posted on Nov, 17 2012 @ 06:48 AM
reply to post by EyesWideShut
The old course of fire used up until very recently by the USMC was stupidly unrealistic. So much is made of the ability to fire to 500m on this
course. However if you actually looked at the 500m shoot the firer had 10 minutes
to fire 10 rounds, didn't have to wear body armour, helmet
or any fighting equipment (such as webbing) and was able to use the sling as a shooting aid! Even in the "rapid" courses of fire at 200m the shooter
had 70 seconds to fire 2 strings of 5 shots, though at least there was a change in firing position from standing to kneeling. The rest of the shoot
was done from a nice stable prone position. While this is all nice and cosy, it does not in the slightest represent the type of shooting a
soldier/marine should be training for.
The British infantryman is expected to pass a weapon test which involves multiple rapid shoots at ranges of between 50 and 400m. All shoots are
carried out wearing body armour, helmet, ballistic glasses, gloves and fighting order webbing. All targets are man/half-man and most practices in the
test involve transitioning from standing to either kneeling/squatting/prone. Some involve starting from several metres back from the firing point -
the shooter is expected to sprint to the firing line and engage the target as soon as it is exposed, usually having to fire 5 rounds in less than 10 -
15 seconds. The longer range targets are exposures of 8-15 seconds, and the shooter is expected to fire up to 3 rounds per exposure. Some practices
involve snap shooting at targets that are exposed for random timings.
This is the most basic shooting test that all UK combat infantrymen are expected to pass annually. It is far more representative of the type of combat
shooting that a soldier will be expected to carry out on the two way range.
I don't want to start a pissing contest, but all fighting forces need to train how they fight. I hear the USMC is introducing a new course of fire
(or may have done so already) that incorporates more realistic shoots. Lets hope it has a few more realistic shoots.