A day at the range…

…is a day well spent!

Some familiarization fire with the .50 cal below. Being familiar with a machine gun is always a good thing and sadly I don’t think we get to shoot them enough in training. Well, I certainly don’t anyway.

Spending time going over the fundamentals is always on point. I am a great believer in fire team and squad size fire and movement ranges. If the squads can function as a unit then the platoons will be fine.

Just another ho-hum day in paradise.
Carry on with the plan of the day!
America’s 1stSgt
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  1. Top,
    Any day you can go shooting and have somebody else pay for the ammo is GOOD. Several years ago, when I was still a Combat Engineer in the Cal Guard, I ran the Fifty Cal range.
    I had requested that we let everybody in the company fire the Fifty, even though only us track commanders used it.
    The CO liked my idea, so they ordered enough ammo…actually more than enough…
    14,500 rounds.
    We only had 4 guns…and kind of mesed up 7 out of 8 barrels…even though we rotated every 200 rounds for sustained fire.
    We broke one gun (heck, they were all made in the 1940’s) but my midnight, we had used up all the ammo and I gave the “All rounds expeneded” report.
    That was a good day at the range.
    Skills, that came in really handy in 04-05.

  2. Working with things that go BANG! is a huge part of why peeps join the Corps.

    Shooting the machine guns can almost be viewed as retention related. Have a big weapons fest prior to EAS for the personnel the Corps desires to keep.

    I also agree elevenjillionty percent with the team/squad thing.

    If your team/squad skills and training are up to standard, the rest has a shot at coming up roses.

    If its slack at the team/squad level, any higher level exercises are simply about fatiguing personnel awaiting their day to be casualties.


    PS. Someone should do a test.
    Pick a battalion’s worth of hard chargers within a few months of their EAS from all over the Corps from all MOS. Put them all together out at 29 Stumps for a few days live range training. Then, close out the program with a full battalion FPF.

    I wonder what that’d do to re-enlistment rates?

  3. Lin and Shay, this is sadly true even on active duty.

    CI Roller, sounds like it was a meritorious use of training equipment. A lot of those troops probably found themselves manning a turret later.

    Grimmy, I have a feeling we are going back to how it was in the early 90’s when competition for reenlistment was keen. In my humble opinion, strong small unit leaders with dialed in squads will carry an entire company or even a battalion.

  4. Stuff like this might improve job satisfaction in the non-military sector as well. The last time i got training it was a day-long session on HR and interview techniques. The addition of a machine gun might have made it more attractive.

    As it is, i have to content myself with flicking paper clips across the desk at my second in command. But don’t tell my boss, i’m allegedly senior management these days.

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