Observe for Indicators

Once the rifle ceases firing, the Marine must visually or physically observe the ejection port to identify the problem before he can clear it. The steps taken to clear the weapon are based on observation of one of the following three indicators:

Indicator: The bolt is forward or the ejection port cover is closed. See figures 3-13 and 3-14.

Indicator: The bolt is forward or the ejection port cover is closed. See figures 3-13 and 3-14.

To return the weapon to operation—

l Seek cover if the tactical situation permits. l Tap—Tap the bottom of the magazine. l Rack—Pull the charging handle to the rear and release it.

l Bang—Sight in and attempt to fire.

Indicator: Brass is obstructing chamber area

(usually indicating a double feed or failure to eject). See figure 3-15.

i Seek cover if the tactical situation permits. i Conduct a dry reload.

Brass Obstructing The Chamber

To return the weapon to operation—

l Seek cover if the tactical situation permits. l Attempt to remove the magazine. l Attempt to lock the bolt to the rear

If the bolt will not lock to the rear, rotate the rifle so the ejection port is facing down; hold the charging handle to the rear as far as it will go and shake the rifle to free the round(s). If the rounds do not shake free, hold the charging handle to the rear and strike the butt of the rifle on the ground or manually clear the round. Conduct a reload. Sight in and attempt to fire.

Indicator: The bolt is locked to the rear. See figure 3-16. To clear return the weapon to operation—

Usmc Hasty Sling

Note

Although a dry weapon is not considered a true stoppage or mechanical failure, the Marine must take action to return the weapon to operation.

Sight in and attempt to fire.

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