An Experimental Review of Basic Combat Rifle Marksmanship: MARKSMAN, Phase 1
HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH ORGANIZATION ALEXANDRIA VA
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Commanding officers in Vietnam and others have indicated that individual rifle marksmanship training needed attention. Furthermore, no comprehensive, systematic study of Army rifle marksmanship has been conducted since the Work Unit TRAINFIRE studies conducted by HumRRO in 1954. Phase I of the MARKSMAN research dealt with basic rifle marksmanship. The report describes a series of 21 experiments addressing both what should be taught and how it should be taught. A number of conclusions were reached concerning such matters as the use of automatic fire, aimed fire vs. pointing fire including Quick Fire, night firing techniques, firing positions, carry positions, aiming points, night sights, multiple targets, area targets, surprise targets, sight calibration, and other issues.
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