L110 LMG. US manual for their SAW equivalent

Discussion in 'The Training Wing' started by EX_STAB, Aug 12, 2010.

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  1. I came across this while looking for something else and thought it would be of interest.

    It's the stripping, cleaning and assembling instructions for the US M249 SAW which is a variant of our current LMG. I get the impression that this sort of manual is actually provided to troops in the US Army rather than just to instructors as here. There are some differences in the procedures from how we do it, some things are a bit better in fact I think. We don't teach to check the magazine well when doing NSPs and I think perhaps that we should.

    Anyway, take a look. I think there is more stuff of this nature available from the same source

    071-312-4025 (SL1) - Maintain an M249 Machine Gun (ArmyStudyGuide.com)
  2. Can't you just shove it in the mess dishwasher like all the other weapons?
  3. That is actually a page from the Soldier's Manual of Common Tasks, STP 21-1-SMCT. Soldiers in basic skill level 1 (Privates and Specialists) are expected to know this information and SNCOs like me are tasked to teach them and test them on this knowledge. There are a whole list of tasks in this manual besides the M249 SAW breakdown such as map reading, mine recognition, land navigation, etc. Some are taught at basic training and other tasks are taught at the unit. Yes, each soldier is given a common task manual when they start basic training.

    The information about the M249 SAW comes right out of the Operator's Manual TM 9-1005-201-10. We had ordered one of these for every operator who carried one of these weapons and I gave each soldier in my platoon one. They do no good if they're in the armory unread.
  4. Quite a different approach from here where the instructor has the manual and the soldier is expected to memorise the key points. I think there's a lot to be said for making the manual easily available to the user, there is much more in it than the key points.