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Posted: 11/19/2003 10:21:09 AM EDT
Weapons Lube Issued by Army May be Costing Lives in Iraq


Ret. Lt. Col. Robert Kovacic: "Those weapons if properly lubricated will work better than anybody else's. But they have to be properly lubricated, CLP is not the proper lubrication."

Corporal Steven Gentle: "Because the CLP attracted the sand. It made the sand stick to the weapon and clot up, causing the weapon to jam."

In telephone conversations and e-mails from soldiers we heard numerous complaints about CLP. One sergeant told me it is a commonly known fact that the military-issued gun lubricant doesn't work in the desert. We've learned that some soldiers have been so desperate for a lubricant that works they're writing their families for help.

Art Couchman, Father [reading from letter]: "'Dad, that Militec is working great!' ..."

Art Couchman sent his son, a soldier in Iraq, a commercial lubricant called Militec. A firearms trainer for police in New York, Couchman became quite concerned when his son told him that the military-issued lubricant attracted dirt and sand to his gun. That's when Couchman sent him bottles of Militec.

In a recent letter, his son thanks his dad for the shipment of Militec, calling the lube, "pretty amazing stuff."

Art Couchman: "I think it could probably save some lives if they had more of this stuff."
Link Posted: 11/19/2003 10:23:13 AM EDT
Any lube attracts sand and grit. You should lube your rifle/pistol then wipe it dry with only a few drops in the bolt carrier where metal contacts metal. These kids think it will improve performance by drowning their rifles and pistols in oil, that's hardly the case.
Link Posted: 11/19/2003 10:26:17 AM EDT
While we appreciate your efforts, this is the 5th time for this story today.
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