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Forces a unit to fire the given weapon.
Just like with forceWeaponFire it is possible to pass remote unit as argument, but this could be unreliable. Considering this command might need to be used in combination with selectWeapon, which takes only local arguments, it would make sense to execute the fire command where the unit is local as well.
Unit ControlWeapons


unit fire muzzle
unit: Object - unit that is supposed to fire
muzzle: String - name of the muzzle to be fired
Return Value:

Alternative Syntax

unit fire [muzzle, mode, magazine]
unit: Object
muzzle: String
mode: String
magazine: String - (Optional)
Return Value:


Example 1:
_soldier fire "M16";
Example 2:
_soldier fire "SmokeShellMuzzle";
Example 3:
_soldier fire ["SmokeShellMuzzle", "SmokeShellMuzzle", "SmokeShellRed"];
Example 4:
player playActionNow "PutDown"; player selectWeapon "DemoChargeMuzzle"; player fire ["DemoChargeMuzzle", "DemoChargeMuzzle", "DemoCharge_Remote_Mag"]; player setWeaponReloadingTime [player, "DemoChargeMuzzle", 0];

Additional Information

See also:
BIS_fnc_fire doFire commandFire canFire fireAtTarget forceWeaponFire commandArtilleryFire commandSuppressiveFire doArtilleryFire doSuppressiveFire isManualFire selectWeapon action ["UseWeapon"] Category:Weapons


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Posted on 2006-08-17
Sometimes AI won't shoot when you use this command. It can be fixed by placing selectWeapon command before it.
Posted on 2007-02-02
In OFP v1.96, when a man class unit is given this command, he will aim up in the air before firing his weapon. This makes it rather useless if you want to make him shoot a target. It does work with vehicles, when the vehicle is first given a doWatch or doTarget command.
Posted on 2007-01-20
In ArmA v1.02, this command is not working with weapons in the secondary turrets (like "DSHKM" in T-72)
Posted on 2008-01-15
To place a satchel (pipebomb) the syntax is:
OFP: unitname Fire ["put", "pipebomb"]
ArmA: unitname Fire ["pipebombmuzzle", "pipebombmuzzle", "pipebomb"];
The triggering is done via a "TOUCHOFF" action.
Posted on 2010-03-18
In Arma 2, AI will automatically shoot straight up. Command seems to be broken.
Posted on 2010-11-24
Command is broken - confirmed. Use action "USEWEAPON" instead. Place a game logic in the editor. Name it MyGameLogic. Use this code to make unit1 fire his primaryweapon:
MyGameLogic action ["useWeapon", primaryWeapon unit1, unit1, 0];
Posted on 2011-02-25
Command works just fine in A2/OA. Make sure to execute it on local AI.
Posted on 2012-04-06
Max Power
If it did work at one time, it does no longer. The AI (or player) is forced to look upwards or reacts to a massive recoil force before getting his shot off.
Posted on 2013-02-16
Command did not work with Arma 2:ACR v1.62. Use fireAtTarget instead.
Posted on 2014-06-04 - 21:14 (UTC)
In Arma 3 in order for AI to place Claymore, for example, it is necessary to execute 3 statements - an animation, weapon select and the actual fire command. Animation is most likely for forcing unit to leave rest state, weapon select and fire kinda both go together anyway:
_unit playActionNow "PutDown"; _unit selectWeapon "DirectionalMineRemoteMuzzle"; _unit fire [ "DirectionalMineRemoteMuzzle", "DirectionalMineRemoteMuzzle", "ClaymoreDirectionalMine_Remote_Mag" ];
Posted on 2017-11-25
In Arma 3, as of version 1.76, examples 2 and 3 in the section above for smoke grenades are no longer working. As a workaround (throwing green smoke grenades for example), you can use:
[_soldier, "SmokeShellGreenMuzzle"] call BIS_fnc_fire;