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Target Practice

Military Handbooks: The Plattsburg Manual Advanced Training

Military shooting or target practice is very different from shotgun

shooting, or even the kind of shooting required of a large-game hunter;

therefore we should begin with the most elementary instruction and

drills, if proficiency is to be obtained. Our Small Arms Firing

Regulations says, The sole purpose of rifle training for the soldier

is to make of him a good shot under war conditions.

Proficient shots
are made off the range and not on it. By this we mean

that the preliminary instruction you will receive before you go on the

range will be of more benefit to you than the actual firing for record.

Indeed, firing on the range will only test your ability to put into use

the many points covered by your preliminary instruction. Therefore, if

you are to become a proficient shot, maintain your interest and

enthusiasm at its highest pitch during the preliminary instruction.

Your preliminary instructions will probably become so tedious and

tiresome that you will lose sight of their objects. Each preliminary

instruction has its own and different purpose, and you will not receive

the maximum benefit from them unless you realize this.

This chapter will first explain briefly the purpose of each preliminary

drill, and then give the essential things to be remembered when actually

firing on the range.