The Firing Line Is Ready


A whistle, buzzer, horn, or other loud audible signal is sounded to begin the exercise and sounded again to cease fire.

CEASE FIRE, CEASE FIRE, CEASE FIRE. (Given at the same time as the signal.)


Allowable alibis are allotted six seconds for each unfired round. An allowable alibi is a malfunction of the rifle or ammunition — it is not associated with firer error. Rounds not expended during the allotted time do not constitute an alibi and are counted as misses. The firing line safety crew notes the number of alibi rounds to be fired and times the soldier. If a rifle continues to malfunction, the armorer removes it from the firing line for inspection and repair.

Cross-fires are not allowable alibis for the cross-firing soldier. The recipient of the cross-fired rounds refires the table. The cross-firer is awarded misses for those shots on the wrong target, and he may be allowed to refire the course. Regardless of his total hits during refire, he can be rated only as a marksman with a score of 26. The recipient is not penalized. If there are alibis, the chief range officer repeats the fire commands; otherwise, he continues the exercise.

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