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071-022-0003 (SL1) - Load a Caliber .50 M2 Machine Gun

Standards: Loaded the linked ammunition in the feed tray groove so, when the cover was closed, a round remained in the tray groove and the ammunition fed correctly.

Conditions: Given a cleared caliber.50 machine gun, mounted on a tripod or cupola, and linked caliber.50 ammunition.

Standards: Loaded the linked ammunition in the feed tray groove so, when the cover was closed, a round remained in the tray groove and the ammunition fed correctly.

Performance Steps

1.   Check to ensure weapon is clear.

2.   Load ammunition.

a. Ensure the bolt is forward and the cover is closed.

b. Insert the double-loop end of the belt in the feed tray until the belt-holding pawl engages the first round.

c. With the palm of your hand facing up, pull the retracting slide handle to the rear and release it.  (If the bolt latch release is up, return the retracting slide handle to the forward position then release the bolt.)

d. With the palm of your hand facing up, pull the retracting slide handle to the rear a second time and release it. When the bolt goes forward the second time, the gun is loaded.

e. To set the gun in automatic mode, lock the bolt-latch release down.

f.  To set gun in single-shot mode, keep the bolt-latch release unlocked and in the up position. Release it manually for each round.

Evaluation Preparation: 

Setup: Provide the soldier with equipment and materials listed in the conditions. Evaluate this task in a classroom or training area using dummy linked caliber.50 ammunition.

Brief Soldier: Tell the soldier to load the weapon using the belt of ammunition.

Performance Measures

GO

NO GO

1.   Ensured the bolt was forward and the cover was closed.

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2.   Inserted the double-loop end of the belt into the feed way until the belt-holding pawl held the first round.

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3.   Pulled the retracting slide handle to the rear and released it.  If the bolt latch release was up, returned the retracting slide handle to the forward position, then released the bolt.

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4.   Pulled the retracting slide handle to the rear a second time and released it.  When the bolt went forward the second time, the gun was loaded.

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Evaluation Guidance:  Score the soldier GO if all performance measures are passed. Score the soldier NO GO if any performance measure is failed. If the soldier scores NO GO, show him what was done wrong and how to do it correctly.

References

 

Required

Related

 

 

FM 23-65

 

 

TM 9-1005-213-10