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Warfighters complete shotgun training course

Army personnel from the Royal Australian Regiment are now qualified to deploy the Remington 870 shotgun after completing a training course.

Army personnel from the Royal Australian Regiment are now qualified to deploy the Remington 870 shotgun after completing a training course.

Soldiers from the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, have completed a training course on the Remington 870 shotgun — a key warfighting capability used in the urban battlespace.

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Sergeant Ryleigh Egan, the lead instructor for the qualification course in the Greenbank Military Training Area, noted the benefits of deploying the capability.

“The Remington 870 can produce excellent lethality in urban operations, particularly with room clearances and the ballistic method of entry,” he noted. 

SGT Egan said the Delta Company soldiers were eager to participate and develop new skills.

“The training on the Remington 870 is a mirror image of any other individual weapon system. The operator progresses through lessons covering off on key points and conducts the weapon drills safely shortly thereafter,” SGT Egan said. 

“We have a very young company and they are keen and willing to better their personal skills, so when the Remington was offered as a course, they were very keen to get hands-on and practise new forms of combat.”

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SGT Egan added that the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment was modernising its training to adjust to the evolving battlespace.

“The end goal is to have the vast majority of Delta Company and possibly the battalion qualified in the weapon, allowing soldiers to participate in further courses such as the Light Explosive Urban Breaching Course,” he said.

“Ultimately we are trying to increase the company's lethality in all combat scenarios.”

 [Related: Army, Navy mark 120-year anniversary]

Warfighters complete shotgun training course
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