Firearm Inaccuracies In Media

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  1. CapnMac

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    Some things get done for the sake of "fitting" in the scene. So, any group that ought to be spread out, will be scrunched up--that's the nature of using a lens.

    There's a habit to have way fewer people 'stand in' for larger groups--like having a Squad or a Fire Team "stand in" for a Platoon or Company. Part of that is screenwriter laziness, a full-up Platoon is about 50 guys, and that's a lot of names and character identities. Part of that is cheapness--paying for 6-7 guys is cheaper than hiring a Platoon of Extras at Union Scale. Part of that is the persistent notion that the General Public can only 'follow' a certain number of characters through a story (despite the success of large ensemble cast programs).
    But, a significant portion is from just not groking how that works in real life.

    Jeremiah Johnson is one man against the wilderness. PFC Smith has 3 other people in his Fire Team, and there are two more Fire Teams in his Squad, which is one of three in the Platoon, one of 3-5 in the Company, and on and aon up the chain.
     
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    Goes back to what I've mentioned before - there is an actual guide book for writers and producers on how to portray firearms in movies and TV. I used to have it. One big item is to show that the gun is more dangerous to own than to not own, as Trunk Monkey mentions. Another is that IF someone uses a gun in self-defense, it should go wrong and the bad guy should take it from them.

    It's not ignorance, it's intentional.
     
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    -If I'd been paid Union Scale, I'd have been in more movies,
    I got a bit to be an extra in 'Rooster Cogburn and the Lady' and 'Animal House' and the TV movie 'The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid', but it cost too much to commute to the locations of stuff like 'Dances with Wolves' and 'Death Race 2000'.

    It helps to have family in the industry, but only so much.
     
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  4. JR24

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    And highly trained "shooters" with the weakest wristed teacup grip. Easiest thing in the world to do a 10 second Google search to check how to actually HOLD a gun properly.

    It should be professional pride for an actor to actually ... ACT a role correctly.
     
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  5. Trunk Monkey

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    I used to love watching Mel Gibson FLINCH every time he shot his Beretta in Lethal Weapon
     
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    Yeah, good thing he wasn't shooting a .44 Magnum ...

    But, even Clint Eastwood used the cup'n'saucer grip in the Dirty Harry movies. He evolved by the time he did Bloodwork, though ...
     
  7. Trunk Monkey

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    I like the episode of Bones when Booth (David Boreanaz) makes a 1400 yard shot with an M4
     
  8. Trunk Monkey

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    My only problem with that is if you watch To Hell and Back Audie Murphy's Trigger Discipline is atrocious.

    I don't know how "Trained" he might have been but he was certainly experienced
     
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    Tour of Duty
    Did US troops really carry AK47s on patrols?
     
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    I imagine some of them did. It would depend on their commander
     
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    Confusion caused by the different report might cause friendly fire?.
    The last Tour of Duty episode I saw had a bunch of different rifles, most M16s with triangle forends and standard stocks, except for the squad leader who appears to have a silencer and a retractable stocked M16? One guy was even carrying an M2 Carbine.
    I imagine the supply guys having a fit attempting to keep all that differing ammo.
     
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    I love it when shooting a 45.cal and there is no recoil at all. In fact most of them no matter what the caliber do not recoil. And those cupped grips drive me insane.
     
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    Agree. And much of the time this is after a few minutes in a life-or-death situation where it would have been utterly stupid for the shotgunner to have been walking around with an empty chamber.
     
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    Old westerns where the cowboy has a gun belt full of cartridges, ........ and a cap and ball revolver in the holster.
     
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    I hate it when Star Trek Fleet officers point shoot their phasers.
     
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    Interestingly, in the original STAR TREK, the phasers had collapsible sights. If you closely examine the episode MAN TRAP, you can see it being employed by Mr. Spock as they hunt the "salt vampire" on the planet surface. After that episode, the collapsible sight feature may have been used once or twice, and then never again.
     
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    Not many things beat the Glock 7.
     
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  18. Palladan44

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    Unfortunately, many average Americans perception of real world shootings are shaped by theatrical portrayals. (No inference to the perceptions of any THR members, so lets not go there please!) Many THR members have unfortunately been involved in real world shootings. Lets leave that stuff out of here.

    We can probably agree that most scenes in movies/Tv shows are packed with flaws as experienced LEOs. Military Veterans, Hunters, and "gun guys" can easily recognize. Revolvers that have 13 rounds in them, bolt rifles that are magically semi- auto, the one shot instant stop and fall over and die that we all know is pretty unrealistic. One handed handgun use with rifle-like accuracy. Bright red blood the color of red paint etc. etc. Etc. Etc.

    However, i have seen some pretty darn realistic scenes. These are the ones that i dont laugh at (like ones posted above) these rather give me the chills. Ill describe one of these such scenes below:

    AMC-"Breaking Bad" TV show- DEA agent Hank Schrader gets involved in a shootout with Mexican cartel kingpin Tuco Salamonca. There are many reasons i think this scene is chillingly realistic, right down to the way the weapons were used, the probable mentality and training of each party, the state of mind and physical state each party was in, when the first and last shots were fired and how it ended. All very realistic, and a bit of luck played out for agent Schrader for the fact that he did not get hit with Tucos spray of 30 rounds of full Auto M16 fire.

    Agent Schrader armed with a Glock 22, 40 s&w. and at least 1 spare mag, in holster under concealment approached Tuco, who was high on meth and injured from a prior GSW to the abdomen. Tuco was leaning against an automobile, where 3-4 feet away on the carseat was an M16 type full auto carbine, which was loaded and ready to go with 30 round magazine locked. (LEOs pulling up to scenes not knowing who/what theyre dealing with, when that persons plan is to kill you from the start, happens to LE all the time)

    From about 8-10 yards away, Shrader questions Tuco as he exited his vehicle, with Shraders door open. Tuco doesnt like it, and shows some "pre attack" indicators including looking inside the car at the gun(which Shrader doesnt know its there) and cracking his neck. Schrader takes note to the subtle "pre attack" indicators and gets more in a defensive and alert pose, that shows his training as an officer. Agent Shrader taking note to these pre attack indicators probably saved his life, because Tuco quickly lunged for the M16 through the open window of the car, and gets it in a both hands, buttstock "under the armpit" grip in about 1.5 seconds.

    Before Tuco is able to swing the barrel in Agent Shraders direction, Shrader was able to draw from concealment and get about 2 shots off (no hits)before Tuco opens up with a spray of M16. Shrader able to draw so quickly, and get shots in Tucos direction im sure got Tuco moving, off balance and made Tuco spray from the hip. Tuco made no deliberate shots, just sprayed from the hip, showing his lack of training, lack of marksmanship skills and just held the trigger down spraying. I found the accuracy and lack of hits to intended target very realistic given everything into account, including Tucos lack of training, and "spray and pray" gangster style shooting.

    Shrader, dropped to the ground and rolled (as much as he could) under the vehicle into prone position after the initial shots fired, and Tuco continued spraying with M16. Shrader was able to commence some counter ambush suppression fire, which was also very very critical. He took cover/concealment using vehicle and decreased his effective target size by going prone.. some of this is instinct, but definitely training involved here. When being continuously fired upon at close range, when youre out gunned, and if youre exposed (not completely behind hard cover) then suppression fire is key. Point and shoot in their direction and get shots their way even if youre not able to lift your face off the ground, because its probably the only way you can buy yourself another second in the fight. Agent Shrader did just that, and that also probably saved his life, if this were real. He didnt give attacker even a 1/8 of second to get the sights dropped on him. Very critical.

    The fight ends shortly after Tuco fires his 30 rounds (the 30 rounds in the show seems a little optimistic, but very close) and Shrader needs to reload also. I find it realistic when both parties run out of their first magazine at about the same time, as from my experiences 30 rounds from an m16, when shot in about 3-4 bursts is about the same amount of time as 15 rounds from a 40 caliber Glock would be.
    (Unfortunately, a few more than 15+1 were fired from the first magazine, which is an error, oops!!)

    Tuco then moves around to the other side of his car to reload, which he has a little bit of difficulty with, and takes about 6 or 7 seconds to accomplish. (Lack of training, already injured, and intoxication) During this period, Agent Shrader is able to combat reload quicker, get up to the the crux of the cardoor and take a more accurate "bead" on the direction of the attacker, who is still fumbling with reloading his M16 behind the car (This displays Agent Shraders training, and clear will to win this fight) Tuco finishes reloading. As soon as Tuco pops up for another probable round of spray and pray fire, Agent Shrader makes an effective head shot to end the fight, because he was ready first, and had his sights dropped on him. This was also his only option, as Tuco would have began firing again in another .5 seconds, and probably would have not given Shrader any bigger of a target than his head in that position.
    This scene to me was very "idealistic" for agent Shrader and equally realistic at the same time.

    Given all of the factors, this one rates the highest of "movie" shooting scenes, for me anyways. Knowing that fellow officers, Agents, military personnel and citizens have been ambushed in situations just like this countless times reminds me why we carry high capacity service pistols and train our asses off.

    ***Real side note***
    2 officers in my community were injured last week when ambushed by gunfire from a suspect whos car broke down on the freeway. He was a wanted felon, and his plan was to ambush the Police when they arrived so he could continue to flee. Lets wish them a speedy recovery!!!!!!
     
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    The above description of the gunfight in Breaking Bad was terrific. That was indeed one of the more memorable scenes in the series which I think was the best series I've ever watched. Almost from the start Agent Shrader was my favorite character. He was a tough guy doing a tough job and usually by the book, except when going "off book" was the right thing to do. It pained me to see Walter play him.
     
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    While I haven't seen either movie, so I don't know how it turned out, I read that Keanu Reeves did a good bit of shooting training for John Wick
     
  21. JR24

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    Yeah, he's pretty decent in those. I liked the first one more than the second two.

    Generally anything directed by Michael Mann is good two, I still love Miami Vice on reruns.
     
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