Tuesday, November 13, 2012

After Action Drill-What is yours?

Hi folks.  I'm still coming off the high of my very first carbine class.  It was a one day course and one of the things we didn't get to cover as much as I'd like is the after action drill.

The one I was taught is pretty simple and involves asking yourself a series of five questions associated with certain physical tasks.

1) Did I hit him?  (Low ready, examine target, make sure he has been hit.)
2) Did it work? (Make sure target is no longer a threat)
3) Does he have any friends? (Swivel head 180 degrees to look for further threats, turn around and look again)
4) How is my weapon? (Check ammo and condition of weapon)
5) How am I? (Do a self check for injury)

I think this covers it pretty well but I'd like to know what others are doing and how you are training these concepts.  With the short one day class we didn't get a chance to branch much off that tree WRT to after action drills and I'd like to explore contingencies.  How do you work that into training?  And how do you train the drill safely on the square range where things like spinning 360 degrees with a loaded weapon are a no-no?

I appreciate your input on the subject in advance.


    good job
    Liberty Valance

  2. never took a class like that but it sure sounds like i should

  3. This is an area that I'm working as well. Basically we go into SUL (If we have a pistol, low ready for carbines, I know, I know, there's a ton of controversy around that....but it's working pretty well for us) And then do a 180 degree scan. We then step forward and turn around (stepping forward into ground I've already cleared) and do another 180 degree scan. After that there's the equipment diagnosis and the personal diagnosis.

  4. Eyes and therefore Muzzle stays on target...if you aren't sure that the threat is over, be ready for a quick second shot. Low ready isn't used for assesment. A quick left/right perephrial glance and a quick sideways cant of the weapon to examine the chamber (no jam, bolt not locked to the rear indicating no ammo) is all that's really needed for a quick assesment

    Low ready is for walking around not "well did i get him?"

  5. I was fortunate enough to take the same carbine class 4 times over a year. Loved every minute of it.

    Luckily, I'm able to shoot at an outdoor range and yeah, the 360° spin with a loaded gun is a huge no-no.

    However, if you do a 180° scan for the midget to either side, pausing with your weapon up mid-scan to check the bad guy again for twitches that should work at an outdoor range.

    Indoors, keeping the weapon pointed downrange you can still do a mostly 180° by turning your head and looking. If you're in the habit of scanning for the midget as you plink or do CQB drills you'll most likely do that in a fight.