Please explain how the two statements are not mutually exclusive, if you can. The performance of the competitors weapons is irrelevant to this discussion because ....... 1.) They were never used in combat. 2.) The fact that the M3 was the best in the competition is a different subject. 3.) The topic I am addressing is the accidental discharge problems of the M3 grease gun, which was used in combat. You missed my post #50 above. It addresses your criticism regarding sample size. Please know the information derived a small sample size, four let's say, is sufficient to warrant the formation of a hypothesis which would then be tested by additional research as outlined in my post #50. Don't you agree? For some reason, you and others are satisfied with the "it served its' purpose" argument. If you are all so convinced of this why are you so insistent that I join your incurious group? It's almost as if I've touched a forum wide nerve by presenting sourced information that is contrary to certain, preconceived notions.