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Back Plate Latches

Back Plate Latches

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Published by: blazerman3 on Oct 04, 2010
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Machine Guns . . .

Naked Tripods
Dear Half-Mast, are bare Many of our machine gun tripods are stripped down to bare metal and are prev event Does are rusting. Some units paint their tripods to prevent corrosion. Does this help? 1 LT L.B.
Dear Lieutenant L.B., Paint is not the answer. It will not stick to the smooth metal of the tripod. Whenever bare spots appear on a tripod, you should immediately treat them with solid film lubricant (SFL), NSN 9150-00-754-0064. That’s the best way to beat corrosion on the tripod and the machine gun itself. If you’re part of a rapid deployment or Treat bare spots with SFL divisional combat unit, you can touch up no more than one-third of the tripod with SFL. If more than one-third of the finish is gone, you should turn in the tripod. All other units can touch up the entire tripod. Clean off any corrosion before applying SFL.

M2 Machine Gun . . .

Bad Latches
Bad M2 machine gun back plate locking latches
are still out there. The bad latches bend and warp and let the back plate slip off. If that happens, your M2 could come apart during firing. That’s why you armorers need to check your M2s right now for bad latches. Bad latches are rounded on the corners. Good latches are square-cornered, have more metal on the bottom, and have the part number stamped on them. If you find a bad latch, get support to replace it. M2s with the old latches are deadlined until they get a new latch. PS 554 35
Good latch Part number Bad latch

JAN 99

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