Bayonet Scabbard M fig

a. Scabbard as a Unit. Inspect scabbard as a unit for appearance, general condition, fit and retention on bayonfet, ease of bayonet withdrawal, and looseness of components.

b. Body Cover. Check body cover for condition, cuts, or deep abrasions. Check reinforce leather tip for looseness on body cover due to ripped stitches, cuts, or abrasions, and for condition of leather. Check drain eyelet for security in body and for stoppage and burred flange.

c» Mouthpiece. Check mouthpiece top for looseness in body, catch lugs for deformation and retention by scabbard catch on bayonet. Check for wear and burs. Check bushing for looseness in top, deformation, wear, and burs.

d. Hanger. Check hanger for security, for loose rivet, and for wear or cracking in loop. Check hook for deformation, wear, and burs.

39. BAYONET SCABBARD M7 (fig. 11).

a. Inspect as explained for Bayonet Scabbard M3 in paragraph 37.


(1) Sling as a Unit. Inspect sling as a unit for appearance, general condition, flexibility, and functioning of hooks, loops, and keepers.

(2) Straps (Long and Short). Check straps for condition of leather, weakness, ripped stitches, cuts, and abrasions. Check hook holes for wear and breaks between holes. Check for tears at rivets, and wear and cracking at loops. Leather straps should not crack when bent at a sharp angle.

(3) Hooks and Loops. Check hooks for deformation, pinching, and burs. Check rivets for looseness. Check loops for deformation and burs. Check sliding metal keepers for looseness on straps and pinching. (If sliding keepers are of leather, check for ripped stitches.)

(1) Sung as a Unit, Inspect sling as a unit for appearance, general condition, and functioning of keeper buckle and security of hook when assembled to rifle.

(2) Body. Check body (webbing) for cuts, chafing, or weak spots and indications of rotting. Check clip on end for cracks or insecurity.

(3) Hook, Loop, Buckle, and Keeper. Check hook for cracks or spreading; it should snap onto butt (sling) swivel of rifle and be firmly retained. Check loop and buckle for deformation, burs, and cracks. Check keeper assembly for dents, cracks, and positive retention of body when locked.

c. Front Sight Cover (fig. 13). Check front sight cover for dents, burs, cracks, and shine. Test retention on rifle by snapping cover over front sight with sloping surface to rear. Cover should be firmly retained in position by spring action and without shake or looseness.

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