I got a work buddy. I've detailed his exploits before. The Contrarian is his handle.
He is in the Air Force reserve, and got out of active duty a couple years ago.
According to the Air Force, he is qualified on the Beretta. He's never shot one. Never TOUCHED one. But he does his web-based training for it every year, as required.
He has shot them in many videogames, he admits, so he figures he's ahead of the curve.
Now, it's not like he's an MP or a Parajumper or a flight crew member. He works with computer systems, programming. Not exactly near the sharp end of the spear, and was never deployed overseas. But STILL.
I know the military will send deploying folks for refresher training with real guns and real field training exercise. My brother, the Supply Officer, got to do this before hitting Iraq in 2006. Maybe the Contrarian would have gotten this before going off to Afghanistan or whatnot. But he reports that lots of folks in his various units DID deploy without shooting the service pistol.
The Contrarian did have AF training and shooting time on the M-16. Once. In Basic Training. Never got a range slot after that, though he tried. I think you passed if you didn't kill anyone accidentally and most of the bullet you actually fire went, generally, downrange. No sighting in was done.
The Sailor I work with did a little better in her basic training. M9 pistol and shotgun training in Basic.
The Marines and Army guys I talked to here get actual training-training. So the DoD hasn't gone completely insane.
Jeff Cooper is spinning in his grave.
Why should I bother familiarizing myself with the Beretta 92? The military doesn't bother.
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