BLUF: Use the proper equipment and procedures when cleaning the M1-series tank’s cannon tube.
Crewmen sometimes try all kinds of creative ways to clean the 120mm gun tube on their M1-series tank. But unauthorized cleaning techniques can damage the gun tube.
The only right
way is to follow the -10 TM procedures, using lots of elbow grease and the following items:
- Cleaner, lubricant and preservative (CLP), NSN 9150-01-327-9631.
- Bore brush, NSN 1015-01-209-3483
- Chamber brush, NSN 1015-01-511-7872
- Rammer staff, NSN 1015-01-511-7872
You’ll find the proper gun tube cleaning procedures in TM 9-2350-264-10 (Sep 11, w/Ch 4, Jan 18) for the M1A1, TM 9-2350-388-10 (Jan 18, w/Ch 2, Oct 21) the M1A2 SEPv2 and TM 9-2350-412-10 (Apr 20, w/Ch 1, Jan 22) for the M1A2 SEPv3.