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Clearing Procedures for the M240B Machine Gun

The first step in maintenance is to clear the weapon. This applies in all situations, not just after firing.

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.


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