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18th Mar

Earlier in the week I hosted a data gathering session in order to provide data in which to answer three questions.

1. Which reticule placements get consistent kills (center of mass hits) at varying distances?
2. Is it better to aim at the center point of a line or at counterparts?
3. Does firing in a double-rank provide more effective fire versus a smaller line (8 or less)?

My group of volunteers, to whom I am very grateful for the help, and I tested the first two at ranges from 150 meters down to as little as 50 meters.

At 150 meters we determined that the best reticule placement in hardcore mode is at the top of the smoke cloud that comes out when the enemy has fired. However, because of how much rng is in play with the horizontal deviation, it is also concluded that engaging with the enemy at such a distance is highly unlikely to result in an effective engagement. 

The same goes for aiming at the center point of a line versus aiming at the counterpart in a line (directly across). The horizontal deviation makes such adjustments meaningless at such great distances.

At 100 meters, the best reticule placement for consistent center of mass kill shots is having the bottom part of the reticule covering the targets head. We also determined that firing at the center point of the line is more effective than firing at the counterpart as in our testing we averaged 3-4 kills per volley while aiming at the center of the line and only 2-3 kills while aiming at counterparts.

At 75 meters the best reticule placement for consistent center of mass shots is mid-thigh to upper kneecaps. Once again, firing at the center point of the line provides more consistent kills than firing at counterparts as the averages for the two are roughly similar to what was observed at 100 meters.

Lastly, at 50 meters the best reticule placement for center of mass kills was on the kneecaps. Firing at the center point of the line averaged around 4-5 kills, while firing at counterparts averaged around 4 kills. From this we can conclude that within 50 meters firing at the center point of a line might not be as necessary as from 75 meters and beyond. 

Finally, we tested firing in a double-rank at a distance of roughly 75 meters and determined that it is more effective for engaging with a smaller line based on bullet spread (very tight grouping). However, more testing will be needed to determine the reticule placement for the kneeling rank as the data I gathered on reticule placement were all determined by firing while standing in a single line.

From this we can see that the lowest point in which a reticule should be placed is on the kneecaps of the enemy and the highest point should be the top of the smoke plume after the enemy has fired. If you are wondering about distances greater than 150 meters, I'd say that data for such distances would be meaningless to determine because the rng at such distances, even at 150 meters, makes finding the best reticule placement a fool's errand. Our engagements should be occurring, when feasible, from 100 meters and inward.

So, in short:

150 meters: bottom of reticule at height of smoke cloud for kills, aim at center point of line, too much rng for effective engagements. Recommendation: move to engage closer.

100 meters: bottom of reticule covering enemies heads, aim at center point of line, the furthest distance out that an effective engagement can be fought. Recommendation: take fights at this distance.

75 meters: bottom of reticule from mid-thigh to upper kneecaps, aim at center point of line, within range for effective engagement with enemy. Recommendation: take fights at this distance.

50 meters: bottom of reticule on kneecaps, aiming at center point of line or counterparts to commanders discretion, within range for effective engagement but dangerous due to closeness with enemy. Recommendation: High risk, high reward engagement scenario. Take this engagement only in desperate situations, otherwise seek engagements from 75 to 100 meters.

Thank you to all the volunteers who aided me in the gathering of this data. I hope we can use this for the future in our linebattles to be an even more effective fighting force.
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