Day 021: Kai's Rifle Lesson
Summary: Rifle training after it breaks up into groups. Kai's group.
Date: 10 June 2016
Related: Split from This Is My Rifle This Is My Gun
Elias Jael Kai 

The Camp Grounds

With the removal of underbrush and a half-dozen small trees, there is now a tiny clearing around the dropship. It has begun to fill with detritus from the ship, including all of the seating, padding, and removable plates or bulkheads.

Several tents have been set up within the clearing, set close together within the confines of the surrounding trees. A small collection of weapons sits under a parachute-cloth shelter by the door of dropship, open for community use. A three-holer latrine is set up downwind of camp in the prevailing breezes, and a rough wall stretches between trees at the edge of the clearing, dropship plates and felled tree-trunks stacked up and lashed together as best as the Delinquents can manage. There is a gate at the north end, a single panel that can be rolled aside at need.

The forest immediately surrounding the camp has been cowed into near-silence, but is still vibrant and green to a people used to stark metal bulkheads all around them.

Day 21

Kai's attention is on Jael at the moment, as the smallest of her students. She appreciates that it's awkward for the small teen, and carefully helps adjust fingers and so forth in order to help her get it into the right position,"Keep it here, it'll help support the weight of it and give you some bracing.. this here is the sights, you can use that to help line up your shot. One of the things people mess up all the time is that they pull the trigger too hard. Jerking it doesn't make it fire faster, but it will totally throw your aim off. Now you, if you're using one, you'll likely want to brace yourself against something solid. It'll make it harder to move if you need to, of course, but it will help with arm and weight, okay?" she asks of her,"Barrel, slide, bullets go in here. Mode selector, feel free to ignore it, stick to single shot."

Attentive, Jael does her best to position the rifle, to brace it and to pay attention to the words being spoken. Occasionally she'll give a little nod, but otherwise she's not saying much. It's only when prompted that she offers, "Okay." Someone, not as talkative as usual. But she's certainly paying attention, and she moves with the adjustments made to her, breathing out a sigh of relief when it's finally right. There's some nodding for the different pieces, a glance over them.

Elias knows next to nothing about guns, so he just watches for the moment. Hazel eyes do linger on Kai for moments that last too long, but his attention does seem to mostly be on the training. There's no interruption from him for the moment and he seems content to listen carefully to Kai's instruction for Jael. He bobs his head in agreement, showing that he is paying attention to the lesson and taking careful mental notes.

"Best way to stop yourself from pulling the trigger when you don't mean to is not to put your finger on it until you're ready to shoot." Kai utters with a glance at Eli and then back down to Jael, shifting her again to show her a spot to rest her finger,"Don't point it at anyone you don't plan on shooting, either. And like the guys mentioned.. always, always assume it's loaded. If you find a dud, you'll know it.. it.. clicks. Instead of exploding, if that happens.. you pull this here.." she gestures to the slide,"The bullet ejects here and you do this to load the next one. We've got people going through the bullets to get rid of the duds but we just don't know if that will be completed in time.. so if it happens, just do that. It's a problem with the age of these things."

"Clicks, use this, it comes out, the new one gets loaded like this," Jael is perking up a little bit the more that is explained, clearly letting herself get wholly distracted by the lesson. She's an attentive learner anyway, but right now Kai has her hyper-focused for all that there was that 'uhm' earlier. "Right," she says. "It makes sense. It's amazing they work at all. Somebody's working on it so the bullets won't click anymore, though, so."
Stone pages: btw, stance, components (focus on safety), clearing a gun jam, will move on to sighting, then breath control while pulling trigger, probably then tactical movement, and then questions. what's yours?

"Several people are, actually, yeh." Kai murmurs,"For you.. you want somewhere high, somewhere you can sit or lay down." she moves off to kneel with another look at Elias, she hasn't forgotten him, not at all,"High gives you better line of sight and ease of targetting, it will also give you better concealment. Bracing against a surface will also help with fatigue. Breathe nice and slow, place your cheek here.." she shows the spot,"Sight along here, and when you've got your target in your sight, pull the trigger slowly. Squeeze it, don't yank it, be prepared for it to move but don't anticipate it moving because you'll hurt yourself and it wont always move as you expect."

"And don't shoot yourself in the foot," Elias offers helpfully, smiling just a bit. He goes back to quietly observing just a moment or so later, however. Mostly he continues to watch them and look uncertain about the rifle altogether. Well, they really do have to do what they must.

"Don't shoot myself in the foot," Jael agrees with a grin over towards Elias, and then she's looking up to Kai again, watching intently as the other girl moves about, nodding and nodding again, lifting the rifle and leaning in to press her cheek where she should. There's frowning at that last bit though, and she straightens up, giving Kai a puzzled look. "How do I be prepared without anticipating it?" She sounds -so- baffled by this concept.

"Keep a firm grip on it and know it's going to move, but don't keep a death grip on it and try to stop it from moving entirely. The brace against yourself and a surface object will absorb a lot of it's recoil, but being too tense about it will just cause you an accident." she racks it just to make sure it really is empty before suggesting,"Point at that spot there, the red paint on the wall, see if you can get it lined up, yeh?" she suggests to Jael before rising and turning to Eli with an upnod,"Show me how much you paid attention Eli. We'll go from there."

"Oh, okay," Jael's confusion calms considerably at the elaboration, nodding her head agreeably. It's all let go of a little as Kai racks the weapon, just so she's not getting away, but she firms her grip back up when the other girl steps back, nodding her head at the direction and moving to kneel, to get the weapon braced and herself in position, trying to line up that shot. Of course, the interplay between the other two catches her attention as well, and she pauses what she's doing briefly to watch them, then goes back to lining up. Getting herself straightened out and so on. Yay, gun. It is never aimed at her foot.

The upnod is returned with one of Elias' own as Kai addresses him. A smile is offered her way as she challenges him to show what he's learned. Taking his own rifle in hand, he keeps the barrel pointed up into the air for the moment. The target is the red mark on the tree, so he tries to line up the iron sights with that mark. He isn't quite as coordinated as Kai or even Jael for that matter, though he does manage to get on target. "Like this?" he asks Kai, the stock up against his shoulder and the barrel kept pointed downrange. He casts a glance over to Jael as well, nodding a silent commendation for her not pointing the gun at her foot.

Kai goes through as she did with Jael, adjust here, adjust there until she's satisfied with his stance before she nods,"Rifles are good at medium to long range.. they are shit at short range. Don't bother aiming if you have to use one at short range, once you're in your basic position just fire.. for you, Eli.. for you Jael, aim higher. The basic idea being that a blind shot in such a fashion at least has a semi-decent chance of hitting something vital, whereas trying to line up on someone running at you from twenty foot away.. you'll be dead before you get them lined up."

"Right, at that point it's probably best to drop the gun and run," Jael remarks cheerfully, shaking her head. "I run faster than I can get into position." Pause. "Unless I'm part of a group. Right." She clears her throat there, gives them both a sheepish look. "I wouldn't actually run." She's still not pulling the trigger, but she goes back to aiming at the mark. Holding onto the gun and aiming it. Hopefully that'll translate out to…something.

A nod is given to Kai as he flips the safety off, rotates it to single-shot, and then to burst fire. The switch is moved back to the safety position just as quickly, though. There isn't any attempt at firing the weapon just yet as it would be a complete waste of ammunition. Ammunition they can't afford to spare. That is - if these rifles are even loaded with anything. He lets Kai adjust his position, though he knows they'll likely be firing from a prone position if things do come to that. "You wouldn't use burst fire if someone's approaching from a closer range?" he asks.

"J, if you wind up with a gun.. I'm sticking you up in the nest." there's a nod from Kai in the vague direction of the top of the dropship,"Height. Bracing point. Less likely to require that you move around." there's a vague smile,"Ability to pull up the rope and at least try to wait the bastards out. Maybe drop something explosive on them if it comes to it." there's a slow blink of her eyes,"As much as I'd wish you'd stay up there, Eli, I'm not going to pretend I think you'll agree to that. We'll be on the ground." she nods,"I would go full auto and open up on anything that moved, but we don't have that luxury, too high a likelihood of hitting allies. And while someone with a good grouping can take out a target with a controlled burst.. it's not something I'd want people just learning how to pick up a gun to attempt." she racks the slide to check and make sure his is unloaded too,"But if it comes to it.. do whatever it takes, yeh?"

"It is very not the smartest thing, for me to end up with a gun, so I think it's best if we just don't let that happen," Jael says, giving the two of them a significant look before she straightens up and out of her aiming, padding back over to where they're standing. "I think I know how to hold it, and when to shoot it," she says. "I'm..there's something I. I'm starting to think again, so I need to be done. Thank you, Kai, I really appreciate it. Do you want me to put the gun back on the table?" She's going through the motions and her smile and tone are cheerful, but there's definitely something vacant to her eyes. "There's not really much for me to practice."

A lopsided smile is given to Kai at her words while he continues to aim the gun downrange to get a feel for it. "There's no way in hell. They're going to need me on the ground because I can perform first aid," he says, giving the trigger a test squeeze. Naturally nothing happens as the trigger, when the safety is on, will not depress far enough to engage the firing mechanism. "I'll probably be helping Morgan, Layla, Nat and the medical folks." Fair bit of point to that. Outside of actual medically-trained people, he does have a pretty good handle on emergency response. Looking over to Jael then, he regards her with a curious expression. "Never thought I'd see /you/ holding a gun. You're freakin' me out, Ryan."

"Understood." Kai agree's with a dip of her head, holding out her hand for the rifle,"Sadly, whether we want to or not, from what I understand we're going to be up to our eyeballs in Grounders that want to kill us. Do what you need to in order to stay safe J." she suggests with a nod for Elias words, reaching to clap him on the shoulder,"Let's go back and join the others. I'm still trying to convince Grey that his injured ass is better off in the nest, but he's all bound and determined to try and be a casualty."

"Hopefully it's the only time you're ever going to have to see it," Jael answers Elias with a roll of her eyes, giving the rifle over to Kai and nodding her head. "And if it happens, I'll fight. I still think we want to avoid me having to do so, that's all." One shoulder is shrugged. "I'm going to be optimistic until I'm dead, and I'm happier that way. Be safe you guys." There's a smile flashed for both of them before she shoves her hands into her pockets and starts heading back in the direction of a particular cluster of tents.

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