Thursday, December 31, 2009

Combined ANP/US Range and Golf

Weeks ago when we were talking and having chai with our ANP counterparts the topic of weapons came up. Our counterparts relayed to us that they had not been trained on their pistols and were not very comfortable with their use. Since they do carry these weapons and rely on them for their personal safety, we decided to arrange some time together on the range to practice. After a basic range safety lecture through my interpreter, we began.

I was expecting their pistols to be old WWII era soviet style weapons. I was quite suprised to find that they carry new Smith and Wesson 9mm pistols. Their pistols did not have a safety, but were light weight and handled well. One of the weapons misfired a few times, but I suspect that more oil was needed. They did fine and improved with only a little practice. We also let them shoot our pistols, which are much older in design comparitively. We ended the shooting with a familiarization fire of the M-4 which was orderly as well.

After the shooting Steve took out the golf clubs. All of the Afghans universally said it was much harder to hit a golf ball than watching TV might suggest. I was worried that some of the clubs would be literally broken in half due to the hatchet like swing of some of the new golf initiates. There were quite a few laughs and a good time was had by all. It was a good safe time. I suspect this was the last mentoring type activity I will perform in this country. There is a new member of the team here now, so very soon it will be time for me to move on.


  1. Becki - Girl Scout Troop 3142January 1, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    Best wishes in the completion of your mission and return home. Thank you for the continued updates. I have enjoyed following your posts. My girl scout troop is the troop that has adopted the lady troops at Camp Spann.

  2. The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 01/04/2010 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

  3. I wound my way over from Michelle Malkin linking to Mudville Gazette to you. Can't tell you how much I enjoyed your take on this - from 9mm's to golfclubs.

    Our prayers are with each and every one of you, with gratitude to your families for their sacrifice and dedication as well. Stay safe sir.