Marines using Blindfolds as training aids

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An article on Marine Times talks about how Marines from 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines using blindfolds to increase weapon manipulation skills during training.

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.

This is certainly an innovative and outside the box approach when it comes to training. However the Marines aren’t using the blind folds during live fire events. It’s refreshing to know that instead of pouring money into high tec training initiatives, they are coming up with things on their own that work for them. The training was apart of a three week long package to get them more in tune with close quarters fighting tactics.

Note that the Marine in the picture has a Surefire X300 mounted below his PEQ 15. This is probably his personally purchased flashlight as the Marine Corps doesn’t issue X300s.

Of course, Jerry Miculek has to one up this with a revolver…



Miles V

Former Infantry Marine, and currently studying at Indiana University. I’ve written for Small Arms Review and Small Arms Defense Journal, and have had a teenie tiny photo that appeared in GQ. Specifically, I’m very interested in small arms history, development, and Military/LE usage within the Middle East, and Central Asia.

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  • BattleshipGrey

    “Use the force Luke”

    • gunslinger

      don’t you mean

      • KestrelBike

        this damn near broke my brain LOL

  • noob

    it seems like a natural progression –

    assemble and disassemble blindfolded.
    load and unload blindfolded.
    immediate action blindfolded.

    hmm maybe next there could be strip and clean blindfolded, but then how would you inspect the patches and bore?

    • Dan

      By taste! Well for the patches anyway

  • dan citizen

    I assumed everyone practiced blindfolded, at least as far as weapons handling. Everyone should, blindfolds are cheap.

  • anonymous

    Is this a scene from 50 Shades of FDE?

    • Grindstone50k

      And the “owes me a new keyboard” award goes to…

  • Grindstone50k

    Also note the Marine is using a full-size VFG. No AFG, no short VFG, no 13″ rail with hand stop for C-clamp grips…