a consistent firing position and weapon alignment with the target, followed by rapid trigger squeeze. No more than one second should elapse between the appearance of the target and a bullet striking it. One example of a dry-fire exercise is:

The trainer/coach places an E-type silhouette target 15 meters in front of the soldier. The soldier stands facing the general direction of the target (vary direction to simulate targets appearing at different locations), holding his rifle at or above waist level. His firing hand should be on the pistol grip; the nonfiring hand cradling the rifle under the handguards.

The trainer/coach should stand slightly behind the soldier, out of his field of view. The trainer/coach claps his hands, signaling target appearance. Immediately after clapping his hands, the trainer/coach counts out loud "one thousand one.1'

The soldier must either point or aim, squeeze the trigger, and hear the hammer fall before the trainer/coach finishes speaking (about one second or less).

NOTE: When using the aiming technique, the soldier holds his aim and confirms alignment of the rifle with the target. He keeps the rifle pointed toward the target after the hammer falls and looks through the sights to check his actual point of aim for that shot.

Live-Fire Exercises. There are two types of live-fire exercises. Individual. Emphasis is on engaging each target in one second or less. The previously described timing technique may be used, or pop-up targets set to lock in the fall upright position may be used. Pop-up targets require about one second to move from the down to the full up position. Targets set to lock in the upright position must be engaged as they are being raised to "kill" them. This gives the soldier a one-second time limit. At 15 meters (the maximum recommended range), an E-type silhouette engaged using pointed quick fire may be hit anywhere. Using aimed quick fire at the same target, hits should fall within a 10-inch circle located center of target.

NOTE: Repeated live-fire exercises are necessary to train the soldier. If 5.56-mm service ammunition is in short supply, the 5.56-mm practice ammunition and M2 bolt or the .22-caliber rim fire adapter device may be used.

Unit. Unit MOUT LFXs should include the use of quick fire. Targets should be presented at 25 meters or less and soldiers must engage them within one second.


All soldiers must effectively fire their weapons to accomplish combat missions in an NBC environment. With proper training and practice, soldiers can gain confidence in their ability to effectively hit targets in full MOPP equipment. MOPP firing proficiency must be a part of every unit's training program.

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