224,000 Rounds in 12 days

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

James Yeager wrote a fascinating article for SWAT Magazine and has cross posted it on the The Survival Podcast Forum.

So what happens to a bunch of ARs, AKs and various pistols when you subject them to 12 very intense days and nearly a quarter million rounds of ammunition? Everything! In a recent 12-day span we have 22 students in a Fighting Rifle course, a High Risk Civilian Contractor Shooting Package and a High Risk Civilian Contractor Medical Package. I decided to document the things that went wrong as we pushed men and machines through 12 very harsh days of training. This was no make-believe “Torture Test” it was actual sweat and ammunition combined to make “Training Torture”. If these classes aren’t the toughest in the world they are close.

I highly recommend reading it. Some of the malfunctions they had are bizarre. In one such malfunction an empty 7.62x39mm (or possibly 5.45mm) case got stuck *behind* the bolt of an AK!

Also make sure you read forum replies by James. I was interested to see that he offers all his classes to civilians:

I will NEVER teach a class that isn’t open to civilians. NEVER. I am a Life NRA member and a proud supporter of the 2nd Ammendment.

Read the article here.

A big thanks to Jay for emailing me the link.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Dogon1013 Dogon1013 on Jan 02, 2009

    recievers do not get as hot as the barrel in most guns, since most guns do not send the hot gasses into the reciever (that's why no-one makes a plastic AR direct-impingment upper). forends will melt, but recievers don't get near as hot.

    Does anoyone have a link to this training class, or info on it like cost, and schedule? I couldn't find anything in the article, except that it was in Camden Tennessee.

  • Komrad Komrad on Sep 10, 2009

    Isn't this the same guy who had someone downrange during a beginner's live fire exercise.