Classes Of Fire

The SAW fire is classified with respect to the GROUND, the TARGET, and the WEAPON.

a. Fire with respect to the GROUND includes:

(1) Grazing Fire. When the center of the cone of fire does not rise more than 1 meter above the ground. When firing over level or uniformly

Theory Small Arms Fire

sloping terrain, a maximum of 600 meters of grazing fire can be obtained.

(2) Plunging Fire. When danger space is practically confined to the beaten zone. Plunging fire occurs when firing at long ranges, when firing from high ground to low ground, when firing into abruptly rising ground, or when firing across uneven terrain, resulting in a loss of grazing fire at any point along the trajectory.

GROUND

GRAZING FIRE

CLASSES OF FIRE WITH RESPECT TO

GROUND

GRAZING FIRE

CLASSES OF FIRE WITH RESPECT TO

b. Fire with respect to the TARGET includes:

(1) Frontal Fire. When the long axis of the beaten zone is at a right angle to the front of the target. Simply stated, that means when firing directly into the front of a target.

(2) Flanking Fire. When delivered directly against the flank of a target.

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FRONTAL FLANKING ;..

CLASSES OF FIRE WITH RESPECT TO THE TARGET

(3) Oblique Fire. When the long axis of the beaten zone is at an angle other than a right angle to the front of the target.

(4) Enfilade Fire. When the long axis of the beaten zone coincides or nearly coincides with the long axis of the target. This type of fire is either frontal or flanking. It is the most desirable type of fire with respect to a target because it makeB maximum use of the beaten zone.

c. Fire with respect to the WEAPON includes:

(1) Fixed Fire. That delivered against a stationary point target when the depth and width of the beaten zone will cover the target.

(2) Traversing Fire. That distributed in width by successive changes in direction. With the bipod-mounted SAW in the prone position, aiming as far as possible to the left or to the right without changing position, begin firing. After each burst, change position slightly toward the opposite direction. Continue until complete coverage of the target is obtained.

(3) Searching Fire. That distributed in depth by successive changes in elevation. With the bipod-mounted SAW in the prone position, bringing the elbows together to depress the muzzle of the weapon, fire a burst. After each burst, slightly separate the elbows to obtain complete coverage of the target. Gunners will learn the amount of change to apply through experience.

(4) Traversing and Searching Fire. That distributed in width and depth by successive changes in direction and elevation. Combine traversing and searching fires to get good coverage of the target.

Enfilade Fire

OBLIQUE

ENFILADE

OBLIQUE

ENFILADE

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