Beaten Zone

The beaten zone (Figure 5-2) is the elliptical pattern formed by the rounds striking the ground or the target. The size and shape of the beaten zone changes when the range to the target changes or when the machine gun is fired on different types of terrain. On uniformly sloping or level terrain, the beaten zone is long and narrow. As the range to the target increases, the beaten zone becomes shorter and wider. When fire is delivered on terrain sloping down and away from the machine gun, the beaten zone becomes longer. When fire is delivered on rising terrain, the beaten zone becomes shorter. The terrain has little effect on the width of the beaten zone.

Beaten Zone

Figure 5-2. Cone of fire and beaten zone.

Beaten Zone

Figure 5-2. Cone of fire and beaten zone.

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  • Kerry
    What is the difference between cone of fire and beating zone?
    9 months ago

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