Thanks for the feedback DRH (even if you're a dirty stinkin' O)
-Be proficient in ammo forecasting based on timelines and rates of fire required for deliberate attacks (raid/Battle Drill 1/etc)
Yep, I'm familiar with "machine gun math" aka estimating how much ammo is needed for the objective and possible follow on missions. Luckily we have Strykers to carry speedballs of extra ammo, so we don't have to hump obscene amounts of 7.62 with us like if we were in a straight up light unit. We rarely get enough ammo for our training as it is, so that also helps us with your next point
-Connected to the previous note, know the rates of fire and how to maintain them when supervising your gun teams.
We train on rates of fire pretty often and examples of our fire commands would be "RAPID 2" (Gun 1 fires 7-9 round burst, then Gun 2 counts 2 seconds before also firing 7-9 round burst rinse and repeat) and "SUSTAINED 4" (Gun 1 fires 4-5 round burst, then Gun 2 counts 4 seconds before also firing 4-5 round burst rinse and repeat).
-Your gun teams need to not only know how the tripod works (T&E mech), but they need to develop REAL PROFICIENCY using it.
This is something we really need to work on, and will be part of gun drills. We don't get a lot of ranges, and we get one 240 qual a year. And last year we only had enough ammo to qual two gunners per Plt. No shit. I shot more 7.62 at ALC than anyone in my Plt has shot in years. So yeah, we'll have to train on the T&E and tripod when we have down time.
-Rather than carrying your ammo in the spare barrel bag, check out running it out of an assault pack.
Our current SOP is to run about 300 rounds in the barrel bag for immediate use, and the AG carries another 300-400 in his assault pack- and if it's an extra spicy objective I'll bring another 100-200 in my Yote. Of course this is in addition to the gunners starter belt, which is about 40-50 rounds.
Have your teams practice setting in their apex's for patrol base ops.
Another thing we'll have to work on, but because of the Strykers we don't practice dismounted patrol bases much, still something we should train for. Plus you never know when we'll get another CO / PL that follows the Cult of Ranger School and pretends the tactics taught there are somehow relevant...
-Always remember that your two guns are the most casualty producing weapons organic to our dismounted Infantry.
Sadly, because we have .50's and Mk19's on our vics, our 240's and their capabilities are neglected by the higher ups- all the motivated gun teams in the world can't do a whole lot if they give us 100-200 round of belted 7.62 per lane for my entire Plt. My Squad was made the SBF for our last AT and we had the only qualified gunner in my entire Plt. So I'm trying to do more with less and build up a Weapons Squad culture that will get more recognition and resources (inshallah).
-This is an obvious one, but bears mention anyway: practice your shift & lift commo with the assault element.
We have pretty good day and low light lift / shift fire PACE plans, and they've come in handy a few times when we had radio issues. The hardest thing for me to adjust to as a Squad Leader vs a Team Leader is running the radio and letting my Team Leaders do their job.
-Our TTP was to have the guns run the PAS-13s at night when stationary.
I have a small amount of time on PAS-13's, but we only used them on OP's and I've never zero'd one. We've talked about using them more in the future, but finding someone that knows how to run one correctly might be an issue, but I'm sure we'll figure it out. If we do run PAS's at night, we'd have to run our 240's with irons during the day- which I'm ok with (we have Strykers for long range targets, and those iron sights are titties anyway).
-Identify and address the leadership challenges in front of you when running your teams split up.
This is a good point, but we only have enough radios for SL and up so this could be an issue. Lucky for us we're too low on manpower to run 2 gun teams yet, so that gives us time to figure that one out.
Some recommended reading for you to bone up.
Tracking- I've been doing some reading but a lot of what I'm looking for are first hand tips and tricks that SME's pass along to the next gen usually.