At the end of my first week, we all got issued an M4 Carbine. We have to take this weapon everywhere we go besides the latrine, chow hall, and church. We sleep with the weapons right above our heads at night in between the mattress and the bunk. It is huge disciplinary action if we are caught without it. The weapon was heavy at first, but over time I have gotten used to the weight. It only weighs seven pounds. We have been practicing dry firing the weapon up until yesterday when I fired live rounds for the first time in my life at the range.
To make sure our sights on the weapon are aligned properly, we have to shoot at a certain target and adjust the sights until the bullets hit the middle. It was quite an experience firing the weapon. It was loud, even with the earplugs in my ears. The recoil is not bad at all on our weapon. For the next few weeks, all we will be doing is heading to different ranges and shooting different targets to familiarize ourselves with the weapon before we take a final qualification test at the end of White Phase.
I was chosen to be on range detail with several other guys. We get to the range before anyone else and set up targets, load ammunition into the magazines, and make sure all stations are ready for people to fire weapons. I will become a pro at loading ammunition in no time.
Later on after we qualify with the M4, we will have to qualify with an M9 (handgun) as well since we will be MP’s. We will also get the opportunity to shoot other weapon systems as well, but more on that later when I have more knowledge of those weapons. I’m excited to head back to the range and fire my weapon again. It is pretty awesome.
Until next time,