Accession Number:

ADA136883

Title:

A Study of Methods for Engaging Moving Targets

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA

Report Date:

1982-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

27.0

Abstract:

This research focused on two methods for engaging moving targets-- tracking and trapping. Our interests in determining the conditions under which either method would prove superior. It was hypothesized that a shooters ability as well as the speed and range of the target may affect the outcome. All testing was accomplished on a M16A1 rifle marksmanship simulator which permitted the manipulation of the targets speed velocity or duration and range apparent size. Following a 24-target pretest, the 24 subjects were evenly divided into high and low ability groups. All subjects then fired two additional 24-target sequences, being instructed to track and then trap targets or vice versa. Following testing, subjects were required to indicate their preference for either tracking or trapping. Neither method appears optimally suited for all individuals or for all targets. Trapping proved superior for low ability subjects and for the farthest smallest target moving at the slowest observed speed. Tracking proved superior for high ability subjects and for the closest largest target moving at the fastest observed speed. Subjects generally preferred to use the method producing better results. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE