Range Estimation

To engage targets at unknown distances, a Marine must determine the distance from his location to a known point. This is known as range estimation. The ability to determine range is a skill that must be developed if a Marine is to successfully engage targets at unknown distances. Precise range estimation enhances accuracy, enhances the chance of survival, and deter

The greatest limitation of this method is that its accuracy is related to the amount of visible terrain. For example, if a target appears at a range of 500 meters or more and only a portion of the ground between a Marine and the target can be seen, it becomes difficult to use the unit of measure method to estimate range accurately. A Marine must practice this method frequently to be proficient. Whenever possible, a Marine should select an object, estimate the range, and then verify the actual range by either pacing or using another accurate measurement.

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