Preliminary Marksmanship Instruction Phase I of Basic Rifle Marksmanship

An infantryman's basic battlefield tool is his weapon. To effectively employ his weapon, marksmanship must be masteredfrom the basics of rifle marksmanship to the advanced stages of target engagement. This will greatly enhance the infantryman's capability to close with and destroy the enemy.

Understanding the operation and functions of any machine is vital to becoming an expert with that machine. The same theory applies to rifle marksmanship. Commanders must keep this in mind when setting up a training program. This chapter covers the mechanical training of the M16-/M4-series weapons. With this knowledge, a soldier is able to assess and correct any malfunction to keep the weapon always operating properly.

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