5FSSU Undergoes Marksmanship Training

    5FSSU, ASCOM, PA MARKSMANSHIP TRAINING

    The 5th Forward Service Support Unit, Army Support Command, Philippine Army conducted their Annual Marksmanship Training last 19-20 June 2019 at Doňa Pepita Golf Course, Barangay Padang, Legazpi City. For this year, the 5FSSU personnel utilized their issued Rifle, 5.56 mm, M16A1; and the Carbine, 5.56 mm, M4 (Airtronics), as well as the newly-issued pistols, Cal .45 and 9mm Glock for the marksmanship training.

    The training aimed to have the personnel of the 5FSSU enhance their knowledge and skills in the use of their issued service firearms while also learning and exhibiting gun discipline. In addition, the training intended for the personnel to be familiar with the pistol marksmanship courses in order to earn their qualification badges for the rifle/ pistol use.

    Most of the 5FSSU personnel are more equipped with the knowledge and skills in handling rifles, rather than the newly-issued pistols. In order to put the personnel on equal footing, an orientation briefing was provided as the first part of the Marksmanship Training. It was composed of a series of lectures on the following topics: 1) familiarization of pistols, 2) basic operation of pistols, and 3) gun safety. The personnel were taught the fundamentals of firearm safety handling and safety precautions to prevent the occurrence of accidents. The lectures on pistol were conducted by invited personnel from the Philippine National Police Region 5 in the persons of P/MSGT CARLITO T LUCES PNP and P/MSGT MAURO C RIŇON PNP. P/MSGT LUCES and P/MSGT RIŇON are subject matter experts in terms of pistol handling and safety while on rifle training were conducted by personnel from 9th Division Training School, 9ID, PA in the persons of SSg Requi M Amaro (Inf) PA, Sgt Jake V Cerillo (Inf) PA and Cpl Joey A Bernales (Inf) PA.

    After the lectures, the personnel of 5FSSU conducted zeroing/ dry shooting of rifles at 25 meters distance so as to establish excellent shot groupings. After this, the final record firing was done to test the personnel’s application of the things that they have learned from the 2-day training. The personnel were allotted 50 rounds for the final record firing, with the following specifications:

    For Rifle, 5.56mm, M16A1

    Practice/

    Position

    Rds of Ammo/

    Mag Used

    Distance in Meters

    Time

    Target Paper

    Standing Unsupported

    12 rds/1 mag

    50

    12 sec/3x exposure

    Fig 12

    Squatting/ Kneeling

    10 rds/1mag

    100

    1 min 10 sec

    Fig 12

    Squatting/ Kneeling

    12 rds/2mags

    150

    2 minutes

    Fig 11

    Prone Unsupported

    8 rds/2 mags

    200

    2 min 30 sec

    Fig 11

    Prone Unsupported

    8 rds/1 mag

    250

    2 minutes

    Fig 11

    TOTAL

    50 rds

     

     

     

     

    For Pistol, Cal .45

    Distance

    Target

    Ammo

    Time

    Position

    Remarks

    5m

    Fig 12

    6 rds

    4 secs/

    exposure

    Standing

    Standing alert to standing unsupported; 2 rounds per exposure

    10m

    Fig 12

    8 rds

    6 secs/

    exposure

    Standing

    Standing alert position; two (2) Fig 12 tgt; 2 rdsea target per exposure

    15m

    Fig 12

    12 rds

    30 secs

    Kneeling

    Standing alert to kneeling; with change magazine. Both magazine must contain 6rds

    25m

    Fig 11

    12 rds

    40 secs

    Standing w/o support

    Standing alert to standing unsupported with change magazine. Both magazine must contain 6rds

    50m

    Fig 11

    12 rds

    50 secs

    Prone w/o support

    Standing alert to prone unsupported with change magazine; each magazine must contain 6 rounds

     

    Total

    50 rds

         

    The Annual Marksmanship Training is done to continuously enhance the personnel’s confidence in gun handling and inculcate proper gun discipline. This year’s activity was a huge success as it effectively met its objectives and strengthened the partnership between the military and the police units in terms of responsible firearm ownership, firearm safety and discipline, and intelligent use of issued service firearms.

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