Edson Range

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Edson Range is a firing range at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. It is named for Marine "Red" Mike Edson.

While located on Camp Pendleton, the range is actually an annex of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, which is home to four of the largest firing ranges on the base. It became operational on August 21, 1964. Camp Calvin B. Matthews closed on the very same day. It was used for Marine marksmanship training before Edson Range became operational.

It is the rifle qualification range where Marine recruits from MCRD San Diego, California receive their three weeks of field and rifle training during boot camp. Two weeks of marksmanship training followed by one week of infantry field skills take place at Edson Range, which is known as "up north" by recruits and drill instructors alike (the Recruit Depot in San Diego being "down south"). The Crucible, a three to four day combat simulation with little food or sleep also takes place here.

M16 Live Fire Training

Recruits fire two different courses of fire while learning how to use the M16 series rifle. During their first week of weapons training, recruits learn in a classroom setting with instruction coming from a PMI (Primary Marksmanship Instructor). On the second week, recruits will go to one of the three Known Distance (KD) ranges to fire Table 1A, their first course of fire. The three live fire ranges aboard Edson Range where Table 1 is fired are the "World Famous" Bravo...
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