M119A2/A3 Towed Howitzers… Retaining Clips Level Out Damage

Crewmen, treat your M119A2/A3 howitzer’s M187 panoramic telescope mount with care. That means hanging on to the retaining clips, NSN 5340-01-281-8295, that cover the level vials.

The sheet metal clips, shown as Item 24 in Fig 1 of TM 9-1240-404-24&P (Dec 10), protect the level vials from damage when the howitzer is towed and during airborne or air assault operations. But a lot of howitzers end up without the clips, leaving the level vials vulnerable to damage.

So save your unit money and protect the level vials from damage. Keep track of those retaining clips and, most importantly, use them!

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