By Lindsey Crown
FORT KNOX, Ky – Cadets of 6th Regiment, Advanced Camp are learning to zero and qualify. They’re doing so with an M4 rifle, said Cadet Michael Hammond.
Cadets are sighting in their weapons to make sure their bullet is going in the direction the rifle says it’s going, said Lieutenant Thomas Sicree.
A Cadre member examines the progress of Cadets of 6th Regiment, Advanced Camp at Schroeder rifle range on Ft. Knox, Kentucky, July 1. Photo by Lindsey Crown
The purpose of this mission is so that tomorrow they can qualify on a pop up range, which is a requirement for graduation, Sicree said.
This is some of the Cadets first time handling a weapon, he said.
Each target has a silhouette of what it would look like at 300 meters. There is a white circle in the middle that Cadets have to get a grouping of shots in within the 6 o’clock position of that circle, Hammond said
Hammond was the first Cadet to accomplish this task for the day.
“When a 300 target pops up and it looks really small, you can guesstimate that guy or that target is 300 meters away and then you will know how to hold your zero to eliminate it, and all the way up to 50 meters,” he said.
A Cadet of 6th Regiment, Advanced Camp fires a M4 rifle at Schroeder rifle range on Ft. Knox, Kentucky, July 1. Photo by Lindsey Crown
Hammond had advice for future Cadets.
“Just take what they (Cadre) taught you, and only what they thought you, and try to apply that, and once you get comfortable with that, then you can apply tips and tricks that you’ve learned on your own,” Hammond said.