Weapons and Marksmanship¶
This manual covers the issue, safe employment and tactical techniques associated with infantry weapon employment. This manual does not cover specilaity weapon systems such as Automatic Rifles, Grenade Launchers or DMRs.
All weapons in the BA come with a safety mechanism which should be engaged when outside of a combat area or live fire range. g.
Friendly fire instances are treated extremely seriously under the disciplinary policy so it is important that members maintain the rules of weapon safety when operating in the battlespace.
The Rules of Weapon Handling¶
- Do not point your weapon at anything you do not intend to kill. The weapon should remain in the rest position when not in use.
- In safe areas where security is maintained, magazines should be removed from the weapon system or on supporting weapons the safety engaged.
- Do not discharge your weapon for any reason other than combat engagement ( Celebration Shots and Direction Indicating Shots risk lives and waste ammunition )
Standard ammunition issue for a RRF infantryman is 1 magazine in the weapon, 6 in the vest.
Types of Fire¶
Type of Fire are the different paces and accuracy of fire that can be employed.
This is the most basic and inuitive type of fire. It involves accurately aiming at and hitting the target - with each shot being aimed and placed.
Point fire is typically used when the enemy is exposed and can be acquired and engaged precisely. Examples would be ambushing an enemy squad in the open or engaging a particular target inside a designated building.
Area fire is used to engage a specific area instead of a specific target. This can be used to engage enemy units that are obscured, massed or beyond the effective range of the element’s point fire capability.
During Area fire the shooters will identify areas that they know or suspect the enemy will be and focus on providing concentrated volumes of fire as opposed to well placed accuracy. The underlying theory is that the more rounds that are delivered downrange the higher the chance of hitting the enemy or effectively suppressing them.
Area fire involves firing at a higher rate than point fire but at a significantly lower rate than suppressing fire.
Suppressing fire involves placing a large volume of rounds on the enemy position so that they are unable to return effective fire.
In order for suppression to be effective against an enemy the enemy must believe they are in danger of being hit by the suppresive fire. This means that although the pace of fire is fast the fire must remain within a close vicinity to the enemy position so as to keep them pinned.
Suppresive fire makes heavy use of ammunition and will normally be drawn down to area or point fire to conserve ammunition once fire supperiority has been established.
Rates of Fire¶
- Rapid - 1 round every 2 secounds
- Supressive - 1 round every 4 seconds
- Deliberate - 1 round every 6 seconds
- Watch and Shoot - Fire when you see target
During use weapons will become hot which increases the possiblity of a weapon jam occuring.
To clear a weapon jam press “F” twice.