Combat Fire Techniques

The test of a soldier's training is applying the fundamentals of marksmanship and firing skills in combat. The marksmanship skills mastered during training, practice, and record fire exercises must be applied to many combat situations (attack, assault, ambush, MOUT). Although these situations present problems, only two modifications of the basic techniques and fundamentals are necessary (see Chapter 3): changes to the rate of fire and alterations in weapon/ target alignment The necessary changes are significant and must be thoroughly taught and practiced before discussing live-fire exercises.

NOTE: For tactical applications of fire see FM 7-8.

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