Spot the Difference

I do love a good spot the difference

A soldier from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards (QDG) Battle Group (BG) sprinting during Exercise Bavarian Charger
A soldier from 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards (QDG) Battle Group (BG) sprinting during Exercise Bavarian Charger
Soldiers from D Company, 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) during live firing training on Otterburn ranges in Northumberland.
Soldiers from D Company, 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) during live firing training on Otterburn ranges in Northumberland.

 

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Red Trousers
Red Trousers
December 20, 2014 9:12 pm

Won’t try to decrypt your spot the difference, but the guy from the QDG is being lazy. Always fold the bipod. A splayed bipod is an accident waiting to happen when getting into a new fire position.

And he needs a lot more cam cream, to sort out his personal stowage, and learn to fold his belt ammunition towards his hip, not forwards. That way he won’t snag it so often, get vegetation caught in the link leading to a stoppage, and if it does snag, the link will not break apart so easily.

Red Trousers
Red Trousers
December 20, 2014 9:18 pm

And to be equally fair, the Paras need more cam cream, to sort out their silhouettes with some grass around their shoulders and helmets, and to stop bunching up.

And to put some scrim on their NVG plates, because that amount of flat, cold metal can be seen like a beacon through TI at over 500 metres, and says “shoot me”.

Observer
Observer
December 20, 2014 9:19 pm

Odd, how would an unstowed bipod contribute to an accident? Most of our guys tend to keep theirs down both GPMG and SAW and I have not heard of any accidents that could be attributed to an unfolded bipod.

Running with GPMG. My hero.

Red Trousers
Red Trousers
December 20, 2014 9:29 pm

Catching in vegetation and swinging out of arc, forcing adoption of a too high fire position, additional shape to be spotted, rattle, additional reflectivity in the radar band.

It takes less than half a second to fold it, which isn’t even extra time as your hand is coming backwards anyway, and the same again to splay it as your forearm goes forward to clear the new fire position down to a stable surface. Just unprofessional not to worry about those things.

dave haine
dave haine
December 20, 2014 9:34 pm

It was demonstrated to us with a choccy bar (usually a snaffled one belonging to one of the assembled pupils)- make the bipod snap shut- result- aformentioned choccy bar divided in two (and then eaten by the instructors).

We of course, ignored this until one of our members managed to break a finger after catching the extended bipod on a branch…. Lesson duly learnt.

WiseApe
December 20, 2014 9:40 pm

The top picture only has one bloke in it, the lower one has five. Frankly, I thought it would be harder than that.

John Hartley
John Hartley
December 20, 2014 11:11 pm

Is it running to the pub in the first one, followed by staggering back home afterwards?

mickp
mickp
December 20, 2014 11:13 pm

Absolutely nothing – and isn’t that what you are driving at?!

Podzak
Podzak
December 20, 2014 11:26 pm

A helmet cover?
It doesn’t look that cold to me.

Observer
Observer
December 20, 2014 11:26 pm

RT, can’t see those as a particularly big problem except for the firing arcs, which I really never heard of anyone mentioning before. I think it’s because we have a grip in front, which means that even catching the barrel on vegetation doesn’t pull it out of position as your hand is close by to counter the pull as opposed to being further back.

dave, interesting. Which is a reason not to spring load your bipod.

TD, I thought it was a before/after picture! The guy in the first picture put his GPMG into the wash and it shrunk to the size in the 2nd pic.

Grim901
Grim901
December 21, 2014 12:30 am

The scrim is meant to be SOP now, the netting is just the Paras being Paras.

Grim901
Grim901
December 21, 2014 1:12 am

To be fair the rule has only just come in. I have netting on mine currently waiting to have shredded MTP tied on. Most guys still have nothing on. Never really understood the netting though, shite for camming up.

monkey
monkey
December 21, 2014 10:22 am

@Observer
Is running with a GPMG as dangerous as running with scissor’s?

Observer
Observer
December 21, 2014 12:32 pm

monkey, yes. Hernias await the unwary.

:P