Explain meaning of this quote in Black Hawk Down

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Before the Battle of Mogadishu, during a dinner scene, Steele comes up to Hoot and asks him what's going on.

Hoot replies: "Oh, just some aerial target practice, sir. Didn't want to leave it behind."

What is he referring to? It isn't his weapon, because Steele replies with: "I'm talking about your weapon."

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In case you missed it, the scene starts with the troops having an impromptu barbecue with the wild boar killed by Hoot.

Hence, the "aerial practice" Hoot is referring to is the act of killing the beast.

"Didn't want to leave it behind" is for the dead animal itself.

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What do they say in Black Hawk Down?

Do you really think if you get General Aidid, we will simply put down our weapons and adopt American democracy? That the killing will stop? We know this: without victory, there can be no peace. There will always be killing, you see?

Who said this is my safety sir?

Hoot's reply \u2014 holding up his trigger finger and saying \u201cthis is my safety, sir\u201d \u2014 is a salty slap in the face, and is one of the most recognizable moments from the movie.

How much of Black Hawk Down is true?

In spite of these deficiencies, however, Black Hawk Down is a very realistic, historically accurate portrayal of modern war and tells a relevant and powerful story in an almost flawless example of an American war movie. Bolger, Daniel P. Savage Peace: Americans at War in the 1990s .

Who fell out of the helicopter in Black Hawk Down?

Blackburn is severely injured when he falls from one of the Black Hawk helicopters, so three Humvees led by Staff Sergeant Jeff Struecker are detached from the convoy to return Blackburn to the UN-held Mogadishu Airport.

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Answer 2

Adding to CinCout's answer; the follow on sentence

I'm talking about your weapon...

leads onto Hoot (and the audience) realising that Steele is actually asking why Hoot is walking around with his rifle's safety off - a big no-no on the base unless (possibly even if) on guard duty). Hoot replies

this is my safety, sir.

Referring to his finger. Here's the clip in question:

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