2008
08.06

A while back we posted about the cool “Crossfire competition” of which Andy said:

“I have teamed up with Tesco to bring you the best competition this side of Basra. You could win signed copy of all of my books, plus the chance for you and a friend to win a SAS-themed experience which includes training from ex-army/Special Forces instructors in survival skills, camouflage, unarmed combat and live weapons handling.”

The winner of this competition is Jimmy and he was so kind to send us a report of the day. Thanks Jimmy!

Hey, I have finally done the “SAS-themed experience”.

We arrived at the car park for the venue at about 8.30am to be met by an army personnel. After a 10min walk we reached the area for the training.

The first impressions were not good, it looked shabby.

We were split into 3 teams (2 teams of 8 and 1 of 7). There was a time table and each team had an hour at every station.

Our first was the “killing house”: Clear 4 rooms in about 25 secs. After having a go ourselves we were then shown how to do it correctly. Each room had picture boards of good guys/bad guys. The shot you got was done with a lot of noise and bb guns firing around us. This was good.

Our second item was the “car extraction with a vip”. Get the vip out of the car and into a safe house asap (they said about 20 seconds – the major who was running the day said that he had to do this once in Bosnia!!) once again, last go was done with noise and bb guns.

The 3rd item on our list was “live weapon handling”. The weapon for the day was a pump action shot gun. We were shown how to use the gun and then walked through a corridor and then we would turn right. On turning right there were 6 pictures (3 goodguys/3 badguys). We had 6 seconds to decide and discharge the gun. You might think this is easy – no!! Lets put it this way – I’ll make the tea!!

Lunch.

After lunch we had “unarmed combat”. Being a 3rd dan black belt this was right up my street, and a good opportunity to fling my mate about (also a black belt). The guy showing us this was amazing, so fast.

Next on the list was “live grenade handling”. For this we got to throw one of the training devices that the army trains with. We were shown how to throw correctly and then we had to crawl under nets and try and throw through a hole 4ft by 2ft, once again this was done with noise and bb guns. Out of the 8 in our team no one managed to get it on target.

The last thing we did was “vip protection”. We were shown how to exit a car and how to follow the vip, watching at all times and then what to do under fire. We got a few goes at this and then the last was done under fire.

All in all it was a good day, the shabbyness did not take away from what we were doing.

Speaking to these guys gives you much more respect for what they do as we spent 1 hr doing each of the above and they spend 6 months doing each.
Amazing!!

It was worth the round trip of 750miles.

Jimmy

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