JMOR, Thanks to you Tom and LB! I was just releasing pressure about the frustration of buying a designed to fail piece of cr@p and getting what I payed for.
A tube of grease usually lasts me about a year. I think I can make a close fitting washer on the end of a rod to push the grease from the tube into the gun and avoid much mess. Understand I am cheap and stubborn, pretty much in that order.
If I make do it will remind me to buy quality next time. Who'd a thunk something simple like a grease gun could be too hard to manufacture correctly. I wonder if WallyWorld pays extra to never give a sucker an even break.