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URDNANCE and GUN N ERY
T0 BE AN EFFECTIVE fighting unit, a warship must be
capable of infiicting maximum damage upon the enemyg
to survive, it must be able to defend itself against hostile attack.
In Ordnance Training, the recruit learns some of the the duties
performed on board ship by "The Man Behind the Gun."
Ordnance and Gunnery training begins with instruction in
the use of small arms. At the snapping-in range, under the
guidance of experienced rifle range coaches, the recruit
learns how to load and sight a rilie, how to adjust the sling,
and how to fire the weapon from the several positions, Later he
will spend a day on the outdoor rifle range firing the Garand
M-1 rifle "for recordf' He will also be instructed in the use
of the service pistol and carbine and will witness firings of
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the Browning automatic rifie and the Thompson sub-machine
gun. Throughout, the safe use of weapons is stressed in instruc-
tion and rigidly enforced on the firing line.
ln advanced training the recruit receives an introduction
to the larger weapons he will see on board ship and learns
some of the principles of their operation. Although he will not
witness the actual firing of these shipboard weapons until he
goes to sea, he receives practical experience in sighting and
loading a five-inch gun, using dummy ammunition. He is
shown the various types of ammunition he will encounter and
handle on board ship and learns the necessity for strictly
observing the safety precautions which are necessary for his
own safety and that of his shipmates.
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