A sniper employs ricochets to place rounds into targets that have too much cover to engage direcdy. In many circumstances, the concealed target will not even realize he can be hit by a purposely fired ricochet.
When you are facing an opponent who's employing effective cover, such as hugging a wall, crouching inside a concrete bunker, or lurking under a burned-out tank hull, carefully search the area to his front to see if there's a hard metal, asphalt, or cement surface to bounce a bullet off. This surface could be on either side, as well as below or even above him.
You may have to reposition yourself to ensure that your bullet strikes at less than 30 degrees. To increase the chance that a bullet ricochets at exactly the correct angle, fire mutdple shots onto this hard surface, "walking" the bullets forward and bracketing die target.
You may choose to fire tracer rounds so your spotter can better assess results, though this w ould probably compromise your position.
Your spotter may not be able to determine whether you actually hit the target since it's concealed behind effective cover. Therefore when engaging a target with ricochets, you should fire a certain number of rounds— perhaps five—then cease the engagement unless continued target activity is apparent.
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