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NEWS | Dec. 8, 2022

M2A1 Machine Gun: Turn in Barrel Carrying Handle?

BLUF: Serviceable M2A1 barrel carrying handles, NSN 1005-01-539-3410, don’t need to be turned in with unservicable barrels.  
M2A1 machine gun
Photo courtesy of TACOM

If your unit has an M2A1 barrel, NSN 1005-01-541-2478, that’s unserviceable or damaged, don’t turn in the carrying handle, NSN 1005-01-539-3410, unless it’s also unserviceable.
Units should only order a new barrel carrying handle if it fails the inspection shown in the Carrying Handle Assembly: M2A1 – Removal, Inspection/Repair, and Installation work package in TM 9-1005-213-10 (Aug 17). Keep the serviceable carrying handle and install it on the new barrel.
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