Downrange Feedback Training

The term downrange feedback describes any training method that provides precise knowledge of bullet strike (exactly where bullets hit or miss the intended target) at ranges beyond 25 meters. The soldier gains confidence in his firing abilities by knowing what happens to bullets at range. The inclusion of downrange feedback during the initial learning process and during refresher training improves the soldier's firing proficiency and record fire scores. Downrange feedback can be incorporated into any part of a unit's marksmanship program. However, an ideal sequence is to conduct downrange feedback following 25-meter firing and before firing on the field fire range. (See Appendix G.)

The use of a KD firing range is an excellent way of providing downrange feedback. Also a good way to obtain downrange feedback is to modify existing field fire ranges by constructing target-holding frames, which requires the soldier to walk from the firing line to the target to locate bullet strike.

Units can design their own downrange feedback training to accommodate available facilities. Any silhouette target with a backing large enough to catch all bullet misses can be set up at any range. For example, it would be ideal if the confirmation of weapon zero could be conducted at the actual zero range of 250 meters/300 meters.

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