Here’s another frequently asked question, Is Ballistol CLP safe?
Well…that depends on how you use it.
If you use Ballistol as directed, it is safe. However there is a Danger warning label on the can. Let’s take a look.
It reads…Danger: Extremely Flammable Contents Under Pressure Harmful or Fatal If Swallowed.
So if you get Ballistol in your mouth, eyes, nose or in your bloodstream it is Not Safe. I’m not crazy about the classification of “Skin Safe and Eco Friendly” or the “Non toxic If Used as Directed”. I say, if the product can harm you, it is not Safe. It’s like saying Arsenic or Plutonium is Safe if you wear protection while handling it. That’s crazy!
Let’s define Toxic so there are no misunderstandings.
Toxic – to cause harm to or death
Now let’s look at the Warning Label on the Breakfree CLP can.
The Warning Label says: Danger:Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed Contents Under Pressure Keep Out of Reach of Children.
Even though it looks quite obvious that Breakfree CLP is Toxic BUT only if it is swallowed or inhaled or any method where the product enters the human body. If used as directed (eye and skin protection), it is safe or non-toxic to use.
adjective 1.of, pertaining to, affected with, or caused by a toxin or poison: a toxic condition. 2.acting as or having the effect of a poison; poisonous: a toxic drug. 3.causing unpleasant feelings; harmful or malicious:
OK…so toxic means causing harm to. Now let’s look at the warning label on Ballistol CLP.
You can see the “Danger” warning label on the bottom of the Ballistol can. It reads, “Danger: Extremely Flammable Contents Under Pressure Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed.”
But right above that Warning is the following, Eco Friendly! Skin Safe No Carcinogens.
So is Ballistol non-toxic? Yes, as long as you don’t ingest it. So if you use it as directed, it is non-toxic. I recommend using it only outdoors. It has a strong smell and I really do not want to breathe the fumes. I wear eye protection also.
Another frequently asked question…Is Froglube CLP any good?
I have a lot of experience with Froglube CLP consisting of testing and actual use on firearms for several years.
So my short answer is YES. Froglube CLP is a good product. I really love the smell. Sorry… but it is also an excellent lubricant that forms a barrier and is not wet to the touch. After you apply Froglube CLP to a metal surface, you will be able to easily feel the difference. The metal surface will feel very slick/slippery. Froglube also protects metal surfaces from moisture for a very long time even in a salt water spray. When it comes to cleaning carbon and copper/lead fouling, Froglube CLP does not do as well as straight gun cleaners. Because Froglube CLP is thick and has lubricants in it, it does not soak into carbon fouling which is necessary in order to loosen it.
Froglube CLP comes in a liquid and a paste. Apply it to warm metal and let it sit. If you want to try Froglube CLP, here is a link to purchase…Froglube CLP at Amazon.com
I get this question emailed to me quite frequently. Ballistol is a cleaner, lubricant and protectant or CLP. It has been around for a very long time and has a myriad of uses from leathers to wood and metals. I have used it on several guns including an AK-47 and several Glocks.
From my experience using Ballistol on various guns and from my gun product tests, I have to definitely say that Ballistol is very good and actually better in the cleaning arena than any other CLP. Ballistol cleans carbon and powder fouling very well as long as you let it soak for about 10 minutes. It’s also a great lubricant and protectant. Ballistol also mixes with water for all you people that shoot corrosive ammo.
Otis Special Forces Dry Lube is a new product featuring advanced technologies. This spray on lubricant dries in 20 seconds to form a non-stick barrier/film. Sand, dirt and other debris will not stick to it along with carbon and other particulate fouling.
Otis Special Forces Dry Lube Features
Reduces surface friction
Protects against corrosion
Dries to form a barrier against sand, dirt, carbon, dust and grime
I cleaned this Glock 22 barrel with Archoil AR4200 then went to the range and shot 100 rounds then took it home and here’s what it looks like…
You can see that the bore is still shiny which means there is still lubricant on the bore. And most of the fouling went straight out the barrel. This barrel hardly needs to be cleaned, even after 100 rounds. Archoil AR4200 repels fouling and does not burn off like other oils/lubricants.
FrogLube CLP is simply one of the slipperiest (if that’s even a word) CLP’s I’ve ever used or tested….BAR NONE!
I’ve performed several friction and metal wear tests along with function tests with 2 Glocks and nothing….and I MEAN NOTHING beats FrogLube CLP for lubrication/friction reduction.
That’s only part of the package….FrogLube CLP is also non-toxic and has a mild pleasant minty smell. It’s actually USDA approved as a Bio Preferred product too. So it’s totally safe for humans or animals.
Did I also say that it cleans extremely well and will protect metal surfaces from corrosion for weeks?..even when exposed to water.
FrogLube is available as a liquid or paste. The paste is great for bore brushes. It sticks to the bristles and gets applied to the bore more easily. You can also apply it to patches or rags when cleaning or protecting all metal surfaces on firearms. The paste stays put whereas liquids tend to run or drip.
Hoppe’s Gun Medic Cleaner and Lube is a brand new product for 2016. Hoppe’s responded to the need for a “in the field” quick cleaner/lubricant. Hoppe’s created an aerosol cleaner and lubricant that is sprayed on gun actions in the field. No need for cleaning rods, patches or jags. Just spray it on any action and then cycle it… and you’re good to go. The cleaner evaporates quickly leaving the lubricant behind.
This is a very useful product for semi automatic weapons like AR-15s, auto loader shotguns and 1911 handguns. It is a quick fix for the field and not a regular thorough cleaning. Here is a link, if you are interested in this product…Hoppe’s Gun Medic Cleaner and Lube at Amazon.com
Hoppe’s Gun Medic Cleaner & Lube Corrosion Test
Does Hoppe’s Gun Medic provide any protection from corrosion?
Let’s put it to a corrosion test and see what happens.
My corrosion test is simple. I use a bare steel bar and apply the Gun Medic to it. Then I leave the test metal bar outside in the desert elements. In order to really test the corrosion resistance and accelerate the test, I’ll spray water on the treated metal every other day.
Let’s take a look at the corrosion test setup.
Here’s the Gun Medic and bare steel bar that has been cleaned with Mil Comm MC25 to ensure it was totally clean.
Here’s the steel bar…no rust or bluing…just bare steel.
I used a quick spray to apply the Gun Medic to the metal bar. I then used 2 cleaning patches to spread the Gun Medic evenly as you can see by the wet patch. The spray from the can is under high pressure and is great for blasting debris out of your guns.
Here is the treated test steel bar. Let’s spray it with some water and let it sit outside in the desert environment. The temperature range was 65-108 degrees F.
One squirt of water. It beaded up very nicely. Let’s take a closer look.
That looks good. The water beads because the Gun Medic is repelling the water. Now let’s see what happens after 24 hours.
24 Hours Later – Hoppe’s Gun Medic Corrosion Test
Here is what the steel bar looks like after 24 hours with 1 spray of water. You can see there is rust in the exact spots where the water beads were. Hoppe’s Gun Medic does not provide long lasting corrosion protection but it’s a cleaner & lubricant. Just make sure that’s all you need when you buy Hoppe’s Gun Medic. I will be testing it’s cleaner abilities shortly.
Here’s my Hoppe’s GunMedic Cleaner & Lube cleaning test video.