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PS Magazine the Preventive Maintenance Monthly

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PS Magazine, the Preventive Maintenance Monthly

PS Magazine was a Postscript to technical manuals and other published maintenance guidance done in a comic book style with artwork by Will Eisner. Many may be familiar with his artwork from the The M16A1 Rifle pamphlet in comic book form to help Vietnam troops minimize the problems with the M16 early on.

The Army had some success during WWII with an instructional publication called Army Motors which was geared toward vehicle maintenance. The Army commandeered Corporal Will Eisner who was a graphic artist before being drafted into service. His works included Wow comics and a newspaper comic strip "The Spirit" Army Motors ceased production in 1945. Eisner left the Army as a Chief Warrant Officer to start American Visuals Corporation, a contract graphic art company.

In 1951 the US army was gearing up for it involvement for the war on the Korean peninsula. PS Magazine was created to reverse the decline of preventative maintenance following World War II. The Army contracted American Visuals to create instructional material. This time the scope covered all forms military maintenance including communications radios, electronics as well as weapons big or small.

PS Monthly magazine from its inception has been, written, researched, and edited by Department of the Army civilians. The home office of PS was located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, from April 1951 through January 1955, when it was moved to Raritan Arsenal, New Jersey. It was moved again in October 1962 to Fort Knox, Kentucky. It remained there until July 1973, when it moved to the Lexington-Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky. In June 1993, it moved to Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. In March 2011, the magazine published its 700th issue. Today they are still churning them out and even have a mobile app!

Articles and blurbs are not new to the Carbine Club Newsletters. In late 80's to the early 90's member Martin Floyd provided submissions to the club. Unfortunately the printing of the time did not always allow for pictures and many of the articles were just in type written form. The great thing of having an online format is we now have the ability to share electronic pictures. So here we are re-publishing some as well as some not previously published.

Here we start with "Carbine Cure" from 1954 and items related to parts inspection.



It would seem over the years things related to the gas piston have changed.
Then there were issues to be addressed with slings
Then there is the old age question of which end up for the oiler followed by stock repair
Seems by Korea there was a question of how many magazines should be issued with each carbine.

So what to do if you wanted to carry more ammo? There was a remedy for that too!

We hope you enjoyed seeing the original images from PS Magazine.
If you know of any we missed please post below the image or the year/issue and we will add it to the list

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Broken bolt tool pawls? Two and counting....

So their isn't a correct way to install the oiler as long as the cap is secure. Interesting....
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Last picture above talks about the "Ammunition Magazine Case" for carrying extra ammo for your small arms like .45 caliber for your pistol and sub-machine gun; .30 caliber for the carbine and M1 and extra clips for your 7.62 M14 rifle.

Here is a ammunition magazine case specifically marked for the Cal .30 Carbine Clip followed by the last 7 digits of the Federal Stock Number.

As you can see the height of the case is taller than a 30 round magazine. You could fit 6 30 rounders in the case  with a 7th in the carbine as mentioned is the number of magazines you are issued.
Or would you be carrying stripper clips to reload your magazines?
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