MOONLIGHT 11. AN INVESTIGATION OF INDIVIDUAL NIGHT RIFLE FIRING UNDER ILLUMINATION RANGING FROM NO MOON THROUGH FULL MOON
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE
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The objective of the research was to examine the data collected during the implementation of Training Circular 23-1 by the Weapons Department of The Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia, to determine the applicability of the prescribed individual night rifle firing procedure under low levels of illumination ranging from no moon through full moon. Conclusions A general confirmation of the individual night firing procedures prescribed by TC 23-1 is indicated. An interaction was observed between firing technique pointing or aiming and low levels of natural illumination. At some point between half and full moon the pointing technique becomes less effective than the aiming technique. It is recommended that HRU Nr 3 coordinate with TIS to gather additional individual night firing data at low levels of natural illumination above half-moon in order to accomplish the following objectives a Determine the level of illumination at which the aiming technique becomes more effective than the pointing technique. b Establish a criterion or rule of thumb whereby rifle men can determine which method to employ depending upon the level of illumination present.
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