Ideas & Concepts,

SDZ’s Continued

We are continuing our discussion on Surface Danger Zones or SDZ’s. This is important to know, because to get certain range concepts approved by your range officer at range operations, you will have to show that you have done the due diligence and can execute the training safely. Reference our discussion from last week if… read more »

Integrated Weapons Training Strategy (Continued)

We are continuing our discussion on how to resource training utilizing the Integrated Weapons Training Strategy. The reference for this post is TC 3-20.0 dated July 2015. at T-4, the instructors need to be certified, the prerequisite training for them needs to be conducted (e.g. Location Of Miss And Hits (LOMAH)/ Tower operations certification). If… read more »

Machine Gun Classes Of Fire

We’re going to continue our discussion of Machine Gun Theory. Specifically, we will discuss what the classes of fire are, and discuss them each in order. The old mnemonic device had the classes of fire ‘good to go’: FM 3-22.68, dated July 2006 lists the classes of fire as with respect to the Ground, Target,… read more »

The Art of Tactics

The art of tactics consists of three interrelated aspects: the creative and flexible array of means to accomplish assigned missions, decision-making under conditions of uncertainty when faced with a thinking and adaptive enemy, and understanding the effects of combat on Soldiers. -ADRP 3-90   Tactics are the most misunderstood, untrained and most dangerous part of… read more »

Positive Weapon Control

We are going to be discussing the first few components of the element of Control. Training Circular 3-22.9, Change 1 dated January 2017 states that control is: “all the conscious actions of the Soldier before, during, and after the shot process that the Soldier’s specifically in control of.” In other words, the Paratrooper is responsible… read more »

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 a more precise method of… read more »

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, is defined by DA PAM… read more »

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 is, and danger space. All… read more »

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. Tactical movement adds the variable… read more »

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 training calendar. The analogy used… read more »


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