Infantry Drills

1-125: Weapons Squad

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1-125. The weapons squad consists of a squad leader, two two-man machine gun teams and a vehicle team. The weapons squad provides the primary base of fire for the maneuver of the platoon’s rifle squads with accurate fires against enemy personnel and equipment. The two machine gun teams consist of the gunner and assistant gunner. Each team is currently equipped with the M240B 7.62-mm medium machine gun with an effective range of over 800 meters. The platoon leader may want to consider providing additional security for the weapons squad if their base of fire is otherwise protected from enemy units. The vehicle team organization is the same as above.

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