Here at Ft Leonard Wood, MO, we have seen a few issues with the M17/M18 pistol:
- The rear sights are coming loose or completely falling off.
- There is an excessive amount of CLP on the slide assembly and striker area.
- Soldiers have been seen using a spray bottle to apply CLP on the range.
Here’s what they need to do to prevent these issues from happening:
- Use a single drop of Loctite® on the rear sight screw. Make sure to properly torque the screw using the new procedure found in the PS Magazine article at this link:
These changes will be included when TM 9-1005-470-23&P (Jun 19) is updated.
- Follow proper lubrication procedures to prevent excessive CLP buildup.
- Take care to stop from getting any CLP in the striker assembly. It will cause the striker to fail and possibly need replacement.
- Here are a few more lubrication reminders. See WP 13 of TM 9-1005-470-10 (Mar 19) for full instructions.
- Lightly lubricate the exterior surface of the barrel.
CAUTION: Do not lubricate the striker or allow lubricant to flow into the striker. Failure to comply can result in damage to equipment.
- Lightly lubricate the slide rails on both sides.
- Lightly lubricate the bushing surface on the slide (where the barrel rides).
- Lightly lubricate the recoil spring and spring guide.
- Lubricate the four (4) receiver rails with one drop of lubricant per rail.
- Never use a spray bottle to apply lubricant. It results in too much CLP being applied and to the wrong areas, which will damage the pistol.
Ft Leonard Wood, MO
Editor’s note: Thanks for the tips, Brent, David, Robert and Victor. When it comes to CLP, a little goes a long way!
Leaders, remember to tell your Soldiers to follow the TM for lubricating procedures.