About the Author
The author of this publication is Charles F. Ruggiero Jr, a civilian employee ofthe 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 inspectorat 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 ofweapons in combat situations.