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Rifles - Should one suppressive fire?
To clarify, I'm talking about suppressive fire tactic in real life, not the ingame mechanism for MGs.

When I play as a rifleman, I usually suppressive fire at a hidden enemy that I failed to kill, especially when I'm advancing toward his position. I've been doing this for a long time, but I'm not sure if this is a good tactic in Verdun (well it's good against me because I always turtle in cover when I hear the bullets). What's everyone's opinion?
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Depends, supressing someone while advancing can and usually does help with advancing, but isn’t so good when defending. I mean you’d rather get a kill but if you do supress make sure they stay down
Mhuur Feb 12 @ 10:05pm 
Suppressing as you put it, not as the ballistic near-miss mechanic, is pointless from the shooter's standpoint. Firing gives away your position audibly, allowing for enemies to pinpoint your location in relation to their's.

Only fire your weapon when you're intending to kill an enemy, because bolt cycling is slow enough for experienced players to get the drop on you. Or, to clear a clip from a french rifle or a k88 during a lull in fighting.

There are a lot of audio cues in this game if you're astute. Reload sounds (both single bullet, and clip reloading), bolt cycling, as well as footsteps and rustling from prone movement are audible to other players.

That being said, sometimes on defense I will occasionally not take time to aim as accurately at a mass of advancing enemies if I'm firing with other defenders at said group, in an attempt to cause panic. But by in large, if you aren't putting your sights on an enemy to fire, you're asking for trouble.
Ecks Dee (Banned) Feb 13 @ 5:19am 
Suppressive fire is useless
Personally in some situations due to the enemy having coverage from trees or bushes, you end up with your team just getting picked off and not firing a shot waiting to clearly see a target. Everyone running through their ammo to supress that direction is much better than doing nothing. At minimum it makes it harder for the enemy to advance.
Mhuur Feb 13 @ 12:18pm 
Originally posted by DirtyGamerTX:
Personally in some situations due to the enemy having coverage from trees or bushes, you end up with your team just getting picked off and not firing a shot waiting to clearly see a target. Everyone running through their ammo to supress that direction is much better than doing nothing. At minimum it makes it harder for the enemy to advance.
If players don't have enough sense to not take cover from a concealed enemy that is firing at them, they deserve to learn the hard way (getting shot). Since, mechanically, they're doing little-to-nothing to inhibit the concealed enemy's accuracy, blind firing isn't going to do anything more than further give away their position.

Want to make it more difficult for the enemy to advance? Be accurate in your firing, and don't be static in your position. If you don't know where the enemy positions are when they're defending, you don't know the best route into their trench.
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