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By Cameron Hopkins
Originally Published in Guns Magazine December 2001

Dunk-Kit is the greatest thing that's happened to my gun-cleaning procedure since the invention of Sweets 7362 Bore cleaner. Here you have a magical solvent that is as close to drip-and-dry cleaning as it will ever get.

Invented by famed pistolsmith Bill Laughridge of the Cylinder & Slide Shop, Dunk-Kit has been on the market for years. But I only recently Discovered it.

The exact formulation is a secret, but the fact that Bill Laughridge once owned a carburetor business on the side gives me some reason to suspect that the origin of this miraculous liquid lies somewhere in the automotive industry.

I don't know what it is, but I know what it does; it cuts crud and powder fouling like no tomorrow. I shot over 500 rounds of lead reloads through a Les Baer Premiere ii 1911, which thoroughly fouled the bore and gunked up the rails with powder residue. Those lead rounds made a nice mess of a good gun

I field stripped the pistol into its components --- slide frame barrel and spring ---and dunked them one at a time In Dunk Kit. Then swished the parts vigorously and broke loose virtually all the gunk. The frame came out gleaming like a newly waxed Corvette. The slide looked equally spotless.

Immersing the barrel in Dunk-Kit and scrubbing it with a bronze brush did the trick on end build up which was more than noticeable in the first inch of the barrel. While not entirely free of elbow grease the barrel cleaning in the Dunk-Kit solution took considerably less effort than the usual brush and solvent method.

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