Ninety percent of the guns sent to the junk pile each year, make it their home through negligence on the part of their owners, and this is lack of oil. This enormous waste can be eliminated, largely, by careful and proper oiling of firearms, and it can not be over emphasized. But any kind of oil will NOT do, This has been proven by those who have experimented and discovered to their sorrow.
Unless properly oiled the gun cannot be expected to give either good service or long life. A good oil should be used and not any old kind, the composition of which is not known. Proper oils are sold by sporting goods dealers and mail-order houses. These are put out by fire-arm manufacturers and oil companies. It is obvious that for the working parts of a gun a heavier oil or gun grease should be used for a thin, mobile oil will wear away and leave the parts exposed to friction. After cleaning a gun an oiled rag should be run through the barrel as this protects the barrel from rust and keeps the barrel smooth and bright.
A common and destructive fallacy is evident by the extensive use of Coal-oil (kerosene) for oiling purposes on a fire-arm. It has been found equal to water to corrode the gun. It will at the time of application eat the rust, but it should be thoroughly wiped off and some gun oil applied immediately. It must be understood that coal-oil can not be used in place of a gun oil. It will in no way oil a gun and unless wiped off right away will spoil the gun.
Now you who have been shooting guns and not oiling them begin right away. When you have found a good oil, according to your judgment, use that kind. The use of many kinds of oil at once is unsatisfactory, as the different compositions may not, when united, produce the effects desired. But remember never to use coal-oil except to remove rust and gumming, and then wipe dry. Some oil is better than none, and enough is just right. It will prolong the life of the gun, save you money and temper. OIL YOUR GUN.
Harold R. Johnson
Hunter-Trader-Trapper. October: 1921,
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