single cartridges or short bursts can be fired. The trigger
must be completely released for each shot to fire single
cartridges or to interrupt firing. When the ammunition is
exhausted, the last link will remain in the cartridge tray.
Remove the link and the end plug by hand after the cover
is opened for loading.
Do not fire the M24 machine guns unless
the ejection control bags are installed.
Failure to install the bags before firing the
machine guns could cause the brass and
links to be ejected overboard and ingested
into the engines if engine screens are re-
The M24 machine guns are not to be fired
unless the RRPM is at minimum beep or
3. After Firing Operation.
a. Ensure the bolt is locked to the rear and
the weapon is placed on safe. Open the
feed tray cover and remove any rounds,
links or end plug. Point the weapon sys-
tem in a safe direction. Close the feed
tray cover. Place the weapon in FIRE
and ride bolt forward.
b. Retract the bolt by pulling the handle
fully rearward until the sear engages
and then push the handle to forward
position. Move the cover latch rearward
to the horizontal position and then raise
the cover. Remove the linked car-
c. Inspect the chamber to be sure it is
d. Close the cover and secure the ma-
chine gun in stowed position.