Picatinny Arsenal opened its gates Monday, May 4, and offered community leaders and the media a glimpse of what goes on at the 6,000-acre research and development facility.

The showcase, which was held in two sessions in the morning and afternoon, included hands-on demonstrations of weaponry and 3-D training technology as well as informational booths with subject matter experts. Guests for the day were allowed to participate in a range of exercises, from firing blank rounds from an M119A3 Howitzer and firing live rounds from small arms at the facility’s 25-meter range, to touring a prototyping and manufacturing lab and visiting the base’s test firing area.

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In the Photo: Pam Smith, of the Roxbury Chamber of Commerce, left, learns how to fire a M249 machine gun with the help of Range Safety Officer Emmanuel Marasigan during a combat training excursion at Picatinny Arsenal. Photo by Daniel Freel/New Jersey Herald