Due to a bullet's trajectory, range estimation accuracy becomes more critical with distance.
150 YARDS 3 PACES
200 YARDS 4 PACES
100 YARDS 2 PACES
50 YARDS 1 PACE
becomes less and less accurate. Usually, it's better to divide the total distance in half, as shown next, then estimate just the closer half and double it. Not surprisingly, this is called the "half-distance" technique.
When using any range estimation technique— and especially when eyeballing—compare your results with those of your teammate and split the difference. Usually, this average is more accurate than either of your individual estimates.
The danger when using these eyeball methods is that in some situations our eyes can play tricks on us. These common visual confusions are seen in the illustration on page 342.
As depicted on the left side, a target will appear closer when;
The football field/100-yard increment technique.
It's across a depression, most of which is hidden from view.
You're looking down from high ground. You're looking along a straight line, like a road or railroad track.
It's beyond a flat, uniform surface, like snow or sand, especially in bright sunlight.
On the right side, be warned that a target will appear farther when:
It's small compared to its surroundings It's on higher ground than you.
The half-distance technique.
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