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#ActualServant of the Lord

Posted 20 October 2012 - 11:32 PM

If two players are on a flat plane, and one player shoots a continuous stream of bullets in a circle, the farther away the target is, the greater chance of not being hit, as the bullets will separate as they travel farther from shooter. So it's not 'inevitable', unless the two targets are really close. (The more bullets per second, and the finer the increments of rotation, in conjunction with the distance between targets, would determine whether you get a hit or not)
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Your other point is true - if a shooter high up tried to use the same spinning firing pattern, his semi-circle of bullets would end up more-or-less as a straight line (Or would it appear as a curved line?) into the ground. However! If I was the shooter on the high ground, I'd instinctively fire in a spiral pattern spraying a large area.
Spraying in a spiral pattern (oriented around your line-of-sight) wouldn't work too well on a flat plane, but would work well from an elevated position. Spraying in a semi-circle oriented around your waist would work on a flat plane, but not from an elevated position. (Both suffer from the bullets spreading farther apart with distance)
I'd use the one most fitting for the circumstance without conscious thought of it.

To help visualize: On the flat plane (against a moving target aware of me), I'd fire in a 2D cone, as shown in the image above (though a less-wide cone). On an elevated position (against a moving target aware of me) I'd fire in a 3D cone, to cover more ground. On the ground trying to shoot someone at an elevated position, I'd lob a grenade, flee to cover, and try more accurate and much tighter 3D cone to try and 'snipe' the target or at least suppress him giving me enough time to assault the location from a more favorable vantage.

#1Servant of the Lord

Posted 20 October 2012 - 11:22 PM

If two players are on a flat plane, and one player shoots a continuous stream of bullets in a circle, the farther away the target is, the greater chance of not being hit, as the bullets will separate as they travel farther from shooter. So it's not 'inevitable', unless the two targets are really close. (The more bullets per second, and the finer the increments of rotation, in conjunction with the distance between targets, would determine whether you get a hit or not)
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Your other point is true - if a shooter high up tried to use the same spinning firing pattern, his semi-circle of bullets would end up more-or-less as a straight line (Or would it appear as a curved line?) into the ground. However! If I was the shooter on the high ground, I'd instinctively fire in a spiral pattern spraying a large area. Spraying in a spiral pattern (oriented around your line-of-sight) wouldn't work too well on a flat plane, but would work well from an elevated position. Spraying in a semi-circle oriented around your waist would work on a flat plane, but not from an elevated position. (Both suffer from the bullets spreading farther apart with distance)
I'd use the one most fitting for the circumstance without conscious thought of it.

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