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

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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