The first priority of this range is training, but safety must be at the forefront of the training program. The safety program will be corrected immediately. The safety program should include the following:
• The two red and white candy-striped poles, located on the far right and far left (point to them), are the range left and right limits. Firers never fire or point their rifles outside the limits of these poles.
• When not on the firing line, the selector lever is on SAFE, the bolt is locked to the rear, and the dust cover is open. (Demonstrate.)
• Firers will always enter and exit the firing line at the base of the tower. (Point.)
• Before occupying the firing positions, inspect the positions for harmful animals and insects.
• Firers will always point the muzzle of the rifle downrange whenever on the firing line. The firing finger is not placed within the trigger housing area. (Demonstrate.)
• Lock the bolt to the rear and place the rifle on SAFE on the firing line. Chamber blocks may be used.
• Smoke only in designated smoking areas. (Inform soldiers where.)
• You will not eat or drink on the firing line unless the tower operator permits you to drink from your canteen. Drink water often to prevent heat injuries.
• Never touch your rifle while personnel are downrange or in front of the firing line.
• Load the magazine into the rifle only on the command of the tower.
• Never fire without wearing hearing protection when within 25 meters of the firing line.
• Before leaving the firing line, the safety NCO must rod the rifle.
• Consider the rifle loaded at all times, even in the break areas. Never point the rifle at anyone.
• Left-handed firers will fire the M16A1 with left-handed brass deflectors attached to the rifle.
• Anyone observing an unsafe act will immediately call CEASE FIRE, place his rifle on SAFE, place it in the V-notch stake or on the sandbags, and then give both the vocal alarm and visual signal of cease fire. (Demonstrate and have soldiers demonstrate.)
• Once cleared off the firing line, firers report immediately to the ammunition point and turn in all ammunition and expended brass.
• No one will leave the range until he has been inspected for ammunition and brass.
NOTE: When an electrical storm occurs, the safety NCO will direct the tower operator to prepare to disperse soldiers. At that time, the tower gives the command LOCK AND CLEAR ALL WEAPONS AND GROUND ALL EQUIPMENT (except for wet-weather gear). Then the tower operator directs soldiers to a safe area.
The instructor/trainer should ask the firers if there are any questions concerning the safety procedures of the range.
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