Infantry Drills

6-53: Weapons and Equipment Maintenance

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6-53. The leader ensures medium machine guns, weapon systems, communications equipment, and night vision devices (as well as other equipment) are maintained. No more than one-third of any given type of system carried by the patrol should be disassembled for preventative checks and services at any one time. As a general rule weapons should not be disassembled for routine maintenance at night. If one of the patrol’s medium machine guns is down for maintenance, then security levels for all remaining systems are raised.

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