Marksmanship

With gun and mount, the instructor makes arrangements for a demonstration crew to be available. He ensures that he has a sighting bar, an illustration of a correct sight picture, a sighting target (panel with holder), a stopwatch, control flags, cleaning rods, and patches.

a. Organization. Organize the crew and the training area. Organize each crew with four members, if possible. Use a centralized area, preferably with bleachers, for conferences and demonstrations. The area should be fairly level, and large enough for the guns to be placed 10 meters from the targets.

b. Presentation. Ensure marksmanship basics are learned and practiced. Make sure the soldiers know that marksmanship basics must be learned and practiced during the preparatory phase of the marksmanship training, in order for them to satisfactorily complete the marksmanship course. With the help of coaches and assistant instructors, ensure that steps are done correctly during the preparatory phase of marksmanship. Give a brief description of the operation, general data, and exterior nomenclature of the MK 19. Ensure that assistant instructors disassemble and assemble the MK 19 while the procedure is being explained.

NOTE: When the crews can skillfully disassemble and assemble the gun, demonstrate this phase of instruction to them blindfolded, using an assistant. Doing this encourages crews to practice during their free time, and develops individual skill and initiative.

Ensure the crew does not assemble or disassemble the MK 19 under stress against time because there is a danger of damaging the gun's parts.

c. Operation. Each crew requires a MK 19 mounted on an M3 mount and a belt of five dummy rounds. Emphasize the safety factors involved. Stress how the feed throat must be attached before loading the MK 19. Demonstrate the method of letting the bolt go forward.

d. Functioning. Training aids are useful if the class is platoon-sized; otherwise, training aids may be used for study and discussion during breaks. Use one gun for each crew, as in previous mechanical training instruction. Divide functioning into six phases (see Chapter 2, Operation and Function). Explain and demonstrate each phase of functioning. Assistant instructors should duplicate each demonstration on the guns within each crew. With these setups at the guns, each crewmember can see how the parts work. Setups may be used for each phase of functioning.

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  • MAGNUS
    Is mk 19 a marksmanship badge?
    3 months ago

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