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MCRP 3-15.2B Mortar Gunnery

MCRP 3-15.2B Mortar Gunnery

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 FM 23-91
Mortars Gunnery
 
U.S. Marine Corps
PCN 320 023410 00
 
FM 23-91
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PREFACE
This manual provides guidance for MOS 11C soldiers and their trainers on theemployment of the 60-mm (M224 and M19) mortars, 81-mm (M252 and M29A1) mortars,4.2-inch (M30) mortar, and 120-mm (M120) mortars. It discusses the practical applicationsof ballistics and a system combining the principals, techniques, and procedures essential tothe delivery of timely and accurate mortar fire. (See FM 23-90 for information onmechanical training, crew drills, and the characteristics, components, and technical data of each mortar.)This manual is divided into four parts: Part One discusses the fundamentals of mortargunnery; Part Two summarizes the operational procedures of a fire direction center; PartThree describes the capabilities and use of the mortar ballistic computer; and Part Fourdescribes the capabilities and use of the M16/M19 plotting board.The proponent of this publication is US Army Infantry School. Send comments andrecommendations on DA Form 2028 (Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms) directly to Commandant, US Army Infantry School, ATTN: ATSH-INB-D (MPO),Fort Benning, GA 31905-5000.Unless this publication states otherwise, masculine nouns and pronouns do not referexclusively to men.
 
*FM 23-91
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FIELD MANUALHEADQUARTERSNo. 23-91DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMYWashington, DC, 1 March 2000
MORTAR GUNNERY
CONTENTS
Page
Preface................................................................................................................................vi
Part OneINTRODUCTION AND FUNDAMENTALSOF MORTAR GUNNERY
CHAPTER1.INTRODUCTION
1-1.Organization.................................................................................1-11-2.General Doctrine..........................................................................1-11-3.Indirect Fire Team........................................................................1-21-4.Mortar Positions...........................................................................1-3
CHAPTER2.FUNDAMENTALS OF MORTAR GUNNERY
SectionI.Elements of Firing Data and Ballistics..................................................2-12-1.Direction.......................................................................................2-12-2.Range............................................................................................2-12-3.Vertical Interval............................................................................2-12-4.Distribution of Bursts...................................................................2-12-5.Interior Ballistics..........................................................................2-22-6.Nature of Propellents and Projectile Movements.........................2-22-7.Standard Muzzle Velocity............................................................2-32-8.Nonstandard Muzzle Velocity......................................................2-32-9.Exterior Ballistics.........................................................................2-52-10.Trajectory.....................................................................................2-5SectionII.FIRING TABLES..................................................................................2-72-11.Purpose.........................................................................................2-82-12.Unit Corrections...........................................................................2-82-13.Standard Range............................................................................2-9__________________DISTRIBUTION RESTRICTION: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.__________________*This publication supersedes FM 23-91, 6 December 1991.

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