Shooting a Suicide Bomber -The One Way Trip

With all the news that has been coming out of Europe over the past few weeks, I have received some inquires about the current thinking on head shots?

Bottom line: Since the war on terror went full swing, just about every working group that could conceivably cross paths with a suicide bomber incorporated head shots into their standard assaulter-shooter courses.

16y/o in Palestine. Suicide bombs and bombers come in all sizes.

16y/o in Palestine. Suicide bombs and bombers come in all sizes.

The logic is simple. While the old school thinking of making head shots under stress is much more difficult, the reality of putting rounds through some kind of explosive vest are less than ideal. So everyone is training with both handgun and carbine for head shots.

Female bomber captured in Africa. Notice how low the bomb sits on her body?

Female bomber captured in Africa. Notice how low the bomb sits on her body?

Right now, it NEEDS to be stated that making a head shot on a suicide bomber with a handgun is functional suicide. It is. In the video below, the target array is around 28 yards. From a suicide vest kill radius perspective, I might as well be bear hugging the guy. Not survivable.

Blast scene in Astan. See the man with hands on hips? Could you make that headshot? About the two guys over HIS left shoulder? Make that headshot?

Blast scene in Astan. See the man with hands on hips? Could you make that headshot? How about the two guys over HIS left shoulder? Make that headshot with a handgun?

But…from a pistol capability perspective, it behooves the home gamer to start walking back the pistol distances. Head shots at 15, 20, 25, 30, 50 yards are a good idea to practice. While the attack in Belgium was over quickly, chances for an armed citizen to take a shot at an active-shooter-killer, such as in Mumbai, are conceivable. Note: Authorities in Belgium did recover a unused AK on scene. That didn’t get much notice by the press. Why does a suicide bomber need an AK? You get one guess.

Suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Notice the DET cord and AK rifle.

Suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Notice the DET cord and AK rifle.

Final disclaimer. The targets in the video aren’t even walking slow. And in the Western world, shooting an innocent bystander is even worse than eating the bomb yourself. Which means closing the distance for a 100% hit. On a guy wearing an explosive vest. Possibly with a dead man switch. Who might have a buddy covering him, you don’t see yet. Holding that AK we mentioned.

Everyone on the internet talks about, “living one day as a lion”. Well, this is your chance. Make those hits count because this is a one way trip. Authorities will score your hits off the security cameras.

Suicide bomber at police HQ in Kabul. This attacker cleared multiple checkpoints before detonation. What does a suicide bomber look like?

Suicide bomber at police HQ in Kabul. This attacker cleared multiple checkpoints before detonation. What does a suicide bomber look like?

 

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