Standards: Removed all ammunition, expanded brass, links, and the magazine from the weapon.
Conditions: Given an M249 machine gun loaded with 5.56-mm ammunition
(linked or in an M16 magazine) and a
requirement to unload the M249.
Removed all ammunition, expanded brass,
links, and the magazine from the weapon.
1. Pull the cocking handle to the
rear, locking the bolt in the rear
2. Place the safety in the safe
mode (the red band will not show) and
return the cocking handle to its
3. Remove ammunition and links.
a. Belt-fed. Raise the cover and
remove any ammunition or links from
the feed tray.
b. Magazine-fed. Push down on the
magazine release tab and pull the
magazine out. Then raise the cover.
4. Raise the feed tray and inspect
the chamber to ensure that it contains
no ammunition. If it contains
ammunition, remove the ammunition.
5. Close the cover.
6. Place the safety in the fire
mode (the red band will show).
7. Pull the cocking handle to the
rear, and pull the trigger while
manually easing the bolt forward to
the closed position.
Setup: At the test site, provide the soldier with all the equipment
given in the task conditions. Evaluate this
task using dummy 5.56-mm linked rounds or
dummy 5.56-mm ammunition loaded in 30-round
Brief Soldier: Tell
the soldier to unload the M249 in the
1. Pulled the cocking handle to
the rear, locking the bolt in the rear
2. Placed the safety in safe mode
(the red band will not show) and
returned the cocking handle to its
3. Removed ammunition and links.
a. Belt-fed. Raised the cover and removed
any ammunition or links from the feed
b. Magazine-fed. Pushed down on the magazine
release tab and pulled the magazine
out. Then raised the cover.
4. Raised the feed tray and
inspected the chamber to ensure that
it contained no ammunition. If it
contained ammunition, removed the
5. Closed the cover.
6. Placed the safety in the fire
mode (the red band will show).
7. Pulled the cocking handle
to the rear, and pulled the trigger
while manually easing the bolt forward
to the closed position.
Guidance: 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
the soldier what was done wrong and how to
do it correctly.
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