Quick Fire

Section I. GENERAL

90. Purpose

This chapter provides guidance in training procedures and techniques for Instruction of the fast, unaimed method of fire called quick fire.

91. Background a. Quick fire, a military development of a technique called instinct shooting, is simply doing what comes naturally. It is a distinct departure from most methods taught» which tend toward mathematical precision. The key to the successful employment of this technlqns is dmplidty. IT IS AS SIMPLE AS POINTING THE FINGER.

b. Whan time allows it la always preferable to use a well aimed shot; however, when the occasion calls for a quick reflex action as a prerequisite to survival, there is no subetitnts for a ready and working knowledge of quick fire.


92. Training Technique a. Although the effective qnick fire shooter does not consciously aline his rifle barrel when picking up his target, he mutt be able to relate himself to it; e. g.. the driver of an automobile keeps it on the road by looking to the horiaon (to maintain hit position on the road) and at the hood of the car (as it appears in his peripheral vision I, relating the car to the road. Practice firing with the nighta tape J will reduce the tendency to aim with the sights, and at the same time aasitt the firer in obtaining ths relationship between the rifle and target (fig 115).

b. To assume the proper position for engaging targets, the firer leant sUghtly forward, holds the weapon at the low port position, spreads hit feet a comfortable distance apart, and balances his weight on the balla of his feet so that be can engage targets within an arc of 12<P to bit front without having to ahift his faet.

M14a1 Rifle
Figure IIS. SM* mnd remr views of rifle shouing sigh is imped.

C.The firer must look at llir hasp of the target. The reason for this is that it is a natural tendency to shoot over targets because of overestimating distance* and an urge to draw a comparison between the barrel and the target. Also, if the fircr iUws miss, lie wants his shot to he low so that there Htill remains the possibility of effectively engaging his target with a ricochet.

d. Kirer should make a slight % jabbing" motion at his target as he brings the weapon to his shoulder and stock welds the stock to his jaw . He should not swing into firing position.

e. While the weapon is being shouldered, and during the firing, the firer's eyes (BOTH KYES OPK\l MUST be riveted on the contrasting eolored spot in I he lower third of the target Ifig I I (iL In order for him to do this, he MUST drop the weapon from his line of sight so that he makes no comparison between the target and the muizle.

/.Thcfirer is now ready to shoot. Should he miss a target, he is to engage a different one rather than continuing to fire on the missed silhouette because die firer sees the strike of his bullet. In the case of a miss lie will lie inclined to bracket or shoot right back w here lie made his original error if he does not shift targets and erase the incorrect visual picture from his mind.

Note. Emphasise, however, that a firer would not shift targets in combat should he misa, but would continue in hit efforts to effectively engage the same enemy target. The shifting from a missed ground silhouette to another ia merely a training aid to aasiat him in developing skill until he becomes iprofident and instinctive in his reaction.

j.The firer is "on target" a» soon at hit weapon m locked into position and he should not hesitate to fire. The longer he waits, the more he is apt to aim or attempt to draw a comparison between the target and the muzzle» On the other hand, he should not hurry his shot. He should shoulder the weapon in one mooth fluid movement, not hurriedly jerk it to his shoulder. Haste actually slows him down and makes his shooting erratic.

M14 Silhouettes

Figure IJ 6. Front t'lVk' of E'type eilkouette illunirating painted circle at focal point for toldier u-/in trill engage it.

93. M14 Quick Fire Field Firing a. The soldier initially engages the E«<ype silhouette as pictured in figure 109 using the M14 with taped sights at a range of 15 meters. This silhouette should have a circle 5* to 7.5-cm (2 to 3 inches} in diameter painted in the center of the lower third to afford the firer a definite spot on which to focus his vision.

b. Once the firer is 80 percent proficient in hitting the E-type silhouette at 15 meters, the firing line is moved back to 30 meters and the firer again engages this E-type silhouette.

Note. No ueeful purpose ia served in extending the firer"t range until he is effective at IS met«s.

c. After the firer is effective at engaging the E* type silhouette at 30 meters, the tape should be removed from the front and rear sights. With tape removed the firer again engages the E-type silhouette at both ranges. Assistant instructors should observe each firer to insure that he is not aiming the weapon. If the firer attempts to aim. the tape should be put back on the sights.

Figure IJ 6. Front t'lVk' of E'type eilkouette illunirating painted circle at focal point for toldier u-/in trill engage it.

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