Supported Firing Positions

Supports are foundations for positions; positions are foundations for the rifle. To maximize the support the position provides, the firing position should be adjusted to fit or conform to the shape of the cover. Elements of a sound firing position, such as balance and stability, must be incorporated and adjusted to fit the situation and type of cover. A supported firing position should minimize exposure to the enemy, maximize the stability of the rifle, and provide protection from enemy observation and fires. A Marine can use any available support (e.g., logs, rocks, sandbags or walls) to stabilize his firing position. The surrounding combat environment dictates the type of support and position used.

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