Musketry & Combat Practice Firing

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Note how often that competition was suggested as a good approach to training.

US Army Training Film TF-24
Musketry & Combat Practice Firing

1935 US Army Training Film

The application and control of collective fire of rifle units (Rifle Squads & Rifle Sections) is called “Musketry.”

This film covers rifle firing skills.
– Reel 1 provides an introduction to methods of estimating range to target.
– Reel 2 shows how unit members communicated knowledge of the target in the field.
– Reel 3 instructs squad leaders on the construction and use of ranges for landscape target firing.
– Reel 4 details technical characteristics of rifle fire and its effects.
– Reel 5 demonstrates the application of rifle firing techniques in field exercises.
– Reel 6 features a schematic drawing of the effect of combat fire.

Suppressive Fire: Cyclic Rates


Many of the comments to this video illustrate the popular myths that caused this film to be made in the first place.

Suppressive Fire: Myth and Fact


Suppression is fire that degrades the performance of an enemy force below the level needed to fulfill their mission. The purpose of suppression is to stop or prevent the enemy from observing, shooting, moving, or carrying out other military tasks that interfere (or could interfere) with the activities of friendly forces.

There are only two ways fire can be suppressive.

Full Auto Fire Demonstration


This is a demonstration of control of fully automatic weapon fired in overly-long bursts to illustrate control.

George Harris of International Firearms Consultants LLC ( shot the AR-10 and Thompson. The AR-10 was shot with a continuous burst of 20 rounds of 7.62 M-80 Ball. It was a beast to control but was controllable. Harris could put all 20 on a 12″ plate at 25 yards without much trouble.

The other demonstrations are of Jeff Brennan shooting an AK, CZ and RPD running wide open.

The point is, if you know what you are doing, (taught by a trainer that knows and can demonstrate how to shoot full auto) it’s really a piece of cake.

Real world practicality is that you had better have a lot of loaded magazines and several guns available if you are going to do a lot of it. This isn’t a practical approach to effective fully automatic fire, just a demonstration of the control that is possible.

More here:

Full Auto Fire Rises During a Burst – NOT


I’ve had way too many troops in class claim that all full auto fire is doomed to climb excessively. With good technique, this is not true. Here are some random examples.

Slow motion:

Long, hand held bursts aren’t particularly useful, but further illustrates the point.

Another demo here:

Misfire: The Story of How America’s Small Arms Have Failed Our Military

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Misfire: The Story of How America’s Small Arms Have Failed Our Military
by William H. Hallahan


Soldiers Take Aim … and Miss


I wish this were an April Fool’s gag. Sadly, it is true.


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