What would you do if your force is unable to obtain fire superiority?

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Re-Post from 20 May 2013:

I had the following question as a comment by ‘APX’ on my previous post ‘React to Contact – Solid Basics to keep you Alive’:

 APX Asks: “I have a question maybe you can help me with, occidental military doctrine is based in gaining fire superiority to allow maneuver but…What would you do if your force is unable to obtain fire superiority? How would you improve your chances?I ask this because in a SHTF situation ammo could be scarce and our team’s weapons not the best, maybe people with hunting rifles or shotguns.”

This is a good question and I felt it justified a longer answer, a post of its own. The overwhelming detail on this topic and similar tactical questions can to be found in the pages of ‘Contact! A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival’: go on, buy it and keep a copy, it may prove useful (Paperback or Kindle versions are available). Here are some comments on this particular question:

 Contact! A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival

Gaining fire superiority should mean suppressing the enemy. Fire superiority is often mistaken as the same as suppression which is often mistaken for overwhelming firepower going downrange at the enemy, which is all well and good, but unless that is accurate and effective it is nothing more than noise. Rommel was quoted as saying something along the lines of “There is nothing more effective than plastering the enemy with fire,” which is true, so long as it is accurately targeted fire.

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  1. Bergmann says:

    – Similarly with semi-automatic weapons with thirty round magazines, like AK or ARs, these can be devastatingly effective but in the wrong untrained hands can be next to useless. So a lot of this comes back to quality of the individual and the level of training and experience they have. Once the adrenalin stacks up in a contact situation it is very easy to look over your sights and fire into or towards the enemy, rapidly pumping rounds downrange in the excitement of the contact. You have to mentally get a grip of yourself, re-focus to get a sight picture and get more accurate. –

    My last-but no only full on-life and death situation was with that grizzly that tried to kill me out there on that rock ledge. I had my Ak74 and a standard 30rnd mag. It was automatic in using my sites and placing rounds where I needed them to be. I never lost my shit or panicked in anyway. I never even thought to dump the mag. Out of 13 rounds fired, 10 were fired directly at the creature, I found 7 entry wounds. All in about 50 feet and in 4 or 5 seconds in low light while out of breath.

    Almost one year to the day I had three full grown grizzlies walk up on me at the same time. A very rare situation but for it it just figures.. That time I just got really mad but still never lost my shit. I was more worried I didn’t have enough ammo but they stopped with a few well placed round at the lead bears toes with the Ak74 when-once again-warning shots did nothing. They were standing 25ft across a stream from me..

    My point is bear dont react to warning shot, suppression fire, the wiz of a close in round flying by or the like. I think its worse then being shot at by a human when fear and adrenaline are in the mix..

    People that have never experienced adrenaline in a life and death situation should find way to experience adrenaline at some level so they know what to expect with its effects on the body. Its even possible to become use to it and desensitized. Thrill sports can give you a glimpse (just a glimpse) into what it does to your senses, your ability to react and make sound decisions with relatively clear thinking.. Adrenaline makes some men react better-but can floor others.

    Bergmann