Maybe he’s just got a hittable face
“When you fire it, the pressure wave feels like getting hit in the face. If you’re looking at a large anti-tank rocket that a soldier would carry on his or her shoulder, that’s now a pretty large explosion — and it’s happening right next to your head.” – Paul Scharre, Honor Graduate of the 75th Ranger Regiment’s Ranger Indoctrination Program And Guy Who Puts Things Like RIP Honor Graduate In His CNAS Bio
It’s a definite maybe for CNAS
So I’m riffing on a reporter’s read on a CNAS study, which is always a perilous proposition. Because then I’ll get curious and see what the actual study has to say. And then get into the footnotes. And learn that what RIP Honor Graduate Scharre’s saying about the TBI suffered by troops who use large caliber weapons like the Carl Gustaf is only true-ish.
The main premise of the article here is that those soldiers who regularly fire off things like AT-4s, Carl Gustafs, Barrett anti-material rifles, and LAWs are at risk for traumatic brain injury on the same level as those troops who have suffered TBI due to being hit by an IED.
So I know this one dude who totally fires the Carl Gustaf a lot
Except that the studies cited in the CNAS paper point out a whole lot of maybes. That firing those kinds of weapons appeared to have some impact in lab tests, and as a result the recommendation was that troops should fire said weapons in training less. Which might could help fix a problem that the researchers weren’t sure existed.
How many times is a Carl Gustaf being fired on a daily basis in training then? More than 20, according to the CNAS report.
Which led me to a footnote.
Which footnote said, “Personal communication with Carl Gustaf gunners.”
Which made me sad.
Headbanger’s Ball just called and they want their research back
Head injuries in troops in the modern age of war is a thing. It’s a big, scary, needs-to-be-addressed thing. Because with all the new and exciting ways around to rattle your brain in your skull, the military medical establishment has to come to grips with this.
And yes, safer weapons training (if that is actually the problem) needs to be part of the solution. We can’t wait until the problem gets even worse to address it. But let’s not chase bogeymen on this one. Even if you were the RIP Honor Grad.