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Practice Record Fire L

TASK: Detect and engage timed targets with the M16A1/A2 rifle.

CONDITIONS: Day, given an M16A1/A2 rifle on a record fire range, 40 timed target exposures at ranges from 50 meters to 300 meters, and 40 rounds of ammunition. Engage 20 targets from the supported position and 20 targets from the prone unsupported position while wearing a helmet and LBE.

STANDARDS: Detect and obtain at least 23 target hits on the 40 exposed timed targets.

Practice Record Fire II.

TASK: Detect and engage timed targets with the M16A1/A2 rifle.

CONDITIONS: Given an M16A1/A2 rifle on a record fire range, 40 target exposures at ranges from 50 to 300 meters, and 40 rounds of ammunition; engage 20 targets from the supported position and 20 targets from the prone unsupported position while wearing a helmet and LBE.

STANDARDS: Obtain at least 23 hits on the 40 targets exposed.

NOTE: Practice Record Fire I should not be fired on the same range as Practice Record Fire II. If scheduling requires use of the same practice range, soldiers fire from different positions or lanes. The same range is not used for Practice Record Fire II and Record Fire Qualification, which are not conducted on the same day. Coaching the firer on the firing lane is permitted during Practice Record Fire II.

Record Fire. (4 hours)

TASK: Detect and engage timed targets with an M16A1/A2 rifle.

CONDITIONS: Given an M16A1/A2 rifle on a record fire range, 40 target exposures at ranges from 50 meters to 300 meters and 40 rounds of ammunition; engage 20 targets from the supported position and 20 targets from the prone unsupported position while wearing a helmet and LBE.

STANDARDS: Without assistance, the soldier detects and engages targets with the M16A1/A2 rifle, and achieves a minimum of 23 target hits out of 40 target exposures.

Qualification Table

• Personnel hitting 22 or fewer targets are unqualified.

• Personnel hitting 23 to 29 targets qualify as marksman.

• Personnel hitting 30 to 35 targets qualify as sharpshooter.

• Personnel hitting 36 to 40 targets qualify as expert.

FM 23*9

NOTE: Verifiable inoperative targets are the only alibis allowed during record fire. Soldiers whose weapons fail to operate due to broken parts or bad ammunition are withdrawn from the firing line to have the weapon repaired or ammunition replaced. Then the soldier refires as a first-time firer. Failures to fire due to the soldier not applying immediate action or detecting a target are not considered alibis.

Automatic Firing (M16A1)/Burst Firing (M16A2).

TASK: Apply the integrated act of automatic rifle/burst firing using automatic firing positions.

CONDITIONS: Given an explanation, demonstration, M16A1/A2 rifle with bipod, 21 rounds of ammunition, and using the automatic firing position from a supported position on a field fire range, engage target exposures at 75,175, and 300 meters while wearing a helmet and LBE.

STANDARDS: Correctly fire the weapon in 3-round bursts and obtain target hits at each range while demonstrating controi of the weapon in the automatic/burst mode (instructional requirement only).

Protective Mask Firing.

TASK: Engage targets in an NBC environment with the M16A1/A2 rifle.

CONDITIONS: Given an explanation, demonstration, M16A1/A2 rifle, and 20 rounds of 5.56-mm ammunition, engage 20 five-second exposures of F-type silhouette targets at 25 meters, firing 10 from the the prone unsupported and 10 from the prone or supported position, using semiautomatic fire, while wearing helmet, mask with hood, gloves, and LBE.

STANDARDS: Obtain a total of 11 hits out of the 20 target exposures. This is a GO/NO-GO exercise.

Night Fire.

TASK: Engage targets while applying night-fire techniques with the M16A1/A2 rifle.

CONDITIONS: Given an explanation, demonstration, and practical exercise with 5 rounds during the day, and with semiautomatic fire at night (EENT), engage F-type silhouette targets at 25 meters from the prone unsupported position and E-type silhouette targets at 50 meters from the prone supported position; given 35 rounds of tracer and ball mix ammunition and an M16A1/A2 rifle while wearing a helmet and LBE.

STANDARDS: Achieve 7 hits out of 30 target exposures. This is a GO/NO-GO exercise.

NOTE: Five rounds are fired during daylight hours, using night-fire techniques for a practice exercise.

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