Potential threat? Sailor at the bottom right has their rifle trained on me. HMS Sutherland, Plymouth UK, May 2012 [OC] [2048x1536]


Being bored is maybe not a reason that is good aim a firearm at someone, of all the techniques to amuse himself pointing a firearm at someone is maybe not one. He should have binoculars if he wants to look at stuff. ...



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  • Being bored is not a good reason to point a firearm at someone, of all the ways to amuse himself pointing a firearm at someone is not one. He should have binoculars if he wants to look at stuff.
  • Former British Army here. Not only is using the SUSAT in this way usual practice, but it's also the recommended one.
  • The US mil has a rule about not pointing at things you dont intend to destroy, I think thats a good rule.
  • To be fair, the US has a bunch of stupid safety rules.
  • I wouldn't really call that stupid... Just common sense. I'd rather not be next to a guy that doesn't give a hsit where he points his rifle
  • Common sense is not to shoot people without reason, but US military safety practices are one step away from Canadian civilian gun laws.
  • Hey at least the Canadians allow SBRs without paperwork
  • They require shitloads of paperwork, they just aren't treated as a completely separate class of firearm.
  • Ah I don't know much about Canadian guns laws other than that little tidbit about SBRs I suppose
  • So you're told to use your rifle scope over binoculars? My point is that there are very good alternatives to the rifle scope, given the fact pointing a rifle is pretty threatening and it's utterly unnessecary it shouldn't be done.
  • I can't help but feel you're trying to tell a professional soldier how to do his job. I'm not in the army but common sense dictates if you see a possible threat, the time it takes to drop your binoculars and aim your rifle is all the time that threat needs to kill you.
  • "I haven't been trained in this like you have, but you're wrong."
  • Soldier or not, you don't point your weapon at anything you don't have some intention of destroying. I remember having this discussion with an American civilian before. It was just after some American police officers had been running around chasing some dangerous guys pointing their guns at stuff and this American civilian thought it was completely wrong and soldiers (Americans do love to talk about their soldiers) would never point their rifles at stuff they didn't intend to shoot at. This was just after I had come home from a training exercise where I had manned a vehicle checkpoint for 4 days. At the exercise I was taught that I had to aim my GPMG at every vehicle that approached the check point because if they wanted to start something I had to be first on the trigger or my no 1 would probably be killed. As a soldier you often point your gun at stuff you don't intend to shoot at because if someone decides to shoot at you then you want to be able to shot back instantly because unless you're Neo you can't dodge bullets. I mean just look at these marines pointing their guns at stuff they have no intention of killing unless a target appears in their sector .
  • The oldest Navy in the world disagrees with you.
  • That is what the crew of the USS Cole thought when they sailed into a friendly port. That ended with 17 dead sailors and Destroyer that had to be lifted back to the US for repairs . Todays assymetric warfare means that a threat can appear even in a friendly port and even on our own soil. That is why intelligence services are always assessing the situation and sometimes they send out warnings with elevated threat levels and then it is up to the unit commanders to take necessary precations.
  • Also you keep your weapon locked when not in combat or so....
  • "Sir, I'm in position to engage the tourist. On your go..."
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