INTERACT-“Shooting The IDF Way” 10 Part FB Live Series

Command Arms Accessories is currently showing a 10 part Facebook Live series narrated by Lieutenant  Colonel (Ret) Mikey Hartman, discussing Israeli Defense Force combat marksmanship programs, of which Hartman himself was professionally involved in throughout his entire career in the IDF. The first episode was filmed and released on Friday, May 26th at 1 PM, and the rest of the episodes will be released in the upcoming months, with each episode being released on the last week of each ensuing month. The episodes are titled as follows- Seven Laws of Shooting, Ballistics, and Zeroing, Standing Position, Kneeling Position and Sitting Position, Charging the weapon, Scenario, Dealing with Stoppages, Night Shooting, and Sharpshooting the IDF Way. The first episode and ensuing episodes can be viewed on CAA’s Facebook page. If readers have been tracking Hartman’s “Train The Trainer” classes, the Facebook Live series appears to be very similar when it comes to material.

As evidenced by the U.S. fascination with the Tavor (And Canada through Eddy O), there is a very strong interest in all things IDF both within the commercial/private side of the small arms industry, in addition to the government/military side. Very rarely do we often get direct chances such as this too personally interact with such a knowledgeable figure when it comes to IDF marksmanship training. In addition, if Hartman can’t answer any questions during the Facebook Live episode, he’ll create a separate episode entirely for questions to be directly answered.

Some of the takeaways from this episode that I got was the need for the IDF to establish such a shooting school due to the vast differences in various units teaching troops combat marksmanship. Another point is the ZUES mat and the 45 degree angle cant shooting.

I’ve once heard that a good teacher is a life-long student. As instructors, shooters, gun owners, enthusiasts, collectors, etc… I firmly believe that we should be continuing to further our education if only to know other options or ways that might be alien to us. Episodes such as this allow us to see a different approach to marksmanship through examining what the IDF uses.



Miles

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I’ve made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at miles@tfb.tv


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  • jonp

    How can those of us without Facebook watch this?

    • Dougscamo

      Good dang question! I dropped out of FB 3 years ago and I ain’t going back! As Kip Campbell stated when referring to FB, IG, and Twit(ter)….”the end of Western Civilization”…

      • USMC03Vet

        Yup. These companies hate us and pretty much do everything they can to undermine our freedoms and attack anyone that resists them.

  • ShekelLord

    Of course Americans will go mad for anything the Israelis do. Krav Maga, the Tavor, Merkava, all the rest of the rubbish they make and do and Americans lap it all up.

    • Big Daddy

      I would be impressed with any group who has been able to defeat countries with much larger armies over and over again. They have learned what works in battle because their very existence relies on it. There’s not fake or make believe there, if it doesn’t work they die. Unlike the US Military who gets defeated over and over again by smaller armies because what we do doesn’t work.

      • mig1nc

        I beg to differ. We seldom are ever defeated on the battlefield. It’s our politicians who lose the wars. Not our warriors.

      • To Have Fallen So Far

        The irony of this post is palpable. Thank you for definitively proving ShekelLords point.

      • Jambo

        I wasn’t very impressed by their performance against Hezbollah in recent years, but I’m willing to believe Hezbollah is just that competent. What I am not willing to do is believe that an organization that will stoop so low as to use human shields can ever be considered exemplary. This tactic shows that they are unsure of their own tactics, or that they are unwilling to deal with risk. Say what you will about the US and us “getting defeated”, but we’ve never stooped that low and we never will. The American soldier and marine is willing to accept risk, willing to put himself last, and willing to fight ethically. This is what separates us from the enemies we fight against.

      • David Goldberg

        The only reason the Israelis weren’t overrun in the Yom Kippur war was because America had to come in and bail them out with weapons and supplies.

        Israel is not too impressive when you realize they only exist because of the advanced hardware we give them for free.

        • Sermon762

          IDF is a conscript army and they only train their soldiers for 3 months. After that, the soldiers just work, almost for free, patrolling the streets and checking people’s bags. There are just a couple of platoons that are capable of fighting.

          • Joe Schmoe

            WTF… The FUD in this thread is incredible. Basic training in the IDF is 4 months alone. A trainee is only accepted in a regular combat unit after 12 months of training and trial period…

          • Sermon762

            I know it from the people who served in a regular combat unit of IDF. There is a 3-months training period, called “Tironut”. They learn basic marksmanship, shoot some AR, shoot some Tavor, throw some grenades a few times and that’s it.

            What you have described can be what they call “elite” units program.

          • Joe Schmoe

            Then that’s below the combat soldier level.

            Basic combat soldier level 07, which is required for Nahal, Paratroopers, Golani, etc., requires 4 months basic training, 4 months advanced training, and 4 months trial with the battalion which usually also includes battalion and division exercises for several months. This also doesn’t usually include specialized training like Sniper school, tank driving, etc.

            The “elite units” get anywhere from 3-12 months of additional training in addition to the above.

          • Sermon762

            Dude
            Nahal, Paratroopers, Golani – ARE the “elite units”

          • Joe Schmoe

            Huh… noooo.

            (Though I don’t mind the compliment 🙂 )

            They are just regular frontline division. The “elite” units are the specialized units, like Egoz, Maglan, Shayetet 13, Shaldag, etc. (there are a lot).

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  • BillC

    The IDF way needs to stay in Israel.

    • Saint Stephen the Obvious

      How about taking an honest assessment of their training and tactics, then treat it like a fish dinner?

      Eat the fish and spit out the bones.

      IOW take what is useful and put in your toolbox. One who claims there is nothing useful without assessing anything is a fool.

      Saint Stephen the Obvious

  • Phillip Cooper

    So, how long till this is taken down by Facebook as it involves 1- Firearms and 2- Israel?

  • Olivia Beheler

    The first episode was awesome. Can’t wait to see future episodes.

  • TDog

    “Shooting the IDF way”

    First step: make sure your enemies are only throwing rocks. If they have anything else, call in the Air Force.

    [I jest, I jest! Here’s hoping folks have a sense of humor…]

  • Huaba Sepp

    Former IDF soldiers like baruch goldstein really showed how effective these tactics are