Gunner orders: FIRE
(If he has relinquished control, the order to "Fire" originates from the same cannoneer as the "Prepare " command.)
Number 4 pulls the lanyard smartly. The gun discharges.
The loading sequence for the next round may now be started. (Note: The sequence is not complete until the vent is tended, the gun wormed and sponged.) A minimum of two minutes will be allowed to elapse between the command of "Fire, "just executed, and the introduction of a load to the bore.
A minimum of three minutes should be allowed to elapse between the “Fire” commands.
SCHOOL OF THE PIECE
If the gun did not discharge or it is perceived that the gun has not fired, any of the cannoneers may call a misfire.
Any cannoneer reports: MISFIRE
Gunner acknowledges: THE PIECE HAS MISFIRED
Gunner orders: DO NOT ADVANCE - THE PRIMER HAS FAILED
(No further attempt is made to service the gun except Numbers 1 and 2 take alternate post.)
Position C: Numbers 1 and 2 cross their implements high above the gun at the approximate center of the axle The display indicates to everyone on the field that a misfire has occurred. All cannoneers will stand clear of the gun for a three-minute interval. The interval is timed by the Gunner and should be checked by the Chief-of-the-Piece or a commissioned officer.
Gunner acknowledges: THREE MINUTES HAVE ELAPSED
Gunner orders: Number 2 Re-pick and Prime or Number 2, take charge of the Piece
(Numbers 1, 2 ,3 and 4 begin the procedure to clear the misfire.)
Position D: Number 1 and Number 2 disengage the crossed implements. Number 1 moves into a position near the hub on the outside of the right wheel. Still holding the rammer shaft upright and tilted over the tube as if crossed, Number 1 must make room for Number 3 to advance with the tools (either in front of or behind the position of Number 1) Units should decide for themselves on this option. Number 2 places the worm in the implement stand and steps inside the left wheel by hugging the wheel and keeping his back to the muzzle and the tube. He stations himself facing to the rear of the tube in such a manner as to use his non-dominant hand (left if you are right-handed) to work the vent. Number 3 advances to his misfire station near Number 1 and positions himself outside the right wheel, near the axle hub. Number 3, working above the right wheel, hands the proper tools to Number 2.. Number 2 works the vent and extracts the remains of the primer, if any. Number 2 returns the tools to Number 3. (Note: Number 2 and Number 3 should assess the situation and determine if the primer is protruding enough from the vent to utilize pliers or if it is set low and requires a gimlet). Number 1 would normally keep his back to the tube and work the vent with his left hand. Number 3 must position himself so that he or Number 2 does not reach over the vent during the exchange of tools.
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