Our resident "master shottist" has proclaimed that weapon cleaning is only necessary once a year, or after 3,000 rounds have been fired. Anyone paying attention to this tripe should thonk again. Guns are mechanical devices that need to be cleaned ans lubricated to function properly, Wouls you drive your car for a year without an oil change? Oil evaporates. Even when you haven't shot it, clean and lubricate your lifesaver. Ancient history, but it still sticks in my mind, I hitched a ride from Prayline Moutain to Krause Compound, South Viet Nam, in March of 1970. The convoy was from the 18th (Combat) Engineer Brigade. The driver of the deuce and a half (2 1/2 Ton truck) I was riding in, had the worst looking M-16 I have ever seen. I advised him in my NCO voice that he should clean his weapon up. His response was, "Hell, I've only been shot at twice and the air cover (Huey Gunships) took care of that. Besides you ain't my Sergeant." Your funeral, I told him. l was prophetic. Eight day's later, on the same run, at the same time, (did we ever learn?) the convoy was ambushed. Seventeen Enginneers killed. One of the survivors, who had an AK-47 round in his foot, told me the driver I had rode with had got out of his truck and tried to return fire. He got off two rounds and his weapon jammed. He took three rounds in the chest from an RPD light machine gun while trying to clear his weapon. I won't give his name, but it's on the wall in Washington, D.C. Yeah, don't clean your weapons.