2-11.A. M9 MULTIPURPOSE BAYONET SYSTEM--MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS (Cont).
3. Inspect handle (5) for cracks or chips/nicks.
a. Cracks up to 1/2 inch in length are acceptable. Replace if cracks are more
than 1/2 inch in length.
b. Chips/nicks up to 1/4 inch in diameter are acceptable. Replace if chips/
nicks are more than 1/4 inch in diameter.
c. Inspect front of handle for damage to alignment slots, If damage allows
rotation of handle when installed, replace.
d. Inspect rear of handle alignment holes. If damage allows latch assembly
to rotate from correct alignment with blade, replace.
Length of blade measured from handguard must not be less than
6 3/4 inches after repointing.
4. Inspect blade (6) for cracks, nicks or blunted point. Bayonets with cracked
blades must be replaced. Blunted points and small nicks may be repaired by ston-
ing. If the blade assembly has deep nicks requiring grinding (nicks that cant
be removed by stoning), evacuate the bayonet to direct support maintenance.
5. Inspect handguard (7) for deformity. If deformed beyond use, replace bayonet.
6. Inspect saw teeth (8) for broken or dulled teeth. If 1/4 of the saw teeth are
broken or worn, replace bayonet.
7. Re-establish finish as follows:
Dry cleaning solvent (A-A-711) is flammable and should not be
used near an open flame or in a smoking area. Use only in
well-ventilated areas. This solvent evaporates quickly and has
a drying effect on the skin. When used without gloves, it may
irritate, inflame or cause cracks in the skin.
a. Remove all lubricant from surfaces to be treated with dry cleaning
solvent (item 5, app D). Wear rubber gloves (item 7, app D) and use wash pan
(item 11, app D) and brush (item 2, app D) to apply dry cleaning solvent.
Do not use wire brush to roughen surface.
b. Roughen surface using abrasive cloth (item 4, app D).