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Squeezing the trigger correctly is not as easy as it may appear; the technique must be fully mastered. To help you remember the correct technique, the acronym BRASS was developed (see chart above). FIRING TECHNIQUES—PISTOL Good pistol shooting, like rifle shooting, depends on  your  ability  to  master  and  apply  certain  basic marksmanship  skills.  You  must  practice  these skills—aiming,  position,  and  trigger  squeeze—often. Apply  these  fundamentals  of  marksmanship!  If  your life ever depends on how well and accurately you shoot the pistol, you might walk away alive. Aiming the Pistol Aiming  the  pistol  consists  of  combining  proper sight alignment with the correct aiming point to obtain a correct sight picture. SIGHT ALIGNMENT.—Sight alignment is best defined as placing the front and rear sights into correct alignment with the eye. The top of the front sight is level with the top of the rear sight, and the body of the front sight  is  centered  between  the  rear  sight  aperture  (fig. 11-31). Correct sight alignment is essential for accuracy because of the short sight radius (about 6 1/2 inches). For example, if a 1/10-inch error is made in aligning the 11-20 Student Notes: Trigger hand Grasp the stock or pistol grip firmly, but without strain, so the trigger finger has the proper support to overcome trigger weight. An unnatural, straining grasp causes excessive muscle tension in the hand, which results in a tremor that is transmitted to the weapon. Trigger (index) finger Make contact with the trigger where the contact produces a movement straight to the rear (usually between the first joint and the tip). (NOTE: The trigger finger must not touch the receiver or rifle.) Line up the sights and apply pressure on the trigger Gradually increase the pressure until the hammer releases and the shot fires. (NOTE: If, during this process, the sights drift off the target, interrupt the trigger squeeze but maintain the pressure. When the sight picture is correct, continue the squeeze until you fire the shot.) B BREATH Proper breathing is essential. It helps you relax, steadies your aim, and clears your vision. First, take a normal breath; then release part of it (enough to be comfortable); and hold the remainder. Do not hold your breath for more than 10 seconds before shooting. This may tense your muscles and blur your vision. If you do not shoot during this breathing period, take another normal breath and repeat the procedure. R    RELAX You must relax. The more relaxed you are, the better your shot will be. A    AIM Concentrate on the proper sight alignment of the correct sight picture. Focus your eye on the front sight post (blade). S SLACK Some rifles have a certain amount of slack in the trigger. Take up this slack before starting your squeeze to the rear to fire. The M16 trigger slack is insignificant, and this step is generally omitted when firing that weapon. Knowing your weapon is important. S SQUEEZE   Squeeze the trigger as previously described. If you squeeze it properly, you will not know when the round will fire. This will prevent flinching, caused by anticipation of the shock, or recoil, from the exploding cartridge.



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