don’t go into harm’s way with their eyes covered, that doesn’t mean they can’t learn something by removing that sense, said Gunnery Sgt. Michael James, who helped train the MEU’s security element.
The exercise, which may seem odd to the outside observer, has a real combat application. James said the idea is to train Marines to clear malfunctions without having to look at their rifle or their hands. That ensures Marines can keep their heads up on the battlefield where taking their eyes off the enemy can have deadly consequences. It also helps Marines operating in low-visibility conditions.
“Putting a blindfold on enhances the senses,” James said. “It teaches Marines to keep their head up and observe what is going on, but clear the malfunction. Also in low-vis, low-light they can clear their weapon instead of breaking out a light source and IDing their position to enemy.”
Photos from the training began making their way around social media and people began wondering what exactly was going on, hence the Marine Times piece.
Of course, this isn’t the first military unit to train weapon manipulation blindfolded, and of course training in no-light and very low light scenarios can accomplish the same thing.
Of course, we’ve seen trick shooting videos in the past from folks who actually try their hand at shooting blindfolded.
h/t The Firearm Blog