The handheld AN/GVS-5 laser range finder provides observers and small-unit leaders the ability to more accurately determine range to targets and other known points. This range finder allows first-round fire for effect, which results in increased enemy casualties and saves ammunition. Friendly units can use the range finder to precisely locate themselves using intersection and modified resection techniques. The range finder aids in the determination of sector depth, range to suspect enemy locations, distance to targets along avenues of approach, and information for overlapping fires. When an AN/GVS-5 is available, it should be used to construct range cards. Information about placing the AN/GVS-5 into action can be found in TM 11-5860-201-10.
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