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As a 2005 graduate of the Murray State College school of gunsmithing in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, I got a big laugh out of the comments about WD-40 and Hoppe's No. 9. One of the first things Dean Arnold--head of the GS program at MSC back then--taught us was that WD-40 is known worldwide as "The Gunsmith's Friend." According to him, WD-40 is responsible for probably half of all the gunsmiths' gun-repair business in this country because a gun owner will spray it into his gun's action and end up gumming up the whole mechanism. The worst offenders apparently are owners of Remington and Winchester semiauto shotguns. WD-40 is the ideal agent for rendering these guns inoperable after several sprayings and, after a reasonable amount of time, to turn to gunk. Hoppe's solvents, on the other hand, are ideal for use in all guns and will not corrupt an action.

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Our April 1968 cover featured an idea that never really took off--Smith & Wesson's "caseless" 9mm load. It was tailored for the company's M76 submachine gun. Regardless of the fate of the whole caseless ammo concept, it made for a pretty catchy cover.

--Mike Caddell, South Padre Island, TX

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Title Annotation:READER BLOWBACK; spraying WD-40 on guns
Author:Caddell, Mike
Publication:Guns & Ammo
Article Type:Brief article
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Date:Jul 1, 2013
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