What are they actually firing at? It looks as if it's an utter ****head convention of slow building demolition.
His total training probably consisted of five minutes of someone saying "Dude, c'mere, I want to show you how this PK works... Ok, you're a machine gunner." Consider that in the U.S., a Marine Infantryman is considered to have completed basic infantry training after five months, and it's another six months or a year in the Fleet before he can actually call himself a grunt.
His total training probably consisted of five minutes of someone saying "Dude, c'mere, I want to show you how this PK works... Ok, you're a machine gunner."
Dead on accurate^ If you go skip to like 1:10 you can see them doing exactly that. The FSA guys who defected from the Syrian Army try to teach them marksmanship but they only have so much ammo and time. You also have to take into account that lots of the defecters are just conscripts with not that much firearm experience themselves. Watching how the Syrian Army fights, they don't seem very disciplined. It's the middle of a war time so I'm sure their standards are a bit laxed anyway.
We can do an estimate for today for fun (as we don't really have the good numbers, it's purely for entertainment value).
Between 2002 and 2005 the GAO estimated a consumption of 6 000 000 000 small arm munition, and the US forces roughly killed 30 000 enemy (higher end estimation Afghanistan + Irak) in the same time-frame, that's 200k bullet by kill.
Now that include training ammo of course, but even if only 1% was use in combat that still mean 2 000 bullets by enemy...
And that's assuming that EVERY enemy was killed by small arm fire which is certainly not the case.
AFAIK there are no studies on enemy combat loss, but we can oppose it to the NATO combat loss studies that show that around 80% of the fatal injuries are made by explosions and shrapnel, and only 15 to 20% are bullet related. All that despite armor, kevlar, medics/casevac and fighting enemies mostly equipped with small arms and light support weapons (light mortars, RPG,...).
Assuming it's roughly the same for the enemy (20% dead by small arm fire), and I seriously doubt it is, that leave only 6 000 enemy dead from the bullets fired at them.
That's 10k bullets by enemy killed, assuming 99% of the small arm ammo was used in training.
One could also argue that the training is meant to kill the enemy when encountered and therefore should be included in the count, but the number ended up to be ridiculously huge (1M bullet per kill)...
Thats assuming that a dead person gets shot only with one bullet. and none of the injured person is taken in account for. you dont always shoot to kill