Clearing Procedures for the M240B Machine Gun
The first step in maintenance is to clear the M240B. This applies in all situations, not just after firing. The gunner must always assume the M240B is loaded. To clear the M240B, the gunner performs the following procedures:
a. Move the safety to the fire "F" position.
b. With his right hand, (palm up) pulls the cocking handle to the rear, ensuring the bolt is locked to the rear (bipod mode).
c. Return the cocking handle to its forward position.
d. Place the safety on safe "S."
e. Raise the cover assembly and conduct the four-point safety check for brass, links, or ammunition.
(1) Check the feed pawl assembly under the cover.
(2) Check the feed tray.
(3) Lift the feed tray and inspects the chamber.
(4) Check the space between the face of the bolt and chamber to include the space under the bolt and operating rod assembly.
f. Close the feed tray and cover assembly and place the safety to the fire "F" position. Pull cocking handle to the rear, and pull the trigger while manually riding the bolt forward. Close the ejection port cover.
CAUTION: MANUALLY RETURN THE COCKING HANDLE TO THE FORWARD AND LOCKED POSITION EACH TIME THE BOLT IS MANUALLY PULLED TO THE REAR.