One of the most common misconceptions about firearms you may come across involves the appropriate use, and value of, automatic weapons. If action movies and TV shows are to be believed, an automatic weapon is always the best option for a fire fight – and that may be the case in the “Expendables” universe, where reloading is only something you do for dramatic effect, and never comes into play during an actual firefight.
In combat, automatic weapons are more commonly employed as a means of suppressing enemy movements than they are in actually killing the enemy. It’s because of this that many of those who aren’t familiar with how combat operations are actually conducted use the number of rounds expended versus the number of enemies killed as a metric for how cost-effective our military personnel are in theater. Despite the sniper adage, “one shot one kill,” it’s not uncommon for military personnel to fire their weapons without a target in sight at all, as it’s better to keep the enemy behind cover as friendly forces get into position, than it is to allow them to be sending rounds back in your direction.
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