Watch Your Targetsi

(Firers commence firing when the targets are presented.)

c. Once all the targets are withdrawn, the range officer checks for alibis and then allows them to fire. An alibi is allowed when there is a malfunction NOT DUE TO THE FAULT OF THE FIRER.

5. Pit Operation a. General. The pit officer is responsible for the organization, orientation, and safety of the pit detail. The success of known distance firing depends largely upon the efficient operation of the targets and the close coordination maintained between the pit officer and the range officer. All operators must be familiar with the proper procedure for operating and marking the target.

b. Marking Targets for Zeroing and Slow Fire. Targets are marked after each shot, without command, and as quickly as possible. During slow fire, the firer has a time limit of 1 minute for each shot. Twenty seconds is considered the maximum time I unit for marking. A marker, or spotter, is placed in the hit regardless of its location on the target and then the value is indicated by the appropriate disk. Each time the target is marked, the marker is removed from the previous hit and the hole is pasted. (Three-inch markers are used for 100, 200, and 300 meters; 5-inch markers are used for 500 meters.)

c. Operation and Marking Targets for Rapid Fire. Targets are operated on order of the pit officer during rapid fire exercises. When the pit officer receives word that the firing line is ready he has a centrally located red flag waved three times and then withdrawn. Three seconds later he commands TARGETS UP or uses a prearranged, whistle or hand signal. He starts timing the exercise when the targets are fully raised. At the end of 50 seconds he gives the signal to lower all targets. Individual targets are then raised for alibis or refires, based on information received from the firing Hne. Next, the pit officer has the targets marked. Marker« are placed in each hit if the group ie large. If the group ia «mall, only enough markers are placed to indicate its location to the firer.

d. Disking the Targets. Each hit is disked, starting with the higheet value, and the pit officer has the targets pasted after making sure that all firs rs have received their scores. The value of each hit or miss is indicated as follows:

10 Hold white paddle in front of black.

9 Hold red paddle in front of black.

6-5 Hold red paddle over appropriate number box od the target.

MISS Red paddle moved once across target from right to left, a. PaddU and Disk Markers.

(1) The paddle marker (1 fig 159) may be constructed locally. The handle ia approximately 3 meters 19 feet) long. The disk attached to one end of the handle is either 25 cm (10 in) or 50 cm 120

in! in diameter and is cut from sheet metal. One side of the disk is painted white, the other side is painted red.

(2) The target marking disk®, fig 159) is painted black on one side and white on the opposite side. It may be procured in two dimensions: 7.5 cm (3in) (FSN 6920-713-8255) and 12.5 cm IS in! (FSN 6920-713-8254!. The disk spindle may also be procured through supply channels (FSN 6920-713-8257!.

Note. If s hit tonehes s II«*. It la fiwn tlw valve of ths higher adjacent seorliif ring.

Regulations for Known Distance Instruction


The following regulations govern the conduct of known distance firing.

a. All shots fired on the wrong targets are recorded as misses in both slow and rapid fire.

b. During slow fire, if a target shows two hhs. the following rulea govern:

Fig or* n%JTv0rt paddU sad disk msrkert.

11) If the hits have the same value, both bits are apotted but only one it disked.

(2! If the hiu have different values, both are spottad and the one with the highest value is disked.

c. During rapid fire, if more than ten hit* appear on a target, the following rulea govern:

III If all hit* are of eqnal value the firer receives credit for the value of ten rounds, providing he fired the required number of rounds.

(21 If the hits are not of equal value and the individual fired the required number of rounds, ha has the option of receiving the value of ten lowest hits or refiring the exercise.

131 if the firer did not fire tha required number of rounds through his own fault, he is given a miss for each unfired round.

d. All rounds fired before the command COMMENCE FIRING or after tha command CEASE FIRING are scored as misses.

a. All rounds fired are recorded even though the rifle may have been accidently discharged.

/. Ricochet hits are recorded as misses.

g. During rapid fire exercises, the firer ia given an alibi for a failure of the rifle to function properly due to mechanical defects or to defective ammunition. It is the responsibility of the firer to immediately notify an officer or noncommissioned officer on the line to have his malfunction verity.. Ha is required to refire the exercise. If time or ammunition allocation does not permit refiring the exercise, the soldier may fire the remaining rounds with a time limit of 4 seconds per round.

fc. If a target is withdrawn just as a shot is fired during slow fire, the shot is disregarded and the firer is given another round.

f. If a target is withdrawn during a rapid fire exercise, tha firer is permitted to refire the complete exercise.

/. In cases of slow target operation during slow fire, the firer must notify an officer or non-com missioned officer on the line before completing the exercise in order to receive additional time.

fc. As a general rule in scoring rapid fire targets, only those hits which are visible will be scored. An exception will be made in the case where the grouping of three or more shots is so close that it is possible for a required shot or shots to have gone through the enlarged hole without leaving a mark. In this case, the firer will be given the benefit of the doubt and scored a hit.

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