January 18, 2018

Cleaning Your Firearms

I enjoy shooting; to me it is a relaxing way to alleviate stress. I am content with firing a couple hundred rounds at paper targets. It becomes even more enjoyable when shooting with a group of friends. The part that is not always enjoyable is what comes after the shooting – cleaning.

Over the past 30 years I have used numerous products for cleaning. I started off with my first gun using what was a common kit at the time -the good old Hoppe’s gun cleaning kit. In the past 30 years there has been a world of improvements with gun cleaning and lubrication. We are fortunate to have gun specific cleaning and lubricant products and we do not have to rely on using cleaners and lubricants designed for everything else but firearms.
In the recent years I have decided to prepare my own bore solvent and I follow that up with synthetic lubricants. I use a 50/50 mix of Kroil with Hoppes #9 to clean my bore and action of all my firearms. I read about this concoction somewhere on the net and I was pleased with its performance so I have been using it since then. When I’m feeling particularly lazy I will often use non-chlorinated brake parts cleaner to clean off the oil, residue and other gunk. It works well but you need to be careful around plastic and some other parts. It also removes all traces lubricant so you have to follow up with good lubrication.

After the cleaning phase I move on to lubrication. This is not necessarily needed when I use the Kroil/Hoppes mix since 50% of the “cleaner” is lubricant. But, Kroil wasn’t designed for use with guns so I prefer to use a firearm specific lubricant that can handle the heat generated during use.

Depending upon the application, I may use grease for lubricating the slide on my 1911. Brian Enos Slide Glide works well and I have been using it for years. When lubricating Glocks very little lubricant is needed so oil works better for me in these applications. There are so many products out there to use and just as many ideas on which is best. Some people use Mobil 1 as a lubricant, but I prefer to use firearms specific products. Normally lubricants can be purchased for under $15 and will last for years. I do not see the need to be cheap and skimp on lubricants.

This week I received some new cleaner and lubricant made by Radiator Specialty Company. Seems kind of strange with an automotive name, but this is produced by the makers of Liquid Wrench and is labeled under the Smith and Wesson name. You have probably seen their products in stores; the containers are designed to look like a large bullet. The Smith & Wesson Lubricant and Protectant have Cerflon added, which is a ceramic reinforced fluoropolymer . In a nutshell this helps with lubrication, moisture and wear resistance.

I’m going to try these products out and see how they work. I would also like for someone who is interested in trying these out to have a couple of free samples. If you are interested in picking these up in Friendswood, let me know using the contact button at the bottom of the page. I’ll give the first person that e-mails me an 8 ounce container of Bore and Action Cleaner and a 4 ounce container of Lubricant and Protectant. The only thing I ask is to give your opinion on these products. At $8.99 for the lubricant and $8.49 for the cleaner retail price I think these should be economical enough for everyone to use.

I also have PDF files of detailed cleaning procedures for those interested. They are geared toward S&W pistols, revolvers, rifles and shotguns but they can be adapted for whatever brand you may own. If you are interested in any of these e-mail me and I would be glad to provide them.
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