Australia’s Advanced Combat Shooting training

An interesting video from “down under” was released a few days ago.

This is an Australian “reality based training”, teaching combat shooting techniques, and to avoid soldiers getting exposed to this kind of stress for the first time in combat.

Below: 3D targets on wheels, explosions, smoke and dust. All part of the exercise.


It’s called Advanced Combat Shooting training, and uses Marathon Targets and Simunition, Pyrotechnics and real time evaluation.

Looks like a great tool to prepare soldiers for this kind of experience and stress.

Below: No training is complete without some full-auto incoming from the enemy.


You can see the M4-type carbines and F88 Austeyr, which is a derivative of the Austrian Steyr AUG rifle.

The F88, and its variants, are manufactured under license in Australia by Thales Australia.

I get the impression the M4s are used for training with dummy ammunition.

Below: By the looks of it a suicide bomber is part of the experience.


Below: Returning fire behind protection.


Note the 90 degree angled style shooting with the Austeyr.


Video: Australia’s Advanced Combat Shooting training

It seems Australians Target Systems is one of the vendors.

Marathon Targets and their robotic-moving targets another one. Link here.

You can see another great video of the Marathon Targets below:

There are some more pictures on this German blog.

Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


  • Heartbreaker

    The special forces operator tactic shown in the first picture is known as the “Up-over”.

    • Johnsmyname

      Notice the AK being used in the “up-over”, this is realistic battle strategy employed by the ISIS special forces. 🙂

      • Anonymoose

        It only works if you ask God to guide your bullets, though, so it’s completely ineffective when used by kafirs. :^)

        • Y-man

          I remember reading something about some African troops putting the rear sights of their AKs to the extent [300mtrs, right] and extending the bayonets.
          In their “wisdom”: adjusting the sights “made the bullet go very far!” and the extended bayonet “made the bullet go STRAIGHT!”

          • Goody

            The bullets goes faster due to fear of being stab

          • Anonymoose

            Try 1000 meters.

          • Anonymoose

            Also, Mosin-Nagants actually were sighted in with the bayonet on, but I’m pretty sure they stopped that with the adoption of the SKS.

      • Cymond

        When I first saw this, it seemed like that was one of the tactics they were teaching.
        Reminds me of this:

    • wetcorps

      I knew it as “Lebanese shooting”.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Can the average Aussie soldier afford this?

    Maybe the government should actually prepare soldiers for the battlefield conditions they will be sent to by…..the government.

  • Dougscamo

    Obviously the guy that p#ssed off the Instructor the day before….

  • iksnilol

    In Down Under they shoot Up Over.

  • Johannes von’ Strauch

    …The thing is, this not even nearly comes close to the usual bluefor vs opfor training (laser module on the muzzle, and receptor at the helmet). Here you have rather stupid non armed things driving around doing nothing. While you otherwise have highly smart, human opponents, armed with all kinds of Rifles and LMG’s.


    If I was ever caught blind firing like that, I’d wear a bag on on my head also.

    • ozgrunt

      Blind firing dudes are playing “the enemy” not teaching ways of shooting

  • Goody

    Looks like a load of rot to me. I wonder what veterans think of it.

  • Hopefully they instructed the soldier at 1:20 in the 2nd video to actually use his expensive optics rather than simply lobbing lead down range. His wildly missed hits showed how badly his non-aimed shots were flying.

  • Why do you say that?

    • Doctor Jelly

      [quote]It only works if you ask God to guide your bullets, though, so it’s completely ineffective when used by kafirs. :^)[/quote]

      As the string of conversation has focused on the ineffectiveness of blind shooting and eventually devolved into “only badguyz because thur dumb an god hates thum”, I felt I should point out that there are numbskulls on all sides of whatever conflict you want to look at. Ultimately these US soldiers figured out they were shooting in the wrong direction, and assuming, as many do, that god is on the American’s side, his blind shooting should have found its mark. Being this is a great video demonstrating that even our soldiers are fallible in battle (luckily none of them were hurt in the exchange), and it happened to fit the bill perfectly as a contradiction to the above comments, I felt compelled to post it.

      Essentially these (and other prevalent comments in this community) irked me for 2 reasons:
      Murikans are perfect (growing up and living in various “free” and “non-free” states, I can attest that the vast majority of us are woefully intelligence-free and inept at participating in an educational debate with the perceived “enemy” in all locales). Much to my chagrin, this does not exclude me either…
      God supports only (fill in the prevailing religion of you people here). This isn’t the place to pursue that one further.