Ideas & Concepts,

The Laser Bore Sight

We are going to talk about lessons learned from the DRE this week. Specifically, we will be discussing a system that is underutilized in the arms room; The Laser Bore Sight. The Laser Bore Sight is used to develop a ballistic compensated zero for optics, lasers, and thermals. It is


Surface Danger Zones

We are starting a discussion on Surface Danger Zones. Specifically we will discuss what the different types are, and the different parts that make up an SDZ. The reference for this is DA PAM 385-63 dated April 2014. A Surface Danger Zone, or SDZ as it is more commonly known,


Ballistic Considerations of Machine Guns

Time to start a new discussion about Machine Guns. Specifically, we will start to address the specific ballistic considerations that come into play when employing machine guns. We will be having a discussion about the Maximum Ordinate of the round, what the beaten zone is, what the cone of fire


Shooter Conditions and Compound Conditions

We are continuing our discussion on the functional element of Aiming as it relates to the shot process. Specifically, we will be addressing shooter conditions and Compound Conditions. Shooter conditions consists of tactical movement, firing with the weapon canted, and firing in Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) environment.


Planning and Maximizing Dry Fire

Due to the importance of dry fire, we are continuing our discussion on dry-firing. We have established what drills we need to do at a minimum according to doctrine, where to find them in TC 3-22.9, and what they are. Now we will be discussing how to get dry-fire on the


Range Facility Management Support System (RFMSS) Continued

We will now be continuing our discussion on the Range Facility Management Support System, or RFMSS. For those not familiar with the two-week calendar format it is set up in, here is the previous article to learn more about it. For Now, I am going to assume you have read


25m M16/M4 Zero Target

This one was primarily written by Mike Lewis who was the 82nd Airborne Small Arms Master Gunner before me. He worked with Ash Hess , John Brady , and Paul Meacham on developing the new zero target that will be discussed today.... Hello, shooters. I’m SFC (Retired) Mike Lewis and previously served


Integrated Weapons Training Strategy (IWTS)

We are continuing our discussion on the Integrated Weapons Training Strategy (IWTS), specifically, we will be addressing how to use it for planning and resourcing our training. Considerable thought and planning need to go into how we schedule our small arms ranges. An Experienced NCO is usually the one to


Foundations of the Shot Process: Dryfire

We will discuss dry-fire. Where do we start at to build a solid foundation for our shot process? What References do we use? TC 3-22.9 dated May of 2016 has an excellent section discussing dry-fire drills in Appendix D. These Drills are built around the following Principles: Mindset, Efficiency, Individual