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BOYS ANTI-TANK RIFLE - RANGE COURSE


Extracted from the SMALL ARMS TRAINING PAMPHLET (SAT) No.18 Range Courses (War)


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APPENDIX VII
ANTI-TANK RIFLE COURSE

(See Pamphlet No. V, 1937, General, paragraph 5.)


1. The course is designed to give practice in firing at :‑

2. On account of the high penetrative powers and the great range of the anti-tank rifle, safety considerations on many range areas prohibit fire with •55-inch ammunition. Part I of the course is, therefore, designed to overcome this difficulty. The size of the target, its speed, and the range, are reduced to AT those of the normal.
Part I is also intended to enable men to practise aiming and swinging under the simplest conditions before they fire .55-inch ammunition for the first. time.

3. Part II will then be fired with •55-inch ammunition on an anti-tank rifle range. In stations at or near which anti-tank rifle ranges do not exist and where arrangements cannot be made for men to proceed to an anti-tank range to practise, men will fire up to. 5 rounds of •55-inch ammunition, at 25 yards, into the stop butt of a classification range, to accustom them to the effect of such firing.

4. On anti-tank rifle ranges where targets are placed in the open, the following system of signalling will be employed :--
The target will be so placed that men in a pit to a flank can see the shot-holes. At the firing point there should be a  replica target (6 inches square) which can be made under unit arrangements. Loth targets are divided into I-foot squares (see Figure 1). These squares will be numbered from left to right, and from bottom to top. Thus, on the arrival of a shot on the target, the markers in the pit notify the firing point by telephone of its position by indicating, on the lines of an ordinary map reference, the square in which the shot-hole lies. If, therefore, a shot arrives on 'the target at " X " (see Figure 1), the marker merely telephones " Square 34 ". The position of the shot is then plotted on the target at the firing-point.
5. The ultimate aim must be to train all men ,in firing the anti-tank rifle. For the immediate future, units will train not less than three men for each anti-tank rifle on their establishment. The best •303-inch rifle shots should be selected. Practice in aiming off and swing can be obtained by using the normal traffic passing along roads in the vicinity of barracks as aiming marks.


6. Instructions for anti-tank rifle 1/30th scale shooting with .22-inch ammunition ( miniature or 30-yards range) :-

i The apparatus described in paragraph 7 has been designed to provide practice at moving targets on a 1/30th scale range. It may also be used in connection with a 30-yards range

ii. Au improvised 1/30th scale range for use on service, or when the recognized 1/30th scale miniature range cannot be provided, is described in paragraph 8.
iii.• The following points should be noted :‑