fleer (instructor) in charge of firing, Time begins at the command FIRE. A typical control command is MOVING TARGET, LEFT FRONT (RIGHT FRONT), SIX HUNDRED, AT MY COMMAND. The command to fire is given at the same time the target commences its movement across the course.
(2) At the command MOVING TARGET, the gunner and assistant gunner load the gun in the prescribed manner. At the command LEFT FRONT (RIGHT FRONT), the gunner releases the traversing slide lock lever and swings the gun through free traverse to the left (right) front, and seta the sight at 600. At the command FIRE, the gunner lays on the target, takes the necessary lead and commences firing.
(8) A maximum of five shots may be fired single-shot for adjustment. For the first round, the gunner looks through the sights. After the first round is fired, the gunner makes the necessary adjustments by observing the flight of the tracer and/or the strike of the bullet. The remaining ammunition is fired in a burst. If there is a stoppage, the gunner relays on the target using the sight, then takes the necessary lead before firing is resumed.
(4) The ammunition container contains 26 rounds of ammunition. Tracers are used, but not to exceed the ratio of one tracer to four ball cartridges.
(6) The safety NCO (assistant instructor) notes any error in position, grip, sight setting, manipulation* and/or adjustment. If necessary, he stops the firing to correct errors. After the exercise has been fired, he explains how the error» made by the gunner affected the firing. The safety NCO keeps a close watch on the firs delivered along the flanks of the range, and prevents the gunner from firing outside the safety limits.
(6) The gunner should be required to dry run the exercise prior to the firing prescribed above.
Prior to firing the course, the gun will be targeted at the mid-range over which the target moves. The same procedure is followed as in field targeting, paragraph 131.
141. Record Firing for Tabk 4
(1) Record firing consists of the firing pre* scribed in paragraph 1800. The rule« for instruction firing apply to record firing, except when otherwise stated. Any departure from the rules governing record firing disqualifies the gunner.
(2) All men firing table 4 must first be qualified as First Class Gunner in tables 2 and S.
(5) After completing instruction firing, each gunner will fire the exercise in table 4 in a aingl time period. Ordinarily, a gunner is required to fire for record on a day subsequent to that which he fired any part of his instruction firing. However, when necessary the officer in charge of firing may authorize the firing of both instruction and record on the same day.
(4) As far as practicable, the gunner fires for record with the target moving on a different course than for instruction firing.
6. Equipment. The machinegun and ammunition as issued is used in all firing. Ammunition will be examined carefully and defective cartridges and/or links eliminated.
(1) In record firing, the gunner must perform the operations required; such as setting the sights, determining the leads, laying the gun, firing, and adjusting the fire within the prescribed time limit.
(2) All rounds fired by the gunner will count as part of the course. The total amount of ammunition used on the course, including rounds fired accidentally, will not exceed the amount authorized for the course. Ammunition left over at the expiration of the time ia lost to the gunner.
d. Stoppages. When a steppage occurs during record firing, the gunner holds up his hand and calls TIME, and awaits further Instructions from the officer in charge of firing. The assistant determines whether an actual stoppage exists; if it does, he directs the gunner to reduce It.
(1) The assistant then reports the nature of the stoppage to the officer in charge of firing, who gives instructions as to whether or not the gunner is permitted to refire the course.
(2) If the cause of the stoppage was, without doubt, the fault of the gunner, the course is not refired, and the score stands.
(6) If it was not the fault of the gunner, he is permitted to refire the course.
e. Penalty. If the gunner does not cease firing at the command, 5 points for each round fired are deducted from his total score.
f. Scoring. Five points are scored for each hit on the target. The total possible score Is 125 points.
g. Assistant Instructors. Officers and noncommissioned officers to supervise record firing in strict accordance with the rules governing this
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