The present study aimed to analyze the characteristics of close quarter combat with rifle and to analyze the most effective rifle fencing techniques used in combat. Fourteen professional soldiers were analyzed in 24 random combats with a rifle replica. Results showed that direct attack was the most used technique, the combat action more executed was the attack and the body area most impacted was the trunk. It has also been proved that combat rifle is a maneuver that takes place in a short time, most of the combats being developed in durations less than 20s. This data could help improve current training systems for the troops who have to serve in actual operation zones and also could be used in the basic training for new recruits.

Keywords: Close quarter combat, rifle, soldier, fencing, stress, rifle techniques.
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