During the first week of AIT classes we had different classes that included the MK19, (Automatic grenade launcher) M2, (50 cal. aka a huge machine gun) and the M9 (pistol used by MP’s). I learned how to clear, disassemble, reassemble, and perform a function check on each of these weapons. The MK19 had the most pieces, but I found it the easiest to put back together since the pieces could only fit one way, like a puzzle. The M2 was also easy for me to do everything. The pistol was really simple, because it had the least amount of parts. With each weapon, we had a timed test to take it apart and put it back together. The cadre gave us more than enough time for the test and everyone passed.
The pistol was and is by far the best weapon I’ve handled so far. Maybe it’s the size I like best. It’s nice and compact and easy to carry around. I practiced shooting the weapon at a simulated range, much like the computerized golf driving ranges. I haven’t live fired the M9 yet but will in a few weeks. Like the M4, I have to qualify with the M9 pistol as well. So before qualification, I’ll get some live fire practice.
I practiced drawing the weapon, putting it on fire, and chambering around as fast as I could. I was getting pretty good at it the more I did it. The whole day we had the M9 in a holster on a pistol belt that we wore. We all started to actually look like MP’s with a pistol on our sides.
I think we have handled all of the weapon systems we’ll be learning about here in training. There has been quite a few. MP’s in combat have the greatest amount of firepower due to the amount of weapons we have been trained on. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to get live ammunition for the bigger weapon systems due to the cost just for training purposes. Maybe one day, my unit will get activated and I’ll have the chance to fire them.
Until next time,