I have fired both rifles and pistols from sailboats and shrimp boats, and everything from M-14s to .50 Cal
from ships. With frequent practice, a surprising level of competence can be attained. Just saying.
A boat under sail is a much more stable firing platform than a skiff. Just saying that, too.
Bear in mind that a fiberglass
yacht offers concealment but very poor cover. Concealment simply means the other guy can't see to shoot you and would have to expend more ammo to stand a good chance of hitting you. Cover means you have some object between you and your enemy that his rounds can't penetrate. If you pop your head
out the hatch
, he doesn't have just half your head
for a target.. He also knows pretty well where to aim for a center of mass shot. So as you consider what if scenarios, keep in mind the important difference between concealment and cover in a boat susceptible to bullet holes. The security
offered by presenting only your head above the hatch
is mostly only a comforting illusion.
Before tossing any firearm overboard
numbers should be completely obliterated. Stamped numbers can be recovered if not ground out deeply enough. It should be disassembled and the parts
tossed seperately. You should determine whether any trawling is ever done at the dump site. In Mexico
it is common to see shrimp boats dragging for brown shrimp in up to 45 fathoms of water
, as a relevant example. Tickler chains and nets could simply pass over a gun on the bottom, or scoop it up.
Getting rid of our M-4s prior to entering a gun unfriendly port. The security
team documents the weapon dumping for CYA purposes when this is done. Note that they tossed both upper and lower groups together, and the bolt still in place, which out of an abundance of caution I would not have done. I am not in the video... I was shooting it.