Solid Film Lubricant (SFL) is the authorized touch up for the M16/M16A1 Rifle and may be used on up to one third of the exterior finish of the weapon.

FOR CONUS USE ONLY: Solid Film Lubricant may be used as a touch up without limitation on the upper receiver and barrel assembly. This is to say that units which DO NOT fall under the category of Divisional Combat Units or rapid deployment type units may have up to 100% of the exterior surface of the Upper Receiver and Barrel Assembly protected with SFL. Prior to application of SFL the surface must be thoroughly clean and inspected for corrosion and/or damage. If corroded or damaged, the part must be repaired prior to application of SFL, or replaced. Continued use under combat conditions would result in an unprotected surface when the SFL wears off. This would result in a large light reflecting surface and accelerated deterioration of the unprotected surface. Therefore, Divisional Combat Units and units which fall under the definition of Rapid Deployment type must adhere to the limitation of NOT over 1/3 of their exterior surface covered by SFL

(e) Inspect all parts for damage and wear. Replace all defective parts.


Clean rear sight and forward assist portions of upper receiver and all components.


Lubricate upper receiver assembly. Apply CLP, LSA, or LAW (see p 2-22) to helical springs, threaded portion of screws, forward assist and sight before installation.



NOTE All M16 rifles.

(a) Apply CLP, LSA or LAW (see p 2-22) to flat spring (5), aperture sight (6), and threaded portion of rear sight windage screw (7).

(b) install flat spring (5) and aperature sight (6) with letter "L" to rear.

(c) Install rear sight windage screw (7) using flat tip screwdriver. Tighten screw.



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