Training Effectiveness Analysis: M60 Machinegun and Squad Automatic Weapon
Final rept. Jan 1983-Jun 1984
LITTON MELLONICS SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT DIV FORT BENNING GA
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Research was initiated to address needed changes in institutional general purpose machinegun training. A review of historical literature suggested that adequate program components were available which, when tested, provided performance feedback and skill reinforcement. Many of the program components can be applied, with modifications, to programs of instruction for the new squad automatic weapon. This weapon is addressed as a prospective entity since field testing had not been conducted previously by training program developers. Reported performance measures are derived from materiel development sources and the data are used to compare the SAW with the current general purpose M60 machinegun. The SAW, while procured as an automatic rifle for U.S. Army squad use, is used as a light machinegun by the armies of other nations. Side by side tests of the M60 and the SAW are planned as part of future research efforts. Keywords Familiarization firing Machinegun training Qualification standards Zeroing procedures Standardized targets Qualification firing Burst fire Suppressive fire Institutional training Allied machinegun training Unit machinegun training.
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