Sunday, 9 December 2012

Shooting Practice

Pistols are not considered as a primary weapon for soldiers on missions. The bigger, more powerful rifles are  very much preferred. Hence, since the foundation of The National Defense University aka UPNM, all the cadets are trained to shoot with the M16 and the Steyr AUG A1 only, shooting a pistol is literally unheard of, until now.

Assault Rifles

As a medical personal in the Army, we are not expected to carry an assault rifle running into battle and start shooting at anything that moves. Our role as a doctor is to, well, be a doctor and help the injured. So, the only firearm that we carry would be a pistol for self defense purposes only. Thus, the medical cadets of intake 2010 & 2011 had the privilege of being to first batch to be taught how to handle and shoot a pistol.

The pistol we used was the 9mm Vector Pistol made in South Africa.

The early Saturday morning rising sun saw us all working together getting the shooting ranch ready for our shooting exercise. We measured and set up the targets, erected tents and so on. By mid-morning, everything was done and we were ready to begin shooting.

The shooting ranch

Each of us had 3 rounds of shooting at different distance. We started at 10m then 15m and at last 20m. We had 10 bullets per round and our score was based on our accuracy. The target was divided in 4 parts, hitting the middle would earn you 5 marks and the marks would subsequently decrease as you hit farther and farther from the middle of the target, missing the target would obviously get you 0 marks.

Birds eye view of the medical cadets shooting

After finishing the 3 rounds of shooting, 4 people (2 from each intake) with the highest score from each battalion were chosen to form 2 teams to represent their respective battalion in a shooting competition. The goal of the competition was to see which team could shoot down the most number of plates (Maximum number of plates=10) with 20 bullets at a distance of 20m. 

The setup of the shooting competitiom

All together there was 20 teams consisting of 10 medical cadet teams, 2 officer teams, 2 instructor teams and so on. 2 teams would compete at each round of the competition and the team shooting the most plates would win and proceed to the next round.

I'm glad to be chosen to represent Battalion Tuah, together with Farah Diba, a girl small in stature but with very accurate shooting skills. 

Farah and me in action

My gun jammed a few times during the first round making me frantic as I thought there was a time limit. Thank God there was none and I managed to hit 2 plates while Farah hit 3. I thanked God even more when the opposing team hit less plates than us so we proceeded to the next round.

I managed to shoot better in round 2 leaving only 2 plates standing but we lost to the opposing team, Team Jebat A, who managed to shoot all the plates. What a bummer!

In summary, after many rounds of shooting, the finals was between Team Jebat B and Team Insructor.
The two on the left are the instructors and the other 2 are the Sharpshooters of the medical cadets: Kecik & Pidot 
After a good fight, the champion team was Team Instructor with Team Jebat in second place. I'd say  Team Jebat  B did very well considering that this was their first time shooting a pistol.

Team Jebat B in action
Encik Nel, champion of the day

And thus concluded the shooting exercise for the day. I seriously learnt a lot throughout this exercise and I'm glad to say I'm on the right path of learning to be the man I hope to be one day. The nice part of being in a military environment is that each mistake is pointed out and punishment is dealt out. It may seem harsh but actually it helps us learnt from our mistakes and prevent us from repeating them.

Here are some photos I'd like to share, a few of my better shots (camera shots I mean):

Small but VERY deadly

Askar kosai
Equipment of the day

Process of reloading

Encik Azahari,  the strictest Company Sargent Major  

Down the sight of a 9mm Vector Pistol
Pidot, one of the sharp shooter of the day

And last but not least, the nicest picture of the day:

The one and only Lim Shimri =P

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Kanching Waterfalls

Had a short expedition with my dad to Kanching Waterfalls last weekend. Kanching Waterfalls is not exactly a paradise but still a very nice to place to go to relax and spend time with loved ones. 

Was greeted by this sign board at the entrance. Good thing I did not plan to swim anyway.

Basically, Kanching Waterfalls is made up of 7 waterfalls, each at different levels of a small hill. The lower level waterfalls were packed with people but the crowd gradually thinned out as we ascended. Here are some shots of the waterfalls:

Second level waterfall

Third waterfall I think

7th and the nicest!

The one who made me who I am today

Yours truly

Here is a short riddle to end your day:

If Petaling Street is the heart of KL which is suffering from atherosclerosis;

And PDRM are the White Blood Cells of Malaysia during an Autoimmune Disease;

What in Malaysia is analogous to a Malignant Tumor in the body? Whereby the tumor steals the body's precious nutrients just to feed it self, starving the body in the process; is the cause of the presence of radioactive material; and will slowly but surely kill the body if not removed one way or another.

No trophy or prize if you get the correct answer, except maybe a chance to try Malaysia's famous prison curry rice.