Danger

DO NOT FIRE THE BDM FROM AN ENCLOSURE OR FROM IN FRONT OF A BARRIER DUE TO THE RISK OF INJURY TO THE OPERATOR.

Prone Position

6-39. The prone position is the only position that differs from the M136 AT4 positions. It is the most dangerous position, in regards to potential backblast injury, due to its proximity to the ground. It also provides the gunner a great deal of protection from enemy observation. Ideally, the ground should slope downward from the rear of the launcher, which reduces the effects of the backblast (Figure 6-19). Although the prone position is the most stable position for firing the M141 BDM, stability can be increased if support for the launcher is available. Additional considerations for the prone firing position are provided herein.

• Lie on the stomach with the body at an angle of not less than 45 degrees to the line of fire and with the body and legs to the left of the direction of fire (in order to keep clear of the backblast area). Ensure that neither the body nor the legs are in the backblast area.

• Move the left leg as far forward as possible without being uncomfortable, and keep the inside of both heels on the ground. Hold both elbows well below the launcher.

• Hold the head as steady as possible, with the right eye lined up with the sights.

WARNING: KEEP LOWER BODY 45° AWAY FROM WEAPONS AXIS

Figure 6-19. Prone firing position.

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