M2A1 Barrel Questions Got You Over a Barrel?

The bracket for Item 11 in WP 0038 00-2 of the M2A1 machine gun’s TM 9-1005-347-23&P shows the barrel assembly, NSN 1005-01-541-2478, to include the barrel, flash suppressor, barrel cap and carrying handle. But when you order that NSN, you receive only the barrel with the flash suppressor installed.
The bracket for Item 11 in WP 0038 00-2 does confuse things and will be removed in the next revision to the TM.
When you order NSN 1005-01-541-2478, you’ll receive only the barrel and the installed flash suppressor.
The barrel carrying handle (Item 12), NSN 1005-01-539-3410, is BII and should not be turned in with a damaged barrel.
The barrel cap (Item 14A), NSN 5340-01-545-2949, is BII for the BFA, which is covered by TM 9-1005-314-13&P. It also should be kept and not turned in with a damaged barrel.
The barrel cap can be used in place of the flash suppressor during live fire training. When the BFA is going to be used, the barrel cap should be installed like it says in the BFA TM. Remember there is also a barrel protective cap, NSN 5340-01-552-0082, which protects the barrel breech threads. Don’t mix up the caps.


Locking Block Can Ruin Your Piece of the PIED

The KGV-72 programmable in-line encryption device (PIED), NSN 5810-01-564-3364 (LIN E05008), is designed to encrypt Blue Force Tracking (BFT) message traffic.  But when it’s time to turn in the PIED, here’s a message that really needs to get through:

Don’t damage the locking block!

Too many units are losing or misplacing the padlock key.  So when it’s time to turn in the PIED, they use tools to remove the lock.  Unfortunately, that almost always breaks the locking block.

A broken block can’t be repaired.  Even worse, you can be held financially liable for replacing the $2,565.58 PIED per AR 735-5, Property Accountability Procedures and Financial Liability Officer’s Guide.  A DD Form 200, Financial Liability Investigation of Property Loss (FLIPL), along with a property book officer document number must be submitted at the time of the request to the item manager before an operational PIED can be issued.

So don’t lose the key to your lock.  And if you do, check with the item manager for instructions on what to do next.