Watch Out for Bulging Tubes

Howitzers…
Watch Out for Bulging Tubes

Crewmen, it’s bad enough when explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) has to remove a stuck round from your 155mm howitzer. It’s a lot worse if you’re left with a bulging cannon tube!
That’s what could happen to your howitzer if EOD uses the water blast method to remove a stuck round.   The 155mm cannon tubes most at risk are the M7776 and M284 steel and M7776 and M284A2 chrome barrels.

If EOD uses the water blast method to extract a stuck round from your howitzer, inspect the cannon tube with a borescope. A bulge means the tube has to be condemned. If you suspect a bulge but can’t see one, use a pullover gage to measure the area where you suspect damage.
You’ll find the full scoop on inspecting for damage in TM 9-1000-202-14, Evaluation of Cannon Tubes. Appendix T covers the M7776 tube and Appendix U covers the M284 tube. EM 0065, which covers most small arms, has the TM, as does LOGSA’s ETM website:
https://www.logsa.army.mil/etms

Be sure to immediately notify your logistics assistance representative (LAR) or field service representative (FSR) if EOD removes a stuck round from your howitzer.
You are also required to report EOD round removal and any damage on DA Form 2408-4, Weapons Record Data Card, in the remarks column. You can access it at:
https://tulsa.tacom.army.mil/guncard/index.cfm

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