My first gun, and first can of lube

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  1. Bazoo

    Bazoo Member

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    The remoil thread got me to thinking,

    My first gun was a marlin model 60 at age 18. I bought it used from a pawn shop for $80. I didn't know much about guns, but id fired that model before as a teenager. I got a box of 22 ammo from Walmart, and we went home.

    I loaded the gun and went out and fired it. It fired either some of that mag, or maybe the whole mag and part of another... and then jammed. The bolt was sluggish. I thought it over a bit, and got the can of wd40. Gave it a good squirt through the port and it freed up. It then cycled and fired without further issue.

    That started it all for me.

    Thanks for reading.
     
  2. gobsauce

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    My first was a marlin 60 that I've literally never shot. The one that popped my cherry was my SKS. 100 rounds of TulAmmo, and a can of WD-40
     
  3. Bazoo

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    SKS was my first flirt into high power rifle.
     
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  4. bersaguy

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    First gun I shot was my grandfather's Ward's Western Field model 41 22 bolt action. AKA, Mossberg model 45A, it was fairly gummed up with WD-40 varnish all over the bolt and feed mechanism. Though, it's always run just fine, I've cleaned it all up and lubed it with CLP. Runs, shorts, long, long rifle like a champ. Best part is....I still have it:) 20191120_164217.jpg
     
  5. Bfh_auto

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    Same here. Then a m44.
    Wd40 was my first lube for everything mechanical. Now I've become sophisticated;)
     
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  6. gspn

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    Nice post. Its neat thinking back across all those years since that first gun, and remembering all the lessons learned along the way, and all the fun that was had.
     
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  7. stonebuster

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    My first gun was a 1969 Ithaca 12 gauge I was pretty good about cleaning but learned a hard lesson not to store it in a soft case for two years. I was 19 when I got it and still have it although I had to cold blue the rusty spots.
     
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  8. SixteenGauge

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    My first gun was my grandfather's old Hopkins and Allen model 112 SxS 12 ga shotgun that he gave me when I was 11. He gave me a JC Higgins bolt action when I was 15 as he decided he didn't want me shooting that "old clunker" anymore. First gun I ever bought was a Winchester Model 12 12 GA. I bought on my 18th birthday. I've always just used rem oil and some paper towels for cleaning, and an old t shirt saturated with oil I use to wipe them down with.
     
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  9. Howland937

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    3-in-1 oil was what I grew up lubing guns and fishing reels with. Moved on to the Hoppes oil that came in their gun cleaning kits for a good while. Nowadays I mostly use a silicon based lube made by Zep on guns, lithium based for fishing reels.
     
  10. NIGHTLORD40K

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    First gun was a Charter Arms AR7. Cleaned regularly- which was easy thanks to the takedown design, and lubed with fresh motor oil on the bolt.

    Still jammed constantly, clean or dirty. Lol.
     
  11. Riomouse911

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    The first gun I bought was a Win 1894 .30-30. That gun was lubed/wiped down mostly with 3-in-1 oil, as 3-in-1 and Singer Sewing Machine oil were the two that my Grandfather swore by.

    Stay safe.
     
  12. chicharrones

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    Exactly the same with me. 3-in-1 was much more common around my parent's house before WD40 starting making inroads. I wouldn't have known about Hoppes either, but as said, it came in gun cleaning kits.
     
  13. Bazoo

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    Thanks everyone for sharing.

    For some reason, I like finding old gun cleaning kits at yardsales and thrift shoppes and using them. Guess it takes me back to those early days.

    I don't know what 3in1 replaced, but it must have not been nearly as good. Many old timer swore by it.
     
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    first rifle i was sixteen.1955 winchester model 63.wish ihad it today.:D
     
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    My 1st firearm was my Mossberg 500 20 GA. Back in 1977. My Father bought it while i was taking my hunter safety course. We went dove hunting that day. I still use it for hunting and occasional skeet shooting. It has an adjustable choke.
     
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    My first was a Cook and Brother carbine (reproduction)

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  17. 792mauser

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    First was a Glenfield 99 that has never been properly cleaned. Pops would just pour some used motor oil into it when it got sluggish. And just a q-tip to swab out the big gunk.

    I shoot it on occasion in his memory. Still uncleaned but rinsed free of gunk with gas from a neighbor's gas tank job I helped with.
     
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  18. Bazoo

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    It's not a sin to clean a marlin folks. Just for the record.
     
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  19. gobsauce

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    Yes it is.
     
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  20. C.R.

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    My first gun was a Mossberg 500 12 gauge I was just getting started and figured with a decent shotgun I could hunt anything from deer to rabbits , and turkeys to doves . the most versatile weapon first .
     
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