Posted 27 April 2016 - 08:33 AM
I don't recognize the name of the CII who built the gun, but there are not that many makers of remanufactured M60s. Topcover hinge ears were welded back on and the rail ends welded to the trunnion. Welding the rails makes the joint a lot stronger and is a plus. None of these welds were finished out which would have improved the appearance, but they look OK and would need some close inspection to see if they are holding ukpwell. Mashed rivets heads on receiver the box to the trunnion is shoddy, but probably secure, again a question of cosmetics. Check to see that they are tight.
Other issues have to do with wear in the barrel socket, oprod tower, bolt lugs, barrel extension, etc. Looseness of the breech end of the barrel in the barrel bearing of the trunnion is annoying but will rarely affect the function of the gun. The fitting to the gas port into the gas tube often reduces the slop in assemblies that are a bit loose. Oprod towers wear significantly where the tower rides in the bolt but significant wear doesn't always mean that th gun won't function. Cracked, chipped and broken bolt lugs do need to be addressed with replacement. Check the inside of the barrel extension where the bolt lugs lock up to see that there is no spalling, cracking, etc. Check the fit and condition of the extractor and the condition of the spring as broken extractors can jam the bolt quite dramatically.
Overall conditiion of all parts and assemblies should be kept to a high standard to preserve them and inside reliable function. Appropriate lubrication of specific areas of high friction should be a priority, and checking to see that this gun has been well lubricated will give you an indication of the current owners attitude towards care of the gun. The number of MGs that arrive in my shop for work that are bone dry, including M60s is very discouraging.
A thorough field strip and close inspection of all parts and receiver should suffice to assess condition and wear on parts. Running a few hundred rounds of good ammo through this gun should prove its worthiness.