Frequently Asked Questions

Q How do I turn in a rifle?
A Recognized Veterans Organizations should contact their organization’s National Headquarters. All other organizations, such as law enforcement should contact the U.S. Army Donations Program Office located in Warren, MI at, TEL: 586-467-6302
Q During a firing salute, who needs to wear hearing protection?
A It is recommended that individuals in the firing party as well as the firing party commander, wear commercially available hearing protection, with a noise reduction rating (NRR) of 33.
Q When should my organization employ a stand-off distance?
A At all times, to provide adequate safety for spectators or Next of Kin (NOK) during firing salutes, it is strongly recommended that an appropriate stand-off distance between the firing party and any spectators/NOK be used while conducting these ceremonies. It is recommended that for ceremonies requiring a firing salute, organizations use the SAFETY AREA template found in Appendix A of the Maintenance Guide.
Q Should I lubricate Ammunition?
A No, do not lubricate ammunition under any circumstances.
Q When should ammunition be inspected?
A Ammunition should be inspected upon initial receipt by an organization and prior to every use.
Q How do I clean my rifle stock?
A Use a dry, lint free towel to remove all dirt, sand, or foreign material from the surface of the stock. Apply a commercially available linseed oil to the surface of the stock (wood only) and allow to stand for two hours to be absorbed. After two hours, wipe off any excess oil and polish with a clean dry cloth. Be careful not to allow linseed oil to get into crevices of mechanism as it will form a residue as it dries.
Q Who do I contact to order .30 Caliber Blank Ammunition?
A U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command, Attn: AMSJM-MLD, 2695 Rodman Ave, Rock Island, IL 61299-6000, Point of Contact: Kayla Brotzman E-mail:, TOLL FREE: 877-233-2515.
Q How can I tell the difference between Grenade Ammunition and Standard Blank Ammunition?
A The grenade cartridge generates more pressure than the M1909 .30 caliber blank cartridge and is not designed or intended to be fired with a blank firing adapter. The significant physical difference between the grenade cartridge and the blank cartridge is that the blank cartridge has 6 crimps and the grenade cartridge has 5 crimps. See the maintenance guide for more information.
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