Do not allow solid film lubricant to flow into front sight post threaded well.

(e) Apply solid film lubricant to cover the damaged finish.

(f) If front sight guards cannot be straightened utilizing the above procedures, reduce the rifle barrel assembly.

7. Slightly bent barrels may be straightened as follows'.

(a) Check straightness using straightness gage 8448202 (p 3 45) If the barrel falls the straightness test, and the gage remains in the barrel In the area of the front sight assembly, perform step (b) to determine If it may be straightened.

(b) With the gage remaining in the bore, hold the rifle in a vertical position with the end of the barrel into which the gage was inserted pointing up Ensure that if when the gage passes through the barrel it will not be damaged Using hand pressure' ONLY, flex the portion of the barrel between the front sight assembly and the compensator in all four directions (left, right, forward, and back) If the barrel is only slightly bent, the gage will drop through when the barrel is flexed in one of these directions Note the direction which allowed the gage to drop through the' barrel.

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