POTD: Navy Handgun Practical Weapons Course

Eric B
by Eric B
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Charles J. Scudella III)

The hungriest beast of them all on this blog is our Photo Of The Day. It consumes hundreds of images every month, and it has been doing so for 10 years. Above you see a sailor, as he fires an M9 pistol during a Navy Handgun Practical Weapons Course (HPWC). This exercise is taking place aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104).

What do you think about their improvised shooting range and barricades? Lovely to have access to a range with an endless backstop.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Charles J. Scudella III)

Do you ever practice shooting prone like this? It’s pretty tricky to get a good enough grip and find the sights. A red dot does miracles to help.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Charles J. Scudella III)
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Charles J. Scudella III)
240127-N-VM650-1519 PHILIPPINE SEA (Jan. 26, 2024) Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Derek Folkers, from Vancouver, Washington, fires an M9 pistol during a Navy Handgun Practical Weapons Course (HPWC) aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104). Sterett is assigned to Carrier Strike Group ONE and deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Charles J. Scudella III)
240127-N-VM650-1557 PHILIPPINE SEA (Jan. 26, 2024) Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class Taylor Trevillion, from Mobile, Alabama, fires an M9 pistol during a Navy Handgun Practical Weapons Course (HPWC) aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104). Sterett is assigned to Carrier Strike Group ONE and deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Charles J. Scudella III)

Do you prefer to kneel or squat to get down in a low position?


Source: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Charles J. Scudella III

Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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  • Sid Collins Sid Collins on Mar 07, 2024

    The only way to maintain skills is to get the weapons out and shoot. Kudos to the sailors and leadership for finding a way.

  • MrLM002 MrLM002 on Mar 11, 2024

    I genuinely wonder how much effort the Navy puts into training their personnel on fighting in their ships. It seems like if such a thing were to happen IRL everyone is going to blow their eardrums out with all the unsuppressed firearms they have, and the bullets are going to hit sensitive components not meant to withstand gunfire.

    Also what's with the dark blue uniforms? I thought we learned our lesson about that with their digital blue camo uniforms.

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