Units should conduct rifle qualification on a standard record fire range. Convenience and comfort should not be the prime consideration when choosing a range. The KD alternate course is used by all components of the active Army, US Army Reserve, and Army National Guard when a standard record fire range is not available. The 25-meter alternate course is used when neither a standard record fire nor a KD range is available for rifle qualification. Units are permitted to use the 15-meter scaled alternate course only if a 25-meter range is not available.
NOTE: The official records of personnel who are using an alternate rifle qualification course are noted to distinguish alternate qualification ratings from standard record fire course ratings. For example, official personnel records are annotated as follows:
JONES, John Q. 000-00-0000 Expert 36 (RF) JONES, John Q. 000-00-0000 Expert 38 (kDAC) JONES, John Q. 000-00-0000 Expert 38 (AC)
a. 25-Meter Alternate Course. The 25-meter alternate course provides a way for units to test a soldier's rifle marksmanship proficiency.
(1) A soldier undergoing rifle qualification should first confirm the zero on his rifle before engaging the alternate course. The zero may be confirmed with the 25-meter battlesight zero procedure of six sighter rounds, which are fired in the prone supported position. Sighter rounds do not count for score. Training or sustainment ammunition is used for sighter rounds if a zeroing exercise is not conducted the day of record fire.
(2) Firing at scaled silhouettes gives the soldier the chance to engage targets with time limits and feedback. Engaging targets at 25 meters precludes any training value received on target detection or the effects of wind and gravity, which is learned when firing at longer distances. Rifle qualification requirements are scheduled on the 25-meter alternate course when a standard record fire or KD range is not available. The alternate course is an eight-hour course of instruction with four hours for 25-meter zeroing and four hours for record fire.
b. Qualification Standards. The chief range officer briefs all soldiers on the proper scoring procedures. The firing line safety crew—
• Performs as scorers.
• Informs the chief range officer of crossfires.
• Informs the chief range officer of allowable alibis.
• Accurately counts hits and misses. A hit is any bullet hole that is either completely in or touches some part of the scaled silhouette. If a bullet hole does not touch some part of the scaled silhouette, it is counted as a miss. Ricochets are counted as hits or misses.
• Counts only two hits for each silhouette for score in each table.
• Completes the scorecard.
• Assists the soldier with target repair.
• Totals, signs, and returns the completed scorecard to the chief range officer.
(1) Qualification ratings for the alternate course are as follows:
• Sharpshooter: Hits 33 to 37 targets.
• Unqualified: Hits 25 and below.
(2) These courses are fired IAW DA Form 5790-R (Record Firing Scorecard-Scaled Target Alternate Course). (See Appendix B for a blank reproducible copy.)
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