Some time ago, and in most of my books, I wrote a blog about the “Double Tap” method of shooting. I recall one of my instructors at the old Police Counter-Insurgency Training Base at Maleoskop saying to us trainees forming a circle around him: “Double tap first or die.” Since then I became a great believer in double tap shooting. So it was odd to me to find out that not one US Special Forces member, nor any US civilian, nor any US SWAT member, knows what the “double tap” method is. I found the lack of knowledge astonishing. It certainly explains the tens of thousands of shots fired at every raid and the numerous civilian casualties that they just cannot seem to avoid. During Vietnam, at one stage, it took US troops 100,000 rounds to obtain one kill. The same in World War Two. Later statistics said 250,000, then 500,000 bullets (Vietnam). Today, with the modern optical aiming devices being used in Afghanistan and Iraq, 300,000 according to some reports. Why more bullets when you have better optics? Low standards, what else. But also, the M4 rifle has a pathetic first-kill ratio, worse than the M16 because of barrel length.
Historically, the double tap was first used by the British Special Air Service, SAS, in the 1970s when they became interested in counterterrorism, hostage rescues, after the Munich Massacre. They realised that the standard full metal jacket 9mm Parabellum round is crap. It does not kill fast enough and thus they adjusted by adding Special Forces ammunition, hollow points, and shooting two rounds so fast it sounds like one shot. We did the same, even on our assault rifles and to me, it is the mark of a professional. Fully automatic fire is the mark of ill-discipline and of run of the mill soldiers not worthy of Special Forces (or anywhere else) where you often carry the ammunition to and from the target without guaranteed resupply. There are also those that say that the British wartime saboteur agency, Special Operations Executive, SOE, came up with the double tap technique first. Be that so, it is a fine old tradition. Except for covering fire and the first few crazy seconds of an ambush, fully automatic fire was a luxury we could not afford and looked down upon. Nothing has changed.
About snipers. The moment that I suspect that a sniper will not shoot when told to do so, it is his end and he is back to where he came from. And he is expected to kill as quickly and efficiently as possible. That is to shoot the target in the head at any distance that the rifle is capable of shooting. I want instantaneous death to safeguard the hostages. I wrote a sniper book, Code Name Butterfly, how to use counter snipers to protect a president. In fact, personally, I don’t believe that the turd (he floats in what he speaks) is worth protecting... because he will be replaced within seconds of being killed. If you wish to hurt a country, then kill the spymasters, the real ones, not the political appointees. But I wrote the book and it is a good story. I went into great detail about the history and use of snipers. An interesting read for those interested in the subject.
Today I was asked if killing takes place in anger, or, do you need to hate to kill? In my view and experience, absolutely not. We are not discussing a crime scenario where anger plays a role, sometimes, the only role. To me there should never be any anger or annoyance or hatred. Just hit the target and get done. Do a professional job. I don’t really understand the Hollywood mental anguish about such things. Once the decision is made, legally justifiable, then the only feeling that remains is quiet satisfaction in a job well done. It is also very easy to pull that trigger or squeeze it. With enough training and indoctrination it is never a problem. But there is an immense amount of personal responsibility and accountability running in the background. Should you shoot the wrong person you will have to live with the consequences which might be facing murder charges. Of course, if in the US Military, that will be covered up – see my book VOICES, War Crimes USA. You almost certainly will get away with your crimes and be promoted. It should not happen but I can show you many instances where the wrong person was killed even by the most experienced assassin state in the world, Israel. That country took out more than 3,000 enemies of the state since 1948, not all of them justifiable. The Mossad method of getting close and personal is designed to prevent mistakes but sadly does not. Mistakes can and will be made. Every time such a mistake is made, another terrorist is born. Remember that when statistics tell me that the US drone strikes kill the wrong person or innocents 96.5% of the time. It is the most pathetic record on counterterrorism known to man. But I suppose it is different for a pilot or drone operator. He is not involved in the killing as such. No, he drops a bomb or missile and flies home, a real hero back home (sarcastic). He never sees the effects of his acts. Neither do those turds ordering the kills. No, they sit in the White House and watch a television screen as well as the photographer taking pictures to show their commitment to murder. They have never served, mostly, and neither do their children (1.2% of US Congress members have children in the military). And those that served were lawyers, mostly, staying stateside, or intelligence officers never leaving the secure base whilst collecting medals for future use. It is another matter for the soldier on the ground or those behind enemy lines. It is another matter when you see first-hand what bullets and explosives do to humans including your own. Yes, you grow up and away from Hollywood in seconds. However, I will stand by my view based upon experience. No hatred or anger is required to kill a human being. Only desire and motive as well as ability. It is in many ways disturbing that almost anyone can be trained and motivated to be like this