Everybody’s favorite Marine gunner is back.
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Christian Wade, 2nd Marine Division Gunner, made yet another entertaining “Gunner’s Fact or Fiction” video — this one to demonstrate when automatic fire is most effective in suppressing an enemy.
Wade and Cpl. Gerald Tredo, an infantryman with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, fired on semi-automatic and full-automatic at various distances during a training exercise last month at Camp Lejeune, N.C., then compared the shot groups.
“Here’s the point: There are some times when fully automatic fire is appropriate and effective — up close, personal, very extremely violent engagements,” Wade explains. “But at some point when you gain fire superiority, you might want to transition back over to an aggressive, semiautomatic.”
Trivia question: At what distance, roughly, do most tactical gunners switch over from full to semi?