Shooter Conditions and Compound Conditions

We are continuing our discussion on the functional element of Aiming as it relates to the shot process. Specifically, we will be addressing shooter conditions and Compound Conditions.

Shooter conditions consists of tactical movement, firing with the weapon canted, and firing in Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) environment. Tactical movement adds the variable of adjusting the hold (if any) applied to the threat to compensate for the Paratrooper’s movement. If the threat is moving or stationary, they need to apply a counter-lead to offset that movement. If the threat is moving in the opposite direction of the Paratrooper’s movement, they need to apply twice the amount of lead.

Firing the weapon canted occurs on the modern battlefield. The Paratrooper must be aware of what affect this has on their weapon, and compensate accordingly. The rule of thumb in this case is to shift the point of aim towards the magazine side of the weapon and slightly higher over bore to compensate for the effect of the cant. At close range, the Paratrooper is simply compensating for the cant, at long range, the Paratrooper is compensating for the aim point in an equal amount in the opposite direction of the cant to ensure the highest probability of hit. Examples of positions where the paratrooper would have to use this are the Rollover Prone and the Hawkins.

Finally we will discuss complex conditions. This is what the Paratrooper will most commonly face on the modern battlefield. The picture above illustrates what the most common situations will be, along with the firing solutions for them. Keep in mind, this is based on the Paratrooper’s best judgment of the threat’s movement and the environmental conditions between the paratrooper and the threat.

We are wrapping up our discussion on Aiming, And I don’t want to give you the impression based on the amount of time we talked about it that it is the most important thing. Remember that the application of the entire shot process as a whole is what will make the Paratrooper lethal. Soon we will begin our discussion on the functional element of Control, specifically on what it entails, what trigger control means, and how to control our breathing.

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Raymond Miller
82nd Airborne Division Small Arms Master Gunner: primary weapons trainer, force modernization for individual weapons, and range liason for the 82nd.

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