EAG conducted a Carbine Operators Course at Columbia TN 14-16April 2010.
This was our first class at Columbia, and while an Open Enrollment class it was – like the two preceding Columbia MO classes- populated almost entirely by cops. Many LF’s were in this class including Duke, CarolB, Lasertech, 56823, Haji, Matt E, TNYankee, ejeffreyhorn, puma5 and others whos screen names I have mis remembered.
WX on T1 was unusually warm for this area/ time with bright sun and temps in the high 80’s. T2 was a mirror image, and making some wish they had hydrated more on breaks. T3 was just more of the same….
Guns and Gear:
Filthy 14 had stopped running in the MO carbine class but was back up now. We replaced the action spring and it is purring right along, finishing up at 33525 rds.
#31- the prototype for the EAG carbine – performed well in Duke’s able hands. However, he had multiple failures to feed. Duke was using PMC, ammo noted for slower velocity and excessive filth. I took one of my mags loaded with 50gr Fed wally world special and it ran like a striped ass ape.
I traded Duke the Kino for #31 and both guns ran without problems.
The last day CarolB traded her SCAR-L for #31 and using the same PMC ammo (but different lot) and she put 570+ rds downrange without issue.
Clearly some voodoo is taking place.
#31 now has 10067 rds downrange, has never been cleaned and only suffered with Duke’s ammo.
One shooter had his BAD loosed up (Loctite is my friend) and another had his light mount attached to the OEM plastic handguards separate when the handguards broke.
Look. This is my shocked face.
Several people had magazine issues that manifested when they loaded into a bolt open gun. The result- ammo pukin’ into the gun…
Look. This is my shocked face.
Some guys ran cans that eventually caused some issues. I don’t run a can, but this appears to be a common problem with them.
This was an extremely talented crew with a lot of training experience behind them. It showed as they continued to shoot hard and straight, and the scores on the MNQ were the highest we have seen so far.
Scott- the high overall shooter- shot a clean score on the MEU(SOC)- with iron sights. It is after all, the Indian, and not the arrow.
Carol B has this thing about the second drill of the MEU(SOC) course. Last year at Pueblo West she broke her foot- and never said a word about it.
Today, while running up to the firing line in the same drill- she did a belly whopper. As requested in the brief, she did it with grace and dignity, keeping the muzzle downrange and smiling as we reached her.
Her chest…errrr….rig, yeah, chest rig, prevented any injuries.
Nice job Carol!
Thanks again to Donna for her expertise and long hours spent bringing these classed to fruition . This class was especially difficult as some people had legit changes ongoing, and others didn’t understand a thing about obligations when they sign up for a class. Our cancellation policy will soon change as a result of the shenanigans of some.
Thanks of course to Mike H for his continued hard work and patience in keeping the train on the tracks.
This was our first class at the Columbia PD range, and we greatly appreciate the efforts of Jeff D for getting this class going.
Thanks also to Larue Tactical, Bravo Company USA, Magpul, Slip 2000, XS Sights, Viking Tactics, ATS, SureFire and Blue Force Gear for their continued support.
We truly appreciate it.
Blue Force Gear