I'm aware of how the Bolshevik revolution actually happened. Given how few shots were fired it was hardly an insurrection at all in the proper sense. I'm referring more to the civil-war conception of revolution that became Communist International orthodoxy circa 1920, when democratic centralism was redefined in a very top-down militaristic way.
And Martin is unclear on my main point: "The bourgeois state has tanks, fighter planes, nukes, etc. Unless revolutionary socialists win over the majority of the rank-and-file of the armed forces well in advance of taking power, we’ll probably all get killed if we attempt armed insurrection."
It seems that Martin agrees with me but I'm not quite sure.