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071-025-0003 (SL1) - Load an M240B Machine Gun

Standards: Loaded linked ammunition in the feed tray groove so that, when the cover was closed, a round remained in the tray groove and ammunition fed correctly.

Conditions: Given a cleared M240B machine gun (mounted on bipod,
tripod, or vehicle) and linked 7.62-mm

Loaded linked ammunition in the feed tray
groove so that, when the cover was closed, a
round remained in the tray groove and
ammunition fed correctly.

Performance Steps

1.   Clear the weapon.

Place safety to the
"F" position.

Charge the weapon.

Pull the cocking handle to
the rear, locking the bolt in the rear

Push the cocking handle to
the forward and locked position.

Place safety to the
"S" position.

Open the cover assembly.

Press in and hold the feed
cover latches.

While holding the latches,
lift up on the cover assembly.

Remove any ammunition that
is present.

Raise the feed tray.

Inspect the chamber to
ensure no ammunition is present.

Lower the feed tray.

Place safety to the
"F" position.

Pull and hold cocking
handle to the rear.

While holding the cocking
handle to the rear, depress the
trigger and ease the bolt forward to
the closed and locked position.

2.   Load ammunition.

Note. Position the open side of links in the down position.

Place link belt on feed
tray with the first round against the
cartridge stop and tip of round
pointing toward the barrel.

Close the cover assembly
ensuring the latches lock into place.

sure round does not move away from
cartridge stop during closing and
latching of cover

Evaluation Preparation: 

Setup: Use dummy ammunition to test this task. At the test position,
provide an M240B and a belt of linked dummy
7.62-mm ammunition. For standardization,
always place the bolt and cocking handle
forward and the safety on "S."
Ensure the ammunition is clean and linked

Tell the soldier to load the
M240B machine gun.




1.   Cleared weapon.

2.   Loaded ammunition.

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
what was done wrong and how to do it












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