Diagnosis Of Firing Problems

Diagnosis of firing problems is the main purpose of the Weaponeer. The following seven-step program is recommended as a guide. Depending on the extent of the firer's problems and time constraints, the number of shots may be increased.

STEP 1. Tell the soldier to assume a good firing position, to aim at a target, and to hold steady (supported and prone unsupported positions).

STEP 2. Visually check the firer's firing position and correct any gross errors,

STEP 3. Observe the video screen. If there is no aiming dot on the video screen or if the aiming dot is far from target center, teach sight picture to the firer. If excessive movement is shown by the light dot, check and correct the techniques of the steady position and natural point of aim.

STEP 4. Tell the soldier to fire a three-round shot group aimed at the target's center of mass. Watch the video screen and firer as he fires. Note violations of the four fundamentals.

STEP 5. Replay each shot to show the firer his aim, steadiness, and trigger squeeze. In Figure C-13, the target on the right shows a numbered series of 16 shots. Dots 1 through 4 indicate that the firer approached the target from high right. Dots 5 through 15 show that he is aiming near the center of the target but does not have a steady position. The sudden shift from dot 15 to 16 (dot 16 is the hit point of the shot) indicates that gun-shyness or improper trigger squeeze caused the firer to pull his aiming point down and to the right just before firing. Replay helps the firer understand and correct his firing errors.

STEP 6. Confirm and refine the diagnosis by allowing the soldier to fire additional three-round shot groups. Use replay to show the firer his firing faults.

STEP 7. Summarize and record the soldier's basic firing problems.

These seven steps are designed to efficiently diagnose and to show the soldier his firing errors. This could be enough to immediately correct the error. However, diagnosis should be followed up with remedial exercises either with the Weaponeer, target-box exercise, or dime (washer) exercise.

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