One soldier who has
seen plenty of combat action is MAG58 gunner PTE
His most memorable contact look place on March 5
'We were at Tutac and we were taking accurate
PKM (machine gun) fire and I was told to move
back and cover my arc while I had my back up
against a quala wall," PTE Jane said.
'I had my MAG58 barrel resting on another wall
in front of me with the bipod legs stretched out
in front of the wall so it wouldn't kick back
into my shoulder while I fired it.
"As I had to cover a large area I had one hand
on my pistol and one hand on the gun.
PTE Jane and his mates continued to be engaged
by the PKM gunner.
"I thought I saw someone walking in front of me
in the distance, but it turned out to be a
sheep," he said.
"Then we received a whole heap of rounds, we
could hear them zipping over our heads and then
I remember seeing a massive amount of dust kick
up in front of me.
"My mate said 'dude. f***, they're shooting at
PTE Jane continued to cover his arcs and then
something happened to his weapon. "A round hit
the side of my barrel and it split the side of
the flash Suppressor." he said.
"As soon as the round hit I dropped back onto my
arse and I was still holding the trigger and
luckily the wall in front of me gave me cover.
"I was shaking, my mates were asking me if I was
hit and I was patting myself down to see if I
PTE Jane wasn't badly hurt and tried to get back
into the fight.
"I tried to re-engage, but I kept getting
stoppages and after checking my ammunition I
still couldn't get it going.
"I was happy it hit the barrel and not me. I was
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