5-16. Because the M72-series LAW is issued as a round of ammunition rather than as a weapon, inspection is limited to a visual examination of the sealed unit. Inspect the launcher's overall condition before preparing the launcher for use.
• Check the body for dents, cracks, or bulges.
• Check the rubber boots covering the trigger bar and barrel detent for tears or punctures.
• Ensure the arming handle is present and on SAFE and that the pull pin is in place.
• Check the data plate for the phrase, W/COUPLER (Figure 5-7).
1. IF THE M72A2 LAW DOES NOT STATE "W/COUPLER" ON ITS DATA PLATE, TURN THE WEAPON IN TO THE UNIT AMMUNITION SECTION.
2. THE COUPLER PREVENTS THE INNER AND OUTER TUBES FROM SEPARATING AND POSSIBLY CAUSING PREMATURE DETONATION.
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