Infantry Drills

F-70: Assault Fire

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F-70. Automatic riflemen use assault fire when in close combat. Assault fire involves firing without the aid of sights using the hip, shoulder, and underarm positions. The underarm position is best when rapid movement is required. In all three positions, automatic riflemen adjust their fire by observing the tracer and impact of the bullets on the target area. Additional considerations for automatic riflemen using assault fire include:

  • Maintaining alignment with the rest of the assault element.
  • Reloading rapidly.
  • Aiming low and adjusting the aim upward toward the target.
  • Distributing fires across the objective when not engaging enemy automatic weapons.

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