Do you even Breach Bro? Back to making entry 101

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This video is apparently sweeping the interwebs at the moment. From a number of captions so far, we see this labeled as an “FBI Alaska SWAT team” and attributing this to the FBI Alaska field office. The only thing that I am sure of, is that this is a law enforcement branch of some entity, within the United States. Whether or not this is an FBI operation or a a local SWAT operation, I can’t tell at the present time. When more information comes out I’m sure we’ll have a better picture of who and where these guys are. Anyways, kick back, and watch how not to go about making entry, or endangering the lives of your teammates.

Okay. Now, my background is from that of the Infantry, and not LE in any sense. I realize although there is some overlap, but the two actually don’t have a ton in common when it comes to specifics such as small arms, tactics, legalities, etc… However, the little that they do is directly evident in this video. So lets go through this step by step.

First, the team is stacked up on this house, preparing to make entry, captions to these videos report that the guy inside is a criminal and armed. Okay, great. Explain why their Humvee is literally parked directly in front of the door? Well, there goes your element of surprise. In addition, with the zoom out at the start of the video, I only see this Humvee in addition to maybe two suburban SUVs that it looks like they drove in. Where is the security cordon? Inner and outer? Then, as the team begins to make entry, one of their AR carbines is left, LEANING against the garage door. Along with a smoke or flashbang grenade I might add. Now comes our first mistake, breacher slips and is thrown completely out of the way, almost knocking himself unconscious against the Humvee right behind him. At this point in the game this four man team could have already been down one casualty, before even making a successful entry into the house.

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Now, the breaching method/tool has completely failed the initial thrusts, and the two man comes up to assist the one man. Who’s got security on the doorway/fatal front? Especially one with a glass window where a shooter could easily see on the other side and shoot out of. I will give the one man credit for trying a different breaching location at the bottom of the door after realizing breaking the lock wasn’t enough. Notice, the rifle is still leaning against the garage door…

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Now the door has been breached, but the team is completely disorganized. One of the guys is walking back to get the grenade he left behind along with the rifle, the one and two men have lost any depth of view on the door, while the assistant driver is actually the only guy looking into a house with smoke billowing out of it, and it looks like he doesn’t have a weapon drawn. So essentially, there isn’t a single weapon trained on the one avenue of approach that the entire team announced their presence at.

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So finally the team has regained composure, and has stacked up near the garage. I think the AR rifle is still leaning against the door by the way. Whatever depth of view they had previously, down that alley, into the door, above them, is now completely gone. In addition to any sort of rear security as well, which was actually never there to begin with.

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This is where the video ends, having been made by a neighbor about a block away from the scene of the action. Thankfully, and hopefully, there were no deaths or injuries from either the LE side or the criminal side of the operation. It appears that the criminal was arrested without conflict, as I’m sure there would have been a video of a gunfight if it had broken out.



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.

If you want to reach out, let me know about an error I’ve made, something I can add to the post, or just talk guns and how much Grunts love naps, hit me up at miles@tfb.tv


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  • Stu

    And it was probably the wrong house… 😉

    • CS

      and the target was probably in Barbados anyway…

  • Ambassador Vader

    Lol those guys just got into the training video line up.

  • TexianPatriot

    This should be used against anyone who thinks only cops should own guns. I’m embarrassed for these guys.

    • gunsandrockets

      Anyone who thinks that would still miss the point after watching that video.

  • sb

    if they didn’t have all the govt surplus toys, would this have been handled better? What did LE do before they became paras?

    Thank goodness for the 2d amend because my single shot, no mag, black powder flintlock would be no match……

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Meanwhile the suspects inside packed up their belongings, called a moving van and scheduled a pick up in the alley, loaded everything on board, drove to the airport, got a quick bite at Chilis and then flew to Portland and moved into their new home.

    • iksnilol

      Don’t forget they got themselves a cup of coffee while catching up with an old friend where they both waited for the plane.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Yeah….Im no tactical tactician but it seems like after the 47th hit on the door surprise is probably lost which, seems to me, would negate the purpose of your operational group of operators.

        • iksnilol

          As a tactical tactician I tihnk it is part of the plan… to bore the suspect to death.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I’d get tired of all the noise and start to feel sorry for the guy and just go let them in.

          • Dougscamo

            Avon calling? Candygram? Land shark?

          • stephen

            Telegram for Mr. Mongo!

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Did they try the doorbell?

          • Nathan Alred

            At that point they should have.

          • Phillip Cooper

            Candygram for Mongo!

        • Uh, grappling hook on chain through door window to tow points on bumper, back up Humvee, rip door (and door jamb, if necessary) right the F out of the wall?
          That would likely be my Plan B, to go into effect if the door doesn’t open on the first attempt. Since a hole charge would almost certainly be “too beaucoup, GI”…

          • Phillip Cooper

            In other words, you’ve seen that lackluster movie, “SWAT”.

          • “It’s a technique.” 😉

            Seriously, against your typical miscreant-reinforced door, it will work, because they may beef up the door, and reinforce it against being battered *in*, but unless that whole wall was ripped out and reinforced properly, it won’t keep the door from being yanked right *out* of the wall.

            And I’d forgotten about that movie, actually…

          • Phillip Cooper

            Oh, believe me, I don’t discount the effectiveness of it. Most folks don’t realize just how very fragile most building construction actually is.

    • Giolli Joker

      Actually they got him on the ground of his living room… he was still laughing.

  • 40mmCattleDog

    Wow, I would flip my S$!t on the officer who left his rifle just leaning there like that. Thats ridiculously callous and puts the whole team at risk. Seriously not cool.

    • Bjørn Vermo

      That’s what you get from having all officers and no privates. Something is wrong with US police.

  • Eric

    Well they do say that the worst IDPA shooter is a better shot than the average cop. I would like to see a video of the reaming they took when they got back to their headquarters.

    • MarcoPolo

      My local shooting club gives a pretty extensive safety briefing ahead of all match events. They have been around for 38 years and during all that time have had only (4) accidental shooting injuries (no deaths). ALL four accidents were caused by cops.

      • Core

        I wonder if they were all Glocks?

    • Max Müller

      Yeah, unfortunately that is true. Most police officers have so bad weapon handling that they are a danger to themselves and everybody else. Especially in germany where i live right now. We have an indoor range that we share with the police. There is not a single centimeter of wall or roof that doesn’t have bullet holes. And they are not from our IPSC training, that’s for sure. But some genious thought that it was a great idea to give police automatic weapons (mostly MP5 with the german police) while the “evil weapons of war” of course can’t be sold to civilians (most of them with at least 2 years military training because there are not much other people who go the long way of getting a legal gun in germany). And their training is also great. Last year they tried to get every officer 39 shots of training. For the whole year. 15m static targets. And they failed. So our average cop has less than 39 shots training a year, but carries a pistol all the time and has a MP5 in the car. While civilians could never, under no circumstances, own that MP5 or carry a pistol. But we are obligated by law that we must train at least 18 times a year or they will delete our firearms license because then we are no longer ‘competitive shooters’.

    • iksnilol

      I remember in Norway cops left an MP5 (loaded with two magazines clipped together) in the front passenger seat whilst they went into the gas station to get coffee (with the car door open if I might add).

      Got no reprimand or anything. But if I don’t keep my guns in a certified gun locker, safe or room (or a central part locked separately from the rest of the gun) I’d lose my license. Before you only had to have a gun locker if you had semi automatic weapons, handguns or had like 5 manual guns. But nowadays it is from gun one.

      • Dougscamo

        What country…or People’s Republic State in the US….do you live in? Just curious…not trying to start anything.

        • iksnilol

          Living in Norway.

          Basically trying to prove a point that 5-0 follows the “not for me but for thee” principle of law abiding.

          • randomswede

            When you ARE the law you can’t be “under” the law, that’s a logical fallacy right there.

          • iksnilol

            Police are technically civvies just as much as you and me.
            They aren’t the law, they’re meant to bring in people breaking or suspected of breaking the law so that they may be judged correctly.. Nothing more, nothing less.

          • randomswede

            My apologies, I was being facetious in an attempt at making fun of the people who seem to think once you put a badge on a person said person becomes a new type of being.
            The guns are bad | we need more police (with guns) kind of people.

          • iksnilol

            Sorry for not picking up the sarcasm. Wr eally need to start using sarcasm tags 😛

          • Dougscamo

            Cool Thanks! Always interested in other shooters’ perspectives….

      • Tassiebush

        Yeah in our case it was keeping a registry that didn’t record who’d accessed it and talking over easily scanned (phone app) radios about what firearms were at a residence during inspections but blaming owners for not being discreet enough when theft occurred

        • iksnilol

          That’ts evem more messed up.

          • Tassiebush

            Yeah it makes me feel quite bitter given that there was a real spate of thefts that lead to a further tightening of laws and more restrictive interpretation of regulations.

      • Core

        This is why I will vote out and fight anti gun leadership. It’s really a class control schema to impart sanctions that prevents law abiding citizens the ability to carry guns for defense. For those who are wealthy enough to hire armed security teams, they are okay with disarming average citizens. The social elite circumnavigate the law with resources and privilege. The 9th Circuit Court is doing it now on the US West Coast, and should be dismantled.

        • kazetsukai

          Dismantled? In a decade or two, they’ll hang AND burn for what they’re doing to this country. It will be the French revolution all over again… only we’ll have to improvise on the guillotines. Telephone poles will become prime real estate for hangings and lynchings.

          • Core

            I hope you’re wrong. I would prefer to see the Supreme Court cut the cancer out, but they are turning a blind eye to those tyrants violating the Second Amendment.

  • MöbiusOne

    Mental note: when the ATF starts seizing weapons, grease the front porch to buy an extra 5 minutes.

    • Ebby123
    • Major Tom

      Make sure it’s winter and you have a nice coat of ice glaze under it too. Zero friction baby!

      • Uniform223

        The surface of ice still produces friction, just in much lower quantities.

        • valorius

          o.O

        • Phillip Cooper

          Not with grease on it…

    • DB

      Looks like TWO rifles, AR’s (two stocks/2 Mags) leaning against the garage! Maybe they forgot the AMMO for them…..”They’ll be ok here till we’re done!”

  • Spencerhut

    I want to know what kind of front door that was and how they secured it.

    • MarcoPolo

      Yes, excellent front door!

    • QuadGMoto

      My guess would be a piece of wood nailed to the floor inside the door.

      • randomswede

        That or a latch bolt into the floor.

      • Remmy700P

        The way it compressed/decompressed, I’m gonna go with a piece of furniture, probably a couch.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Seems like he should have started hitting the hinge points.

      • Nicks87

        Better yet, he could’ve just smashed out the window and reached in and unlocked the door, that is, if the door was even locked at all. But I guess that wouldn’t be tactical enough.

        • randomswede

          Without giving it much thought I think I’d rather stick my hand in a fish tank of hungry piranhas than through a door someone could be watching with a shotgun.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Yeah, give it a couple of bangs and if it doesnt open up try the back door.
            I use the same strategy during love making.

          • Tassiebush

            Especially if you slip over I’m guessing

          • Remmy700P

            You, sir, win the internet.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          I think they had something attached to the floor at the corner so that wouldnt have mattered but still how long do you stand there banging away waiting to get shot?

        • Blake

          That still wouldn’t deal with whatever hinge or block the guy has at the bottom of the door.

  • DIR911911 .

    well it looks like the gun against the wall belonged to the 1st guy ramming the door as he is the only one without a long gun. but how about the fool trying to manipulate a rifle AND a shield at the same time? does he think he is captain america or something? also does this scene remind anyone else of base housing ? seems like this might be on a military base.

    • mbrd

      good grief, base housing was the first thing i imagined.

  • Bill

    No plan survives first contact
    The garage the rifle is leaning against is next door to the target.
    The door is blocked by what’s commonly called a Fox lock, basically a bar that’s wedged against the floor: the norm is to strike the door maybe three times at the bolt, then,if failed, transition to the hinges
    The vehicle is at the door so presumably it could also be used to pull the door out with a hook and chain.
    Spraying brake cleaner on your boot soles makes them tacky. And gross and melted.

    Breaches never look as cool as in the movies.

    • gunsandrockets

      Would you please elaborate on the Fox Lock?

      • Bill

        They are an old-school device that’s dirt simple: a bar or piece of lumber that fits in a divot in the floor and one in the door at about a 45 degree angle. They are banned by code in a lot of places because in big city tenements residents would make them and when the building caught fire the firefighters couldn’t get in and the residents would panic and just pull on the door harder, wedging it more.

        You can tell there’s one there by the way the door flexes. It’s also a dead giveaway of a drug house or human trafficking safe house. Young coppers have to be taught to ask their snitches about them before briefing out a raid.

    • Remmy700P

      Dollars to donuts that it was just a piece of soft furniture pushed in the way, probably a couch.

  • Nicks87

    I’m about 99% sure that these guys are not FBI. My guess is that they are some small town PD that likes to buy cool toys but spends very little time training on how to use them. Most FBI Agents are just pencil pushers now days, aside from their HRT unit, which is pretty legit.

    • 11b

      Yep. HRT is almost all former SOF guys… like top tier SOF. This is for sure a local PD that got that 9/11 money rolling in and bought a lot of cool kit from Uncle Sam.

      • Tyler

        It’s FBI… Anchorage SWAT were at a different stand off in southern Anchorage

      • Dougscamo

        Well, 11b and Nicks 87, after reading some updates, looks like we all screwed the pooch on that one! DAAAAAMMMMNNNN!

        • Nicks87

          Yeah I’m shocked. Normally FBI guys wouldn’t be doing that sort of thing, they usually just let the locals take it. I guess that’s what happens when desk jockeys get to play commando.

      • Uniform223

        I know they do a lot of cross service and agency stuff.

    • Dougscamo

      Unfortunately, I believe that you are correct….and I’m retired LE…

  • Arie Heath

    I play airsoft quite frequently, and the average milsim player can breach much better than that. These guys seriously need to get some more training.

    • Uniform223

      I don’t know how to respond to that…

  • 11b

    My fav part is when the back up after finally knocking the door down to re-stack. Like they only learned it one way- the cool guy way- so they have to reset when conditions arent right.

  • Mental Note to Self, when the feds start going after the door, buy an extra pound of grease to buy an extra 5 minutes to bug out.

    • gunsandrockets

      Bet it was just wet from rain.

  • Swarf

    but the two actually don’t have a ton in common when it comes to specifics such as small arms, tactics, legalities, etc…

    Tell that to the cops.

    They should know, but they need a big damn reminder.

  • randomswede

    I’m very curious as to what the man with the shield and AR would do if an armed hostile did appear in front of him.
    a) make like a meatball behind the shield and wait for backup
    b) fire the rifle with a hope-for-the-best approach
    c) all of the above

    I just assume a sidearm and a sling would be good investments to go with the shield.

    • Dougscamo

      Where and when I went to “school”, okay, cue the Get Off My Lawn comments, the shield man always had a sidearm deployed…

  • derfelcadarn

    Had the individual inside intended harm likely all these clowns would be dead.

  • Edeco

    I hope someone dubs over it.

  • codfilet

    Did they try ringing the doorbell and speaking with the occupant?

  • J0shua

    This is why all the Tier 1 units are transitioning to crampons, not only do they provide extra traction, it’s much more efficient to just karate kick the door down rather than expend energy trying to batter through. Also these guys should know that you never breach on the ground floor, always repel up the building and breach through the roof (again, use crampons), also use a tractor or helo to pull the chimney off if you have to, but get yourself elevated, first floor breaches are for noobs and hacks.

    • Blake

      That’s a D+ shitpost. If you’re gonna shitpost at least put some effort into it.

      • J0shua

        If D+ stands for Delta Plus (invisable Ninja), then yoohah! The only reason I don’t mention the use of the new jetpack breach technology is because it’s classified, shhhhh.

  • Zee

    Jebus. I think these guys are still paying in push-ups for this, or at least they should be. They look like they learned from YouTube.

  • MyFifteenthAccount

    I was really hoping that at the end of the video, a little old lady would come out with a confused look on her face and holding a pan of brownies.

  • Cap’n Mike

    Google “Second standoff: Barricaded man taken into custody at Misty Springs Court”

    It was Anchorage and it was the FBI SWAT team.

    They need to train more obviously.

    • Remmy700P

      Apparently, if you screw the pooch in the FBI, you get stationed in Anchorage.

  • Flounder

    This is absolutely terrible. However you can clearly see one of the officers pick up the rifle that was left leaning against the garage door at 121-124 in the video.

    Why it was left there is completely baffling… The grenade or flash bang being on the ground next to it has me crying. Both with laughter and sorrow.

  • HealthyCuriositu

    Oh well. I’m sure they at least managed to kill the family dog.

  • Scratcheee

    Would have been quite funny if the neighbor had opened his garage door, knocking down that abandoned rifle.

  • matthew_carberry

    Anchorage Alaska. A week ago or so.

    • Dougscamo

      DAAAAMMMMNNN!

  • Joe

    Garage Doors are notoriously easy to gain entry to, why they didn’t start there with a chain/breaching saw is beyond me. That or attach a ram to the front of the HMMVEE and just punch the door in. Zero points for weapon accountability.

    • Joe

      Not LEO or an operator, but once the garage is breached, wouldn’t they still be in the same position? They would have to get through another (probably) locked door. It seems like adding a step and alerting the house.

  • It sure was polite of that violent armed suspect not to end every one of these floundering stumble-bums. A clever defense attorney would put this footage on a projector in the courtroom and point out to the jury just how many opportunities to assault a peace officer their client didn’t take, and spin that into a wrist slap sentence.

  • Phil Elliott

    Having made a LOT of entries back in early 70’s, when tactics were not as refined as now (maybe). I cant think of a single time we couldn’t get in, or have suitable security around the place. Of course nobody thought to bring a Video Camera, we were all a little busy.

  • Rocket_Fiend

    The failed breach, I get. It’s raining and, presumably iced over or slippery. But to lose all initiative in your assault and leave weapons lying around, the whole thing is utter chaos. I would expect this from day-1 patrol guys.

    If we have a failed breach there is always an alternate breach plan. Whether it be different entry point or different equipment. All the high-speed gear in the world doesn’t make up for lack of preparedness and training.

  • valorius

    LOL, idiots.

  • mazkact

    W T F………………………………………. over

  • J.E.Walker

    Keystone Cops. They should have just knocked.

  • Libertarian in 2016

    I doubt this is any kind of SWAT team. FBI SWAT is actually pretty well trained and they have a rigorous selection process. That’s not to say that this isn’t the Bureau or some other Federal agency with a bunch of Joe-Average-agents in tactical gear. Since they have a surplus HummVee, it’s likely a local or state agency.

  • James B.

    If you’re going to drive a Humvee right up to the door you are breaching, put the ram on the vehicle and drive it right through the door. In 2003, British Land Rovers (narrower wheelbase, easier to get up palace steps) were very useful in breaching doors in Iraq.

  • BR549

    I wonder what would happen if, instead of spending billions of dollars on teaching citizens and LEOs what happens after someone does something WRONG, we actually encouraged people to do something RIGHT. All this “tension” in society is what keeps the politicians getting more rich at everyone else’s expense.

    Then there’s the case of officers breaching the front door, which was unlocked to begin with, and they do their GI Joe thing into the guy’s living room only to find him playing an air-guitar with headphones on. And they raided the wrong house …… again. Remember, these guys have IQs in the 104 range.

    I’d prefer the Andy of Mayberry route, myself, but some people don’t really respond to “nice”, if you know what I mean. Andy’d say, “Whatcha wavin’ that gun around for; you coulda hurt somebody?” And the guy would say, “Aw shucks, Sheriff, I didn’t mean to hurt nobody.” Then Andy walks him out to the car without cuffs, while the guy is sobbing and Andy is shaking his head.

    Yeah, I know, that’s hollywood, but somehow, I think we’re STILL doing something wrong when we have so many people trying to protect themselves from the government instead of trying to be better citizens. It has to be the “Politician Class” that’s causing all this mess. They always manage to bring out the very worst in people.

  • Jeff Webley

    Keystone Kops anyone?

  • Core

    That superman face first into the Humvee looks painful. Good boots are important for breaching, I might set some ice screws into my boots. I can tell the swing of the ram was way out of spec, by cutting the range of motion it defeats the effectiveness of the ram. Embarrassing, but I’m glad no one got hurt.

  • J0shua

    I wonder how many of America’s enemies come from a warmer climate and may never have thought about the fact that a deck might be frozen and slippery, or how to park the vehicle properly, or how to stack properly, or how to use a shield properly, I mean if the FBI SWAT team assigned to Anchorage sent know…I wonder if I was a bad guy and I wanted tactical advice from a bona fide United States Marine Corp combat vet, what would be the easiest way to do that, it’s like it would be sooo awesome if their was a permanent data base somewhere that I could access anywhere in the world that would be awesome. I can just see some immagrant gang in eastern Europe getting tactical tips from this column. Why don’t you put articles like this on a private mailing list t be distributed to u.s. law enforcement agencies, it might make an even better resume builder than just showing off how tacticool you are to anyone and everyone with an internet connection.

    • Jeremy Nettles

      You’re crazy, bro.

      • J0shua

        This just in, while my earlier reply to you calling me crazy waits to be approved by the editorial staff, it seems Kim Kardadhian was robbed in Paris, at gunpoint, by a gang of thieves posing as cops. Now if I was in a gang that wanted to pose as a swat team or just wanted some tips on how to raid a house when the weather is cold, I wonder where I could get some free advice on how to look more authentic? Im gonna have to think on that and get back to you.

        • Jeremy Nettles

          I could quote Ben Franklin on freedom and security, or argue at length about concealment of information, who gets to decide what to trust the plebs with, and the ridiculously faulty assumption that law enforcement officers somehow inhabit a higher plane than the rest of us.

          But I’ll take a different approach: you told me to call you crazy, and I did. Now you’re upset?

          • J0shua

            My response from yesterday just showed up and was posted as if it was a responses to your reaponse, my response from today is awaiting moderation, I tried to edit out the bad word, oh well, now the context of what I was saying is all messed up, but my thumbs are tired, so I’ll just say, no, wasn’t upset, just being a bit silly while illustrating a different viewpoint thanks for the well thought out response.

  • mbrd

    aw hell, boots randolph’s “yakety sax”… had that album when i was a kid.

  • No I read it when disqus blocked it and passed it on through.

    • J0shua

      Hey, Phil, no harm no foul, I never considered it had to go through disqus first. I do know you have a lot of comment to sort through also, but I just figured I had been inadvertantly perceived as overly offensive, which I would also understand. I just have to remember not to curse. I was mostly just frustrated that my conversation wasnt making sense to Jeremy because of missing comments and being out of chronological order. Thanks for explaining.

  • Dougscamo

    If you guys haven’t seen it yet, a portion of this video has appeared on Fail Army…..appropriate…..

  • B. Carroll

    This is what we call in Law Enforcement the Tactical Bum-Rush. They are using their QRT, as the Primary Entry. If there was another Assault Team, this would be a good distraction, but one or two hits on the door would have been enough to achieve a distraction, but I don’t think this is what was happening. It clearly looks like a tactical bum-rush with a failed breach. The team leader should have called failed breach and moved his team to the secondary entry point, or terminated the breach all together. It’s easy to QB this video from my home, and I know about the heat of battle diminishing clear thinking, but there is evidence of inadequate training, which should be explored. Remember we are only as good as our coldest hit, and. guys what you just witnessed is how good a team really is. Team hard guys, and be safe.