We’ve gone over just how tough spec ops are. From Special Operative training to their combat applications, Special Operations are believed to have the hardest jobs. For exceptionally tough individuals, you’ve got to have extraordinarily tough training. Here’s the spec ops training that focuses on firearms.

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Spec Ops Training for Firearms

Proper weapon handling

The best training for spec ops and firearm use is not an easy one. It seems as though firearm training would be pretty standard, right? Well, no one shoots like a spec op. It boils down to every detail, starting with how you handle your rifle.

  • Finger outside the trigger guard (never lay your finger along the trigger)
  • Keep your elbows in, close to your body
  • Slightly bend the knees


  • Always use the sights!

That last one is a basic shooting fundamental that every spec op knows. It’s something that is often overlooked in movies and TV shows and, therefore, we learn to use assault rifles the wrong way.

Learning short range combat

After you go over the basics in spec ops training (you should already be familiar with those basics before being selected for spec ops), it’s time to apply weapons handling in an environment where you learn basic short range combat. What is short range combat? Short range combat encompasses combat styles like hand-to-hand and close quarters combat.

SRC is a unique firearm training for spec ops because, not only does it test a soldier’s firearm skills, but their physical strength and survival instinct. In any worst case scenario, the spec op training involves a plan B. Very useful in any situation. SRC training involves:

  • Firing stance: Feet are shoulder-width apart, toes pointed straight ahead.
  • High ready position: the end of the weapon is held under the armpit, barrel held slightly up just in peripheral vision of the spec op.
  • Low ready position: The barrel is held down at a 45-degree angle.
  • Movement: Spec ops are trained to run around, holding their weapons in the appropriate manner while staying focused in on their target. No soldier should have to look where they are going and must not trip over anything in the process.
  • Kneeling: spec ops are trained to combat enemies from a kneeling position.
  • Aiming: When practicing their aiming, four different aiming techniques are practiced; slow aimed fire, rapid aimed fire, aimed quick kill and instinctive fire.

Tactical reloading

In the line of duty, thinking and acting quickly is the name of the game. One of the more time-consuming aspects of firearm use is reloading your weapon. In a firefight, spec op training goes over ways to reduce this time greatly with tactical reloading. Whilst reloading, spec ops learn to:

  • Keep barrel on target at all times
  • Forcefully pulling empty magazine out and dropping it
  • Just as quickly as it was dropped, insert new magazine without moving rifle
  • Quickly chamber the round

The trick is to do all that with one hand while steadying the rifle with the other.

Practice makes perfect

Spec ops training takes time, and these tasks that you learn aren’t something you can learn in a weekend. That’s why spec ops training takes months at a time to complete one task. It’s no walk in the park, and no one expects anyone to pull it off, but if you have what it takes to be a spec op, this is what the basic firearm training entails.

Get a Taste of Spec Ops Training

While obviously not the real thing (we wouldn’t do that to you), Machine Gun Experience offers a package that allows you to fire all of the weapons a spec op in training would be using. Book your experience today.

Ask anyone in either the special forces or spec ops what the most annoying thing is and they’d most likely tell you it’s how people get the two of them confused with one another. In the media especially, you’ll see them calling a spec op a “Special Forces” soldier. Let’s put an end to that right now.


Special Operations

Spec ops or Special Operations Forces (SOF) are any operatives affiliated with the United States Special Operations Command, or SOCOM. SOCOM is a global network of US special soldiers. What makes them so “special” is that they do the job no other soldier could (nor is even allowed to).

Spec ops training

It’s popular to say that Spec Op training is 10% physical and 90% mental—a strong statement considering the level of fitness that precludes spec op bootcamp. What you have to realize is that the 90% mental is in a great deal physical as well. What we mean by that is that the training is so excruciating and intense, it tests your psyche as well as your body. Bodybuilders, pro athletes and fitness gurus have tried the spec op training… and failed.

Special Forces

Special Forces is a branch of the US Army, a specific group in the Army in fact. Also known as a “Green Beret,” a Special Forces soldier duty is to take on any unusual or intensely difficult task the regular Army couldn’t tackle. A lot of what they do involves going behind enemy lines in secret covert missions. Most of what they do is top secret info and is never disclosed to the public, but we do know that they were responsible for taking out the Taliban in a matter of weeks.

Special forces training

Soldiers joining up with the Special Forces have to endure nine weeks of ultra-intense physical and mental conditioning. This is just the initial training, though. Afterward, soldiers will attend the Advanced Individual Training for four weeks.

After their Advanced Individual Training, soldiers are required to take Basic Airborne School for three weeks, and from then on, spec ops prep, assessment and qualification courses are required.

The whole process takes over a year—if you can handle it.

In Summary

As it turns out, Special Forces is just another branch of the very broad group of Special Operations. In any case, training for a special anything in the military challenges you to your very limits: physically and mentally.
You can get a very basic Spec Op Weapons Training course here in Las Vegas. It will test your marksmanship as you use weapons similar to those used by special operatives. It’s the closest you can get to the real thing, so sign up today and have some fun with it!