Operational Requirements for an Infantry Hand Weapon
RESEARCH ANALYSIS CORP MCLEAN VA
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The capabilities of the infantry rifle were explored. Data wer e obtained on the frequency and distance by which riflemen missed targets, and the distribution of hits at different ranges the ranges of engagement in battle and the physiological wound effects of shots with differing ballistic characteristics. A study of the data led to the following conclusions 1 Hit effectiveness with the M-1 rifle is satisfactory only up to 100 yds. and declines rapidly to low order at 300 yds., the general limit for battlefield rifle engagements 2 a pattern-dispersion principle in the hand weapon would tend to compensate for human aiming errors and increase hits at ranges up to 300 yds. and 3 missiles with smaller caliber than standard could be used without loss in wounding effects and with logistical advantage and 4 hit lethality could be greatly increased by using toxic missiles.