If the sight picture does not sufficiently settle to allow the shot to be fired, resume normal breathing and repeat the process.

b. Breath Control During All Other Combat Situations. A Marine in a combat environment may not have the time to fire a shot during the natural respiratory pause. His breathing and heart rate increase due to physical exertion or the stress of battle. Therefore, he must interrupt his breathing cycle to create a pause that is long enough to fire a shot. However, a Marine should not make a conscious effort to perform breath control. The basic technique is as follows:

• Take a deep breath filling the lungs with oxygen.

• Hold the breath and apply pressure to the trigger.

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