AR-15 Used to Defend Against Charging Polar Bear (2008)

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Arizona -( Zeb Cadzow and Paul Herbert are experienced hunters who live north of the Arctic Circle in Fort Yukon, Alaska.

In late March of 2008, residents of Fort Yukon, Alaska become concerned because a bear was not exhibiting any fear of humans near their town. Peter John originally saw the bear eating lynx carcasses near a cabin on the edge of town.

People did not believe the white bear was a polar bear. Polar bears had never been seen in the area. They thought it was an albino grizzly or a grizzly bear covered with frost.

The hunters, who depend for their lives on their rifles, did not carry .357 magnums or .30-06 model Winchester Model 70s. They carried AR-15s.

Many hunters who depend on rifles for survival in the far north carry high-velocity, small caliber rifles. They can carry much more ammunition, they are easy to shoot, and are flat shooting. They offer excellent accuracy. The magazine capacity is a plus.

The two experienced hunters, on tracking a large bear that showed no fear of people, choose the AR-15 in .223. From

“There’s usually grizzly around this time of year,” he said. “You want to get rid of it because it’s hungry.”

The men tracked the bear three miles out of town to the Porcupine River, where it moved onto a river island.

At that point, most of the hunters returned to Fort Yukon for a sled dog race, leaving Cadzow, 30, and Paul Herbert, 60, to continue the hunt.
“We assumed we were chasing a grizzly bear,” Herbert said.

Cadzow concurred, thinking the white description meant it was an albino bear or a grizzly covered in frost.

While Herbert waited at one end of the island, Cadzow, on foot, went into the brush tracking the bear.

Suddenly, the bear came out from under a brush pile about 10 yards away. It charged straight at Cadzow, who was carrying an AR-15, a rifle similar to the U.S. Army’s M-16.

AR-15 Used to Defend Against Charging Polar Bear

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National Geographic Wild included the incident in a 2015 video. Not surprisingly, they mis-characterized the rifle.  They said the rifle was an M-16. Then they dubbed in a shot of automatic rifle fire to make it seem the bear was stopped with a burst from the rifle.  The incident is recounted at about 19:00 to 21:30 in the video.

The .223 is more capable than many realize. One .223 round has more energy than most .44 magnum rounds.  From

According to a story in the Fairbanks News-Miner, the polar bear charged straight at Cadzow who didn’t have time to lift and sight his rifle.

“I shot from the hip, seven or eight times,” he said. “If I had gotten it to my shoulder, it (bear) would have been on top of me. It happened so quick, by the time it was down, it was about 10 feet from my feet,” according to the News-Miner.

The bear was in good condition. It was not starving.

When facing dangerous opponents, be they men or bears, there is much to be said for rapid, controllable fire at close range. The AR-15 offers those characteristics and 30 round magazines.

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Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance Teams Killing It

In a new video release from YouTube’s Military Channel, United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance Teams are seen absolutely killing it on the range. Force Recon is America’s premiere deep reconnaissance asset. They have been conducting intense reconnaissance missions since the Pacific Campaign of World War Two. If you need to send men behind the lines to figure out what the enemy is planning, these are the guys you call.

Force Recon

Force Reconnaissance teams are one of the most storied groups in the history of the United States Marine Corps. They draw roots all the way back to World War Two where they were known as the Amphibious Reconnaissance Battalion. Here, they were used to reconnoiter beach heads to give commanders the best possible options to kick off amphibious assaults. They reported directly to the landing force commanders, and were used specifically by that individual to get the best possible picture of the situation on the ground before an amphibious attack was mounted on islands in the Pacific Ocean.

It is said that these early Force Reconnaissance teams, along with the Navy’s Naval Combat Demolition Units (predecessor to the early UDTs) are some of the first men to launch full-scale operations from submerged submarines. Their mission set specifically tasked them with reconnoitering possible beachheads for amphibious invasions and clearing possible obstacles, before moving inland to keep a watch out for possible enemy activity in the areas that the landing force may come into direct contact with. They would do all of this deep reconnaissance days in advance of the landing force, and would generally remain far behind enemy lines unsupported the entire time they were on-shore.

Force Recon 2

In 2006, Force Reconnaissance was split up into two different units. The first unit would remain as Force Reconnaissance, and the second unit would become Marine Special Operations Teams, (MSOT) also known as MARSOC, or the Marine Raiders. This split allowed Force Reconnaissance teams that were being used for direct action missions in areas of operations like Afghanistan and Iraq to focus back on their primary mission-sets of intelligence gathering and visit, board, search, and seize (VBSS) operations. While they are still capable of conducting the same duties as MARSOC, and MARSOC capable of conducting the same mission-sets as Force Recon, this overlap allowed the Marine Corps much more flexibility in combat operations around the world.

The motto of a Force Reconnaissance Marine is as follows:

Realizing it is my choice and my choice alone to be a Reconnaissance Marine, I accept all challenges involved with this profession. Forever shall I strive to maintain the tremendous reputation of those who went before me.

Exceeding beyond the limitations set down by others shall be my goal. Sacrificing personal comforts and dedicating myself to the completion of the reconnaissance mission shall be my life. Physical fitness, mental attitude, and high ethics—The title of Recon Marine is my honor.

Conquering all obstacles, both large and small, I shall never quit. To quit, to surrender, to give up is to fail. To be a Recon Marine is to surpass failure; To overcome, to adapt and to do whatever it takes to complete the mission.

On the battlefield, as in all areas of life, I shall stand tall above the competition. Through professional pride, integrity, and teamwork, I shall be the example for all Marines to emulate.

Never shall I forget the principles I accepted to become a Recon Marine. Honor, Perseverance, Spirit and Heart. A Recon Marine can speak without saying a word and achieve what others can only imagine.

Swift, Silent, Deadly.