Point of Aim Technique

Predetermined points of aim sector the target vertically. The tip of the front sight post centered on the leading edge of the target is considered one point of aim; the trailing edge of the front sight post held on the leading edge of the target is considered two points of aim. The same units of measure are applied off the target for holds of additional points of aim. These points of aim are used to compensate when a lead is required to engage a moving target. The following guidelines apply if a Marine uses the point of aim technique to establish a lead for a moving target at various ranges and speeds (see fig. 10-7, on page 10-10). These guidelines do not consider wind or other effects of weather. Body width in these examples is considered to be 12 inches (30 centimeters) (side view of the target).

For a slow walking target (approximately 2 to 2.5 mph/3.2 to 4 kph) moving directly across the line of sight (full lead)—

i At a range of 200 meters or less, no lead is required. i At a range of 300 meters, hold one point of aim in the direction the target is moving.

For a fast walking target (approximately 4 mph/6.4 kph) moving directly across the line of sight (full lead)—

i At a range of 200 meters or less, hold one point of aim in the direction the target is moving.

i At a range of 300 meters, hold two points of aim in the direction the target is moving.

For a target running (approximately 6 mph/9.7 kph) directly across the line of sight (full lead)—

i At a range of 100 meters or less, hold one point of aim in the direction the target is moving.

Moving Target Aiming Points
Figure 10-7. Points of Aim.

i At a range of 200 meters, hold two points of aim in the direction the target is moving.

For a target moving at a 45-degree angle (an oblique target) across the line of sight, the lead is one half of the lead that is required for a target moving directly across the line of sight.

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