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Load an M240B machine gun

Station L – M240B MACHINE GUN – Point L-2

TASKS: 1. Load an M240B machine gun.

2. Correct malfunctions on an M240B machine gun.

3. Unload an M240B machine gun.

TEST CONDITIONS: During daylight, given an M240B machine gun, a five round belt of linked 7.62 mm blank ammunition with a dummy round inserted into the belt, and a requirement to expend all rounds in the belt.

TEST STANDARDS:

1. Load the gun within ten seconds (in sequence).

2. Fire and apply immediate action within ten seconds.

3. Unload and clear the gun within ten seconds.

4. Complete performance measures in the prone position.

SOLDIER’S MANUAL CROSSWALK: This task is based TM 9 1005 313 10 and FM 23 67.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR POINT: An M240B machine gun, a five round belt of linked 7.62 mm blank ammunition with a dummy round inserted into middle of belt (two rounds on either side), stopwatch, clipboard, pencil, field table, and FB Form 20 29.5 R.

SITE SETUP: Place a bipod mounted M240B machine gun beside the canvas or tarpaulin. Place a dummy cartridge or nail on the canvas or tarpaulin so that it is in plain view of the candidate. Clear the gun and place the weapon on SAFE.

INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES: Say to the candidates–

“Let me have your attention. At this point you must load the M240B machine gun within ten seconds. We then will tell you to fire and apply immediate action within ten seconds. Finally, you must unload and clear the machine gun within ten seconds. You will do all of these things while in the prone position. Do you understand what you must do?”

If anyone has questions, repeat the instructions but do not elaborate on what you have read.

Pause five seconds and then say —

“Load the machine gun. BEGIN.”

Allow the candidate to proceed for ten seconds and then say —

“STOP. Fire and apply immediate action. BEGIN.”

Allow the candidate to proceed for ten seconds and then say–

“STOP. Unload and clear the machine gun. BEGIN.”

Allow the candidate to proceed for ten seconds and then say–

“STOP”

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