NEWS | Jan. 13, 2020

M2A1 Machine Gun: Feed Tray Pin PM

Every part inspected.
Photo by Kevin Fleming

Dear Editor,
Some Soldiers aren’t using the right pin on their M2A1 machine gun’s feed tray and that’s an accident waiting to happen.                  
They need to ensure the correct pin, 5315-00-731-2970, is in place.  They should also check to see if the feed tray cover pin is missing, worn or has burrs.
The right and wrong way to pin the feed tray cover.
Use the correct pin in the M2A1 feed tray!

Here are a few more tips Soldiers should keep in mind.
  • Never take shortcuts with the M2A1 machine gun.  It could cause serious injury.
  • Check the feed tray cover assembly for a broken or missing spring.
  • Use TM 9-1005-213-10 (Aug 17) for proper PMCS steps.
Doug Stewart
Steve Kristoff         
Editor’s note: Thanks for the tips, Doug and Steve. Soldiers, make sure you replace any bad feed tray pins with the correct ones.