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Proper use of tracer rounds.

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by Ljunatic, May 25, 2011.

  1. Ljunatic

    Ljunatic On The Fringe

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    IIRC, the tracers would be first 2 into the magazine. Result should be two tracers at the end of a magazines supply of cartridges. :embarassed:
     
  2. Leonard

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    also can be used to "direct TRAFFIC' onto areas where concentrated fire might be needed.
     


  3. Reb 56

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    1 tracer every 5 rounds, at least as that is how we loaded MG belts.
     
  4. Ljunatic

    Ljunatic On The Fringe

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    I am talking 20-30 round magazines
     
  5. Every 3-5 rounds in M16 mags. We use to load every third so on the tri burst you had one with each burst.
     
  6. Reb 56

    Reb 56

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    Same as in a belt evey 5th rnd would be a Tracer.
     
  7. Ljunatic

    Ljunatic On The Fringe

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    OK...I don't own enough tracers for that use.
     
  8. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

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    We loaded 1 in 5 both in mags and belts. Sometimes, one solid mag of tracers for ossifers. Never ended up using any, but that's how we set it up.
     
  9. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

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    I put a tracer in rounds #1, 5, and 27-30. The first and fifth are for gauging shots, and the last 3 to let me know that its time to change mags.


    MG, really depends. I've run everything from 4-1, 1-1, and 10-1 (IR)
     
  10. jrs93accord

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    Many years ago in the Marine Corps, when we used tracers, they were loaded every third round.
     
  11. DJ Niner

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    One-to-one is lots of fun. :supergrin:

    We used to have to de-link the tracers from the M-60 ammo if the range we were using was dry enough to have even a Moderate fire danger. One year we traveled to the M-60 range (in another state), and the night before live-fire, we had a big de-linking party. Took all the tracer and linked it into one long belt, and dropped it into a large ammo can. Went to bed. Got up the next morning, and what do you know...

    Snow.

    4 inches of nice wet snow. Made the training kind of miserable, but at the end of the day, we loaded-up that belt of solid tracer in our most reliable gun and let'er fly like the 4th of July. Learned a lot about ricochets that day. :thumbsup:


    In mags, if I use them at all, it's either 100% tracer or the last 4-5 rounds in the mag. In my experience, if you're engaging multiple targets quickly, then 2-3 rounds isn't enough to give good warning; by the time you see them and realize what they are, you're already locked back or empty.
     
    Last edited: May 26, 2011
  12. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

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    We used 1-1 to make our gunfire seem more than it really was. The Iraqi's "knew" we were shooting every 5th round a tracer. So when they saw 1-1 they assumed we were firing alot more.


    Personally, never had an issue with noticing that my last 3 rounds were up, but to each his own.
     
  13. Toby196

    Toby196 Fetching a rug.

    I usually tried to stagger them for every third shot (1,4,7,...) and for the last 3 shots in the magazine.
     
    Last edited: May 26, 2011
  14. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

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  15. Hedo1

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    Old Military saying...Tracers work both ways!
     
  16. MajorD

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    the military issues out 210 rounds of ammo in a basic load, 150 rounds of ball and 60 tracers. The "standard" was to load a tracer at interval I think the math works out to every 5th round. When deployed I loaded several round at the 13-14-15 round areas of the mag then at the bottom. this way in the heat of battle you have an idea when you are 1/2 way then almost out of ammo in a mag.
     
  17. I only had one box of traces, so for the mags I keep loaded just in case the 4th + 5th from the end of the mag are tracers just to let me know I am getting low.