(10) Fabricate a wooden box to size, insert the boxed oscilloscope, and seal with nails and metal straps (12).
(1) Mechanical. Destruction by mechanical means requires an ax, pick, mallet, sledge, crowbar, or similar
d. Marking. Apply a Method II label (TM 38-230). If available, use standard paste on precautionary stickers such as
Fragile, Handle with care, etc. Otherwise use a marking pencil or stencil and indicate that the contents of the container are
(2) Burning. Destruction by burning requires gasoline, oil, incendiary grenades, or other flammables.
fragile. Indicate the contents of the shipping container by stenciling the oscilloscope name and Federal stock number on the
(3) Demolition. Destruction by demolition requires suitable explosives or ammunition.
upright part of the box.
(4) Gunfire. Destruction by gunfire requires any type caliber rifle or handgun that is capable of inflicting damage to
e. Army Shipping Documents. Prepare all Army shipping documents in accordance with AR 725-50.
7-6. Destruction by Smashing and Burning
a. Time Limitations. Administrative storage is restricted to a period of 90 days and must not be extended beyond this
time limit unless the materiel is reprocessed in accordance with b below.
(1) Remove the main frame from its protective cover and remove the dual trace and delaying sweep plug-in units.
b. Storage Procedure.
Use the heaviest tool on hand to smash the plug-in units front panel controls and connectors. Use downward
(1) Disassembly will be limited to that necessary to clean and preserve surfaces. Except as otherwise noted and to
blows to bend all shafts and then smash the units completely.
the maximum extent consistent with safe storage, materiel will be placed in administrative storage in as nearly a
completely assembled condition as practicable. Equipment will be installed and adjustments made so that the
Warning: Carelessness may result in severe injury from flying glass.
materiel may be placed in service and operated with a minimum of delay.
(2) Materiel must be stored on level ground in the most favorable location available, preferably one that affords
(2) Smas h the cathode-ray tube, using a long-handled heavy tool. Cover the front of the oscilloscope with several
protection from exposure to the elements and from pilferage.
thicknesses of tarpaulin or other heavy cloth; keep all other personnel at a safe distance, and stand behind the
(3) Perform a quarterly preventive-maintenance (PM) service on materiel intended for administrative storage. Make
oscilloscope. Swing down on the face of the oscilloscope to smash the tube.
reference to the paragraphs or manual where preventive-maintenance instructions are provided.
(3) Use any heavy tool to smash the main frame front panel completely.
(4) Protect materiel with covers provided.
(4) Disable the fan with a heavy blow and then smash the interior components of the main frame.
(5) Provide access to the materiel to permit inspection, servicing, and subsequent removal from storage.
(5) Smash the probe body, probe tips, and cut the power cord, probe cables, and jumpers in a number of places.
(6) Mark or tag the materiel "Administrative Storage." (Materiel so marked will not be operated while in this category.)
b. Burn. Burn as much of the equipment as is flammable. Burn instruction books first. Pour gasoline over the cut
c. Inspection in Administrative Storage.
cables and the two plug-in units and ignite them. To destroy the interior of the oscilloscope, stuff rags or waste into the plug-in
(1) Visual inspection of materiel in administrative storage must be conducted at least once each month and
cavities. Then pour on gasoline and ignite. Flame throwers or incendiary grenades, if available, are better for this purpose.
immediately following hard rains, heavy snowstorms, windstorms, or other severe weather conditions.
Disassembly will be performed as necessary to ascertain fully the extent of any deterioration or damage found. A
7-7. Destruction by Explosives
record of these inspections will be maintained for materiel in administrative storage and attached to the materiel in
such a manner as to protect the record from the elements.
Warning: Be extremely careful with explosives and incendiary devices. Use them only if the need is urgent. Use
(2) When rust or deterioration is found on any unpainted area, necessary reprocessing for administrative storage will
this method only if thoroughly familiar with FM 5-25. Training and careful planning are essential.
be accomplished immediately. Damages caused to the materiel by severe weather conditions will be promptly
repaired. Deterioration or damage to basic issue items packaging will be repaired as necessary. Painted
a. Explode. Use explosives only
if time does not permit complete destruction
by other means. Powder charges,
surfaces showing evidence of deterioration will be thoroughly cleaned, dried, and repainted, using paint of the
fragmentation grenades, or incendiary grenades may be used. Incendiary grenades are effective and somewhat safer to use.
same quality and color as the original paint.
Remove the oscilloscope from its cover and place an incendiary or fragmentation grenade, or a small powder charge inside
the main frame. Get away from the unit after the charge is placed.
b. Dispose. Bury or scatter all destroyed parts or throw them into near-by waterways. This is especially important if the
Section II. DESTRUCTION OF MATERIEL TO PREVENT ENEMY USE
oscilloscope has not been completely destroyed.
7-8. Destruction by Gunfire
a. The destruction procedures given below will be used to prevent the enemy from using or salvaging this equipment.
Destruction of the equipment will be undertaken by the user when, in the judgment of the unit commander, such action is
This method of destruction cannot be relied upon to render the oscilloscope completely useless. Use this method only if
necessary in accordance with orders of, or policy established by, the Army commander.
conditions disallow destruction of the oscilloscope by smashing, burning or demolition. Use small arms to fire upon the
b. Any or all of the following methods of destruction may be us ed. The time available will usually be the most important
oscilloscope for full effect.
factor to consider in deciding which methods will be used, but the tactical situation must also be considered. If a number (if
the oscilloscopes are in the same or near-by installations, it is better to demolish completely the same portions of all the
Warning: Firing on the oscilloscope should be performed from a safe location.
oscilloscopes than to damage them all partially. The most applicable means of destruction are: