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just read a book abt special forces in nam. mentioned cleaning weapons with diesel oil and lubricating with wd-40. any comments. I thought that wd-40 was a no-nol. book was titled "we few" btw.
 
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That shows just how misinformed they were. Not following prescribed cleaning procedures. However, in their defense: in Viet Nam, early on, the M16 had some issues, with a very ill advised change in powder, and before chrome plated chambers. And a shortage of cleaning materials. So maybe they didn't have any thing else.
WD40 is not a weapons lubricant. Unless you have nothing else.
 
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Misinformed ? GMAFB . We used whatever we could get.

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Read my entire post. I clearly said what you just said.
I do not deserve the gmafb comment.
 
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Read my entire post. I clearly said what you just said.
I do not deserve the gmafb comment.


The gmafb refers to your "misinformed" comment.
 
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Neither I, nor you, can help the fact that someone in the Logistics or Command chain could not provide you with the correct cleaning materials. So you/they used what was available, as I said.
 
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You're right. Some of the guys were getting Hoppes in their "care packages" from home.

Adapt and overcome.
 
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I did not mean to denigrate or insult anyone who served there. I did serve with a lot of NCOs who were there and they taught me a lot. Both good and bad habits.
 
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Not sure if you're asking about history, or whether it works?

Bushhog found a badly surface-rusted chain in the paddock. Looked maybe salvageable, easiest way to soak it was in a pail with diesel. Loosened it up nice, and we still use the chain.

So out of curiosity cleaned couple of M-16 BCGs and Uzis same way. Worked but wasn't impressed with the tacky film. Suppose it has some lubricity.

As for WD, it is ubiquitous at MG shoots. I doubt there's a single table on which you will not see a can. Mostly parts cleaner, rapid degunker, water displacement, short term preservative. What WD does least well is lube, but you'll see a significant minority of guys hosing their $6-$60k transferables with it. Suppose if you reapply frequently. Make mine motor oil.
 
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Again, I have no gripes with WD-40 or any of the stuff we use on guns, wipe it on and wipe it off. Ive never had a gun rust from using WD-40, but I don't just spray it on and forget about it...Come to think of Ive never let a gun rust without any oil on it..acception is Alaska and the far north, and I never tried it without wax and oil there, but have in Idaho elk camps with care each night, but if that was a problem Id go plastic and stainless God forbid..Maintence is the real key to most things. no one dose miracle out there.


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Atkinson Hunting Adventures
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Filer, Idaho, 83328
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