Shooting Blind & Fire Hoops: Advanced Training Analysis Saudi Arabian NG

National defense is serious business. As such, it is important to observe and analyze different country’s training techniques throughout the world in an attempt to learn and better understand our allies and our foes. Late last month, the Saudi Arabian National Guard held training excercises and informational displays for Prince Mutaib, National Guard Minister, and other VIPs. Fortunately, photographers were on hand to cover the event.

FN was well represented in the training exercises with SANG sporting FiveseveNs and SCARs. A close evaluation shows that the guns are all black – in a desert environment I would have expected to see FDE versions of these weapons.


SANG commandos displayed several different formations, maneuvers and drills during the multi day event. Dynamic live fire drills were one of the highlighted sessions.





Seemingly simple challenges like building clearing and door breaching quickly become complicated with the addition of unknown variables. It is impossible to plan for every situation, however with repetition, muscle memory takes over and complex movements become more fluid.

Saudi Arabia


Commandos were repeatedly tested before the Prince and consistently came away unscathed.



The SANG soldiers showed discipline and strength throughout each of the challenges.


Teamwork is always the key to a successful mission. Train like you fight.




In the end, success is not measured by the number of overall achievements, but by the style and grace of professional teamwork.





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  • cmbv79

    Really?! Really?!… So that’s why they need US in every war they have…

  • Caffeinated

    National Guard looks more like the National Circus.

    • Major Tom

      Al-Ringling Brothers?

      • Caffeinated

        Nah. What we didn’t know was Barnum and Bailey got bought out by The Kingdom. That’s why they are really closing their doors in the US.

        • Rick O’Shay

          Like a reverse travel ban or something.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      What in the name of f-ck are these dildos doing holding their pistols upside down and pointing their rifles backwards? Are they drinking that black s-it that comes out of the ground over there?

      • A bearded being from beyond ti
        • Rick O’Shay

          Just because Bourne did it doesn’t make it any less stupid.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          Thats wicked retahded.

        • Phillip Cooper

          WTF is this imbecile doing now?

          Matt Damon I mean, not the character.

      • Bill

        Actually, using a mirror, it’s a good demonstration that sight alignment and sight picture can be obtained, and hits gotten, from less than ideal positions. Granted it is a trick shot with no practical use, but there’s an underlying message that applies to basic marksmanship.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          True.
          Tactical jerkweeds just bother me.

      • RealitiCzech

        It’s a demonstration of how good mechanics (trigger pull and sight alignment) will allow you to make solid hits even when using a mirror, upside down, etc.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          Everyone knows saudis can’t hit anything smaller than a skyscraper.

      • PersonCommenting

        Nah they are just doing what thousands of youtubers do when defending the revolver. “Jerry Miculek can do it!”

    • Phillip Cooper

      Looks like a gymnastics meet.

      • Nathan Alred

        Huh. The ones I go to have girls.

        • Phillip Cooper

          It’s a society based around a 12th-century death cult.

          You can’t expect much more than a sausage party.

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    Now Ive never served in the military so I dont necessarily have much of a standard to judge by, but I seriously question how a single one of those “drills” is useful. Its amusing sure, so I guess their mission is to entertain the prince. I thought humans stopped amassing groups of people with pointless skills for the amusement of royalty centuries ago…

    • KestrelBike

      Feels like the middle East is 99% pageantry, 1% substance.

      • MR_Mr_Deplorable_Hapla

        ,,”it’s a combination of the Bible,,,,and Bollywood,,,,,” to paraphrase Patton,,,,,

      • RealitiCzech

        Calisthenics is way cheaper than ammo.

    • Phillip Cooper

      About the only useful one (other than building clearing/movement to contact, which we can’t judge since we only have pics) would be the one with the guy running across the rest of the squad’s bellies.

      That will DEFINITELY make you work on the abs after the first time.

  • Max Müller

    Tactical “you dropped the soap” holster? Check
    Tactical vest with tactically tactical pockets that block your way to this pistol? Checkedycheck.
    Body armor? Just dodge bullets like Neo from Matrix and you will be fine.
    A tricky 720 noscope behind the back headshot that will make the jaws of 22plinkster and every Call of Duty kid drop? Of course.

    I rate a solid 9/10 operative operator points for operating operators.

  • B-Sabre

    Something to reflect on (which I just posted elsewhere last night) – the Saudi National Guard is not like the US National Guard – it is not a reserve component of the regular Army made up of volunteers serving part-time with an obligation to their state – it is a distinct and separate force co-equal with the Army. The Saudi National Guard is made up from tribes that have historical ties and loyalty to the al Sauds. Battalions are drawn from distinct tribes, and your battalion is filled with your cousins. It is the same size as the Royal Saudi Army with an additional 25,000 tribal “militia” on call.
    These guys are counter-coup troops. If they were in Syria or Saddam’s Iraq, they’d be called “Republican Guards.” Loyalty is going to be a more important factor than effectiveness.

    • crazy

      • B-Sabre

        You want to go a bit further down the crazy hole? Don’t think of Saudi Arabia as a country, think of it as the personal possession of the House of al Saud. Everybody else just lives there.

    • Dave

      Thanks, this is one of the only even-slightly-informed posts on this article. SANG probably sees more action in a month than most counter-terror organizations do in a decade, most of which is not in western media. They might not be equals to western elites, but they operate regularly in a bad neighborhood and are distinct from the regular army (which includes a lot of Jordanian and other nationalities).

    • Halz

      At least the Republican Guard and Special Republican Guard showed some type of military effectiveness during the Gulf War and 2003 invasion in comparison to the rest of the Iraqi military. These Saudi troops are just comical jokes..

  • SP mclaughlin

    Cool story, bro.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Lets hope the Saudis can aim a pistol as good as a 747.

  • HemingwaysBeard
  • Edeco

    Did we send 22Plinkster as an advisor maybe?

  • Uniform223

    I never understood the practicality of jumping through hoops of fire and breaking cinder blocks on your head.
    Can someone please explain this to me?

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      I think it started as a way to weed out the stupid, but a few actually succeeded.

      That, my friends, is how superbugs are born.

      • Phillip Cooper

        What does MRSA and the like have to do with this?

        • A cinder block upside the head is the national security theater version of antimicrobial soap.

  • Dougboffl

    Sand Nijas

    Kudos to the soldiers for getting it done but what command knucklehead thought these exercises were valuable? The sweeping going on at their MRAP-thingy – that’s what they should be working on, muzzle discipline. Of course it is a foreign country so, if ya loose a few guys, oh well, more on the way… no wonder the loyalty level sucks there.

    • Phillip Cooper

      It’s right up there with the Chinese Army’s synchronized aerobatic dismounts of field artillery tow trucks and emplacement of the piece.

      All third-world dickbeating BS. “Look how badass we are”. Kind of like the Spetznaz throwing shovels at targets while doing backflips upside down and backwards.

      • palam

        In the chinese defense, artillery are known as ‘gun bunnies’ in australia, those stupid enough to get suckered into artillery. Spicing up their duties with a bit music and acrobatics, sounds like a good idea.

        • Phillip Cooper

          I know you think you have a point,I just can’t find it in that.

          • ajndnd

            artillery firing is extremely boring and physically brutalizing job, why only the really naive or dumb are sent there. My point is using music and fancy choreography will raise morale within the unit and conceal their jobs true nature.

  • RickH

    In the first quad-picture, are they trying to shoot the guy at the podium?

    • Anonymoose

      Yes.

  • Wang Chung Tonight

    Do these ninjas do birthday parties??

    • Between the jihadi terrorists they finance and the U.S drone strikes they ask for to eliminate the competition, they know better than to stand near any weddings or birthday parties.

  • Paul Hurst

    I bet the guy who can’t drive a stick shift is formulating a curriculum around these techniques as I speak.

    • Phillip Cooper

      um. What?

    • Oh hell, which one of the Youtube Gunkata Masters can’t work a manual transmission?

      • RealitiCzech

        The one who looks like Buck Angel.

  • Disarmed in CA

    Do you suppose they’ll be wearing ear-pro when executing the ‘shoot gun next to ear at invisible enemy behind’ move in the field?

  • Anonymoose

    So when are they having the Olympics there?

  • I’d like them to explain the real world application of this training to me

  • MrFN

    *FN Overload*

  • gunsandrockets

    Now THAT is how you do ‘Security Theatre’! TSA take notice.

  • Jay

    the saudis are a bunch of back stabing pathetic w@nkers. With all their latest toys they get rheir a $$ handed to them on daily basis, buy a bunch of barefoot houties in Yemen.
    I was hoping this new US president would see Saudi Arabia for the terrorism capital of the world, they actually are, but i was wrong.

    • You are out of your everlovin’ mind if you think Trump is going to take any meaningful action against a country from which he receives millions of dollars in payola and corporate profits. He opened eight new businesses in Saudi Arabia during the Presidential campaign, and most of that $50 billion investment deal that was supposedly fronted by SoftBank in Japan actually came directly from the Saud royal family.

  • Don Ward

    And yet they’re still no match for a bunch of Yemen goat-herders in Toyota Hi-Lux pickup trucks.

    • lostintranslation

      Some might recall the Radfan and how; ‘Yemeni goat-herders,’ on their home territory, could be could be very tenacious.

      • Don Ward

        They sure sent Nassar’s Egyptian armored columns packing back in the 1960s.

    • n0truscotsman

      Yep and I shed no tears either. Im glad the rebels are chewing them up.

    • Tinkerer

      Behold the power of the Toyota Hi-Lux. Way better than any Chevy, Ford or Dodge.

    • Halz

      Those Yemeni goat herders are mountain men who have been fighting against the Saudis and each other for the past several decades. If you’ve seen the videos coming out of Yemen, you’ll see how big of a joke the Saudis are. I saw a video where one Humvee was ambushed, and the other vehicles in the convoy literally sped up and LEFT. They did not even try to help the disabled vehicle or their crew, which later got chewed up by flak guns

      • Don Ward

        I’ve seen the videos.

  • There is actually super low risk of first cousin breeding causing any problems what so ever. Way to spread the myth though, very elaborate false info. you got there.

    • John Yossarian

      “Super low”? Sorry, but you’re the liar.

      “In April 2002, the Journal of Genetic Counseling released a report which estimated the average risk of birth defects in a child born of first cousins at 1.1–2.0 percentage points over an average base risk for non-cousin couples of 3%, or about the same as that of any woman over age 40”

      So you want to have a baby with a 40+ year old woman or your cousin? Go for it. Let’s just end social welfare and subsidized healthcare first, so that you can own your mistake.

  • Joshua Allen

    The Houthis seem to be handing them their butts if the videos are any indication. Their soldiers are getting sniped, outposts destroyed, troop carriers and and a few tanks cooked off. The Saudi Air Force is a different matter, but I’ve always wondered about the effectiveness of the infantry. They can buy all the gadgets they want but you still have to have the right training and right individuals. Now these guys will be just fine kicking in the doors of their own people and terrorizing some family with a computer in the back room or a daughter who wore a knee length skirt in public.

  • To be fair to Saudia Arabia, they can afford to have a ridiculous carnival stunt show instead of a real military, since the beginning and end of their national defense is “having enough oil in the ground to keep America from bombing them until the rubble bounces over all the international terrorism they openly support”.

    • RealitiCzech

      Used to. Now they have ISIS at and inside their borders.

  • n0truscotsman

    Incompetent bafoons.

    The whole group of them are only worthy of enforced service in a shtrafniki, staffed/discipined by former ROK Army NCOs.

  • Roha Waha

    Retards with Guns , I’m scared right now .

  • Justin

    This looks like a General somewhere hitting the hash pipe and asking in a stoner voice what can I make Abdullah do next…. O I know I’ll make him shoot backwards off his shoulder holding the pistol upside down….. and the other generals and sheiks falling off their cushions laughing while taking another hit off the pipe.

  • Martin Grønsdal
  • RealitiCzech

    I didn’t know the Duke Boys had moved to Saudi Arabia.

  • shooter2009

    Just one question…

    “Why?”

    • Cottersay

      This article and the pictures have me stumped as well. Why in the hell are they doing ANY OF THIS???

  • Joseph Goins

    If you I saw these pictures without reading the description, I would assume that they are terrorists given the black masks.

  • PersonCommenting

    What pistols are those?

  • Gary Kirk
  • Tinkerer

    The Annie Oakley School of Operational Operations.

  • Paulo Romero

    No wonder the barefoot Houthis are kicking their overfed backsides.