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Load an M16A2 Rifle

 

CONDITIONS
Given an unloaded M16A2 rifle with a magazine loaded with ammunition.

STANDARDS
Load an M16A2 rifle in both the semiautomatic and burst modes. In either case, ensure that a round is chambered and the selector is returned to the SAFE position.

TRAINING AND EVALUATION
Training Information Outline

1. Determine the mode in which the rifle will be operated by using Table 5-39.

2. Prepare the M16A2 rifle for semiautomatic fire.

3. Prepare the M16A2 rifle for semiautomatic fire.

a. Point the rifle muzzle in a safe direction.

b. Cock the rifle (this also opens the bolt).

c. Return the charging handle to the forward position.

d. Place the selector lever on SAFE (A, Figure 5-40a).

e. Check the chamber to ensure it is clear (B, Figure 5-40a).

f. Insert the magazine, pushing it upward until the magazine catch engages and holds the magazine.

g. Tap upward on the bottom of the magazine to ensure it is seated (C, Figure 5-40a).

NOTE: The magazine may be loaded with the bolt assembly open or closed.

Figure 5-40a. Loading the rifle.

4. Prepare the M16A2 rifle for burst fire.

a. Point the rifle muzzle in a safe direction.

b. Cock the rifle (this also opens the bolt).

c. Return the charging handle to the forward position.

d. Place the selector lever in the BURST position (A, Figure 5-41).

e. Pull the trigger, holding it in the rear position.

f. Pull the charging handle to the rear and release it (B, Figure 5-41).

g. Repeat step 3f three times.

h. Pull the charging handle to the rear, holding it in place.

i. Release the trigger.

j. Push in on the bottom portion of the bolt catch, locking the bolt in the rear position (C, Figure 5-41).

k. Slide the charging handle all the way forward.

l. Place the selector on SAFE.

Figure 5-41. Preparing the M16A2 to fire bursts.

5. Chamber a round.

a. With the bolt open:

1) Depress the upper portion of the bolt catch to release the bolt (A, Figure 5-42).

2) Tap the forward assist to ensure that the bolt is fully forward and locked (B, Figure 5-42).

3) Place selector lever on SAFE, closing the ejection port cover if the rifle is not to be fired immediately.

Figure 5-42. Chambering a round.

b. With the bolt closed:

1) Pull the charging handle to the rear as far as it will go.

2) Release the charging handle. Do not ride the charging handle; allow it to return on its own.

3) Tap the forward assist to ensure the bolt is fully forward and locked.

4) Place the selector lever on SAFE closing the ejection port cover if the rifle is not to be fired immediately.


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