The following are key considerations when training rapid fire techniques.
• Increased speed and volume should be sought only after the individual has demonstrated expertise and accuracy during slow semiautomatic fire.
• Trainers must ensure that individuals apply proper fire discipline at all times. Even in training, unaimed fire must never be tolerated, especially unaimed rapid semiautomatic fire.
Marksmanship Modifications for Rapid Fire.
The following describe the modifications necessary for individuals to apply the four fundamentals when firing in the rapid semiautomatic fire mode.
1. Steady Position - Consider the following modifications to achieve a steady position.
• Make sure that the weapon is well-supported to improve accuracy and reduce recovery time between shots.
• Grip the handgrip tightly to reduce recovery time and rapidly shift or distribute fire to subsequent targets.
• When possible, pivot the weapon where the nonfiring hand meets the support.
• Avoid changing the position of the nonfiring hand on the support; it is awkward and time consuming when rapidly firing a series of shots.
2. Aiming - Consider the following recommendations to properly aim your weapon.
• Do not change sighting and stock weld during rapid semiautomatic fire. Keep the cheek on the stock for every shot, align the firing eye with the rear aperture, and focus on the front sightpost.
• When using slow semiautomatic fire, seek a stable sight picture.
• In the fast-moving situations that require rapid semiautomatic fire, accept target movement and unsteady sight picture, and keep firing into the target area until the target is down or there is no chance of a hit.
• Aim every shot.
3. Breath Control - Breath control must be modified because the individual does not have time to take a complete breath between shots. Consider the following modifications to achieve proper breath control.
• Hold your breath at some point in the firing process.
• Take shallow breaths between shots.
4. Trigger Squeeze - To maintain the desired rate of fire, the individual has a brief period of time to squeeze the trigger. The firer must cause the weapon to fire in about half of a second or less and still not anticipate the precise moment of firing. Consider the following modifications to achieve proper trigger squeeze.
• Apply initial trigger pressure as soon as a target is identified and while the front sightpost is being brought to the desired point of aim.
• When the front sightpost reaches the point of aim, apply final pressure to cause the weapon to fire almost at once. Apply this additional pressure, also known as final trigger squeeze, without disturbing the lay of the weapon.
• Increase the firing rate by firing, releasing enough trigger pressure to reset the trigger, and then immediately firing the next shot. This technique is called rapid trigger squeeze. It eliminates the time used in fully releasing pressure on the trigger and allows the firer to rapidly deliver subsequent rounds. NOTE: Training and practice sessions are required for individuals to become proficient in the technique of rapid trigger squeeze. Repeated dry-fire training and live-fire practice ensure individuals can squeeze the trigger and maintain a rapid rate of fire consistently and accurately.