ACTS Match - April 17th 2010
This month we tried to recreate the events of October 3rd and 4th, 1993, also called the Battle of Mogadishu, or Blackhawk Down. Each of the 5 stages focused on skills or scenarios found during that day.
Stage 1 - Congressional Medal of Honor
This stage attempted to recreate MSG Gary Gordon's and SFC Randy Shughart's attempt to secure the second crash site. The shooter began using his rifle to engage a series of paper targets. He then had to move a mortar can (symbolizing the wounded Michael Durant) weighing 75 pounds. When he returned, he had to continue to engage the steel targets with his pistol.
The shooter was limited to 17 rounds of rifle ammo for the 9 targets, and 8 rounds of pistol ammo for the 7 pieces of steel, exactly enough ammunition to neutralize the targets within the parameters of ACTS rules. Several shooters that I RO'd forgot to re-engage the paper target after moving the dummy.
A few videos (none of them are mine, nor are they me):
Stage 2 - Infrared Strobe
During the night of October 3rd, the Rangers securing the first crash site requested strafing runs by the Little Birds. The helicopters needed something to indicate where the bad guys were, and requested an Infrared Strobe be placed on the Somali strong point. This stage attempts to simulate this.
The shooter began shooting at 3 steel targets. After he had 3 hits on each target, he had to pickup a golf-ball, navigate a series of obstacles, and throw it. Then he had to return to his rifle, navigating all of the obstacles again. If the golf-ball did not make it over the berm, he had to engage all three targets three times each. If it didn't, he only had to engage them with one hit each.
A few more videos:
And how not to throw the golf-ball:
Stage 3 - Casualty Collection Point
CPT Steele made a Casualty Collection Point in order to consolidate a strong-point and provide a place for the medics to work.
In this stage, the shooter had to use his handgun to engage 10 clay pigeons on a string. To further complicate matters, about every 5 seconds, a grenade, simulated by a tennis ball, was tossed into the room where the shooter was engaging from. When the grenade was tossed into the room, the shooter had to safely ground his pistol, retrieve the grenade and throw it out of the structure before he could resume engaging the pigeons.
This was much more challenging than it seems, and most people seem to be too embarrassed to post any videos (myself included), but here's one:
Stage 4 - Durant's Last Stand
CW3 Michael Durant was the pilot of Super Six Four, the second helicopter to crash. After MSG Gordon and SFC Shughart drug him to safety, he had to engage the attacking Somalis with his pistol caliber carbine and his pistol until his position was overrun, all with a broken back.
This stage had the shooter using a gun most hadn't used before, with limited ammo, and only 20 seconds to finish the stage. Of 38 people who attended the match, only 3 people were able to engage all of the targets in the time-frame given.
A few videos:
Stage 5 - Mogadishu Minute
When the wounded were finally extracted, there were not enough places for the unwounded to sit. The Delta operators and Rangers had to run out of the area, approximately one mile, engaging targets the entire time.
On this stage, you started about 100 yards from your rifle. You had to run up, retrieve your rifle, and engage a steel plate with 5 shots at about 75 yards while moving. The shots on the steel didn't count as misses, and gave the shooter a 1 second bonus if they hit it. When the shooter was able to see them, he had to engage a series of paper targets, simulating a technical.
A few videos: