People have talked a long time about the "rifleman's ambush" as a tactic for irregular forces to use against an oppressive government occupation. The term is pretty simple, and the concept is pretty simple, unfortunately the execution is anything but simple.
But here is how it would go down in a perfect world. Say the Wolverine bubbas are taking on the Cuban Commandos.
First, sectors of fire and priorities of fire. The bubbas on each flank
need to shoot at the first and last enemy infantryman and work their
way in. The two guys in the middle need to have an arranged middle
point and work their way towards the flanks from there. Once a bubba
has cleared his sector, he needs to immediately transition to a
secondary and help out his neighbor. The priority of fires should be
machine guns (immediate threat), radio men (a delayed threat), and
What this does is deconflicts so that three bubbas don't all shoot at
the point man and give away their position against a highly trained
aggressive force. If every bubba is a good shot, and makes contact with
their first shot, they managed to take out the point man, the trail
man, a machine gunner, and a radio man. The infantry squad that started
with 9 men is now down to 5 combat effective men. The second shot we
can say will be less effective, so another 4 shots takes out only 2 more
men, and the third round of fire takes out one. In four volleys of
fire the communist infantry squad has been reduced from 9 men to 2 men,
and the last volley has four bubbas aiming at two bad guys. Each bubba
only fired five shots.
Pretty much every bolt action hunting rifle carries about five shots
(unless it is a Magnum caliber, then usually only three). Four bubbas,
four rifles, 5 shots each, 20 rounds total, one enemy squad down. That
is economy of force. Now, this only works if the Bubbas are trained,
proficient, and able to work as a team.
If we assign a different hit probability to each volley then the
"rifleman's ambush" would need more ammo, more time, and have a much
greater likelihood of failure. If each volley has a 25% success rate,
it would take nine volleys to reduce the enemy squad, which is one
reload for our bubbas. With a 12.5% success rate then only one in eight
bullets is effective, meaning our bubbas have to fire 56 bullets to
reduce the enemy squad, which means 2 reloads (total of 15 volleys).
Things to think about. Marksmanship matters. Coordination matters.
Time matters, the longer a fight goes on the worse it is for our
rest here: http://randomthoughtsandguns.blogspot.com/2012/02/economy-of-force.html