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Originally appearing in Volume V23, Page 333 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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NOTE.-C.N.=Cupro-nickel. N.G.=Nitro-glycerine. hand to execute the fire-director's orders. Within decisive ranges fire-direction has to give place to fire-control. All that the strongest commander can enforce is the opening and ceasing of fire when he gives the order, and success is sought through making the individual soldier skilful at rapid and snap shooting. Black bull's-eyes on white targets are now used only to teach men to make uniformly good shooting, which is shown by the closeness of the shot-grouping. The rest of the musketry course is fired against grey-green " head and shoulders " targets or brown silhouettes, and consists of slow, rapid and snap shooting, from behind cover, at disappearing or running targets, &c. In 1909 special attention began to be paid to visual training, both as an aid to judging distance and as an actual ingredient of fire-discipline. A method of indicating targets which originated in the French army was adopted and improved upon, consisting essentially of giving two or three conspicuous " auxiliary marks," in artillery language, and naming the target with reference to them. Judging distance is generally associated with fire-discipline practices, and men are frequently exercised in locating and ranging upon a hidden skirmisher, 300-800 yds. away. Perhaps the most important modification of musketry training, within recent years, has been the adoption of rapid fire in " bursts," as the normal procedure for infantry, instead of slow continuous fire. The complete cessation of fire at intervals enables the leaders to ehSerrve the MILITARY-MAGAZINE. RIFLES.. Text Book of Small Arms,. igo9.)
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NOTE (Lat. nota, mark, sign, from noscere, to know)...

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