Training Program Development for the M249 Bipod-Mounted Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW)
Final rept. Jun 1983-Jun 1984
LITTON MELLONICS SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT DIV FORT BENNING GA
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Research was condjcted to develop a program of instruction that includes both familiarization and qualification courses of fire for the squad automatic weapon SAW. An extensive analysis of test fire data, firing techniques and procedures, weapon characteristics and training requirements was performed. Major findings were 1 successful engagement of targets at ranges greater than 400 meters is limited by system design deficiencies, 2 the most effective beaten zone is created by firing rapid two to three round bursts with short intervals between bursts for reacquiring and relaying on the target, 3 the M856 tracer round is impossible to observed from behind the sights, 4 the most effective position for firing the SAW is the M60 position published in FM 23-67 1964, 5 the SAW should be zeroed using single shot fire at a range of 10 meters with 500 meter range setting on the sight, 6 SAW transition range, 7 both M855 and M193 ammunition are suitable for SAW tranining however, ballistic variances preclude mixing of training ammunition and limit use of M193 ammunition to ranges of 300 meters and less.
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