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071-312-3027 (SL1) - Load an M60 Machine Gun

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

Conditions: Given a cleared M60 machine gun with a bipod and linked 7.62-mm ammunition. You must load the machine gun.

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

Performance Steps

WARNING: Keep all loaded weapons pointed in the direction of the target area.

1.   Place the safety on FIRE ("F").

2.   Open the bolt by pulling the cocking handle to the rear, locking the bolt to the rear with the palm of your hand facing up.

3.   Return the cocking handle to the forward position.

4.   Place the safety on SAFE ("S").

5.   Raise the cover.

6.   Ensure that the feed tray, receiver group, and chamber are clear.

7.   Place the first round of the belt in the feed tray groove, making sure the double link is leading with the open side of the link down.

8.   Hold the belt up (about six rounds from the loading end) while closing the cover, ensuring that the first round remains in the feed tray groove.

Evaluation Preparation: 

Setup: At the test position, place an M60 machine gun with bipod legs extended. Place a belt of linked dummy 7.62-mm ammunition with the machine gun. For standardization, have the bolt and cocking handle forward, the safety on S, and the belt of ammunition on top of the cover. Ensure the ammunition is clean and linked properly. Get an assistant to relink and wipe the ammunition clean for repeat testing.

Brief Soldier: Tell the soldier to load the M60 machine gun.

Performance Measures

GO

NO GO

1.   Placed the safety on "F."

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2.   Pulled the cocking handle to the rear position with the palm up.

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3.   Returned the cocking handle to the forward position.

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4.   Placed the safety on "S."

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5.   Raised the cover.

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6.   Ensured the feed tray, receiver group, and chamber are clear.

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7.   Placed first round in the feed tray groove.

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8.   Held the belt up while closing the cover.

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9.   Closed the cover so the first round remained in the feed tray groove.

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10. Completed performance measures 1 through 9 in sequence.

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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 the soldier what was done wrong and how to do it correctly.

References

 

Required

Related

 

FM 3-22.68

 

 

TM 9-1005-224-10