10 Questions with Complete Parachute Solutions (CPS)

By Cody Carroll

I get a lot of questions about the equipment we use for parachute operations at Magpul Core, and rightfully so.  It’s unique, seems to be military in nature, and has given us farther reach with our training, marketing and customer base than I could have ever hoped.  The relationship with CPS has also opened up the opportunities for expeditions in Nepal where we were able to take part in some work record parachute landings, and ultimately has complimented the free and adventurous lifestyle that we seek here at Magpul.

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My first exposure to the MMPS was as student at the USMC basic free fall course, or as it’s formally called, the Multi Mission Parachute Course.  Within minutes of walking through the door, you knew that you were in the presence of some world class dudes.  Their instructor cadre is composed of world champion skydivers and former military operators who have devoted a lifetime to the sport of skydiving or have specialized experience in parachute operations as it’s applied to military special operations.  It is one of the most effective blends of instructors that I have ever seen.  What also makes CPS unique is the fact that the manufacturer and developer of the system is also the same cadre that runs the training.

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CPS is a consortium of the top parachute-equipment manufacturing companies in the industry Performance Designs , United Parachute Technologies , and Sun Path Products .  The company is led by President and former SEAL Team 6 member Fred Williams, and VP Johnny Rogers (Former Ranger), and I was able to catch up with them to get a few questions answered straight from the horses mouth.

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CORE:  What is the MMPS?

CPS:  The Special Operations Vector 3 Multi-Mission 2 Parachute System

 

CORE: How did the MMPS come to be?

CPS: A client approached CPS with the requirements for one parachute system that could handle multiple deployment methods and various main canopy configurations. Two years later, the Marines requested CPS add a static-line capability and the Multi-Mission Parachute System was born.

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CORE: Who is using the MM?

CPS: The primary client for the SOV MM is the Marine Corps, as well as Department of Defense Special Operation Forces and the Air Force. The SOV MM is also used World Wide by many United States Allied Nations and has many operational deployments.

 

CORE: What are the configurations?

CPS: The system can be configured in 5 different ways.  Over-the-shoulder (OTS) Ripcord, Bottom-of-container (BOC) Hand-Deploy Pilot Chute, Self-Set Dogue, Static-line drogue and Double Bag Static Line.

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CORE: What is glide ratio?

CPS:  Glide ratio is the ratio of the canopies lift to drag or forward speed versus descent rate. The glide ratio of the MMPS is 2.8:1.

 

CORE: How much gear can a jumper carry on an MM?

CPS:  The maximum suspended weight for the MMPS is based on the main and/or reserve canopy. The maximum suspended weight for the MMPS with the Military Phoenix main canopy is 500 pounds.

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CORE: What is an AAD and how does it work?

CPS:  An AAD is an Automatic Activation Device and is used to deploy a jumper’s reserve parachute in case the jumper cannot. An AAD measures speed and barometric pressure. If a jumper falls through a specified altitude moving faster than he would under canopy, the AAD deploys the reserve parachute.

 

CORE: What is HALO/HAHO?

CPS:  HALO and HAHO are Military acronyms for two techniques of Military Free Fall operations. HALO stands for High Altitude Low Opening and HAHO is High Altitude High Opening. The threat and type of environment you will be conducting operations in determine the tactic.

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CORE: Are they safe?

CPS: Statistically, you are safer jumping out of an aircraft with a CPS parachute system than you are driving on the majority of the roads in the United States.

 

CORE:  Anything else you want the world to know?

CPS: The SOV3 MMPS is the most versatile parachute system in the World. It has safely landed combat equipped jumpers at 16,900 feet in the Himalayas. It has been used for multiple real-world Military Free Fall insertions. On the administrative side, the MMPS has the safest school house record of all parachute systems in the United States, over 56,000 jumps conducted and 3,000  Marines have been trained at our school house, and, the worst injury was a broken leg.

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Learn more about CPS here http://cpsworld.com

 

Feeding the People’s Rifle

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By Duane Liptak

There are about as many ways to reload a rifle as there are YouTube gun channels. OK, not that many, but a lot. So…why did I decide to do yet more content on it? Because sometimes, in the firearms world, there is a tendency to want to make things sexier, flashier, or cooler than really makes sense for any practical purpose. There’s nothing wrong with advancing the craft and tailoring techniques to specific applications, but the AK world in particular seems to suffer from a lot of “variations” that seem to lose sight of the utilitarian nature of the task. So…here we are. If you like your AK reloading technique, rock on with it, but here are just a few thoughts based on a decent number of years feeding lots of different rifles in lots of interesting applications.

We can discuss the whole decision/action matrix of immediate action vs reload and when, transitioning vs reloading and when, etc., but we’ll save that for another time. For now, let’s assume that we need to reload the rifle.

Situation 1: Rounds remaining in the mag in the gun. Want more rounds in the mag in the gun.

This would be what’s commonly referred to the “tactical” reload, or a “proactive” reload. We are adding ammunition to the rifle on our timeline, when we decide we want to do it, for whatever reason. Ideally, all reloads would be this way. We don’t want to end up with an empty rifle if we can avoid it.

The easiest and least complicated way is simply to remove and stow the partial mag with the non-firing hand for whichever way we are shooting at the time, then grab a fresh mag and put it in the gun. No demos really required. That’s pretty straightforward. The time you spend with only one round in the gun is really, really minimal, and this is the least complicated way to make this happen. With the AK, we don’t generally have a bolt hold open, so look or feel (if it’s dark) to make sure there is at least still one round in the magazine you are removing. Otherwise, do a chamber check or rack the charging handle after the proactive reload to be sure we are actually in condition one, and not sitting with an empty chamber. The best thing about this method is that this is exactly what we do for a reload with retention, which we will talk about later, so that little video clip will show the concept if this wasn’t clear. Same-same is good.

Yes, you can juggle mags to do it, also. In the AK, it can be difficult to do so if you have small hands, as it requires grabbing the fresh mag by the bottom half, extending the thumb and index or middle finger past the fresh mag to actuate the catch and retain the partial mag, inserting the fresh mag, and then sliding the partial mag down while the hand is extended around the fresh mag. Just be sure to grab the fresh mag low enough, and the partial mag high enough that you don’t interfere with the insertion of the fresh mag…or you have a clown show. I admit I use this method a lot when setting up drills and such, more as an admin technique. It’s an option. The first option is simpler, though, and avoids the possibility of you standing there holding two magazines and unable to get the fresh one in because the partial is held too high, then you have to drop the partial to do it, and…yes, clown show. This method, in an admin application, looks like this:

If you prefer another method, hey…cool. If that method involves dumping partially full mags on the deck, that’s not exactly smart, though. Yes, there are exceptions, but as a general rule, dropping partial mags into the (snow, mud, water, dirt, concrete, benjo ditch, etc.) is less than desirable. Clean ammunition/mags and undamaged top rounds function better, even in AKs. You may need that ammo.

Situation 2: Gun is empty. Don’t want gun to be empty.

This is commonly referred to as an “emergency” reload or a “reactive” reload. We are now reloading because we have to, as we have no more “bangs” remaining in our primary. Once again, remember that we are not discussing transitioning here, so feeding the rifle is the focus. The performance of this reload can be categorized as either needing to happen “now” (I am in a fight, but the situation is such that I can use cover and just reload expediently—I’m with friends who are still engaging, enemy is at longer range, I need to get out of view for a few seconds anyway because I’ve been exposed for too long, etc.), or “right now” (I need this gun up because of imminent threat or opportunity to engage–immediately.) All of these reloads start with a “click” and end with charging the rifle. You can do that under or over the rifle with the support hand–Dealer’s choice. I think it’s easier under the rifle, and that points the ejection port down in case you’ve got a party going on in your feedway and need to let something fall free. If you’re prone, or you’re heavy on conventional Soviet doctrine, you can charge with the firing hand. It’s OK. It’s against “common wisdom”, but it’s just generally a lot easier to do it that way when prone. Just charge the rifle and get back to getting after it.

In the first case, we have the option to reload with retention. As with partially loaded mags, this is generally desirable, as we may want the option to refill those magazines later. If you’ve ever done a really cool and slick rifle reload that involves tossing or dropping the empty while standing on snowshoes in 4 feet of snow, or in water, or when moving behind cover…you know that at the very least, that complicates our ability to keep possession of that magazine. But hey…that’s why they are class IX “consumables.” The retention reload looks something like this video when using an AK:

Yes, I’m just wearing a load bearing belt, but it works out at roughly the same speed with a chest rig or whatever. It’s not hurried, it’s not lightning fast…but remember this whole scenario assumes that we are being expedient, but not rushed. Our mag ends up safely retained for later re-use, and we are back in action pretty darned quickly, plus we’re combat effective for follow on engagements. We’re not the guy standing there with one mag left.

So what if we are empty and we need to reload “RIGHT NOW!”? Or, hey…maybe we’re stacked fat with resupply, we’re reloading in the back of a GMV, we’re not wearing a dump pouch, we’d rather get back to fighting and deal with the magazine later, etc., and we’re not worried about mag retention. “The world is my dump pouch,” is a phrase describing this prioritization, as coined by an associate who is rather familiar with the AK. Here’s where things can get funky. I like to keep it simple. I do the same thing I do when reloading with retention, except I just flip out the empty instead of stowing it:

This keeps all the motions the same, all reloads are initiated similarly, and here, you just skip the step of stowing the empty to speed things up. It’s not slow. You’re not beating your equipment, and there’s no “grab fresh mag first?/grab spent mag first?” hesitation.

Some folks like to grab a fresh mag and use it to swipe the old mag out of the gun. I was taught that as a primary method over a decade ago, it’s what lots of CONUS foreign weapons courses were teaching, and yes, there’s something uniquely “AK” about it. It works. But…you need to be careful that if you use the front spine of the fresh mag, that you don’t get the top round to “peek” ahead a bit, and end up with issues inserting it into the rifle—so you either need to either hope you’re lucky or rotate the mag bullets up, down, or back as you swipe. If you’re doing it with gusto, you’re also beating the heck out of your rifle. Yes, it’s an AK. It’s known for durability. Repeatedly hammering the mag catch and banging your magazines together for no real gain is still a bit silly to me. Ever seen the axle busted out of an AK mag catch from an overly enthusiastic employment of this method? I have. Congratulations, Ivan…you’re now using a mag well grip to hold the mag in the rifle. Just remember what the goal is if you choose to use this method for whatever reason. The rifle is your life, so don’t beat it like it owes you money unless it’s actually achieving something.

If you want to reload in a manner similar to this, you can simply grab a fresh mag like for the proactive reload above, stick out the thumb and use that to release and strip the old magazine and then insert the new. This has the benefit of keeping the magazine oriented in the proper manner to go quickly into the rifle without rotation, doesn’t beat the rifle or mags, and is faster than sweeping the catch with the mag. I won’t even show this, as there are about a billion videos of it out there, and I don’t normally use this unless I’m doing “stupid human tricks” to be fast for the sake of being fast. If I really want fast, I’ll transition. But…that’s for later.

You may notice that a lot of what I do looks very similar from one technique to the next, and that’s by design. I don’t like diagnostic stuff; I don’t like flowcharts for when I do things one way vs another. I like simple, boring stuff that works under stress. I’ve found that when things get exciting, it’s usually a good idea to save my brain power for the actual situation I’m dealing with and keep the rifle running on autopilot vs getting fancy. Reloading methods can look super slick when we set them up to practice as partial task trainers, but even when we create artificial stress on the square range during an extended problem, the diagnostic stuff falls apart. Ever see someone just staring at the gun for a long, pregnant pause when it goes dry or there’s a stoppage? We don’t want that to be us. Sure, I could also be faster by leaving the rifle in my shoulder, but it’s hard to move behind cover otherwise manhandle the rifle that way, especially for smaller people. So, I tuck it under my arm to bring it into the proverbial “workspace”. I look past/over the rifle into the target/threat area during the reload, but I glance at the rifle for the insertion, and yes…for a half second, I’m using my peripheral vision to observe for threats. Guess what? It’s an AK. There’s no protruding mag well. So, no matter where you hold the rifle, if you don’t look at the mag well a little, you’re going to miss it, or waste time fumbling. Frequently. I’ll go ahead and glance for an instant to be back in action with a quickness over standing there staring downrange and fumbling around for 3 seconds. And, I’m preferably reloading behind cover, anyway. Easy choice.

So, there’s some (rather simple) food for thought. This is the part where others will invariably opine that, “that doesn’t work in the cold”, “that’s too slow”, “that’s not what real AK guys do”, “In my experience….”, etc., etc.

To be proactive in answering those…I’ve done things this way in -10 deg F, in the rain, in the desert, in the mud, etc., and yes, under “stress”. It’s my take on feeding the AK. It’s yours if you want it.

MAGPUL CORE – SHOOTING THE 2016 VEGAS PRECISION RIFLE CHALLENGE WITH THE MAGPUL HUNTER 700

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By Caylen Wojcik

When I was able to get a match slot for the 2016 Vegas Precision Rifle Challenge I quickly realized that it marked the debut of the Magpul Hunter 700 stock within the Precision Rifle Series competition.

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The thing that makes Hunter 700 stock accurate and repeatable enough to consider for competition shooting is the design of the bedding block.  Not only does the bedding block provide full contact with the action, it also remains completely mated to the polymer body of the stock.  With any bedding block system, this is obviously a big concern. No matter how well the block holds the action, if the block itself moves within the body of the stock repeatability will be non-existent.  I saw this first hand as I tested some of my custom barreled actions against the Hunter 700.  Some of those rifles were bedded into traditional rifle stocks, and other set into chassis systems.  I took each rifle in its original configuration and shot a test target with the rifle in a rest to eliminate any human error I could.  Once the control groups were shot, I then took each action and installed it into a Hunter 700 stock.  I then shot groups to compare against the control groups.  There was no perceptible change or degradation in accuracy from the control groups to those shot from the Hunter 700 stock.  In seeing these results, I felt comfortable setting up my competition rifle in a Hunter 700

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For anyone who’s ever shot a PRS match, you know that the time limits are tight, and the targets are small.  You’ll very rarely be shooting out of the perfect world prone, and when you do, it’s not going to be comfy and you’re not going to be able to take your time.  Your rifle needs to have a balance of comfort and function, which will allow you to move very quickly and efficiently in and out of various shooting positions.  The quicker I can get into a stable position the longer I have to settle my sight picture and make a wind call.  Having an adjustable length of pull and comb height is an absolute necessity.  The ability to customize your setup with sling mounting points is also hugely beneficial so that you can cater the application to the situation and get as stable as possible.  The Hunter 700 does all this, and it’s lightweight and very well balanced.  The setup you see in the photo weighs in at 14.2 lbs.  That’s with a Mausingfield M5 short action, a 26” Proof Research stainless steel medium palma contour 6mm barrel, a Thunderbeast Ultra 7 suppressor and a Kahles 624i riflescope.  Even with the 26” barrel and suppressor hanging off the muzzle the rifle is nicely balanced.  I personally like the feel of a more traditional rifle stock and the Hunter 700 fits the bill.

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Now, looking at the performance of the rifle in a shooting match can be somewhat subjective; can the driver run the rifle to it’s potential?  It boils down to confidence, as 80% of precision shooting lies in one’s mind.  For me, I have to have the absolute trust that my rifle and scope will place bullets precisely where I want them at extreme distances, if I do my part.  It also needs to be as forgiving as possible because going against some of the best shooters in the nation mistakes are incredibly costly.  As an example, one stage at the Vegas Precision Rifle Challenge was called “Take a Poke” and it entailed 4 targets in linear array, one at each of the following ranges: 1100, 1200, 1300, and 1400 yards.  In a time limit of 2 minutes the shooter was to engage each target with 3 rounds each.  Hits counted as a point, misses were zeros.  I was able to squeeze out 10/12 hits on that particular stage, and ironically my misses were both at the 1100…. The rifle felt strong and solid, and I had the confidence in my system that allowed me to focus all my efforts on the fundamentals, and my wind calls.  No second-guessing why I missed.  I missed because I pressed the trigger when I shouldn’t have, plain and simple.  Move to the next target, lather, rinse and repeat.

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Now, it could be said that I have a biased opinion about the Hunter 700 stock, as I was involved in the design and testing process.  Maybe there’s just a little bias in there, but I can honestly say from a truly objective standpoint that the accuracy and repeatability we were able to achieve with the Hunter 700 stock was impressive.  I knew immediately when I got the first prototype in my hands that this product would effectively, and permanently change the rifle stock market.  One thing to mention; we didn’t claim that this stock would be competitive within the high-end custom class of rifle stock, or chassis system with regards to accuracy and features.  It just, well, kinda ended up that way….

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I’m incredibly excited to continue to compete in the 2016 season with the Hunter 700.  Hopefully people looking to get into the sport seeing the stock in competitive use will inspire them to dive in a little sooner now that there’s a significant cost savings in a major component of a rifle build without any sacrifice in performance or features.  The sport of long range precision shooting is incredibly fun, and rewarding.  In order to be consistent in this game the utmost level of concentration is required, as well as complete faith in your equipment.  Once you trust your equipment, you can focus your attention on applying your skills, and having plenty of fun making steel sing.

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Magpul Core – 2015 Arkansas Tactical Officers Association Annual Meeting

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By Cody Carroll

2016 marked the 11th year for the ATOA annual conferences.  The event, hosted in split venues between downtown Little Rock and the Direct Action Resource Center (DARC) saw over 150 law enforcement officers from Arkansas and surrounding states.  We met board members Bobby Moser and Henry Moore this year at SHOT show and from the beginning they defined their organization’s mission as “To advance the education and professionalism of law enforcement and corrections officers involved in tactical operations, through the exchange of ideas and information relating to tactics and techniques”, with a clear and concise mission statement like that, we felt that it was important to be involved in the effort, so post SHOT show we put wrote the dates into our training calendar and allocated the funds and instructors to teach a 2 day, 16 hour period of instruction that was focused on police sniper skills.

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Caylen, the Director of Precision Rifle Training wrote out a period of instruction (POI) based on his experience of working with many LE agencies in the past and on his own personal combat experiences. All courses at Magpul CORE carry the common theme and goal of:
1) Deliver the technical ability and know-how to the student for them to carry out a lifetime of recreational activities or career of professional skills.
2) Give the student the confidence and ability to lead others in these technical skills, and articulate what, why and how these skills are relevant.
3) Create outspoken leaders and advocates for shooting sports, hunting, outdoor skills and personal freedom.

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The first day of the course covered a review of the fundamentals of marksmanship, with several drills run from the prone position designed to isolate marksmanship trends and to allow the students time shake out their equipment.  The course quickly progressed into alternate (non-prone) shooting positions and the pace quickened.  Day 2 saw classes on scope theory, tripod shooting, engagement of targets out to 500 yards, shooter-observer dialogue, and mock qualifications set up as friendly competitions.

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In addition to the training offered by Magpul CORE, there were several other training seminars available to the conference attendees. They Included:
Immediate Threat Concepts, instructed by Rick Cutler (Irving Police Dept.
Tactical Rifle Course, instructed by Kevin Ross (Garland Police Dept.)
Night Vision Operations, instructed by L3.
Noise Flash Diversionary Device Instructor Course, instructed by CTS.
Cell Extraction Course, instructed by AMTEC Less Lethal.
Hostage Rescue Advanced Tactics Planning & Considerations, instructed by Dan Murphy (NTOA).

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Multiple Officer Tactics, instructed by Billy Smith (Sierra 3 Group).
Intermediate Pistol, instructed by Jason “Jabo” Long (Ronin Combat Strategies).
Shield Instructor Course, instructed by Mike Ott (Point Blank Body Armor).
MRAP Safety Operations, instructed by Delia Tactical.
Introduction to Energetic Entry, instructed by Alan Brosnan (T.E.E.S.)
K-9 for Tactical Units, instructed by Brett Titus (Denver Police Dept.)

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The ATOA held raffle and a banquet, and there was also a vendor show, with a good showing of local vendors and other companies like Glock, Aimpoint and UTM showcasing their latest LE and firearms related equipment.  The Keynote speakers this year were Special Agent J. Douglass Hurley and Special Agent in Charge Darrell Simmons and the presented an in-depth look at the tragic shooting that occurred in Keokuk County, Iowa on April 4, 2011 that claimed the life of Sergeant Eric Stein.

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Overall we were very impressed with the professionalism and dedication of the ATOA. The event was well organized, planned and executed. Communication over the last 9 months was clear and concise. I know that an event of this magnitude is not one that comes together easily, and the members of the ATOA volunteered their time over the past year to make it happen.
We encourage other training organizations and companies to get involved with the ATOA annual conferences next year. Magpul CORE is planning to hold another Police Sniper Workshop as well as a POST certified Basic Police Sniper Course with the ATOA next year. For more information visit the website at

http://www.arkansastactical.org

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Magpul Core – Recon Challenge

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By Cody Carroll

At 0430 on May 15th 22 teams of Recon Marines plunged into the dark ocean off of the California coast.  Frigid 6 foot waves pummeled the teams in the surf zone, and they fought a strong longshore current to get past the breakers, but within minutes the teams had disappeared, their green chem lights (glow sticks) masked by the ocean swells as they made their way to the buoy, 500 meters offshore.

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The RECON Challenge is an annual event held by the Recon Training Company aboard camp Pendleton.  Reconnaissance units throughout the Marine Corps select competitors to participate in the event.  “The RECON Challenge will test the competitors mental, physical, technical and tactical reconnaissance skill-sets. The RECON Challenge will put these competitors through a series of difficult obstacles and events covering distances up to 30 miles through the rugged mountainous terrain of MCB Camp Pendleton, California.”  The event is only open to graduates of the Basic Reconnaissance Course (BRC) or the now closed Amphibious Reconnaissance School (ARS).

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Back on the beach, race supporters and staff light torches, which will serve as the target for the swim teams to shoot for as they fight their way back through the heavy surf.  It’s a steep rocky beach, with the sand washed away by a week of rain and continuous beach drift, and the first teams begin to wash ashore with their 60 pounds of combat equipment in tow after about 30 minutes.  After a quick check-in and change out of wetsuits, they step off to traverse the 1700-foot ridgeline that parallels I-5.  They will have to hit 2 more checkpoints before they reach the obstacle course.

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By 0830, the first teams are visible up on the ridgeline.   They look tiny coming down the hill known affectionately, as “The Microwave”, with its massive fire break.  It’s been raining since before the start and we can tell that the Recon Marines are having a tough go with the mud.  Those that have hiked on Pendleton can tell you about how with just a light rain, the clay clumps cling to your boot soles and before long, your are carrying pounds of it on your feet and sliding around like you’re on an ice rink.

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All of the teams complete the obstacle course, despite the rain and the mud, and make their way to the Camp Horno pool.  A “terrible place that I still have nightmares about” as one competitor describes it, referring to his time at BRC as student, where classes make almost daily runs or hikes down the 3 mile trail to participate in grueling 4 hour pool training sessions.  I have to admit, I’ve had dreams about that place too, and I even prayed for some sort of divine intervention, including meteorites to delay those pool sessions when I was a student there.  But in the end, I knew that even if a meteorite had smashed through that pool and all the water drained out, the staff would find another one for us to train in or devise something much, much worse for us to endure.  After all, pain, misery and agony suffered silently are things that all Recon Marines embrace.

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This time the task at the pool for each team was to move a 7-ton truck tire (weighing about 200+ pounds) 50 meters into the deep end of the pool, sink it until it lays flat on the bottom, then inflate it to bring it back to the surface before swimming it back the 50 meters and lifting it onto the pool deck.  Sounds easy right?  Maybe for most decent swimmers, until you get that giant tire to the deep end, where it became a full on aqua wrestling match for some teams getting the air out of it.  And the tire has to lay flat on the bottom at 15 feet before the judges allow you to inflate it.   And no, there isn’t a pump to inflate it, it’s done one breath at a time, each Recon Marine diving down and blowing two lungs of air into the tire, until it rises to the surface.  There would also be one more pool station before the day was over, this time rescuing a “drowning” instructor and recovering a 150- pound dead weight dummy from the 15 foot deep end.

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But before the second pool iteration, there would be several more physical challenges including weapons proficiency testing, where the competitors would fire 1911’s, M4’s, M249’s, M240’s and the M110 SASS at targets placed at unknown distances.  “A lot of people think that Recon Marines only train with M4’s and pistols, but we also devote a lot of training time to belt-fed machine guns and sniper rifles” said one spectator, who is also a Recon Marine.  The teams were judged on their ability to hit the steel targets, and bonus points were awarded for rounds remaining per station.   Accuracy pays in this competition.

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The first teams started crossing the finish line at close to the 9 hour mark, which was packed with spectators and a platoon of “ropers” or Recon Marines in training, identified by the sling rope they are required to wear until graduation, or when they quit from the arduous training program, and hang their rope on up on the “Jack”, a ritual similar to the famous bell ringing at BUDs.  By this point, they had traversed about 26 miles of Camp Pendleton’s rugged terrain, demonstrated proficiency with a suite of weapons, programed military radios and transmitted messages, recited objects from memory (KIMS games), competed in assigned survival tasks in the pool, were tested on knots and rope skills, completed a double obstacle course, and swam 1000 meters in the dark and cold ocean through some pretty big waves.

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So who won?   Well, yes this is a competition and there are winners.  Marine Reconnaissance is a not community where everyone gets a trophy.  But it’s not really about winning in this race.  Every team picks a fallen Recon Marine to represent during the race, and that becomes their team name.   They carry an air panel marked with the name of fallen in bold letters.  The RECON Challenge is about honoring the Recon Marines that have died in the line of service for this great nation doing the dangerous things that Recon Marines do.  Not about individual glory for athletes or units.  At one point, I saw a competitor pull a blood stained patch of Marpat material from his pocket, no doubt that it came from the uniform of the fallen teammate that he represented during the race.  It was a powerful statement.  It is a race unlike any other that I have ever witnessed.

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Magpul Industries sponsored the 2015 Recon Challenge and will continue to do so in the future. Magpul was founded by a Reconnaissance Marine, and employs many veteran Marines and other service members as well. And we continue to stay in touch with our roots in the Reconnaissance community. For more information on how to get involved and sponsor the Recon Challenge go to:
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http://www.brotherrecon.com
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We hope to see more industry support for the RECON challenge next year, and we’ll see you on the beach!
Aroogah!

Magpul Core Blog

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By Caylen Wojcik

The mission of Magpul CORE is simple: to project the founding principles of Magpul Industries Corporation to the customer, and to be the nexus of design and employment when developing new products. This mission is accomplished through a variety of channels such as firearms and adventure training courses, media and communications outlets, end-user interaction, and a relentless daily drive to improve.

This ethos generates a tremendous amount of information. Knowledge and experience; successes and failures. All are valuable in their own way. This information has no value if hidden away, and the Magpul CORE Blog is our outlet to share.
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The good, bad, and ugly moments of life away from the comforts of home.

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Fitness is a vital and often ignored part of all things related to life.  Whether you’re a military or law enforcement professional, firearms enthusiast, hunter, or a concerned citizen you’ll find information on optimizing physical performance.

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Hard use and real feedback. Critical evaluation of the details drives constant improvement.

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Challenging skills, equipment, and people in a realistic environment, competition is the proving ground for readiness.

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