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Published by: Jamie Smith on Dec 28, 2012
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The author of this publication is Charles F. Ruggiero Jr, a civilian employee of the Department of the Army. Chuck is employed by Headquarters, 10th MountainDivision (LI) & Fort Drum. He is assigned to the Directorate of Logistics,Maintenance Division, and serves as the Ordnance Equipment Specialistassigned to the Technical Services Branch of the Support Maintenance Activity.Chuck serves as the course manager and primary instructor for the 10thMountain Division Unit Armorer Course. The UAC is an 80 hour formal coursethat encompasses all of the material presented in this publication, and whichgoes into much greater depth than this single reference volume can provide.In addition to his instructional duties at the UAC, Chuck also provides trainingat the unit level. Among the subjects he teaches are machinegun operatingtheory, small arms maintenance, MOS 45B upgrade training, and pre-marksmanship instruction. A qualified range instructor, he is a DistinguishedHonor Graduate of the USAF Combat Arms Instructor Academy.His military experience includes active duty service with the US Army. Agraduate of the US Army Infantry School, he served as an infantry soldier inVietnam during the period July 1968 to July 1969. His US Army service includesduty with the Army National Guard in MOS 45B (Small Arms Repair), and withthe US Army Reserve in MOS 12B3H (Combat Engineer Instructor).Currently a member of the NY Air National Guard, he serves as an Air ForceSecurity Police Officer, specializing in weapons instruction.His experience includes virtually everything related to firearms. He is aqualified instructor with rifles, shotguns, revolvers, pistols, sub-machineguns,grenade launchers, machineguns, rocket launchers, flame weapons, mortars,demolitions and pyrotechnics. He has worked at the Organizational, DirectSupport and General Support levels of maintenance as a weapons specialist. Healso served more than eight years as the weapons quality assurance inspector at Fort Drum.In addition to training thousands of students in his long career, and working ona myriad of different weapons and systems, he has used most of these types of weapons in combat situations.
Congratulations! Whether you have been serving as a Unit Armorer, or havebeen recently appointed to such a position, you are a member of an importantgroup of weapons specialists.Throughout history, man has engaged in armed conflict. Over recent centuries,the advancement of technology has resulted in more lethal and sophisticatedarms and ammunition. Today, these weapons are used by America’s military andlaw enforcement personnel to deter aggression and defend the public.Armorers have always played a vital role in tactical operations. Whether building offensive weapons of war, designing and fitting body armor, or castinglead shot for muskets, their contribution to the outcome of battle is undeniable. As technology improved the implements of war, it was always necessary for thearmorers to keep up with the changes in order to maximize these contributions.The requirement for trained and highly skilled armorers is as critical now, evenwith today’s modern weapons systems, as it ever was. The assumption thatmodern metallurgy and design technologies have lessened the need for smallarms maintenance specialists is false. In fact, the opposite is true.Today’s armorer has a serious responsibility, providing quality assurancethrough inspections and periodic preventive maintenance checks. A trained andexperienced armorer can detect faults and make repairs, preventing failures of firearms in the field environment.Military personnel and law enforcement officers have a tough, dangerous job.They need reliable weapons to protect lives, safeguard property, achieve theobjectives of tactical operations, and defend themselves. The reliability of their weapons is the direct responsibility of the armorer.In addition to performing firearms inspection and maintenance, armorers havemany other duties. Included among these are administrative, logistics andtraining support functions. This publication, which provides guidance primarily toUS Army armorers, details these other duties. Members of other militarybranches and police organizations may also find this publication useful.No single publication could ever provide all the useful information relating tothe maintenance of firearms. The subject-matter area is so expansive, that Icould go into endless detail. Instead, I will attempt to present general principlesand their application to a broad range of common military and law enforcementweapons.

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