El Chapo Raid POV

I am not sure how ABC news knows this is the Raid on El Chapo but it is certainly not GoPro nor is it raw footage. First you can see that the video is edited from different cameras. The shaky camera is actualy a Contour camera attached to the side of one of the guy’s helmets. He does not appear to be shaking at all so I think his Contour is on the fritz.

Chapo contour


Most of the officers are using what looks like an M4 with Aimpoint Pro and equipped with a SureFire M900 Vertical Firegrip light.

Chapo light


However there are these two guys with grenade launchers.

Chapo grenade 1 Chapo grenade 2



Here is a longer version of the video above.

Helmet Cam: Operation Black Swan – Catching El Chapo

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  • Mcameron

    holy hell….that wasnt a raid, that was a war zone….

  • Wellington L’Antieroe

    They are wearing the new hyperstealth US4CES camos. Pretty cool.


    • LV-426

      Hyperstealth has everything. EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • iksnilol

    I can’t really call it a raid if it requires grenade launchers and legit grenades.

    Battle is more appropriate.

  • Mrninjatoes

    I am surprised they weren’t using NV.

    • Mcameron

      correct me if im wrong….but isnt the main reason to use NV to be able use darkness as concealment?….otherwise weapons mounted lights would make more sense ide imagine.

      not sure “surprise” is on your side when 20 people in full kit are blasting through a house with grenades.

      • CommonSense23

        It’s a good deal to have them on your helmet at least. You come up to something like a blacked out basement, you don’t need to use white light.

        • Dave

          When bouncing off the walls in a door kicking DA you tend to quickly break such equipment and they get in the way.

          • CommonSense23

            I pretty aware of what happens in a DA. Used to teach CQB.

  • Mrninjatoes

    I wonder who the guy in the red jacket is? American “advisor”?

    • Day1

      Not just him, but the TL. May not have been USAF, but certainly from outside of the Marines. TL was running the show, Red Jacket was taking point, and both were the only guys running SBRs and PEQ2s. Curious, no?

  • tony

    I’m surprised they were not using Chris Costa or Travis tactics.

    • Mcameron

      una tortuga táctica..?

    • Friend of Tibet

      I didn’t see any gross motor skill reload either 🙁

  • MikeF

    Sucks for the team getting hung up at the front doors.
    Makes a real case for explosive breaching over a battering ram.
    The operator getting shot at the second door probably made for a lot of the hesitation of the Team seen after.
    The team leader did a good job keeping everyone moving.

    Tough house to clear, lots of doors and angles.
    Not exactly a textbook assault but no fatality’s and El Chapo is captured, cant argue with success.

    • Esh325

      What are you special forces or SWAT lol?

      • MikeF

        Are you being sarcastic or do you want to know? Lol

        • milesfortis

          Figure that Esh, (being a foreign anti-gun propagandist) is much more than just sarcastic.

          • rob

            “I like guns, but…”
            “I’m not racist, but…”

    • Nicks87

      They might get away with those heavy handed tactics in Mexico but in the US breaching charges are usually a no-go.

      • MikeF

        Blowing a hole in a wall with a breaching charge would probably be frowned upon I agree, but the techniques I have seen are not heavy handed at all. They involved blowing a lock off a door, not necessarily blowing a door off its hinges.

  • Spotted a Mepro 21 in there. Cool stuff

  • There were at least three male bodies on the video – in the main living room behind a couch, in one of the bedrooms, and in the final bathroom. The leader walks around to count them after the assault is over.

  • Bob

    I was a little surprised to see that one guy shooting through the window with his muzzle so close to Mr. Red Shirt’s head. That seems a bit inconsiderate.

    • Mcameron

      if you are raiding a house filled with cartel members who are shooting back at you…….im not sure being considerate of your muzzle blast is the first thing on your mind

      • Bob

        True, but I thought they trained specifically to avoid such things. They being operators, SF types in this context.

  • Uniform223

    This makes me want to watch Sicario… again

    • USMC03Vet

      That movie was such garbage. Even the action scenes were lame.

      • LV-426

        But all the nuances and magical timing.

      • Chi Wai Shum

        If watch that film only for the action scenes then you are missing the point.

        • USMC03Vet

          The point of what? A poor script and irrelevant everything? Oh you must be talking about the cynical and tired meme of US government responsible/America bad message at the end…..

          Movie blows and so does your opinion.

          • CommonSense23

            The movie was awesome. The US decides to implement a effective plan against the Cartel. Whats not to love.

          • gibonez

            Bet you think lone survivor and American sniper were good movies though….

            Sicario was fantastic. The cinematography alone makes it amazing.

          • USMC03Vet

            Yeah the never ending fly overs of terrain to fill time in…….

            American Sniper was stupid. Lone Survivor was at least entertaining. Sicario was total balls and thus failed miserably at the office.

    • LV-426

      You go do that “uniform223” , just go . And do.

    • Friend of Tibet

      Well the equipments in that movie are bad. The Mexico marines in real life have better gears than delta forces from that movie.

  • Double A.D.

    Curious to my ears was that the guy shouting orders did not speak Spanish with a Mexican accent. The Mexican accent is very easily detected; it’s sort of sing-songy. This guy’s accent sounded almost like a Puerto Rican/Carribean accent, but like someone who primarily speaks English. In other words, like a Hispanic American that grew up speaking both languages, but masters English better than Spanish. I hope that makes sense.

    • Adrián

      There are many mexican diferent accents as well as there are many different accents in European Spanish. They all have spanish as a mother tongue…the strong words and the way the speak and shout…it is quite clear.

      • Double A.D.

        Yes, I am aware of that. However, my point still stands. As well as being a native Spanish speaker, I work extensively with many people from all over Central and South America. I think I’ve developed a pretty good ear over the years for accents and where they’re from. My job kind of depends on it. Could I be wrong? Good possibility, but I don’t think so.