Fundamentals And Firing Techniques

Each SAW gunner must be trained in standard methods of applying fire with the weapon. The easiest and quickestmeans of delivering fire with the SAW mounted on the bipod is by aligning the sights of the weapon on the target and properly applying fire. This technique is called DIRECT LAY. At times, techniques of fire other than direct lay are more effective. When delivering fire in the assault, overhead fire, and fire from position defilade, the gunner must use the techniques described in this...

Characteristics Of Fire

Trajectory is the path of the bullet in flight. An understanding of the SAW's trajectory, or curved flight path, is required in order to apply effective fire throughout the full effective range of the weapon. The path of the bullet is almost flat at ranges of300 meters or less. At ranges beyond 300 meters, the trajectory is curved, and the curve becomes greater as the range increases. a. MAXIMUM ORDINATE. This is the highest point the trajectory reaches between the muzzle of the weapon and the...