SEAL Shot 27 Times & Gets the Job Done

Mike-Day

I am absolute awe of the tenacity and never-give-up attitude of Special Forces. Adding to the litany of reasons that I am grateful that rough men stand at the door is the story of SEAL Senior Chief Mike Day, who cleared a room of four combatants after taking multiple hits in plates, limbs, and extremities. After clearing the structure, he walked out.

Never succumbing to a “victim mindset” the now retired Senior Chief is an advocate for wounded warriors. Having taken over two years to recover, losing a significant portion of his body weight, the Chief now plans on running a triathalon.

Just… wow.



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Marko

    That is absolute BADASS!

  • Andy

    Just…holy shit.

    You can’t even get shot 27 times in a video game and live.

    • sianmink

      You just need to take cover for about 5-6 seconds and you’re good to go for more. I’m pretty sure that’s what he did.

      • Zachary marrs

        Konami code

      • Commonsense23

        Ironically that is pretty much what happened, he went down and lost consciousness, and came back out of it after a couple seconds.

    • 1leggeddog

      Unless it’s Call of Duty

  • USMC03Vet

    Definition of unstoppable force.

  • Drapetomanius

    Is this the wrong place to countersmirk at AK fanboys who smirk at the 5.56 round?

    • Morgan

      I think it’s a great time to counter smirk at stopping power fanboys.

      • iksnilol

        If it was 5.56 he wouldn’t have even lost consciousness.

        Also makes an argument against messing with people trained to kill you (SEALs, Spetznaz, GROM, SAS, whatever).

  • Commonsense23

    Special Forces are Green Berets, Seals are SOF. And the interesting thing from a firearms perspective is that his pistol took a round thru the magwell and continued to work.

    • iksnilol

      I heard the something similar happened to a 50 BMG (Barret semi-auto). It took a shot through the magwell, worked fine but the magwell was deformed and a mag couldn’t fit anymore. They still used it as a single-shot.

    • politicsbyothermeans

      If you’re going to be borderline pedantic, at least get it right. Special Forces are SOF too. Green Berets are hats. The senior chief, as a SEAL, is SOF but not Special Forces

      • Commonsense23

        What part did I suggest that SF aren’t SOF?

        • Sulaco

          NSW – Naval Special Warfare.

          • Commonsense23

            What does that have to do with my comment above

          • Hsein Chen

            SEALS are in the NSW who in under SOCOM!
            SF is SF who also under SOCOM!
            They are two different tools in the tool box!

    • Phil Hsueh

      Actually, Seals are marine pinnipeds which are often confused for sea lions. SEALs (which is an acronym for Sea Ari & Land which is why it’s in all caps) are SOF

  • greasyjohn

    That would make $1.50, I believe.

  • Fruitbat44

    That is some story. Well done.

  • Alex Nicolin

    That’s why is better to throw a “cooked” frag inside before you enter when you suspect the room is occupied.

    • Commonsense23

      Cooking a grenade is a good way to get yourself killed. You never truly know when they will go off. I have personally seen 2 grenades airburst almost immediately after being thrown, which we then stopped using that lot, and have seen multiple grenades go off after their hour and half soak time. And this event was pretty much the final nail in the coffin for dynamic clearance as SOP, NSW has much better room clearing tactics after this.

      • Consultingdoc

        What is “NSW” please?

        • iksnilol

          A joke:

          “How did you lose your arm?”
          “In the Army”
          “How? In war?”
          “The instructor tricked me, he said pull the pin and wait until three then throw. I pulled the pin and waited then it blew up a quarter past two.”

        • Patrick Mingle

          Navy Special Warfare

        • Core

          Naval Special Warfare – NSW

      • Sulaco

        And I have thrown them and waited 15 to 20 seconds for them to finally decide to go off. When you have pulled the pin Mr. Grenade is no longer your friend!

      • Seburo

        Which is why rifle grenades are better or just use an under barrel shotgun for room clearing. Don’t know if they still use flashbangs for that.

        • Commonsense23

          So you are suggesting to clear rooms with a shotgun with a 3 maybe 4 shot capacity strapped to a single shot grenade launcher? Probably one of the most insane things I have ever heard.

          • Seburo

            No. I’m suggesting something like the Six8 UBL with six shots or a three shot grenade launcher like the Metal Storm 3GL mounted on a rifle. Although that’s more like house clearing.

          • Commonsense23

            Pretty much every American SOF group has given up using shotguns as a primary in CQC, just using them as stand alones for breaching. And how exactly do you expect to use a rifle grenade in a building? You are going to have to make it without a safety so it can detonate that close. And now you got a major frag hazard to the user.

          • Seburo

            I assumed that the user would be outside of the building for that. Like an AMR sniper would than mop up the survivors.

          • Commonsense23

            So you are referring more to MOUT than specifically CQC if you are talking about engaging the guys from outside the building. At which point you might as well start lobbying rockets or even better just calling in a JDAM than trying to use grenades or even 50cals.

          • iksnilol

            Ruskies solved that with the GM-94. Pump action grenade launcher, 3+1 capacity. They just breach the door, pop some grenades in, then clear with the regular rifles/carbines/whatevs. I think they primarily designed it for urban combat or something. Looks like a nice piece of kit in my eyes. Then again I don’t use explosives.

          • Commonsense23

            Explain how you are going to safely fire a grenade launcher from inside a house. I would find that highly enlightening.

          • iksnilol

            You are outside the building and then fire the grenade so it hits what’s inside. Geez, this ain’t rocket surgery. Here is a video:

            Maybe it explains more, besides Russians aren’t the most sane people in regards to weapons (often this is a good thing).

          • Commonsense23

            So if you are outside the building and firing in that is mout. Which why would you not use any way more effective options. Laws, AT4, Carl Gs, Javelins, anything thermoberic, instead of using something as underpowered as a grenade launcher. As for the Russians, good on them for just remaking the China Lake grenade launcher. But even if they were planning to use them like they did in the video, they would have lots of friendly fire issues.

          • iksnilol

            I don’t know too much about the tactics and stuff but the China Lake is almost nothing like the GM-94. Only thing they have in common is that they both have a tubular magazine and a pump mechanism. Besides, it isn’t that complicated: Make boom in room before you go in and clear the old fashioned way.

          • Commonsense23

            You would be surprised how ineffective grenades are for clearing rooms. Just not explosives in frag grenades to kill thru overpressure and relying on frag is crapshoot with rooms with any sort of cover

        • Phil Hsueh

          Back in the day when they used to teach MOUT, as opposed to CQB, the SOP for room clearing was to toss in a grenade first then after it goes off you would hose the room down with a full mag. I don’t quite remember if we were taught to “cook” the grenades or not but I wanted to say that we did since if you didn’t it was very likely that the bad guy would simply pick up the grenade and either throw it out the nearest window (if there was one) or out the door and back at you.

          • Seburo

            Cooking grenades sounds risky and possibly deadly. Which is why they changed it to shotguns, underbarrel grenade launchers & 12 mm sniper rifles or just rigging a directed explosive charge to blow a hole in the wall. If you wanted to kill those who were inside the room. The latter three if you are in another room entirely.

  • David_TheMan

    Like I said before, can we stop the war propaganda and just stick to firearms and reviews

    • Dan

      In this case we are reviewing a target shot multiple times by GUNS and is still in useable condition.

      There is your review Nancy

  • iksnilol

    Mondays, am I right?

  • guest

    It was interesting until the religious BS was being repeated several times over.

    • Ned Weatherby

      So – if they’d deleted the part of Chief Day’s own personal narrative, which you consider to be “religious BS” – you’d have been OK with it?

      Too bad that made it less interesting for you. Seems to mean a lot to him, and he was recounting how it was for him when he was there. He then answered a question regarding why he thought he didn’t die that day, and he simply answered the question.

      I found it interesting.

      • guest

        I am not interested in hearing anyone’s BS about imaginary friends from the ethereal plane, no matter who’s mouth that comes from.
        People can not pray their bullets on target, “god” never provided level IV protection to anyone, and no battle was ever won because of faith or knowledge of some idiot’s ramblings from long time ago. Period.
        NO MIRACLES HAPPENED THAT DAY. Never have, never will. A miracle will be when people who are supposed to be professionals start acting like it, instead of “well this hear armor stopped 1 bullit and Jesus stopped the other 50” crap. Seriously. The guy got in a firefight, was shot in his TPs, other shots landed in non-vital areas, and he killed his enemy. That is called training, equipment, and motivation.

        • Aaron E

          Calm down couch commando. This real life hero was hit 27 times, and had the presence of mind to finish the fight. You spit anger because he chooses to give his God some credit? I think he’s earned that right regardless of your opinion.

          Yeah, I get his armor got hit about half the time, but they are NOT rated for multiple hits in close proximity. My God, (yeah I said that), the rear plate has a baseball sized hole punched through it!

          As for your “other shots landed in non-vital areas” stupidity, the 7.62x39mm round is not known for making clean, little, minor wounds.

          Apparently you were so pissed off that he dared to mention God that you failed to hear that it took him over 2 years to recover, after losing over 50 pounds! But hey, they were hits in “non-vital areas”.

          Thanks for posting TFB, its good to hear about “real” gun stories, and the heroes who survived them … by a Miracle!

        • Core

          Thank God you chimed in, to clarify that for the audience..

        • Dan

          Jesus didn’t stop any bullets? Well duh everyone knows it was God dummy. Seriously you rage over something like that? Life must suck for you, if you rage over something that someone else believes. And yes training, equipment and motivation did play a part in this but you know what else helped him? His faith. Right or wrong if faith in something helps bring you back then hell yes sing it from the mountain tops.

    • Yellow Devil

      Chill out man. When you get shot 27 times and walk out of that room on your own accord, you can credit whoever or whatever you want when you get interviewed.

  • jay

    up down up down left right left right b a b a start. activate super contra navy seal kick ass beast mode. 27 bullets meh still kill them all and walk away . isis better be scared

  • cajuntad

    Hoo YA. Amazing….Thanks for your service Chief…

  • Gary

    Anyone think that he couldn’t have done this on pure adrenaline alone? We know insurgents in the middle east get high on opium before going into battle…

    • Commonsense23

      Opiates aren’t the best thing to be taking before a battle. Doesn’t really give you any performance boost. Atrophine injectors were a insurgent favor due to the amount of them in Iraq. And Day was the SEA of that op, not really a good idea to have your guy in charge not thinking straight.

  • A guy

    SPECIAL FORCES ARE US ARMY. Stop referring to every special operations unit as special forces.