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Small Arms Year-in-Review: New and Updated NSNs Captured in 2022
By | Jan. 13, 2023
Updated or new NSNs are a challenge to keep up with. Here’s a list that PS captured in 2022 for small arms. Get them here...

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M17/M18 MHS: Help Stop Extractor Pin Damage
By | Jan. 5, 2023
It’s important to only perform tasks designated for your level of maintenance. Removing and reinstalling the M17/M18 MHS extractor tension pin is to be performed by a 91F. Keep reading for instructions...

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M17/M18 MHS: Rear Sight Inspection and Repair
By | Dec. 14, 2022
The M17/M18 MHS rear sight inspection and repair procedures have been addressed in two MAMs. TACOM is seeing a trend where these procedures aren’t being followed. Keep reading to learn how to keep your pistol fully mission...

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Small Arms: Does Your Weapon Need LAW Instead of CLP?
By | Dec. 7, 2022
When operating your weapon in extremely cold weather environments, CLP may not be the right lubricant. Keep reading to find out how to determine if you need to use lubricating oil arctic weapons (LAW)…...

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M17/M18 MHS: What Is ANOR?
By | July 8, 2022
When firing M17 and M18 pistols, single-hearing protection should be worn, at a minimum, and the allowable number of rounds (ANOR) per day should be limited based on weapon and firing position. Continue reading to learn about...

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M17/M18 MHS: Takedown Safety Lever Position Matters
By | June 27, 2022
Some operators and maintainers treat M17 and M18 pistols like an M9 pistol. When reassembling the M9, you would simply pull the slide back, rotate the takedown lever and the pistol was good to go. Keep reading to learn how...

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M17/M18 MHS: Excess Carbon Buildup on the LCI
By | Feb. 3, 2022
Soldiers need to check the LCI for carbon buildup, which can cause the LCI to get stuck in the up position. If the LCI will not go down, operators should contact their 91F maintainer...

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M17/M18 Pistol: Avoid These Problems
By | Dec. 14, 2021
Dear Editor, here at Ft Leonard Wood, MO, we have seen a few issues with the M17/M18 pistol, such as loose rear sights, excessive use of CLP and using spray bottles to apply CLP. Here's how to avoid these problems...

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M17/M18 MHS: Loaded Chamber Indicator & Rear Sight Maintenance Tips
By | Sept. 22, 2021
Dear Half-Mast, with some of the M17 pistols coming in for maintenance, we’ve found that the loaded chamber indicator (LCI) is no longer sitting flush after being used on the range. Also, the weapons are coming in with loose...

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M9 Pistol: No Cracks please!
By | Aug. 11, 2021
This article initially appeared in PS 760 (Mar 16), p. 36-38. Your M9 pistol will eventually develop cracks if it’s fired regularly. That’s just a fact of life. So it’s important that you spot cracks before your M9 completely...

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M17 Pistol: Takedown Lever Getting Stuck During Disassembly?
By | July 30, 2021
Dear Editor, When we returned from the range one day, some Soldiers were having trouble disassembling their M17 pistol. They were following the disassembly procedures in TM 9-1005-470-10 (Mar 19), but the takedown lever was...

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M9 Pistol: MAC Update in the TM’s Future
By | Jan. 6, 2021
Dear Half-Mast, Due to the M17 Modular Handgun System (MHS) pistol fielding, all updates to the M9’s TM 9-1005-317-23&P (Feb 07) have been paused. When the TM is updated, two-level maintenance...

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M17/M18 MHS: Is Your Pistol Acting Sluggish?
By | June 23, 2020
Soldiers, is your M17/M18 pistol acting sluggish or the trigger won’t reset? According to TACOM Maintenance Action Message MA 20-031, a safety and function check must be performed using the guidance in TM 9-1005-470-10 (Mar...

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M17/M18 MHS: New Slide Function Check
By | June 12, 2020
Soldiers, do you know the M17/M18 modular handgun system (MHS) has two different striker assemblies? One is called the current striker assembly and the other is the original striker assembly. Both will operate with or without...

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M9 Pistol: Flat Doesn’t Always Mean a Flat Rejection
By | April 20, 2020
This article initially appeared in PS 801 (Aug '19), p. 38. Too many M9 pistols are being declared NMC because their recoil springs have flat spots. ...

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M17/M18 Modular Handgun System: Magazine Won’t Fit?
By | Nov. 29, 2019
Dear Editor, I’ve noticed Soldiers are having trouble loading the magazine into their new M17 and M18 pistols after reassembly. In pretty much every case, it’s because the slide hasn’t been locked to the rear...

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M17/M18 Modular Handgun System: Sight Adjustment
By | Nov. 25, 2019
Some Soldiers are trying to adjust the front sight on their new M17/M18 pistol. Big mistake! Adjusting the front sight yourself usually means a broken sight. And there’s no reason to adjust it anyway. The pistol came from the...