Philippine Sniper Confidence Drill

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Earlier this year we posted a controversial video of a Russian Confidence Drill. Well that was nothing compared to this Philippine Marine Scout Sniper Confidence drill. The shooter uses, what looks like, a M14 to shoot balloons that his partner is holding relatively close to his own head.




Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick has been only been shooting for the past 3 years but found his passion through competitive shooting. USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.


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  • Marc

    More likely a proper M14, one of the Philippines’ many service rifles.

  • Lance

    That’s not a M1A its a real M-14 and probably a M-21. Well hope your friend sighted in there rifle before the test day.

  • ShootingFromTheHip

    Not smart, either way you cut it. This is a case of balls over brains.

  • John

    Just because you CAN doesn’t mean you SHOULD…

  • dan

    I am betting the laundry facilities see a little more traffic on those days

  • BOB

    one of those few times were sub-moa accuracy may actually be relevant

  • USMC03Vet

    Having trained with some PI Marines at their Ternate base I don’t believe this is part of their training one bit. If it is I doubt they are shooting anything except for rubber bullets.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Rubber bullets makes sense.

      • Markus

        I’m pretty sure a rubber .308 will be just as lethal as a FMJ at those distances. Looks like 50m or maybe 100m tops.

        On the other hand, being prone and still missing a balloon at those distances isn’t an easy task either. Still seems incredibly stupid to me.

        • c

          It’s a 30m range which you can extend to 50 if you stay in the covered area. MCTC range in Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown (Marine base Manila). It’s in the city

    • C

      @USMC03Vet:disqus only Marine Scout Snipers have this as part of their training at a different range and base. I happen to be around that day (1st video) but only got there when they were about to finish filming that segment of the documentary. Yes they were shooting live rounds. The documentary sucked though. I guess you were at Ternate for Balikatan?

  • kyphe

    you could miss a balloon by 20cm with a round like that at and it would still pop

    • Zachary marrs

      And I bet if a .50 cal bmg went 2 feet to the left of you, it would rip off your arm? That all you have to do is rack the pump on a 12 gauge, and the bad guy will shit his pants? Or if you shoot a dude in the toe with a 1911 in .45 acp, he will be reduced to red mist?

      • kyphe

        You would lose those bets for being stupid.

        ask some fairground balloon shooters

        • Zachary marrs

          Wow, a fairground balloon shooter, since when do they use m14’s?

          • kyphe

            Are you utterly brain dead? lol don’t answer that you will hurt your self thinking about it. That’s it remember to breathe… in … out …

          • Zachary marrs

            Are you an asshole? Answer my question, how would a fairgrounds balloon shooter know if a .308 could pop a balloon if it misses by 20cm? My first comment was sarcasm, incase you were to dense to figure that out

          • kyphe

            No your first comment was you being an asshole pure and simple, fairground shooters do not aim at the balloon when it is in the hand or mouth of an assistant they can pop 2 at the same time by firing in between them at some distance, that’s with a low velocity low energy round from a old six shooter from the hip, that is what you ask the shooter then it’s just a question of scale, though not a direct one as you have to include better aerodynamics of the round. But still this is popping a balloon which I can do by flicking it with my finger, not ripping someones arm off lol.

          • Zachary marrs

            WHEN DO FAIRGROUND SHOOTERS USE M14’S?

          • kyphe

            yup brain dead! ain’t ya, totally brain dead! and mostly illiterate.

          • Zachary marrs

            Like I said, im on mobile, like I asked, do fairgrounds shooters use m14’s?

          • kyphe

            I already answered that irrelevant question above. Ask a fairground shooter about the basic concept of popping balloons without hitting them, they will give you an idea of how far way you can shoot a low velocity low energy bullet away from a balloon and still have it pop. Then do some basic math as all that matters is the physics. I am pretty damn sure many of them will have fired many types of guns of all calibers as enthusiasts have a habit of doing, so both your attempt to misdirect and to fabricate a misbegotten technically are both a waste of time.

          • Zachary marrs

            So a .45 colt= a .308. Got it

          • kyphe

            Most trick shooters master several types of gun, including rifles and shotguns in their trade as well as their personal Guns which could be anything and you seriously ask such a question over and over thanks for the giggles, bit of a stress buster tbh.

          • Not Bubblegum

            You do realize that those ‘trick shooters’ are using blanks, which pop the balloon not with ’20 cm misses’ with actual bullets, but with specks of unburnt powder, right?
            By the good grace of tacky bubblegum, you’re unfortunate.

      • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

        Actually I racked an 870 and the suspect who had no idea I was right behind him did in fact become incontinent.

        • Verner

          Pics, or it didn’t happen. Nah, just jokin’ :-) Did you mock the guy for it afterwards?

          • dan citizen

            only a pretty perverse person would be taking incontinence pics :P

    • Phil Hsueh

      Even if that’s true, 20cm the wrong way and you might have a dead man along with a popped balloon.

  • Azril @ Alex Vostox

    I juts post this link here. ..

  • Xaun Loc

    Considering that the part of the video showing this so-called confidence drill has the logo for the History Channel, I suppose it is a LITTLE more believable than something from the Discovery Channel (but NOT MUCH more believable). I notice that the article talks about “shoot balloons that his partner is holding relatively close to his own head” but in the video the only balloons that are ever shot are the one held alongside his waist. He does hold a balloon near his head in some of the pictures, but THAT balloon is never shot at (at least not in the video). Note that the balloon near his head would be a really weird shot considering that half the balloon is behind his shoulder and his wrist/hand are blocking most of the part of the balloon that isn’t below/behind the shoulder.

  • mechamaster

    Need ‘Don’t try this at home’ caption. LOL.

  • dan citizen

    Can we see the blooper reel?

  • stimr2

    This reminds me of the 1930 LASD Pistol Team Exhibition video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDP8BRSEjrA

  • IXLR8

    What happens when there is a “flyer”. Not every round is perfect.
    I would guess that the uniform has an inch or two from the fabric to the flesh just in case…