The Realities of Combat Marksmanship, Part Two: The Speed V. Accuracy Equation (Or, Mathematics for Marksmen)


In a recent article, I opened with the statement, “The importance of precise, well-aimed rifle fire in small-unit combat cannot, and should not, be underestimated.” For anyone who picks up a rifle with the intent of “going in harm’s way,” that statement really should be foremost in their mind throughout any training they do, regardless of where they do that training, when they do that training, and with whom they do that training. If, after all, I’m in a gunfight with some dude 300 meters away (or 30 feet away, the range is really irrelevant at this point), and I simply point my weapon in the air and start blasting rounds out, like a jihadist yelling “Allahu akbar! Inshallah! Inshallah!” I’m not likely to do much in the way of protecting myself. The further away the opponent is, of course, the more critical my ability to…

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Author: Alfred E. Neuman

71 year old geek, ultra-conservative patriot.