Well, obviously they won't train a bloody soldier to go in fists flying high. But in close quarters, all spec op soldiers (I think) learn how to deal with things very close quarters. But since I am not in the military yet, I do not know. But when we're talking about Dredd vs Batman. I think that Batman shows a much better edge at Close Quarters. That scene where he takes down SWAT teams and stuff. This was when he was in prime. I just honestly do not think Dredd could outdo Batman even when he has a gun. Batman's still that "ninja" guy who wins over guns.
But the battle is decided. Batman lost. Dredd won. The arguments are solid.
PS yea, you're in comicvine I don't think that comment makes much of a difference lol. BTW I just learned I had an inbox system. Seems a lot better than most website like KMC and stuff.
I'm not entirely sure why this would get picked back up (just getting the notification or not) but I am AF Special Tactics (we don't call it Spec Ops in most cases) and you do train in close quarters, room to room combat. None of that revolves around hand to hand combat. Your tools are your life. Stealth does not win over all. When you need to go loud, and you will trust me, your primary or sidearm better be clean and primed. You train in "reflexive" shooting, where you are not so much focusing on the sight as you would shooting at long distance. Your focus is the target, not the sight. It is hard to explain, but the muscle memory and feeling between traditional and reflexive firing is noticeable.
As for this month old debate, Batman wins because it is the realm of fantasy. So, like I said in previous posts, he has the element of fiction on his side. A real-world SWAT team would have embarrassed the Nolan Batman. And the Joker for that matter. But, Dredd is not those SWAT guys. He's better than they are. He proved it in Dredd. He took a bullet and didn't even make a sound, a grunt, or even show emotion of surprise or shock. Then he bashed people in a close-quarter, violent, if unrefined, Krav Maga-esque fighting style.
But, as you said, the debate is over and done; and good arguments all around.