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A corrupting influence.

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.


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
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2013
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