swinging traverse

swinging traverse

[′swiŋ·iŋ trə′vərs]
(ordnance)
Type of fire used against dense troop formations moving toward a machine gun position or rapidly moving targets; the traversing clamp is loosened so that a gunner makes rapid changes by exerting pressure against the pistol-grip.
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The unusual swinging traverse on a new take-up respooler reportedly cuts and transfers wire faster and more accurately than fixed or sliding traverses.