Longrange Engagements

At longer ranges, the target appears smaller and a more precise shot is required to accurately engage the target. Sight alignment and sight picture are more crit ical to accurate engagement as the range to the target increases. To be accurate at longer ranges, the Marine must take the time to slow down and accurately apply the fundamentals.

As the distance to the target increases, the front sight post covers more of the target, making it difficult to establish a center of mass hold (see fig. 4-9). Since the Marine must see the target to engage it, there is a tendency to look at the target by lowering the tip of the front sight post. This causes shots to impact low or miss the target completely. A Marine must consciously aim at the center of mass and attempt to maintain a center mass sight picture.

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