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 chapter.
To teach the gunner to employ the SAW to the best advantage, this chapter provides guidance in the fundamentals of characteristics of fire, classes of fire, range determination, and lateral distance measurements.
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