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.

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