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How far from reality is 'Black Hawk Down' when a Delta sergeant carries an unsecured weapon during a barbecue?

I worked for the DoD on a project in Iraq and saw some interactions between Special Forces groups. Spent a lot of time with Rangers from Hunter AAF in Georgia. I think this scene employs a bit of ...
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Explain meaning of this quote in Black Hawk Down

In case you missed it, the scene starts with the troops having an impromptu barbecue with the wild boar killed by Hoot. Hence, the "aerial practice" Hoot is referring to is the act of killing the ...
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Why didn't the Army Rangers use scoped rifles?

The short answer is Hollywood. The M16A varieties have a mounting hole in the carrying handle. During the time of this event, both units would have trained with iron sights. Soldiers in units with ...
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Why didn't the Army Rangers use scoped rifles?

This was in the early 90's. Back then scope distribution among all troops was not standard issue for rifles back then. Picatinny rail was still a few years away. SOME of the Rangers in fact did have ...
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Why's this US Army soldier knocking his rifle magazine against his helmet?

We see soldiers do this in other movies - Apocalypse Now (during the Ride of the Valkyries attack sequence) comes to mind - particularly because this is mimicked by the marines watching the sequence ...
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Why's this US Army soldier knocking his rifle magazine against his helmet?

Soldiers have been doing that for decades with the belief that it aligns the rounds with the back side of the magazine and therefore decreases the likelihood of a jam caused by a mis-aligned round. ...
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Why didn't the Army Rangers use scoped rifles?

The Delta snipers tended to be more highly specialized marksmen. Their shooting was more precise, and their dedication was more extreme. They were trained in maintaining the weapon to a higher degree ...
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Why didn't the Army Rangers use scoped rifles?

I'm going to take a swing at this and say, it's because the costume designer & props made a joint decision, most likely in conjunction with the director, to provide this difference as one of the ...
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