Breath Control During Longrange or Precision Fire Slow Fire

It is critical that Marines interrupt their breathing at a point of natural respiratory pause before firing a longrange shot or a precision shot from any distance. A respiratory cycle lasts 4 to 5 seconds. Inhaling and exhaling each require about 2 seconds. A natural pause of 2 to 3 seconds occurs between each respiratory cycle. The pause can be extended up to 10 seconds. During the pause, breathing muscles are relaxed and the sights settle at their natural point of aim. To minimize movement, Marines must fire the shot during the natural respiratory pause. The basic technique is as follows:

i Breathe naturally until the sight picture begins to settle.

i Take a slightly deeper breath. i Exhale and stop at the natural respiratory pause. i Fire the shot during the natural respiratory pause.


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

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