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Forces Focus – FBI HRT circa 1985

This video, shot in 1985, shows the state of the art, at the time, for the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team. Equipment wise, this same gear was used by the point tip of the SOF spear as well.


16 Responses to “Forces Focus – FBI HRT circa 1985”

  1. This is very interesting! And I did not know that they used the HK 33 rifle.

  2. Pete says:

    Nice post – a trip back in time. Lots of leather gear still. The USAF Survival knife sheaths stuck out like a sore thumb.

    The one element that struck me was the limited use of MP5-SDs. When did the suppressor revoultion start? Wasn’t DEA clandestine lab teams using them at the same time?

  3. Sean says:

    Interesting how a lot has changed and some stuff hasn’t

  4. Just some guy says:


    An M40 that shoots 1/4″ groups at 200M…

    • Sketchy_Endeavor says:

      I was cooking breakfast, barely paying attention. Then I heard that in the background…ended up burning my eggs.

  5. Jim says:

    I wonder if my uncle worked with any of those guys…

  6. Fred says:

    I’m glad tactics changed since.

  7. D says:

    You’ve come a long way, baby.

    Great soundtrack in the beginning of the video.

  8. Chris says:

    Holy F’ing lack of muzzle awareness at the beginning of the video.

  9. MN says:

    What?? No helmets during the fast rope?? Muzzle awareness and reflective belts nowhere to be seen! Shocking!! Ha ha ha!!!

  10. steve says:

    Yeah I was waiting for people to start gufawwing at their muzzle awareness.

    All we need is for someone to scream about thumb-over-bore and it will be a wrap for the internet gun community.

  11. Haji says:

    Before ya hammer these guys too hard, remember that it was almost 30 years ago. Much has been learned since then.

    • Angry Misha says:

      Ummm, yeah… I’m gonna hammer them. All that was missing was the keystone cops music. These guys looked like SOI boots. And they still aren’t that good. They’re lack of muzzle awareness and target identification or consideration of background has caused more than s few “whoopsies” in their history. Basically there a bunch of gear queers. Who’s their daddy this month, CAG or DEV?

  12. Kevin says:

    Love the ghilli suits.