Chapter Range Firing

8-7. General a. Schedule range firing only after the soldier has demonstrated his ability to apply the steps of

> marksmanship training. The three courses of fire for the grenade launcher are: Instructional firing, qualification firing, and instruction course (modified).

b. Observe safety precautions during all range firing. The surface danger area and range safety requirements vary -with the type of ammunition being used. Consult Army Regulation 385-63 and

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(1) Station 1 is to permit the grenadier to zero the grenade launcher. After the completion of firing, the launcher will be cleared. It ia cleared when the breech end of the barrel assembly is open, the cartridge or cartridge case removed, and a visual check has been made of the barrel assembly. Always carry the launcher with the breech open on the range.

(2) Station 2 is to instruct and test the grenadier in the kneeling supported position, range determination, sight setting, firing, sensing, and adjustment of fire at close-in point targets. The grenadier may engage either of the two targets in local range and safety regulations to determine current safety requirements.

8-2. Instructional Firing a. Conduct instructional firing prior to qualification firing to provide the grenadier with addi-tional training in sighting, aiming, Bight manipulation, positions, rapid loading, sensing, and adjustment of fire while engaging targets.

b. Instructional firing consists of firing table 8-1 one time on the grenade launcher range described in chapter 7.

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6 2 minutes the station, but once he fires at one target, he muBt not engage the other target until he haB hit the first target.

(3) Station 3 is to instruct and test the grenadier in firing from the foxhole position at point and area targets. The sequence of fire and engagement of targetB is aa prescribed in (2> above.

(4) Station 4 is to Instruct and test the grenadier in firing from the prone supported position at area targets. The sequence of fire and engagement of targets is as in (2) above.

(6) Each station within the lane will be supervised by an assistant instructor who ia also

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responsible for scoring. The assistant instructor will also observe the impact of all grenades, keep a record of the number and location of all duds within the station, and report these when required. An ammunition point will be established on each lane and supervised by the safety noncommissioned officer. Ammunition will be drawn and issued by the assistant instructors at each station. Grenadiers are organized into orders. Ro tate in a clockwise direction. Order one will complete firing on station 1 and move to stations 2, 8, and 4 in that order. Order two follows order one through the stations. When the first order haa reached station 4, all stations should be occupied or all orders should be on the line.

(8) Fire commands are given as follows: (a) On command from the officer in charge of firing, the grenadier moves to his station and

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(6) The officer in charge of firing -will then announce: THE FIRING LINE IS NO LONGER CLEAR; GRENADIERS DESIGNATE THE TARGET; DETERMINE THE RANGE TO THE TARGET; PLACE THE PROPER SETTING ON THE REAR SIGHT. ASSISTANT INSTRUCTORS DRAW THREE ROUNDS OF TRAINING PRACTICE (HIGH EXPLOSIVE) AMMUNITION AND ISSUE THEM TO THE GRENADIERS.

(c) At the command DESIGNATE THE TARGET, the grenadier will identify the target he intends to engage by announcing: WINDOW, BUNKER, AUTOMATIC WEAPON, TROOP EMPLACEMENT; or TROOPS IN THE OPEN, as appropriate for hit station. At the command DETERMINE THE RANGE,, the grenadier will announce the range to the target. At the command ASSISTANT INSTRUCTORS DRAW THREE ROUNDS OF TRAINING PRACTICE (HIGH EXPLOSIVE) AMMUNITION AND ISSUE THEM TO THE GRENADIER, the assistant in-structor will pick up the ammunition at the ammunition point and issue it to the grenadier.

(d) When the grenadier has made his sight setting and the ammunition has been issued, the asaistant instructor on each lane will signal that his lane it ready.

(<;) When all lanes are ready, the officer in charge will command: YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES TO COMPLETE THIS EXERCISE. ON THE FIRING LINE, ONE ROUND OF (TP) (HE) AMMUNITION—LOAD. READY ON

THE RIGHT? READY ON THE LEFT? READY ON THE FIRING LINE. COMMENCE FIRING.

(/) After each grenade is fired the assistant instructor will call out HIT or MISS, whichever is correct. The grenadier is not permitted to engage the second target until the first target has been hit.

(0) After 2 minutes have elapsed the officer in charge of firing commands: CEASE FIRING—CLEAR ALL WEAPONS. ASSISTANT INSTRUCTORS TURN IN ALL UNEXPENDED ROUNDS AND REPORT ALL DUDS. GRENADIERS ROTATE.

(it) After completing firing on station 4, the grenadier will have his weapon cleared and move off the firing line.

8-3. Qualification Firing

0. Qualification firing is conducted to test the grenadier's ability to apply the techniques of marksmanship.

b. Instructional firing and qualification firing should be conducted on the same day. When this is not possible, station 1, the zeroing station, must be fired as an unscored part of the qualification course in order to let each grenadier get or confirm his zero of the launcher he will fire for qualification.

c. Qualification firing consists of firing table 8-2 one time on station 2, 8, and 4 of the grenade launcher range, described in chapter 7. The firing commands and procedures are as outlined for instructional firing (para 8-2).

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<4) Sçorinç. Issue each grenadier three grenades for each of the qualification firing stations. Each hit is worth five points. The grenadier get® a five-point.bonus score if he. achieves first round hits on both targets at a station. So, each station is worth 16 points. For example, station $ has two targets, a point target and an area target. The grenadier may select either target to engage first. If he scores, a hit on the first target selected, he receives a score of five points. He is then permitted to engage the second target on the station. If he hits the second target, he eàrns another five pointa. If he scores a hit on both targets on the station with first round hits, he is given a five-point bonus for a total of 16 pointa. He then gives the unexpended round to thé assistant instructor. Do not allow the grenadier to change from one target to the other within the station until the first target he selected has been hit. Scoring for station 2 and 4 is the same as for stationer

•'- 1 i ' . >1 '■ 8-4. Familiarization Cours«

Thia course may be conducted on station 1 and 3 of the grenade launcher range described in chapter 7. It consists of firing table 8-8 one time with no time limit and is not scored. Thé firing commands and procedures-are as outlined for instructional firing (para 8-2) except that the grenadier is given the range to each target he engages.

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<2) Scorecard. DA Form 2496 (Scorecard for 40-mm grenade launcher) for use on the qualification course is shown in figure 8-1. Each time the grenadier moves from one station to another he must carry his scorecard with him. All scoring entries on the card are made and initialed by the asaiatant instructor at the station being fired. After completion of qualification firing, the grenadier must sign the scorecard.

(S) Target scoring. When scoring, the assistant instructor will evaluate each grenade fired as outlined below:

(o) Window or door. The grenade must go through the opening in the center of the target.

(b) Bunker. Credit will be given for a hit if the grenade impacts anywhere on the face of the bunker.

(c) Automatic weapon. Credit will be given for a hit only if the grenade impacts within a 10 meter (diameter) circle surrounding the target.

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