Figure E Firing the Dragon from an M APC

(1) Adjust the commander's chair in the APC so that, when you assume the firing position, both feet are flat on the commander's chair and your knees and body are straight.

(2) Keep your feet apart at a comfortable angle.

(3) Ensure that your left arm and hand exert maximum rearward pressure on the elevation damper. This action pulls the cradle down against your shoulder (Figure E-2).

Figure E-2. M175 firing position.

(4) Position your right hand on the M175 mount firing mechanism the same as you would on the sight's firing mechanism.

• Index, middle, and third fingers on the trigger lever.

• Little finger forward of the trigger mechanism.

WARNING

To prevent a missile fired from an M175-mounted Dragon from dipping and flying into the ground, press heavily back and down on the elevation damper.

b. If not using the M175 mount, the gunner stands in the track commander's hatch, places the Dragon's bipod legs in the grill on top of the APC, and fires the weapon (Figure E-3). He could also sit on the closed cargo hatch and fire the Dragon as if he were on the ground (Figure E-4, page E-3).

c. The gunner can also fire the Dragon from a dismounted position, using either the M3 or M122 machine gun tripod (Figure E-5, page E-3).

(1) M3 Tripod. Sit along the left side of the tripod to ensure that no portion of your body is forward of the muzzle. Sight, aim, and fire the Dragon the same as when it is mounted on an APC.

(2) M122 Tripod. With the M122 tripod, put the right leg over the top of the two rear tripod legs. Put the left leg over the top of the front tripod leg. Sight, aim, and fire the same as when mounted on an APC.

NOTE: Body position is the most important factor in successful firing and tracking.

Providing soldiers with continual feedback during the early phase of practical training will help them form good habits.

WARNING

TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THE PERSONNEL IN THE APC, CLOSE THE DRIVER'S AND CARGO HATCHES BEFORE FIRING.

Figure E-3. Firing the Dragon from the commander's hatch.

Figure E-4. Firing from a closed hatch.

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