Loading Procedures

Trainers must ensure that the weapon functions correctly and that proper headspace and timing have been set before loading. When loading in either mode, the ammunition is fed into the MG in the same manner (Figure 3-1). Ensure that the bolt is forward and the cover is closed. Insert the double-loop end of the ammunition belt into the feedway until the first round is engaged by the belt-holding pawl.

Figure 3-1. Inserting ammunition.

Figure 3-2 shows the correct procedures to use in the machine gun in the single-shot or automatic mode.

a. Single-Shot Mode. When engaging targets at ranges greater than 1,100 meters, using the single-shot mode (firing one round at a time) allows the gunner to deliver well-aimed fire on the target. To load in the single-shot mode -

(1) Keep the bolt-latch release unlocked in the up position and release it manually for each round.

(2) Jerk the retracting slide handle to the rear (Figure 3-3). Return the retracting slide handle to the forward position and then release the bolt by pressing the bolt latch release. The gun is now half-loaded.

(3) To complete loading, jerk the retracting slide handle to the rear a second time and lock it. Return the retracting slide handle to the forward position. Press the bolt latch release. When the bolt goes forward for the second time, the gun is loaded.

b. Automatic Mode. To load in the automatic mode -

(1) Lock the bolt-latch release down with the bolt-latch-release lock.

(2) Jerk the retracting slide handle to the rear and release it. The gun is now half-loaded.

(3) To complete loading, jerk the retracting slide handle to the rear a second time and release it. When the bolt goes forward for the second time, the gun is loaded.

BOLT-LATCH RELEASE LOCK DOWN

RELEASE LOCK UP

BOLT-LATCH RELEASE LOCK DOWN

SINGLE-SHOT MODE

AUTOMATIC MODE

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