August 2016 Giveaway – Otis I-MOD Gun Cleaning System

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The August 2016 Giveaway is an Otis I-MOD Gun Cleaning System in 7.62 caliber. It’s a efficient and super compact firearm cleaning system. Otis is tops in gun maintenance products and also customer service.

How To Enter: either comment on this post with your email address or send an email to giveaway(at)guncleaningtips(dot)com with August 2016 Giveaway in the subject line and your name in the body. ONLY USA RESIDENTS CAN ENTER.

Otis I-MOD Gun Cleaning System-762

Otis I-MOD Gun Cleaning System-762-1

Organized and super compact

Otis I-MOD Gun Cleaning System-762-2

7.62/.30 cal bore brush and jag

Otis I-MOD Gun Cleaning System-762-3

Otis 30 cal ripcord…cleans bore when you pull it through the bore…no patches needed.

Otis I-MOD Gun Cleaning System-762-4

Memory-flex cable…no 32″ long rods to mess with.

Otis I-MOD Gun Cleaning System-762-5

Utility cleaning brushes

 

Wilson Combat Ultima-Lube II Universal Bore Cleaner

Wilson Combat is one of the best 1911 manufacturers today. They make a super accurate and 100% reliable 1911 handgun, probably one of the best. So when I saw they offer a bore cleaner, I took notice.

Wilson Combat Utlima-Lube II Universal Bore Cleaner is a water based, non-toxic cleaner that loosens and removes all types of fouling including carbon, copper, lead and powder. Since it is water based, it is non-flammable and does not contain ammonia. It’s also made to meet military strict specifications.

Wilson Combat Universal Bore Cleaner

I really like using cleaners and lubricants that are non-toxic. So the Wilson Combat bore cleaner is something I’m going to try on my Glocks. Since I like cleaning my guns indoors, I prefer to not use anything strong smelling and/or toxic. Wilson Combat has a superb reputation in the 1911 world and so this product should be a good one.

If you want to try this bore cleaner, here is a link….Wilson Combat Ultima-Lube II Universal Bore Cleaner at Amazon.com

Gun Oil Wear Test – FrogLube CLP Paste

FrogLube CLP is an excellent cleaner, lubricant and protectant. I’ve used it for many years. Let’s put it to a metal wear test and see how it compares to other gun oils.

Gun Oil Wear Test - Froglube CLP Paste

I used 2 pieces of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy in the gun oil wear test. Basically a smaller aluminum sled is slid against a larger base numerous times and then the 2 contact metal surfaces are analyzed. I use aluminum because it is softer than steel and will wear more easily and faster. You can see the smaller block of aluminum or the “sled” on top of the larger base.

Gun Oil Wear Test - Froglube CLP Paste

Here’s a better view of the aluminum base and sled. The surfaces of the aluminum are polished with 400 grit sandpaper to provide a uniform finish which makes it easy to see any resulting wear.

Gun Oil Wear Test - Froglube CLP Paste

Here’s the FrogLube CLP Paste. It’s easy to apply, has a very pleasant smell and is non-toxic. I’ll apply it to the top surface of the aluminum base and the bottom surface of the sled with a few clean patches.

Gun Oil Wear Test - Froglube CLP Paste

This is after the test was completed. I performed 75 cycles. One cycle is the forward and back motion of the sled on top of the base. No downward pressure is applied, only the weight of the sled creates the friction and wear. You can see the froglube on the base. It has pooled or gathered together in the center. It may look like too much was applied but this is not the case. As I performed the test, I could feel how slippery the Froglube CLP was. It’s much more slippery than most oils.

Gun Oil Wear Test - Froglube CLP Paste Results

Here’s the 2 contact surfaces after the test was completed. The discoloration is due to the froglube and aluminum particles combining. Aluminum is very soft compared to steel. Let’s clean the sled off and see how much wear occurred.

Gun Oil Wear Test - Froglube CLP Paste Results

I used an old sock and FrogLube CLP to clean the surfaces. FrogLube CLP is a great cleaner.

Gun Oil Wear Test - Froglube CLP Paste Wear Results

This is a closeup of one side of the sled. You can see the very slight wear resulting from the test. It is much less than most of the other oils and CLP’s.

Gun Oil Wear Test - Froglube CLP Paste Wear Results

This is a closeup of the other end of the sled. Very little wear.

Conclusion: FrogLube CLP Paste is an excellent lubricant. It is very slippery. I have not tested an oil or CLP that is better than FrogLube CLP. If you want to try out FrogLube CLP, here is a link….FrogLube CLP at Amazon.com. You can try either the paste or liquid, they both work the same.

 

Otis Bronze/Nylon AP Brush 9 Pack

All Purpose (AP) or Utility brushes are very handy to have when cleaning firearms. They have the ability to get grit, grime and fouling out of those hard to reach areas like muzzle brakes/flash hiders, gas piston heads, bolt faces, action recesses, handgun slides, etc. Utility or AP brushes come in 2 varieties…bronze and nylon. Which is better?

I use both bronze and nylon AP brushes. The nylon are softer and are used to remove light fouling or debris whereas the bronze brushes are better for hard to remove fouling and carbon buildup. Both are safe to use on firearms. I like to use the nylon brushes in the gas tube of my AK-47. It cleans it very nicely. But I use a bronze brush on the gas piston.

Otis Bronze and Nylon AP Brushes

Here’s a nice 9 pack from Otis. You get 3 blue (extra stiff) nylon, 3 white (soft) nylon and 3 bronze AP brushes. They are double ended so you can get into very small areas or scrub large surfaces easily. Here’s a link to get a pack of these….Otis 9 Pack of All Purpose Gun Cleaning Brushes from Amazon.com

Gun Oil Wear Test – Ballistol CLP

Ballistol CLP is a very popular CLP and if you use corrosive ammo, it’s a must have. Let’s see how well it reduces metal wear. I have used it on my Zastava AK-47 and it performed  very well.

Ballistol CLP Gun Oil Wear Test

Here’s the Ballistol CLP and a gun cleaner, Otis General Purpose Blend to clean the surfaces after the wear test.

Ballistol CLP Gun Oil Wear Test Equipment

Here’s the heart of the gun oil metal wear test…2 pieces of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy. The base is 0.5″ x 4″ x 24″ and the sled is 1″ x 4″ x 6″. The sled is moved back and forth on top of the base…the movement is like a gun action. Both surfaces are polished with 400 grit sandpaper. This finish is rougher than any firearm but it makes it easy to see wear without performing a large number of cycles like 10,000. This makes comparing oil performance easy. If a gun oil performs well with this soft, rough aluminum alloy then it will really shine on a smooth hardened gun action.

Let’s get into the gun oil test.

Ballistol CLP Gun Oil Wear Test

I applied a few squirts of Ballistol CLP on the base and then the sled. Then I spread it evenly with several patches. I wiped the excess off with 2 more patches.

Ballistol CLP Gun Oil Wear Test

Having the Ballistol CLP evenly spread and excess wiped off, I can start the test. It’s very simple…I slide the sled on top of the base for 75 cycles and then examine the wear. One cycle is the forward and back motion of the sled. I do not apply any downward pressure, only the weight of the sled creates the friction/wear.

Ballistol CLP Gun Oil Wear Test Results

Here is a close up during the test. You can see the Ballistol streaks.

Ballistol CLP Gun Oil Wear Test Results - sled

This is the bottom of the sled after the test has been completed. I’ll clean it off so you can see the wear areas.

Ballistol CLP Gun Oil Wear Test Results

I placed a few drops of Otis General Purpose Blend gun cleaner on the base. You can see it instantly cleaned the areas where the drops are.

Ballistol CLP Gun Oil Wear Test - Sled Cleaning

Here’s the sled with a few drops of Otis General Purpose Blend cleaner. The large blob in the center is the cleaner. It’s very effective.

Ballistol CLP Gun Oil Wear Test Results

A few clean patches and the sled and base are very clean…thanks to Otis General Purpose Blend.

Ballistol CLP Gun Oil Wear Test Results

Here’s a close up of one end of the sled. You can see a small area of light wear. Ballistol performed very well.

Ballistol CLP Gun Oil Wear Test Results

This is the other end of the sled. There is very little metal wear.

Conclusion: Ballistol CLP is a very good lubricant. It reduced metal wear better than most gun oils even though it is a multi-purpose product. My only reservation is the strong smell and need for a well ventilated area in order to use it.

If you are interested in either Ballistol CLP or Otis General Purpose Blend gun cleaner, here is a link to buy them online….Ballistol CLP or Otis General Purpose Blend gun cleaner at Amazon.com.

S&W M&P TekMat & Black Readi Range Bag/Cleaning Kit

Here is a really nice range bag/gun cleaning kit bundle from Readi USA.

Pick up one of these range bag/gun cleaning kit combos here….S&W M&P Tekmat/Black Readi Range Bag/Gun Cleaning Kit combo at Amazon.com

S&W M&P TekMat & Black Readi Range Bag & Warrior 21pc Cleaning Kit

Here’s what you get in this bundle from Readi USA….

  • Readi USA Hard Stone High Vis Range Field & Duty Bag
    Color: Black Material: 600D Poly, Quality Zippers Holds Multiple Hand Guns – Dimensions: 16″ x 10″ x 11″. Multiple Pockets
  • Warrior 21 piece handgun/pistol cleaning kit for most caliber handguns
  • Two-piece 10″ brass rod with handle
  • 22, .357/.38/9mm, .44/.45 brushes
  • 22 and .38 caliber slotted tips and patches
  • .22, .38, .44 caliber swabs
  • Compact, zippered case holds cleaning tools, case size : 6.5″ x 7.5
  • Bonus S&W M&P TekMat with the world famous exploded view prevents chemicals and oils from damaging work surface. 11-inch X 17-Inch for handguns. Neoprene rubber backing polyester top surface won’t harm gun’s finish.
  • Bonus 5 piece brush & pick set – Aids in cleaning and clearing swollen jammed spent rounds.

S&W M&P TekMat

Here’s the neoprene tekmat. It’s a great place to clean handguns on.

S&W M&P Warrior 21pc Cleaning Kit

This is the 21 piece gun cleaning kit for handguns.

 

Otis LTP or Long Term Protectant

If you want to store firearms for longer than a few months then you might want to protect them with something better than ordinary oil or grease. Cosmoline used to be the standard for long term protection but it’s not the best. Otis has something better…..LTP or Long Term Firearm Protectant.

Otis LTP Long Time Protectant

Otis LTP will displace moisture and prevent corrosion for up to 12 months. It leaves a thin waxy like film that forms a barrier against the elements. This is perfect for end of season firearm storage prep. Spray it on and store. Protect your firearms properly and they will function flawlessly every season. Get a can of LTP here….Otis LTP Long Term Firearm Protectant at Amazon.com

Gun Oil Wear Test – FireClean CLP

I’ve used FireClean CLP on my Zastava MPAP AK-47 and it seemed to work great. It cleaned everything well and lubricated too. Let’s see how good FireClean is at reducing metal wear, scientifically.

Gun Oil Wear Test - FireClean CLP

Here’s the FireClean CLP and the test equipment…6061-T6 aluminum alloy base and sled or test block. I use 6061 aluminum because it is much softer than steel and will show wear much faster. The test consist of lubricating both surfaces of the base and sled and then sliding it back and forth like a gun action. Then analyze the surfaces for wear or scratches.

Gun Oil Wear Test - FireClean CLP

Here’s a topside view of the wear test equipment. All surfaces are polished with 400 grit sandpaper and cleaned before each test.

Gun Oil Wear Test - FireClean CLP

Here is a mid-stream photo during the wear test. I end the test after 75 cycles. One cycle is one back and forth motion.

Gun Oil Wear Test - FireClean CLP Results

Here’s the bottom surface of the block or sled. Let’s clean it off and see how much wear has resulted.

Gun Oil Wear Test - FireClean CLP Results

You can see 2 areas of wear…far left side and far right. FireClean is a pretty good lubricant and did well in this test.

Conclusion: FireClean CLP is a good lubricant that also cleans and protects metal against corrosion. I would rate it 3.75 stars out of 5 stars. It’s not the best lubricant but is far from the worst. It’s also non-toxic and has no odor. I do like FireClean. If you are interested in trying it, here is a link to buy some online….FireClean CLP at Amazon.com

Otis .40 Cal Gun Cleaning Kit

The Otis .40 cal gun cleaning system is the ultimate in effective and compact cleaning kits. They are top quality and will last a lifetime. They are simply the best organized gun cleaning kits available. This kit is for .40 cal handguns and submachine guns (short barreled).

Otis 40 cal gun cleaning kit

Otis .40 Cal Gun Cleaning System

  • Effectively cleans .40 caliber pistols and submachine guns
  • Bore Safe Memory-flex cleaning rods
  • 100% cotton cleaning patches
  • Female rod handle
  • Soft pack carrying case
  • 12 and 20 inch Memory Flex cables for correct breech to muzzle cleaning
  • 40 caliber nylon and heavy duty bronze bore brushes included
  • Specialized precision tools for complete breakdown and cleaning of your firearm
  • Lightweight soft pack case with belt loop for convenient carrying

If you’re interested in this gun cleaning kit, here is a link to buy one online….Otis .40 Cal Gun Cleaning System at Amazon.com

Mil-Comm MC25 Weapon Cleaner Review

I had a sample of Mil-Comm MC25 in my gun cleaning cabinet and decided to try it. I had been using M-Pro7 Gun Cleaner to clean my gun oil wear test equipment. I decided to give MC25 a try. The gun oil wear tests require a good cleaner in order to remove all traces of oil and metal debris.

Let’s take a look at how it performed.

Dirty wear test sled

Here is one of the pieces of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy that I use in the gun oil wear tests. Here it is after one of the tests. You can see the left over lubricant mixed with metal debris. It’s not hard to clean but it is important that all of the oil is removed.

Mil-Comm MC25 review

Here is the same piece of 6061 aluminum after cleaning with 2 patches. It’s squeaky clean. Mil-Comm MC25 is a great cleaner and does not smell and it’s non-toxic.I think it works as well as M-Pro7 Gun Cleaner. You can try it out here….Mil-Comm MC25 Weapon Cleaner at Amazon.com