MMG SKILL-AT-ARMS – CONDITIONS OF QUALIFICATION
1. Before a NCO or man becomes eligible to undergo the MMG Test he must:-
- (a) Be a fully trained machine gunner.
- (b) Have recently passed Tests of Elementary Training Nos. 1 to 11 inclusive, as laid down in Lesson 60.
2. The MMG test will consist of:-
- (a) Part I – The Fire Discipline test.
- (b) Part II – Tests to be fired on open range at 600 yards or on the 30 yards range.
3. All personnel who qualify will be eligible for “star” pay for the subsequent 12 months, at the end of which period they must qualify again.
4. The tests will be conducted by an officer, fully qualified as a medium machine gun instructor, who will, whenever possible, be from a unit other than the one undergoing the tests.
5. Battle order as laid down for the unit will be worn for the tests.
6. Should a stoppage occur during a times test in Part II due to defective mechanism or faulty ammunition, sufficient time to remedy the stoppage will be allowed.
MMG SKILL-AT-ARMS TEST
PART I – FIRE DISCIPLINE (without ammunition)
7. To test the man, as No. 1 of a gun in a direct fire unit, in:-
- (a) Recognition of the correct target and of the correct point of aim on the target.
- (b) Correct method of applying fire according to the method of fire ordered.
- (c) Quick and accurate re-laying on order “Stop”.
8. The practices will be carried out in the open country, and when this is not feasible a landscape target will be used. It comprises three tests, ie, the engagement of one point and two traversing targets.
9. Equipment required: guns and tripods.
10. Any suitable number of fire units (2 guns) may be employed simultaneously provided that the fire controller can be heard. Guns may be placed close together for the purpose of the tests, and should be arranged in pairs. The following are required to conduct the test:-
- One supervising officer for each pair of fire units (total 4 guns).
- A fire controller (officer or senior NCO).
- One testing NCO for each gun, who should rehearse their duties beforehand.
11. No. 1 will take post and be informed whether his gun represents No. 1 or No. 2 gun of the fire unit. He will test his clamp, assisted if necessary by the testing NCO. (Nos. 2 are not required.)
12. The fire controller will place himself where all Nos. 1 can hear him, and will describe the arc of fire and reference points.
Method of conducting
13. The fire controller will give fire orders to engage the following – at least two of the indications should require aids:-
- A point target. A linear target having the same range at each end.
- An oblique target having a different range to each end.
- He will use no signals throughout the fire order. The order to “Fire” etc will be given verbally in each fire order, fictitious or actual ranges being included.
14. During the execution of each fire order, the testing NCO will check the No. 1 of his gun as follows:-
- (a) When the fire controller orders “Lay,” he will check the aim and note whether No. 1 has recognized the correct target and laid on the correct portion of the target according to the nature of the fire order.
- (b) When the order “Fire” is given, he will notice whether No. 1 traverses correctly, ie, in correct direction, checking aim, etc.
- (c) When the order “Stop” is given, he will check the aim (irrespective of whether the original aim was the correct one or not).
In each of the above the No. 1 will be either right or wrong and the testing NCO will record accordingly.
- Note:- The supervising officer, at his discretion, will check the decisions of the testing NCOs. He will not allow No. 1 to call for a repeat of the indication unless, in his opinion, the indication has been at fault.
15. The standard will be assessed by the following deductions:-
|For each case of incorrect recognition||3 points|
|For each case of incorrect laying||1 point|
|For each case of incorrect traversing||1 point|
|For each case of not re-laying||1 point|
|16.||Standard A.||Not more than a total of 2 points deducted.|
|Standard B.||Not more than a total of 4 points deducted.|
|Standard C.||More than a total of 4 points deducted.|
|1||25||White screen with aiming mark||15||Aim: To test the practical application of controlled corrections, direct fire.
||(see para 18).Each shot within a 2½ by 2½ ins square – 2 points.
A – 20 points.
|2||25||White screen with aiming mark||15||Aim: To test the man in the practical application of controlled corrections, indirect fire.
As for Test 1
|3||25||4 white screens with aiming marks||40||Aim: To test the man in maintaining the gun in action by remedying stoppages.
|4(a)||600||Prepared patch on stop butts||75||Aim: To register the correct range and wind allowance before applying fire
|4(b)||600||4 ft||25 to be fired in one burst||Aim: To test the man in engaging a target using an aiming mark
||Scoring on 600 yards range.Deductions. One-fifth of the total hits obtained will be deducted for each second the firer continues after the signal “Stop” has been given.
|OR 25, if 600 yards range not available||White screen with aiming mark||15 to be fired in one burst||As above, with the addition that after picking up an aiming mark, the target will be covered with a strip of canvas.||Scoring on 30 yards range (see para 18).For each shot within a 2½-in by 2½-in rectangle – 2 points. For each shot outside 2½-in by 2%frac12;-in square but within a 5-in by 5-in square – 1 point.
Deductions – as above.
|5||600||Coloured screen (Appendix II, Details of MG Targets, Serial 4)||125||Aim: To test the practical application of fire on a point target
NOTE: No firer can qualify Standard A without obtaining at least 35 hits on the centre section of the screen.
|OR 25, if 600 yards range not available||Representative target:-||25||As above, with the exception that bursts of 5 rounds will be fired, the supervising NCO will tap the firer after each burst of 5||Scoring
|6||600||4 ft||75||Aim: To test the firer in mounting his gun in the lowest service position and engaging a fleeting target
|OR 25, if 600 yards range not available||Representative target 2-in but 2-in||15||As above, except that the timing will be done from the firing point||ScoringStandard
Classification will be as follows:- For each test a standard A, B or C will be alloted according to the number of points obtained. Towards classification an award of:-
- A counts 10 points
- B counts 5 points
- C counts No points
There are seven tests: H.P.S. – 70 points
Qualifying standard: 55 points
18. Scoring Template – 25 yards range
(a) The template is designed to allow for:-
- (i) The displacement of the sight in relation to the barrel.
- (ii) The aim being laid at the lowest central portion of the aiming mark.
(b) To use the template:-
- (i) Tests 1 and 2 – Calculate the distance the correction given will alter the line of sight from the original point of aim.
- This distance can be calculated as follows:-
- (a) Elevation – By comparing the T.A. and converting to inches (see (b) below).
- (b) Line. – 15 minutes = 4 inches at 25 yards. Mark this point and then place the templates arrow on it.
- (ii) Test 3 – Place the arrow of the template on the point of aim.