CoD Meets Real Life via BuzzFeed

While I am sure most of us experienced in the finer elements of military gear could have called this one from a ways out. Still, its an entirely entertaining expose into how disconnected those who spew virtual bullets are from those who have served.

The BuzzFeed crew is put through what is basically the Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test (I can attest, it is a son of a gun) and all of them fail, rather spectacularly.

Kudos to them for at least attempting the course and gaining some appreciation for the military, even if it was their job.

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.

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


  • Cal S.

    >”It can stop an AK-47 bullet”
    >Throws up a picture of a .50BMG.


    • Some Guy

      >expecting anything other than the lowest possible quality of information from buzzfeed

      frankly tfb should feel bad for giving them any clicks

      • n0truscotsman

        You can say that again. I avoid that morass of uneducated horse excrement like the plague.

    • USMC03Vet

      We’re lucky they didn’t complain about rape culture and how the US Army’s gear promotes a toxic environment for females.

      • anon

        >MUH SOGGY KNEES!!!1!!

  • avconsumer2

    Quit watching @ “prop guns”

    • All the Raindrops

      Why? Prop guns are good for training.

      • Evil13RT

        The probably don’t weight as much tho.
        Not that they needed any more weight…

        • All the Raindrops

          The legit blue guns/ training guns do, and they are used by mil/leo/trainers all around the world. but to be fair the ones in that vid looked like fake video game turd guns.

          • Dan

            They looked like super soakers painted black

    • iksnilol

      Would you really give these people real guns and ammo?

      • Uniform223

        I would have at least given them “rubber duckies”

      • Zebra Dun

        As long as I don’t have to be within range of them.

        • iksnilol

          That is not responsible at all.

  • James

    Having done similar things (never served, but went through obstacles courses in plate carriers as part of research) this seems really fun.

  • USMC03Vet

    Too bad he didn’t take them out for a hump with pack and weapon and killed them.

    • TVOrZ6dw

      If those folks in the video went on a ruck-run they would have died on their own!

    • Devil_Doc

      I was a Corpsman. Give them a pack, their gear, weapon and ammo, AND medical gear. Then go hump. Ooh-frickin-rah.

      • USMC03Vet

        Corpsman that hump are the real deal.

  • Bronezhilet

    I have my own plate carrier with level 3 and level 4 inserts. Can confirm, heavy as ****. The level 4 inserts are TenCate LIBA plates, they’re supposed to be light (LIBA = Light Infantry Body Armour). Spoiler: They’re not.

    Fun stuff though, supposed to have a 50% chance to stop a .50 BMG. (non-AP round I guess)

  • carango772

    COD players are soo 2009ish, in 2015 they should try something like:
    “bf4 player tryes to pilot an apache with deadly results”
    “the witcher 3 player destroys a valuable silver sword, gets sued”
    “league of legen player etas poisonous mushrooms and dies horribly”
    “metal gear solid V player meets a half naked mute girl in real life,not impressed”

    • noob


    • uppsalajanne

      not BF4 but I am pretty sure that a serious helicopter/airplane-simulator gamer would be able to fly for real

      real serious ones already use pretty much the same controls

      • Norm Glitz

        Dream on!

  • Joshua

    That’s actually a pretty fun experiment. not a bad idea at all

  • northafrican

    why there is no target shooting

  • Uniform223



  • TVOrZ6dw

    Pretty funny video. Should have had them play a round of COD between each obstacle, see how fast their frag skillz died. Oh, let them know they have to do that everyday for a year.

  • Colabox

    I want to punch these people.

  • Bob

    Ok, I’m out of shape, but even I would do better. Heck, last week I was happily lugging around… let’s see… yup, four buckets weighing about 60-70 pounds each, carrying one in each hand (that was kind of difficult to be honest, since that’s almost my body weight, but I only had to make it a hundred feet or so), 50 bags of horse bedding weighing 40 pounds each, and 20 bags of Oil Dry weighing 50 pounds each. With the exception of the buckets banging into my legs with every step, at no point did this slow me down, even as I brought the horse bedding up a few stairs.
    Oh yeah, I’m practically a Navy SEAL, at least in comparison. ;D
    At least they got to try it. I’d like to… Oh wait, I can just look up the rules and do it without anyone yelling at me to hurry up. Just fake armor is all. I can do the ammo and genuine firearms…

    • Zebra Dun

      Horse ownership is carrying more than a horse.
      Feed 50 lb x 8 not to mention Hay 2 x 700 lb roll from trailer to feeding area, no tractor and it may be called a roll but that ain’t what it does! Yes it must be pushed.
      Salt blocks 50 lb each.
      Saddle, blankets, bridal and hell lets not forget to muck out the stable where each horse takes a dump rather than take a dump anywhere else in the pasture!
      My Avatar is one load of several and it’s eight bushels worth.
      Navy SEALS ain’t got nothing on horse Cavalry.

  • Devil_Doc

    As a corpsman (former), all I could think about was how many times during training we had to drag simulated combat casualties through obstacle courses, pick up 200 lbs of Marines and their gear and run with them, and all the different ways to move a casualty under fire. They thought this was tough? It gets worse…

    • uppsalajanne

      you were lucky you didn’t have to pull 300pound me (;

      luckily I had a farmboy in my platoon when I did my conscriptservice

  • Nathan Means

    ” Bruh, do you even operate? I know all the guns in COD, but only the guns in COD”
    -every COD fan ever

  • Zebra Dun

    Using Military training in a video game will make you dead pixels so fast your head will spin.

  • Zebra Dun

    I recall a Bn Tac test once long ago where we carried our gear and ammo for every crew served weapon in the plt each man got a Practice 3.5 Rockets a 60 mm mortar rd, a belt of 6- 40 mm grenades rds and two belts or cans of MG ammo.
    Case of C’s, water in five gallon Jerry cans.
    Any weight not able to be simulated by a practice equivalent was simply sand bags in items shaped like the rounds.
    Then the fun began!
    Force March to the training area.
    Two weeks simulated war all in the CLNC training arena.
    We were allowed to stop and fire live ammo on weapons ranges at the Verona loop area in between play war.
    My knees never forgave me.