AUTOMATIC PISTOL, CAL..45, M1911 AND M1911A1 In the preparatory instruction the soldier learns practically all the principles of good shooting. In range firing he culti- vates the will power to apply these principles when using ball ammunition until proper, fixed habits have been acquired. (2) The principles of good shooting are simple and easy to learn except the trigger squeeze, which is difficult to apply to a loaded pistol. To this important item most of the instruc- tor’s time will be devoted during the period of range practice. (3) The six distinct steps In the preparatory Instruction are- (a) Aiming exercises. (b) Position exercises. (c) Trigger-squeeze exercises. (d) Rapid-fire exercises. (e) Quick-fire exercises. (f) Examination on preparatory work. (4) The steps are progressive and must always be taught in proper sequence. (5) Each of the first five steps begins with a talk by the instructor and a demonstration by a squad which the in- structor puts through the exercises that are to constitute the day’s work. He shows how the corporal organizes the work in the squad so that no men are idle and how the members of each pair coach one another when they are not under in- struction by an officer or a noncommissioned officer. He shows exactly how to execute each of the exercises about to be taken up and explains its purpose and application in pistol shooting. (6) The instructor who gives these very essential talks and demonstrations may be the organization commander, or he may be a specially qualified officer who has been detailed as instructor. But the actual application of the demonstrated exercises to the men of the command must be by the officers and noncommissioned officers of the organization undergoing instruction (7) Instruction must be thorough and must be individual. General instruction of groups of men is not enough. The in- structors must see that each man understands each and every point and can apply it.
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