Best Gun Video Ever

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This video is simply awesome. The video is embedded below but I recommend watching it on YouTube.com in 720p HD.

Rifles: BCM, CMMG, Colt, LMT, LWRC, Noveske, Springfield

Handguns: Beretta, Glock, H&K, Para Ordnance, Sig Sauer, S&W

Gear: ATS, Blackhawk, Bladetech, Diamondback Tactical, Eagle, Emdom, ESSTAC, HSGI, Magpul, MSA, Norotos, Ops-Core, Peltor, Raven Concealment, Safariland

Shot with a Canon 5DMKII + 70-200 f/2.8 IS L

[ Many thanks to Rob for emailing me the link. ]

[Hat Tip: SayUncle]




Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • rubbershotgun

    am i the only one who thinks military cosplay with firearms to be a bit absurd?

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      rubbershotgun, they are not dressed up in military uniforms. Practical shooting is a sport in many parts of the world and would guess that all these guys are practical shooters. Also, self defense is a legitimate reason to learn how to use a weapon properly.

  • Rob

    Looks like a Magpul Dynamics trailer. Even the reloading techniques, handling and all over look, screams Costa and Haley.

    It also feels odly comforting seeing some Asians in the “Black Rifle” scene.

  • SoloTwo

    Ugh I need to get out and practice more…

  • Rob

    Another thing, there’s another video out- same guys, same event, just different footage. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u97NR–kr-0&feature=related

  • Rob

    Sorry for triple tap, but I should clarify. I meant comforting seeing OTHER Asians in the AR scene. I thought I was alone :P

  • Irmin

    Please, could we have the intire denomination of these handguns?

    Yes, i am not used with firearms ;)

  • Irmin

    Sorry, i was talking about the rifles: i would like their entiere denomination.

    Tkx.

  • Rijoenpial

    real cool vid…I particularly liked the use of the Magpul’s BAD lever…awesome reloads…!

    Too bad there are way too many AR-15s (like ALL of them!)…It would be sweet to have an AK, a SCAR, … in a word, more diversity!

    Still, a awesome video!

    Cheers!

  • Rijoenpial

    Small precision: when I say ‘ALL of them’, I am solely referring to the ARs (Assault Rifles) being fired…!

  • Jarre of Sweden

    Wow, yeah. Fantastic. Looks like someone inspired by Magpul Dynamics training classes :) Good music too. Thanks for sharing!

    Don’t forget to check out their other video too, called Devil in Me.wmv. Should be shown and clickable after this one ends.

  • rubbershotgun

    learning how to operate your firearm and train with it is an obvious thing to do if you’re into shooting (regardless of discipline). i do it all the time myself.

    what i was pointing out was whole cosplay element, which strikes me as humorously absurd, i think it was the guy wearing the helmet that cracked me up the most.

    but each to his own :)

  • JS

    There is a picture on the Magpul website front page that looks like a still from this event. Many of the AR’s were running the Magpul AFG’s (Angled Fore Grip) that some people don’t see the point of.

  • SoulTown

    Wayyy cool. Love the reloads.

  • Pete Sheppard

    Looked like a ton of fun!! I also looked at the second vid (the one Rod linked), and I was surprised to see all the shooting around what looked like POVs (they didn’t look like range junkers anyway). I’d have been concerned about accidentally hitting the vehicle in the rush of the moment.
    —-
    For rifle diversity, I don’t think there were two identical ARs in the lot.

  • sealordlawrence

    The three things that make America invincible, God, Guns and Training, all in one video, truly remarkable. This should be on the front page of the NRA website.

  • http://flavors.me/ctsommerville Caleb Sommerville

    I love the reload they do on the ARs. Tilt the weapon right, check the bolt, then rotate the weapon almost 180 degrees left, flinging the magazine out. Slap in a new one, and you’re good to go.
    Also, sweet usage of the Magpul AFG. If I ever get an AR, that’s the first thing going on.

  • steve b

    Not sure about the need for kevlar, but very good weapons handling

  • Raymond

    @Rob No, you’re not the only asian with a black rifle, lol. 6’4″ Chinese guy who built and parted together my first black rifle when I was 22 and my cousin has been running AR’s since well before the AWB was passed oh so long ago

    This video really kicks ass, took me a second to realize the guys were using BAD levers. My brother and I don’t like the BAD lever, guess we’re old school but something about pushing something inside the trigger guard when we’re not ready to shoot…it just doesn’t set right but if you can use it, good for you, it’s an interesting concept and I might give it another shot at a later date.

  • ericire12

    ————Another thing, there’s another video out- same guys, same event, just different footage. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u97NR–kr-0&feature=related ————–

    HEY! Get away from my truck! :D

  • Glen

    Naw, Rob; There are plenty of us Rice Ninjas in the AR scene. I live in a small town in Mississippi and there are at least two here! Asians love guns, man.

    And before ya’ll say it’s compensatory, we seem to gravitate toward short barrels. What’s that say? ;)

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      Glen + Rob, yea, I thought there was quite a large Asian black-rifle community. I guess it depends what part of the country you live.

  • Idaho

    Did these guys strike anyone else as potentially being competition shooters?

  • Nick Pacific

    Hey Rob,
    My wife is into black rifles. She cites them as one of two reasons she would never go back to China. So with the video I guess that makes what, three? four? :)
    I want her to be better than I am. I sent her this video saying “This could be you with practice.” She just replied “Oh, that’s easy.” … yeah. we’ll see.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      Nick, your wife sounds awesome :)

  • Jim

    Come now Steve, I think we both know they could have done without helmets. That’s what makes it just the slightest bit silly.

    In any case, what’s up with the reloading technique? I don’t see the reason behind turning the gun sideways. Are they checking to ensure they’ve run out of rounds rather than had a stovepipe? If so, that weakens my faith in the AR-15 yet further.

  • gyrfalcon

    @rubbershotgun “am i the only one who thinks military cosplay with firearms to be a bit absurd?”

    No you’re not, but as tacti-cool spreads you’re going to see a lot more of it unfortunately. The guy had on a Zombie survival shirt, so that’s the sort of folks you’re dealing with…

    Don’t get me wrong, I like a good zombie thriller. I just don’t prepare for a zombie invasion and go around acting like mad max in the thunderdome playing with real firearms.

  • Mount

    “Speed reload! Good to go?”

  • Joshua

    What a way to start my friday morning blog surf! I know what I am doing this weekend!!!

  • CinSC

    “am i the only one who thinks military cosplay with firearms to be a bit absurd?”

    I dunno, I thought it was pretty cool. For all we know, those guys could be American soldiers getting some private training.

    Anyway, I think it’s a great idea for civilians to get such training.

  • John Jackson

    more Gear:

    Aimpoint red dot

    Tijicon ACOG

    L3 Eotech

  • Big Daddy

    That was like watching porn……I was very excited. I really wish I could be there with them doing that stuff.

    I’m going to guess and say those were from a foreign(Not USA) military special forces or police unit of some kind. They don’t look like civilians.

    Notice in the beginning one person had a helmet with an American flag and seemed to be instructing. Also there was an M-1 Garand also in the second video. I’m going to guess either the Philippines or Taiwan maybe.

    Also one guy had a “Keep Tennessee Zombie Free” Tee shirt…so who knows were these guys are from. Definitely Magpul sponsored.

    Ya know that’s what I joined the US Army to do in 1980. But we mostly cleaned offices, stood around in the motor pool looking busy and did police call even though we were a combat unit on the German boarder during the cold war. When we did do something it was mostly just driving around while I sat inside an ITV or M-113 getting thrown around like a rag doll. I never even got to zeroed my rifle, good thing I never had to use it.

  • http://www.howtogetagun.ca/ HowToGetAGun

    I suspect if you changed all of the men to Arabs and the song to something with exactly the same meaning but sung in Arabic the video would be very different received. Even if the filmed activity were identical.

  • Sterling

    First time commenting. I think it was awesome and motivates me to get my a@@ to a class!

  • Jason

    Rob, you obviously(and luckily?) aren’t from California, where Asian dudes probably make up half of the AR scene. I’d say it has something to do with airsoft, but I couldn’t say for sure.

  • jdun1911

    You train with the gears that you go into combat and that’s what they are doing. I used to trained that way but not anymore. I’m not young anymore and I don’t think I’m going to fight any wars in the future. However it’s always good to train in full battle gears so you can get some experience on what’s works for you.

    The current gear I use for training is a simple war belt with a hostler, two pistol pouches, and three AR15 single magazine pouches. A trauma kit will be added to the built in the future. I like the war belt because it can act as a bug out bag/SHTF gear. It takes only a few seconds to strap on and you’re fully combat ready (as long as you have loaded magazines and pistol attached to it). I don’t attach a thigh hostler to my war belt because it doesn’t work for me. Same with a vest hostler (if I’m using a vest).

    Here is a picture thread of war belts if you’re wondering what they are. Different people have different type of setup. Things that don’t work for you might work for others. Good stuff.

    http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=6&f=10&t=285299

  • John C.

    Gotta love the “Keep Tennessee Zombie Free” T-shirt! Also, thats the same song on the new Jeep commercial

  • Jusuchin (Military otaku)

    A military cosplay would have you go around Anime conventions wearing tac gear or a uniform from Full Metal Alchemist and posing for cameras…wait I did that at Otakon…or you actually show up in one of these videos wearing tac gear inspired by the more recent Halo games.

    But like what Steve says, its a popular sport. Made me warm to see a bit more Asians in the vid. And yeah, the shooting techniques screamed Madpul. But still. Johnny Cash plus this video…I’m gonna replay it…one more time…

  • http://www.dooms-day-device.com Puke

    I see where “rubbershotgun” is coming from.
    But most all gear is tailored for military/police applications. So just sport shooting with good gear will make someone look militaristic.
    Though to be cosplay they need crappier gear and more body armor.

  • Crusty

    rubbershotgun, On both videos, the author said that all of the guys in the videos were off duty soldiers and marines….so I think that answers your cosplay question.

  • Kyle Huff

    @gyrfalcon: RE Zombie Survival
    I just got sick of people asking about the guns, etc. and now I tell them I want to be prepared for the coming Zombie Apocalypse. I used to tell them it was to defend myself from the Damned Dirty Apes, but that reference is getting a bit old.

  • Kurgen99

    Yeah Rob, that video looks like my neighbor and his regular Sunday shooting buddies. You can’t be from SoCal?

  • New Hampshire State of Mind

    Very skillful and disciplined handling of weapons but I’m reminded of a saying a Staff Sergeant told us during BCT. “It’s all shits and giggles until someone shoots back at ya”.

  • Krusher

    @rubbershotgun

    Better a security contractor-esque outfit than an Inu Yasha costume. LOL.

  • William C.

    I would rather see this without the music but it is still pretty cool.

    I am still amazed by the sheer amount of well… everything for the AR-15 out there. You can customize that gun more than a house. What are the military’s rules for using different heat shields, stocks, and magazines for their M4s and M16s?

  • http://www.debunkers.org/ SPQR

    I miss Johnny Cash.

  • charlesgibsonsucks

    The guy holding the AR at 00:11 looks like J.J. Racaza

  • gybryant

    @HowToGetAGun: Yes, we enjoy watching our guys practicing to kill other guys more than we enjoy watching other guys practicing to kill our guys. I imagine the other guys feel the same way.

  • Rob

    Haha nice guys!

    I’ve seen a high Asian presence in practical shooting (IPSC, USPSA) ie. JJ Racaza. I guess it’s a regional thing, because I live in one of those damn ban-states (NJ) there’s hardly ANY AR presence here.

    I’m still in the process of Magpul-ing my AR, but I doubt my gun will ever go as far as PEQ’s and NV gear.

  • Rob

    @ Glen- I just laughed so hard, my soda shot out of my nose.

    And lucky! You can has SBRz!

  • http://gunsandbullets.wordpress.com Nate

    Every time I go to the range, there are a few small groups of young asian men showing each other how to use ARs and AKs. It’s cool.

  • gybryant

    @Rob – Let go with both barrels, eh? cool.

  • Jim

    @HowToGetAGun Good point. Sad point.

    @gybryant
    His point isn’t that we would feel differently if it was Talibs training, but if it was American Arabs doing the exact same activities but with Arabic music. And that’s a goddamn shame and a sorry reminder of the poisonous state of our politics.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      Lets not get into politics.

  • TGM

    You can see a Marine Corps sticker on one of the pickup trucks in the linked video. Regardless if they are civilians or military we should be supporting fellow shooters not ragging on them for wearing LBE.

  • Nadnerbus

    Man, that video made my wallet hurt. Looks pretty damn fun, but ammo alone would probably run a five hundred bucks to do a day of shooting like that.

    I for one don’t care who’s doing the shooting. I think its amazing to see anyone put that much effort and skill into an activity. Kind of restores my faith in humanity.

  • Mac

    Why arent these dudes in the military. Or somewhere similar where they can actually put their skills to a good use other then looking good for the camera. Why arent they fighting for freedom with their shooting abilities?

  • TheMirage

    Everyone check out the Magpul Videos. Dynamic Handgun, Carbine 1 & 2. You can do this stuff if you practice.

    Once you have the material in these videos you can put them to practice if your local IDPA or USPSA hosts rifle stages with their matches. Often you can find some locations that host 3 gun. You haven’t had fun till you do tactical reloads with a pump gun.

    Great video, glad everyone is jumping on this. Keep the fight for your rights.

    * ps, I’m about 25% Filipino, and 75% African American. Does that count?

  • TheMirage

    On the topic of learning this and body armor. If you keep an AR or fighting rifle you should learn how to use it to the best of your ability. Technically you are better off shooting an AR in a home defense scenario than most pistols as it will tumble and pass through less walls. *look it up*

    Body armor just makes sense when you elevate your training to this level. You are often shooting close to other people, and vise versa with the trust in the tactics you are practicing. Many rifle courses require it for safety reasons. Second, when running these drills it’s a lot easier to access your rifle ammo there as must people will leave their sides for their normal pistol ammo and pistol. It’s about efficiency. If you can’t afford one with plates just get a holder with no padding for at the non-protective benefits.

    * ps, I’m a civi, no LE or military training. Learn my stuff through instructors brought in and great videos like the Magpul Dynamic series and Tactical Response.

  • http://www.howtogetagun.ca/ HowToGetAGun

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it isn’t an awesome video, I even bought the song on iTunes because of it.

  • me

    Well, looked at the second vid they did, Not sure I would be all that excited about using my vehicle as down range cover for practice. My luck somebody would crease the hood, trunk or roof!

  • mikee

    Looks like fun! Don’t forget, only hits count!

  • Derek

    How random! I actually deployed to Afghanistan with the maker/one of the shooters in this video. He’s one of my buddies.

  • Al T.

    There was a Taliban video (open source) a few years back… The weapons handling was not bad and they were taking (and killing) hostages.

  • gybryant

    @jim – Hmm, I didn’t look at it that way. If you’re correct, you may have a point. Then again, if I saw American Arabs moving and shooting with discipline and talent, I’d feel reasonable assured that they weren’t Taliban wannabees. Seriously, if all you changed was the nationalities of the guys in the film, my Spidey Sense would still say they were of my tribe. I think that, for many, it takes more to arouse suspicion than simple ethnicity. I believe there are intangible cues that tip us off and if these men were of Arab descent – with all other things being equal – there’s a good likelihood that our reactions would be much the same.

    Let’s not gloss over the fact that there’s a decent chance that some of the guys are Chinese and we’re not exactly bff’s with that country. Somehow, that doesn’t seem to bother anyone.

  • gybryant

    @Steve – Sorry, I didn’t see your post until after I submitted mine. I guess bin it if you need to – but I think it was a good one! Ah, well.

  • Victor

    Need MOAR auto-fire.

    PS: awesome choice of soundtrack.

  • Tyrone Alfonso

    Nice! Youtube is the best!

    @rubbershotgun,

    Not really, I guess it depends on what exactly is going on here. If its just a competition or civilian practice then yes, homeboy can lose the helmet. However if its any type of training then I would not only say its ok, but highly recommended. You train like you fight.

  • KP

    great video, guys!

  • jdun1911

    The old saying is “you train with the gears you’re going to fight with.” or something like that. If those kids are Marines than yeah they doing the right thing by training with the gears that they’re going to go into combat.

    People need to understand that the right gears play a very important roll in training. Pant pockets are the WRONG type of gear for training. It is not optimal to grab magazine(s) from your pant/jacket pocket. Been there done that and it’s not fun. Movies/TV shows/Game can get away with using the wrong or no gears but in real life you end up dead.

    Like I said before I streamlined my fighting gears in the last couple of years. From going with vest/chest rig to a pure war belt design. Four AR15 and three pistol magazines is more than enough for any civilian SHTF that I might encounter. However it is the wrong gear to go to war with.

    For people that are interested in good vest/chest rig but don’t have $500+ to spend. Here are two suggestions.

    This is by far the best deal you can find anywhere. I found it out on the gear forum. $39 for a complete mil-spec setup vest is an amazing deal. The nine molly pouch alone will cost you $200-300 if bought separately. I ordered one last night. It’s another vest/rig that I can lend out for friends/family.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150475150940&ssPageName=ADME:X:AAQ:US:1123

    http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=6&f=10&t=270564

    The SKD is a very popular low cost chest rig. I bought one a few years back. It is a durable design. I don’t recommend you use the magazine pouch to hold a pistol tho.

    http://www.skdtac.com/Eagle_Chest_Rig_Universal_SKD_p/eag.567.htm

  • Rob

    Be wary of any gear you find on eBay unless it’s from a well known name. Lots of it is Chinese knock off sh*t for airsofting.

  • Matthew

    Pretty flippin’ awesome. Well shot. The bulk of the guys are on on point… give or take.

  • Laenhart

    @rubbershotgun
    I disagree on the helmets. I wear a helmet when I ride my bike and when I do construction work. It is seen as a vital piece of safety equipment.
    If I were running around when other people were shooting, I’d want a helmet. I have never been in a shooting environment where I felt unsafe, but any environment where people are both shooting and moving has some small amount of risk, and it could be mitigated with helmets. In fact, I surprised that they are not required, and I think that it speaks to the experience and professionalism of the shooters that they trust one another enough not to need them.
    So yeah, they look more “tacticool” to me because they are NOT wearing helmets, like the main character from some Hollywood action movie.
    I appreciate that you might not want the prestige of military uniforms slighted by mall ninjas, but these guys don’t seem to fit the bill. If anything, they look like military and industry guys practicing and developing better equipment for the uniforms that are in harm’s way.

  • Mountainbear

    That forward grip is weird. I can’t shoot like that. I always have my left hand close and the army didn’t really help with it (Steyr AUG.)

  • CH

    To help clarify. The guys rockin the helmets and plate carriers are marines who truly believe in “train as you fight”.

    As far as the reloading technique…yes it is to view the chamber to make sure there wasnt a malfunction before changing mags. Unfortunately the AR15/M16/M4 platform is what our military is currently using, so thats the weapon that some will train to be most efficient with.

  • Rob

    That and you can dress it up like a Barbie doll. (For civilian shooters)

  • gunslinger

    I was going to say, if it was just random guys, then yes, the “tacti-cool” gear may be a bit “much”. If it was part of a “military training simulation” then ok, little better, much like going to indy and getting a few laps with a driver while wearing full racing suits…or something along those lines. but as it’s been pointed out, the folks are military. train with your gear is pretty darn good philosophy.

    but as i said, if it were me, i wouldn’t be running around in body armor, helmets and such if i’m in my house or whatever. i won’t go to the bank looking like that because now i look like an “aggressor”. my cwp instructor said the best way to dress while carrying is “normal” no need to wear those “neat” shirts like “got lead insurance” “Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson are my best friends” and the like.

    but either way, nice vid. sure looks like fun.

  • Bryan S

    Kudos to them getting out there and getting training. Too many people buy rifles, carbines and pistols, and only take the to the range in a super controlled environment, and shoot a few holes in paper. They dont get out to the range, practice moving and shooting, shooting from different positions, weak hand, reloading… all the things that could save their life some day.

    And the gear doesn’t have to just be for the military. once in this country it was normal for the household to have the required military gear for defense of their land and liberties, when called to the militia. If its good enough for our guys and gals over in the stans, than it should be good for Joe and Sally Schmoe back home.

    It may not be PC, but good training like this should be something to be lauded, not criticized.

  • Glin1216

    Alright folks…
    Steve, as a “regular” reader of The Firearm Blog, I’m thrilled to hear you enjoyed the video.

    Regarding the kit being worn…
    If you have ever fired a rifle wearing armor (both torso and head), it dramatically alters the way you handle a firearm.

    – The shoulder of your pocket being inaccessible due to ballistic plates
    – Your helmet limiting your field of view when firing from the prone
    – The increased strain on your neck when firing from asymmetric positions (IE: Urban Prone)
    – The helmet dipping too low when you aggressively dip your head to acquire sight package (alignment/picture)
    – “Train as you Fight.” Who cares if I’m faster at the range wearing running shoes and a belt-rig? When I throw on my 15 pound plate carrier and 3 pound helmet, I’ll be slower than a sloth dipped in molasses.

    For those of us at the pointy end of the stick, you don’t want these realizations to occur when your target is shooting back. For what it is worth (and it ain’t worth much), there are Marines, Soldiers, and Law Enforcement Officers within our group.

    If the video motivated even one person to get out to the range and shoot, or dry-fire a little more in your living room, than I have succeeded.

  • Chris

    Wow I’m surprised at the few people in here talking smack.

    The bottom line is regardless of dress, these guys to know how to handle their toys. Good for them.

  • HeavenlySword

    Lol steve, planning to steal nick’s wifey?

    Just poking fun at your easily misinterpreted comment.

  • CinSC

    Glin1216,
    great job on the vid, I’m motivated! I know how much work can go into something like this, and I appreciate your efforts. Whenever you put your work out there for the world to see you are inviting criticism as well as praise; the critics only seem louder, so don’t be discouraged.

    And the fact that there are Marines, Soldiers and LEOs in the vid is worth a LOT. Again, much appreciated!

  • Josh

    wow that was a tac clinic very impressive control.
    again we don’t see the targets at any point but hey those guys can blaze.
    and damn fine combat reloads and weapon change.

  • jacob kenworthy

    you tell that cardboard

  • UNIMOGER

    This Video was shot at the BURRO CYN. Shooting range in Azusa CYN.,California. Specificaly the North 1 range which is located on the North side of the range well away from the public shooting area. ALWAYS TRAIN AS YOU FIGHT! The unprepared will always fail…