After a couple days of trigger time with the M4 due to bad weather, we had to qualify with the weapon. I felt confident enough after only a few live fires to take the qualification table at the range. I also went to an electronic, indoor area to practice shooting fundamentals for the weapon. For qualification, one must shoot down pop-up targets at different distances. There is a certain amount of targets and seconds those targets stay up before they fall back on their own and it counts as a miss. I don’t want to give out every detail because, you know… military secrets and what-not. All-in-all, I passed the qualification table with a first time “Go.” The drill sergeants haven’t told us the number of targets we hit yet, but depending on that number, you fall into different categories: Marksman, Sharpshooter, and Expert. For Expert, I would have to hit just about every target, and I know I didn’t. I’m hoping to receive the title of Sharpshooter.
Now that I am actually qualified with this weapon, I can put that training to good use. This past weekend our company did some urban operation training. The drill sergeants taught us how to work as a team to clear a building of enemies. We worked in teams of six with blanks and plastic tipped bullets to shoot at targets in convexes and makeshift buildings. It was a pretty sweet time that day. It could have been nicer if it was a bit warmer, but that’s the Army for you: nothing is ever easy.
So Basic Rifle Marksmanship is over. I’m both happy and disappointed. Happy, due to the fact I don’t have to be on range detail anymore and load tons of magazines in the cold. Disappointed, due to the fact we won’t be firing live rounds for awhile.
Anyway, I passed the qualification that allowed me to keep training with this company. I’m excited to find out what category I fell into.
Until next time,