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NEWS | March 9, 2020

M16-Series Rifle, M4/M4A1 Carbine: Rifle Charging Handle NSN?

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Dear Half-Mast,
When I went through the new version of the M16 rifle/M4 carbine’s TM 9-1005-319-23&P (Apr 19), I found no NSN listing for the M16/M4 charging handle in WP 0040-12. Can you help me out?
Mr. N.T.

Dear Sir,
Yes, I can. A new charging handle comes with NSN 1005-00-017-9546. It was left out by mistake and will be added in the next TM change. Small arms repairers, make a note of the NSN in the meantime.

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