The Limitations OF Full Auto Firing

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In the realm of combat survival, using a weapon in fully automatic firing mode, if it has been designed for that, should be kept to a minimum.

Weapons in real life differ from what you see onscreen probably more regarding full auto shooting than anything else; while iti is true that assault rifles, submachine guns an dother automatic weapons can throw long bursts at a target, averaging at least six hundred rounds per minute, it is highly unadvisable to use them in such a way almost all the time.

And while this could indeed appear a little bit as a put down to some gun enthusiasts, there are several reasons to justify this policy:


In the case of fully automatic guns safety comes first: Notice how the weapon is carried with the muzzle pointing sideways and downwards.
In the case of fully automatic guns safety comes first: Notice how the weapon is carried with the muzzle pointing sideways and downwards.

- Saving ammunition: Shooting a hail of bullets not only would cost you dearly in financial terms, but could deplete your combat ammo reserves faster than you think. Just one projectile is really all it takes to hit an enemy, so why become six hundred times less efficient than that?

- Conservation of your weapon: Shooting in bursts tends to overheat components and subject them to exponentially increased pressures, shortening their life span and increasing the odds of jammings and malfunctions. Remember that you need your gun to survive, not to malfunction.

- Firing control: Automatic weapons, unless the have been extraordinarily well compensated by design or experimentation, will move around like crazy and get out of your aiming line pretty soon and turning almost all bullets shot after the third or fourth in a burst into useless things flying well away from the intended target. They may cause quite an impression indeed, but their efficiency will be quite questionable.

- Efficiency: For the reasons above, it has been statistically demonstrated that short bursts of three or four rounds are the best option for automatic fire.

Of course, in civilian life it is rare that anyone will get his hands over an automatic weapon, at least if law and order still exist in society; but as part of your combat and urban survival training you should know at least the basics about these guns. In the world there are lots of full auto, military grade weapons and whenever a society collapses, they tend to spread around. Thus, treating the issue of how to use such a weapon should not be seen as a taboo.


This is the erect posture that you should use to shoot a gun from your elbow, particularly if it is an automatic one; however, think about protecting yourself because the body area exposed as a target is considerable.
This is the erect posture that you should use to shoot a gun from your elbow, particularly if it is an automatic one; however, think about protecting yourself because the body area exposed as a target is considerable.

- In order to shoot effective bursts, if the weapon has no predefined trigger setting but the traditional "Safe- Semi - Auto" combination, you should set it to auto.

- Then put yourself in the right posture, with your weapon firmly in your hands and the butt in your elbow or waist, depending on whether you will use it aimed or in instinctive mode. Hold it backwards and downwards.

- Pull the trigger briefly and let it go; the idea is to produce the shortest possible burst. Donīt worry about how many bullets will come out: There will be plenty of them in every case. You will notice how the gun kicks back and upwards; in some design it may even move diagonally in a composite pattern: Backwards, upwards and sideways. This is what you need to learn how to control.

Once you shot your burst place the firing selector in safe or semi auto firing mode, for the sake of your own safety. Keeping a full aut weapon in its most destructive firing mode and without a safe is not like having an unchecked pistol in your pocket, but twenty that could fire accidentally at any moment.


This is the correct posture for firing an automatic weapon from the hip.
This is the correct posture for firing an automatic weapon from the hip.



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