Point of Aim Technique

The point of aim technique is the shifting of the point of aim (sight picture) to a predetermined location on or off the target to compensate for a known condition (i.e., wind, distance, and movement). Each predetermined location is known as a point of aim. Figure 10-4 illustrates points of aim for elevation.

Images Rifle Aiming Target

Figure 10-4. Points of Aim for Elevation. Elevation

Predetermined points of aim sector the target horizontally. The tip of the front sight post held at shoulder level is considered one point of aim; the tip of the front sight post held at the top of the target's head is considered two points of aim. A Marine uses these points of aim to compensate for the elevation required to engage a target beyond the BZO capability of the rifle or to engage a small target (e.g., head shot) inside the BZO of the weapon.

Figure 10-4. Points of Aim for Elevation. Elevation

Predetermined points of aim sector the target horizontally. The tip of the front sight post held at shoulder level is considered one point of aim; the tip of the front sight post held at the top of the target's head is considered two points of aim. A Marine uses these points of aim to compensate for the elevation required to engage a target beyond the BZO capability of the rifle or to engage a small target (e.g., head shot) inside the BZO of the weapon.

Beyond the BZO. To use the point of aim technique to engage a target beyond the BZO of the rifle, a Marine must apply the following guidelines:

i When range to the target is estimated to be beyond 300 meters out to 400 meters, hold one point of aim. i When the range to the target is estimated to be beyond 400 meters out to 500 meters, hold two points of aim.

Note

It is better to apply a hasty sight setting at ranges beyond the rifle's BZO. Points of aim are only guidelines at these distances because the front sight will mask the target when the front sight is held above center mass, making it difficult to acquire sight picture.

RANGE

1 DO Yards 200 Yards

36 Yards

Figure 10-5. Trajectory and Point of Aim/Point of Impact for 300 Yard BZO.

300 Yards

Inside the BZO. If the rifle is properly zeroed for 300 yards/meters, the trajectory (path of the bullet) will rise approximately 4.5 inches (11 centimeters) above the line of sight at a distance of approximately 175 yards (160 meters). At other distances, the strike of the bullet will be less than 4.5 inches above the point of aim. Only at 36 yards/30 meters and 300 yards/meters does the point of impact coincide with the point of aim. If only a portion of the target is visible (e.g., the head of an enemy soldier), the trajectory of the bullet may have to be taken into consideration when firing at a distance less than 300 yards/meters. If a Marine does not consider trajectory, he may shoot over the top of the target if the target is small and at a distance less than 300 yards/meters. See figure 10-5.

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    What is considered one point of aim for elevation for rifle range?
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    What is the distance from the point of aim to the top of fig 11/59 target?
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