Serviceability inspections and preventive maintenance checks must be practiced to ensure soldiers have reliable weapons systems during training and in combat. Technical information necessary to conduct mechanical training is contained in the soldier's operator's manual (M16A1-TM 9-1005-249-10; M16A2-TM 9-1005-319-10). Once the basic procedures have been demonstrated, soldiers should practice the mechanical training skills under varied conditions to include during nighttime, and in MOPP and arctic clothing.

As part of mechanical training, soldiers must be taught and must practice procedures for properly loading ammunition into magazines to include both single loose rounds and speed loading of 10-round clips (Figure 3-2).

Figure 3-2. Loading and unloading magazine.

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