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Perform a function check on an M16 series rifle or M4 carbine series / Load / Correct Malfunction / Unload

Station G – M16 SERIES RIFLE OR M4 CARBINE – Point G-1

TASKS: 1. Perform a function check on an M16 series rifle or M4 carbine series.

2. Load an M16 series rifle or M4 carbine.

3. Correct malfunctions on an M16 series rifle or M4 carbine.

4. Unload an M16 series rifle or M4 carbine.

TEST CONDITIONS: Given an assembled M16 series rifle or M4 carbine and a magazine loaded with four blank rounds and one dummy, expended, or inert round.


1. Perform function check on the weapon (in sequence).

2. Correctly load the weapon for semiautomatic fire.

3. Apply immediate action.

4. Unload the weapon.

NOTE: Clearing the weapon is an integral part of unloading the weapon; the candidate must clear the weapon in order to pass this point.

5. Complete test standards 2 through 4 within 30 seconds.

SOLDIER’S MANUAL CROSSWALK: This task is based on the following tasks in STP 21 1 SMCT: 071 311 2027, 071 311 2028, and 071 311 2029, and FM 23-9. The candidate will perform all three tasks in one sequence. He will not stop after one task before he continues to the next.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR POINT: An M16 series rifle or M4 carbine with magazine; four blank rounds of ammunition (for each candidate), dummy, inert, expended, or blank rounds; field table; clipboard; stopwatch; pencils; and FB Form 20 22 R.

SITE SETUP: Provide field tables on which to lay the M16 series rifle or M4 carbine. Ensure the site affords a safe area for firing blank ammunition. Also provide at this site a container to collect expended blanks.

INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES: Say to the candidates–

“Let me have your attention. At this point you must perform a function check, load, correct a malfunction, and unload an M16 series rifle or M4 carbine. You have received an assembled M16 series rifle or an M4 carbine and a magazine loaded with four blank rounds and one inert round.

“When I say ‘BEGIN,’ you will perform a function check, which will not be timed. Then you will load the rifle, chamber a round, fire the rounds until a stoppage occurs, apply immediate action, expend remaining ammunition, then unload and clear the M16 series rifle or M4 carbine, all within 30 seconds. Do you understand what you must do?”

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

Pause for five seconds and then say–


Allow the candidate to proceed for 30 seconds and then say–


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