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Percept Mot Skills. 2001 Oct;93(2):479-85.

Relation of rifle stock length and weight to military rifle marksmanship performance by men and women.

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University of Wisconsin-Superior, USA.


15 male and 13 female soldiers participated in a study to examine the effects of sex, rifle stock length 117.8 cm, 22.3 cm, and 26.2 cm), and rifle weight (3.2 kg vs 3.8 kg) on military marksmanship performance. The Noptel simulator was used to assess marksmanship accuracy (proximity of shots to the target center) and precision (proximity of shots to one another regardless of proximity to the target center). There were no significant differences in either measure of marksmanship performance as a function of sex. Marksmanship accuracy was significantly better with the shortest rifle stock, and marksmanship precision was significantly better with the lighter rifle. Regardless of the sex of the shooter, stock length and weapon weight should be considered in any new combat rifle design as these results indicate they significantly affect marksmanship.

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