So what is a CLP gun cleaner?
CLP stands for Cleaner, Lubricant, Protectant and is an all-in-one gun maintenance product. Previously you cleaned your gun with a gun cleaning solvent and then had to lubricate and protect your gun with an oil. Some solvents are harsh and remove all oils and lubricants from the metal which leaves it susceptible to corrosion and rust. You have to oil a gun right after you clean it with gun solvents. You don’t want to leave metal unprotected for any period of time.
CLP’s are great products and work well at cleaning and lubricating/protecting. You don’t have to worry about leaving your gun unprotected while cleaning. As it cleans metal surfaces, it penetrates the metal pores lifting fouling and leaves a protective barrier against future fouling and corrosion. There are a number of CLP’s on the market, some are good and some not so good. Some are toxic and some are non toxic. I like to stick with non toxic gun cleaners and lubricants.
So what are the best non toxic CLP’s?
I have tested and reviewed several gun CLP products and they all performed very well at cleaning and protecting/lubricating. However they do not clean as fast a straight gun cleaner. This is because they have a lubricant in the solution. It just takes a little longer to clean with a CLP in my experience but it is worth it because you don’t have to oil after you clean. I have used and tested FrogLube, Archoil AR4200, CorrosionX, M-Pro 7 LPx, SEAL 1 and Otis Bio CLP. All of these worked very well at cleaning, lubricating and protecting. I tested their cleaning abilities and then corrosion resistance on a tool steel flat bar exposed to the elements plus water spray. All of them passed the test very well.
So which CLP do I use?
I really like FrogLube and Archoil AR4200 for some reason. I have used M-Pro 7 products for many years and they are great. I guess I just like to try new products.
Here is where I buy Froglube CLP…Froglube Products at Amazon.com
Here is my Glock 22 and FrogLube CLP. It works great and especially while the firearm is warm/hot. It does penetrate better when the metal is hot.
Here is my Glock and Archoil AR4200 CLP. Click Here to buy Archoil AR4200 CLP at Amazon.com.
Here is my Glock 21 barrel after 120 rounds of 45 acp. It was cleaned before I went to the range with Archoil AR4200 CLP. Look at the bore. Does that look like it has been shot 120 times?
The bore is still shiny which means the Archoil CLP was not burned off and continued to lubricate and prevent fouling.