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Prepare a range card for an M240B machine gun

Station L – M240B MACHINE GUN – Point L-3

TASK: Prepare a range card for an M240B machine gun.

TEST CONDITIONS: During daylight, in a position with at least 500 meters open to the front, given an M240B machine gun mounted on an M122 tripod with a traversing and elevation mechanism, a map of the area, a lensatic compass, blank FB Form 5517 R (Standard Range Card), and a pencil. The candidate receives an assigned primary and secondary sector of fire as well as a principal PDF.

TEST STANDARDS: Prepare a completed range card with appropriate symbols within 15 minutes.

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

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR POINT: An M240B machine gun, M122 tripod, lensatic compass, blank FB Form 5517 R (FM 7 7J), pencils, a 1:50,000 scale map of the area, stopwatch, clipboard, field table, and FB Form 20 29.6 R.

SITE SETUP: Place a tripod mounted M240B machine gun in a fighting position. Put a lensatic compass, blank FB Form 5517 R, and a pencil beside the range card. Mark the limits of the primary and secondary sectors of fire ahead of time so the candidate can readily identify them. (Use natural features or man made objects.)

INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES: Say to the candidates–

“Let me have your attention. At this point you will have 15 minutes to prepare a range card for the M240B machine gun. You have an M240B machine gun mounted on a tripod, a map of this area, a lensatic compass, a standard blank range card, and a pencil.

“Your primary sector of fire is from ____ (point out left or right limit) to ____ (point out the other limit). Your secondary sector of fire is from ____ (point out left or right limit) to ____ (point out the other limit). Your principal direction of fire is _____ (point out the PDF). You are only required to make one copy of your range card for this test. Do you understand what you must do?”

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

Pause five seconds and then say–

“BEGIN.”

Allow the candidate to proceed for 15 minutes and then say–

“STOP”

“STOP. You now have four minutes to assemble the M249 machine gun and perform a function check. You may use only the equipment found on the ground cloth beside your weapon. Place the assembled weapon on the ground cloth after you complete the assembly and function check. 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–

“BEGIN.”

Allow the candidates to proceed for four minutes and then say–

“STOP.”

Perform a function check to ensure proper assembly.

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