In the military, do soldiers have to disassemble and assemble their weapons blind folded?
We didn’t have to but we would sort of challenge each other on how difficult conditions we could come up with for disassembling and reassembling the rifle – while not dirtying it of course.
Eventually we were lying on our stomachs and the rifle was on our back and we were trying to disassemble and reassemble it without any parts touching the floor.
And it was doable although very, very slow.
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Also one handed, blindfolded – it isn’t that hard when you put yourself to it.
I mean, it’s just a rifle. It’s not rocket surgery.
We’re not talking about dropping from a helicopter to near freezing water and diving in dark water and disassembling live mines or so. We’re not talking about mastering numerous instruments and flight physics in order to land to a carrier in a storm.
We’re talking about a small number of pieces that each fit only one place, an incredibly simple mechanical puzzle.
Even a crappy half wit armored jäger like me can do it.
I never understood why assembling something blind folded is a “thing” for civilians. Probably because they don’t know anything about assembling rifles and it sounds exotic.
Kind of like it may initially sound exotic that someone can type without looking at keyboard – and even instinctively error correct wrong pushes without even having seen the output. Anyone decent with a keyboard can type almost flawless long texts with a blindfold on.
In fact anyone can with minimal training learn to turn on a computer blindfolded, start a text editor, write an essay and save the file and then turn off the computer – without removing blindfold for a second.
Things like these are like solving the Rubik’s cube. It’s all in the amount of effort you’re willing to put into it.
In military your life can depend on your rifle and your ability to maintain it. You might be lying at the bottom of a trench unable to stand up with all sorts of dirt all over the place having to quickly do some disassembly to clear the rifle of dirt that is causing it to jam. You need to do this before the enemy can kill you and until you do so you’re essentially naked.
So yea, it is a good idea to be able to maintenance your rifle even with one arm completely numb and disabled and without using light sources that could reveal your position.