Westmount, Quebec – 05 April 2022: The Royal Montreal Regiment is conducting Infantry Basic Machine Gun (IBMG) 2201 on behalf of the 34th Brigade Battle School. This Advanced Infantry training course provides soldiers with the skills and expertise required to master operating the C6 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) with the Sustained Firing (SF) kit where the C6 is mounted on a tripod which provides maximum stability to the firing platform.
The C6 machine gun 7.62-mm is a fully-automatic, air-cooled, gas- and spring-operated machine gun that is generally belt-fed from the left. Restricted to firing in full-automatic mode from the open bolt position, the C6 machine gun can fire from 750 to 1100 rounds per minute. The C6 machine gun can be carried by dismounted soldiers to provide either fire support or sustained fire. The C2 sight is used in conjunction with an aiming post to allow the crew to engage targets they cannot see due to fog, smoke or darkness. The C6 machine gun is light enough to be carried and used by soldiers on a variety of operations including patrolling, advance, hasty defence, delay and withdrawal.
The C6 machine gun is designed for ground support, but its flexible configuration allows it to adopt other roles. It can be mounted on a variety of vehicles, including the LAV III, the Coyote, and the Leopard C2 and can be used to provide fire support to the infantry or for local defence of the vehicle itself.
Running from 01 April until 06 May 2022 where the candidates will confirm their learning by firing several hundred live rounds at a variety of targets. The course commander of IBMG 2201 is Lieutenant Faiz and his 2ic is Sergeant Kafoury. There are a total of 31 candidates from the various units of 34 GBC, of which 10 come from the RMR and the rest of the candidates come from the following units:
- 9 x 4e Royal 22e Régiment
- 1 x Régiment de Maisonneuve
- 3 x Canadian Grenadier Guards
- 8 x Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment of Canada)