Failure To Charge

Step 1. Slide overridden. Open cover before checking. To check for this condition, the organizational mechanic is authorized to apply downward pressure (palm down) on the cocking handle assembly while charging the weapon.

M249 Bevfitchett
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A loose fit between the cocking handle assembly and the receiver can cause an override condition (failure to charge malfunction). The malfunction is characterized by the Cocking Handle Arm (1) overriding the Slide Assembly (3) and slipping behind the Roller Assembly (2).

M249 Cocking Handle

MALFUNCTION

TEST OR INSPECTION

CORRECTIVE ACTION

2. FAILURE TO CHARGE (Cont).

NOTE

Several conditions can cause extreme looseness between the cocking handle assembly and the receiver. Looseness should be diagnosed in the following order:

a. Check the upper rail of the Cocking Handle Channel (4) for a bulge just rear of the Cocking Handle Stop (5). If this condition exists, notify Direct Support Maintenance.

M249 Receiver Parts

b. Check the Cocking Handle Channel (4) for separation from Receiver (6).

SEPARATION

SEPARATION

M249 Receiver Channel

Separation generally occurs in the cut-out area just rear of the Cocking Handle Stop (5). If this condition exists, notify Direct Support Maintenance.

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