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Locating center of shot groups. The central point of all nine bullets fired can be found by treating the X as a single bullet. If the soldier maintains the same point of aim for each shot, this indicates firing errors or needed sight changes.

Shot-Group Analysis. Shot-group analysis begins by the instructor/trainer observing the soldier while he fires. The purpose of shot-group analysis is to determine firer errors so that the soldier can apply corrections for the next shot group. The target shown in Figure G-5 illustrates that a match-grade quality rifle-ammunition combination, which places all bullets in almost the same hole, helps detect the slightest error. When firing a standard service rifle-ammunition combination, the soldier displays a dispersion pattern that is discounted as firer error.

Figure G-5. Shot groups fired with a match-grade quality rifle ammunition.

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