Ft Stewart DOL — Small Arms Do’s and Don’tsPosted: 2014/19/02
Small Arms Do’s and Don’ts
The Ft Stewart Logistics Readiness Center (LRC) offers these do’s and don’ts to keep your small arms armed and ready:
Do understand how to fill out a DA Form 2407-E. That’s how you open a job order to get something fixed at LRC. The SAMS system generates the form for you.
Don’t lock bolts back for storage and transport. If bolts are left locked back, the springs can’t relax and soon have to be replaced. But even worse, if the bolt is locked back and someone forgot to remove a round, the weapon can fire if the truck hits a bump during transport. This happened at Ft Stewart.
Do change machine gun barrels at the range and keep barrels matched to receiver. Many M249, M240 and M2 barrels are ruined every year because units go the range and fire hundreds of rounds through the same barrel. A single barrel can cost $800. Simply switching barrels, which takes just seconds, can save your unit money and grief from your CO.
Don’t grab just any barrel. The M249 and M240 barrels have been headspaced to a specific weapon. If you use the wrong barrel, you could damage the weapon and injure yourself. Even with the new M2A1, which can use any M2A1 barrel, it’s a good idea to use only the two barrels dedicated to that particular M2A1. That will save you accountability problems later when you turn in the two barrels for that specific M2A1. All barrels should have a dog tag with the serial number for their weapon. It’s a good idea to use a marker to highlight the receiver’s serial number so Soldiers can quickly find it.
Do transport M2s either in a rack or lying flat and secured to the truck bed. If you stand up an M2 and its barrels, they will take a tumble within the first mile. That breaks components like the sights and ruins barrel threads.
Don’t disassemble your weapon more than you’re supposed to. If you do, the parts are often lost or the weapon is reassembled wrong. With the M16 rifle, it’s usually the trigger assembly that is put back together wrong. Then the rifle can fire on auto when you’ve got it set for single shot. That’s dangerous. Clean and lube your weapon like its -10 says. Then stop!
Do turn in both machine gun barrels when you send a weapon to maintenance. Your direct support will need both barrels to do the required repairs and gaging.
Do thoroughly clean your weapon as soon as possible after firing close combat mission capability kit (CCMCK) rounds. If the wax left in the barrel from the rounds becomes too hard, it’s very difficult to clean out. Then a round can stick in the barrel. Sometimes it’s impossible to remove the round without damaging the barrel. Pay particular attention to the chamber and barrel. If you can’t clean out all the wax, tell your armorer. He’ll use dry cleaning solvent.
Don’t forget to remove batteries from sights before storage. Each year, many sights are ruined because batteries left inside leak. There’s no fix for that.