Better M16 Rifle, M4/M4A1 Carbine Magazine Available

A better magazine has been available for the M16 rifle and M4/M4A1 carbine for a couple of years now.  The new 30-round magazine, NSN 1005-01-561-7200, has a redesigned follower and a stronger spring that should provide greater reliability and fewer malfunctions.  You can ID the new magazine by its tan follower.  The old magazine, NSN 1005-00-921-5004, is being phased out, but you should continue to use them until they need replacing.


Turn in Smoke Grenade Launchers Now

Combat Vehicles…

      Turn in Smoke Grenade Launchers Now


      The Reset/repair program for smoke grenade launchers has halted because they have run out of launchers.  Any of the following launchers that are not being used or are not working should be turned in immediately:

      o M239, NSN 1055-01-015-0874, LIN L44612

      o M243, NSN 1055-01-059-0560, LIN L67021

      o M250, NSN 1055-00-000-0138, LIN L44680

      o M257, NSN 1055-01-070-1213, LIN L44031

      o M259, NSN 1055-01-107-7501, LIN L44748

      Smoke grenade launchers in condition codes F or H should be sent to:

      RIC: AD1

      DODAAC: W41CE8

      XU W0K4 USA OSC Pine Bluff Arsenal

      Army Non-ammo Field Service Account 53990

      507th Str

      Pine Bluff AR 71602-9500

      For launchers in all other condition codes, contact Ramon Perez for mailing instructions at DSN 786-1553, (586) 282-1553, or email:   

      Units should send the launchers via military shipping at their own

cost.  No credit will be given to the units for the launchers to the units.  

Continuity | The General’s Coming, PS Issue 573

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How to Extend Shelf Life for Type II Items

Some items like paint or ink have assigned shelf-life periods that may be extended after inspections, tests, or restoration. To find out if your item’s shelf life can be extended, check DOD’s Shelf-Life Extension System website:

You must register for an account the first time you visit. From the menu, choose the Shelf-Life Extension Program (SLES), then the Quality Status List (QSL). If the contract, lot, and batch of the NSN you enter was tested and has passed and been extended, it will show up on the QSL. If your item was stored using proper storage standards, then QSL test results are your authority to extend the item’s shelf life. For help, read the online FAQ or contact the Army shelf-life POC at DSN 795-7685, (570) 615-7685, or email: 

Art imitates life as comic-style illustrators visit Picatinny Arsenal


PS 710, Jan 2012 Has Arrived

Click on the cover to go to the index.  Once there, click on the article you’re interested in!

The Clock is Ticking

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock.

Do you hear that?  That’s the sound of time moving forward steadily.  Each tick, each tock, of the clock is a moment that’s precious and unrecoverable.  How do you spend those fleeting moments?

  Do you lube a road wheel, check a tire’s pressure, tighten a loose radio connection or scrub the corrosion off a hard-driven vehicle?

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock.

Do you spend your time wisely by doing PM?  Or do you put off maintenance now in hopes there will be time to do it tomorrow?   But we all know tomorrow never comes.  It’s always today and maintenance can always be put off.   Right?

The day is here when your life or the life of another depends on how much time you spend maintaining your equipment.  Is your equipment ready to make sure you and others survive?

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock.

It’s January and you are looking forward to a new year’s worth of time.  How much of it will you spend doing maintenance?  There are big rewards to be had from using time to perform PM and big dangers ahead if you don’t.