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ANOTHER test of gun lubes and CLP's!

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Old August 4th, 2014, 01:18 PM   #1
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ANOTHER test of gun lubes and CLP's!

Hey guys! Just wanted to share this testing of 48 lubes and CLP's done by a guy named rancidcrabtree. He started this in May 2014. Whether you agree with the results or not he really does a thorough job and uses some cool experimentation. A tip of the cap to him!

I'm sure this will bring up some discussion! However, Frog Lube and Hornady One-Shot looks like it comes out on top. Well...at least according to his testing.

Results of gun care product evaluation
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Old August 4th, 2014, 04:54 PM   #2
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My head hurts after going through all that. He definitely put a lot of time and money into his testing. Some of the corrosion resistance is definitely beyond anything I will ever need. I'm not yet sure what to think of the lubrication test. I've had good experience with Weapon Shield. It all still comes down to using what works for each of us and using it correctly.
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Its not another, its the same one he posted on THR a while back.
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Old August 4th, 2014, 10:51 PM   #4
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I've had good experience with Weapon Shield. It all still comes down to using what works for each of us and using it correctly.
Agreed. I like Weapon Shield also but use what works for you and doesn't break the bank. I think the real key lesson is to not over-lubricate your handguns. Especially your M&P or Shield.

I also think Hornady's One Shot is a remarkable product and a huge improvement over other aerosol-spray CLP's (if you use that sort of thing in your gun cleaning routine). So I'm glad it got some coverage in his test. I've been using it to flush out the firing pin channel in my M&P40. It gets the gunk out without leaving behind any thick liquid residue. You can also lightly spray down the outside of your M&P and wipe it off with a microfiber cloth for some extra corrosion resistance.
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I have never tried Frog Lube. Read on a Sig talk forum that you have to heat your gun up before you apply Frog Lube, is that true? Why?
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You don't have to IMPD....but Frog Lube works better when it "melts" onto the surfaces you're applying it to. The Frog Lube CLP paste is sorta like a wax and you should heat up your gun with a hair-dryer then apply it for best effect. It's kind of like seasoning a cast iron frying pan. I've tried it on my M&P pistol and magazines for a year or so and it's great at lubricating and protecting a polymer handgun. It has a great minty smell and won't damage the polymer components.

It's a remarkable product and definitely works but I found it takes too long, is expensive and IS NOT COMPATIBLE with other gun cleaners and lubricants. If there is any other lube or cleaner on your gun, Frog Lube will turn it into a brown sticky goop! That's why I don't use it anymore. So I used the rest of my Frog Lube on my knives, handcuffs and tools. But there are some here in the Chicago PD that absolutely love the stuff.

If you're really interested in Frog Lube, I recommend getting a small sample (the liquid or the paste) and apply it to your pocket knife and handcuffs first and see how you like it.
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With Frog Lube, it's the same idea as "seasoning" a cast iron skillet. You heat it so the metal can absorb it. Once you have about 3 layers of Frog Lube on it, your standard cleaning procedure is literally just wiping everything down with a clean dry cloth. The stuff positively repels carbon. Every few hundred rounds, use some Frog Lube solvent and do a quick reapplication and you're good. You don't have to go through the whole process every single time, because the stuff is like teflon for your gun.

Heat is really friendly to the stuff. When its dry, it's really slick and smooth...almost like dry graphite, but it doesn't come off. Once you start firing and the barrel and slide starts to get hot, you can see it get wet and start to extrude from the pores in the metal. It's amazing stuff.

I know it goes against everything you've learned not to use solvent and wet clean the gun every time you've fired it, but Frog Lube is a whole different class of stuff and seriously doesn't require that.
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Wish he would have done FireClean

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FireClean is a nice product but its popularity has seemed to wane. I used it on my M&P15 carbine bolt carrier group and M&P40 barrel. It did repel carbon like it promised. Didn't seem to work as a rust preventative/protectant and lubricant though.
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My hat is off to this guy. Now that's some extensive testing! Great job.
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Since that test was done it has been discovered that Frog Lube and Fireclean are both vegetable oils, basically cooking oils. Frog Lube is coconut oil, commonly used in deep fat fryers, and Fireclean is almost exactly the same thing as Crisco, so snake oil salesmen are still alive and well in today's market.


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Since that test was done it has been discovered that Frog Lube and Fireclean are both vegetable oils, basically cooking oils. Frog Lube is coconut oil, commonly used in deep fat fryers, and Fireclean is almost exactly the same thing as Crisco, so snake oil salesmen are still alive and well in today's market.

https://youtu.be/Wo3JsxfsRIQ
LOL was going to post the same vid. But back in the day they used lard.

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Old October 13th, 2016, 02:45 PM   #13
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Old test but new to me, I just saw it. A lot of time and effort went into this, thanks for posting!
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