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Rapid Fire

Military Handbooks: The Plattsburg Manual Advanced Training

In rapid fire the battle sight is always used; the firing is against

time and at a field target (Target D), and from ranges 200, 300, and

sometimes 500 yards.

The battle sight corresponds to an elevation of 547 yards, which makes

it necessary for the firer at the 200 and 300 yard ranges to aim at a

point about 2-1/2 feet below the part of the target that it is desired

to hit. Prior to record firing each man should determine these aiming

points by slow fire, at ranges 200 and 300 yards, using the battle


There is one golden rule that must be followed if you are to get a good

score at rapid fire: You must use the minimum time possible in loading

and the maximum time possible for aiming and squeezing the trigger. To

be more specific, this means work your bolt quickly but aim and squeeze

your trigger slowly.