Rifle Marksmanship Fundamentals

Precision Rifle Zero Target

(*) Fire two three-round magazines using a three-round burst at one of the zero targets (in the lower left hand portion of the standard 25-meter automatic fire target).

(b) Fire two six-round magazines using three-round bursts at configuration "B" and "C" on the standard 25-meter automatic fire target.

(c) Fire one 18-round magazine using three-round bursts at configuration "E" on the standard 2.")-meter automatic fire target.

A. Automatic Transition Firing.

I I \ General. The ultimate objective of automatic transition firing is to produce combat proficient automatic riflemen—not to award qualification badges. Automatic transition firing consists of a series of practical live fire exercises which require the soldier to apply all of the fundamentals of automatic rifle marksmanship learned in preparatory marksmanship training. When automatic transition firing is correctly organized and conducted« the soldier wilt gain valuable experience toward becoming a proficient combat automatic rifleman, regardless of his qualification rating. Properly used, qualification ratings are important in motivating the soldier and providing the commander with an aid in identifying the more proficient automatic riflemen of fata unit. Thto can be a significant consideration in the commander's assignment of personnel as the better marksmen should be assigned evenly throughout all elements of a combat unit.

(21 Training concoptt. The moat significant advantage afforded by the automatic transition course of fire is that it requires the automatic rifleman to fire at the types of targets he would be expected to engage in combat. It is on a standard automatic rifle range that the automatic rifleman demonstrates his proficiency in automatic rifle marksmanship. The soldier applies the fundamentals of delivering fire using two methods: concentrated fire against point targets and distributed fire against linear or area targets.

fa J The standard automatic riflr range (fig 1081 consists of a minimum of ten firing lanes. Each lane is 5 to 10 meters wide at the firing Una and 75 meters wide at a range of 800 meters. Odd numbered lanes (1, 3, 5 etc.) are designated A and the even numbered lanes 42, 4, 6 etc.) are designated B. A foxhole is constructed on each B lane. Target devioes are installed at ranges from 100 to 400 meters. Pour different target configurations are presented to the automatic rifleman during the conduct of transition firing: the am all area, the large area, the linear, and the single F-type silhouette. Target configurations are shown in figures 109, 110, and 111. For efficient operation and scoring the target holding mechanisms M30/M31A1 are used. The score for each target exposure it determined by the number of targets downed after each exposure except for the small area target (fig 1091 for which only one point Is awarded.

(b) When constructing a range or modifying an existing facility, the terrain should be left primarily in Ita natural state. Targets should be emplaced making the best use of available concealment and still be reasonably consistent with the ability of soldiers to detect targets during the conduct of f vlng. Where manually operated targets are used, inconspicuous bunkers should be constructed.

(c) Each lane will have a target cootrol point approximately 20 meters to the rear of the firing Hne behind each firing point. This control point is required to control the raising and lowering of targets at the proper time and to facilitate scoring.

id) If an acceptable standard automatic rifle range is not available, firing may be conducted on a field fire range that has been modified for automatic fire (fif 112). For exposure times, sequence, and range to exposed targets reference the alternate automatic rifle soorecard figure 114. Each firing order fires sequence "A" from the bipod supported foxhole position and then sequence "B" from the bipod supported prone position.

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Figttr* 109. Standard automatic rlfk rang«.

Automatic Rifles Target
Figure 109. Small area target, »tendard automatic rifle range.
Target Rifle Bipod

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