Infantry Drills

F-159: Know Rates of Fire

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F-159. Leaders and gunners must know how much ammunition is required to support the different rates of fire each platoon or weapons squad machine gun and assault weapon will require. Coupling this knowledge with an accurate estimate of the length of time and rates of fire their guns are scheduled to fire will ensure enough ammunition resources to cover the entire mission. As part of an example of the planning needed to use M240-series in support-by-fire roles, the rates of fire of the M240-series are listed in table F-10.

Table F-10. M240-series rates of fire

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