To provide both a safe and efficient range operation and effective instruction, the following is an example of personnel and duties that may be required.
OIC. He is responsible for the overall operation of the range before, during, and after live firing.
Range Safety Officer. He is responsible for the safe operation of the range to include conducting a safety orientation before each scheduled live-fire exercise. He ensures that a brass and ammunition check is made before the unit leaves the range. He ensures that all personnel comply with the safety regulations and procedures prescribed for the conduct of a live-fire exercise. He should ensure that left-handed firing devices are used by all left-handed firers. This officer should not be assigned other duties.
NCOIC. He assists the OIC and safety officer, as required-for example, by supervising enlisted personnel who are supporting the live-fire exercise.
Ammunition Detail. This detail is composed of one or more ammunition handlers whose responsibilities are to break down, issue, receive, account for, and safeguard live ammunition. The detail also collects expended ammunition casings and other residue.
Unit Armorer. He repairs the rifles to include replacing parts, as required.
Assistant Instructor. One assistant instructor is assigned for each one to ten firing points. Each assistant ensures that all firers observe safety regulations and procedures, and he assists firers having problems.
Medical Personnel. They provide medical support as required by regulations governing live-fire exercises.
Control Tower Operators. They raise and lower the targets, time the exposures, sound the audible signal, and give the fire commands. If possible, two men should be chosen to perform these functions.
Maintenance Detail. This detail should be composed of two segments: one to conduct small-arms repair and one to perform minor maintenance on the target-holding mechanisms.
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