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071-312-4028 (SL1) - Unload an M249 Machine Gun

Standards: Removed all ammunition, expanded brass, links, and the magazine from the weapon.

Conditions: Given an M249 machine gun loaded with 5.56-mm ammunition (linked or in an M16 magazine) and a requirement to unload the M249.

Standards: Removed all ammunition, expanded brass, links, and the magazine from the weapon.

Performance Steps

1.   Pull the cocking handle to the rear, locking the bolt in the rear position.

2.   Place the safety in the safe mode (the red band will not show) and return the cocking handle to its forward position.

3.   Remove ammunition and links.

a. Belt-fed. Raise the cover and remove any ammunition or links from the feed tray.

b. Magazine-fed. Push down on the magazine release tab and pull the magazine out. Then raise the cover.

4.   Raise the feed tray and inspect the chamber to ensure that it contains no ammunition. If it contains ammunition, remove the ammunition.

5.   Close the cover.

6.   Place the safety in the fire mode (the red band will show).

7.   Pull the cocking handle to the rear, and pull the trigger while manually easing the bolt forward to the closed position.

Evaluation Preparation: 

Setup: At the test site, provide the soldier with all the equipment given in the task conditions. Evaluate this task using dummy 5.56-mm linked rounds or dummy 5.56-mm ammunition loaded in 30-round M16 magazines.

Brief Soldier: Tell the soldier to unload the M249 in the correct manner.

Performance Measures

GO

NO GO

1.   Pulled the cocking handle to the rear, locking the bolt in the rear position.

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2.   Placed the safety in safe mode (the red band will not show) and returned the cocking handle to its forward position.

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3.   Removed ammunition and links.

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a. Belt-fed.  Raised the cover and removed any ammunition or links from the feed tray.

 

 

b. Magazine-fed.  Pushed down on the magazine release tab and pulled the magazine out.  Then raised the cover.

 

 

4.   Raised the feed tray and inspected the chamber to ensure that it contained no ammunition. If it contained ammunition, removed the ammunition.

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5.   Closed the cover.

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6.   Placed the safety in the fire mode (the red band will show).

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7.   Pulled the cocking handle to the rear, and pulled the trigger while manually easing the bolt forward to the closed position.

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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

 

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FM 3-22.68