G96 has been around for a long time and offers all kinds of firearms maintenance products. I decided to give them a try at my gun oil wear test. So I bought a small bottle of G96 CLP Synthetic Oil.
I use 2 pieces of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy to do a metal wear test. Basically I slide one piece of aluminum on top the other and measure the wear. I use a 24″x4″x0.5″ as the base and another piece 4″x6″x1″ as the sled. You can see the base behind the G96 CLP bottle. The reason I use 6061 aluminum alloy instead of steel is because aluminum is softer and will show wear quickly as compared to steel.
Here’s what the setup looks like…
The base and the sled both have gun oil applied to the contact surfaces and then the sled is moved back and forth on top of the base like a gun action. I perform 75 cycles and then examine the surfaces for wear, scratches or galling.
Let’s look at the G96 CLP Synthetic Gun Oil test.
Here is the aluminum base with several drops of G96 CLP Synthetic Oil on it. I use several patches to spread the oil evenly before testing.
Here is the sled on top of the base half way through the test. You can see some discoloration on the base. The oil is mixing with microscopic particles of aluminum plus the CLP is probably pulling dirt out of the metal.
Here’s a closeup photo…
Let’s move to the end of the test, after 75 cycles.
Here’s what it looks like before cleaning.
Here is the sled after cleaning. You can clearly see scratches and wear.
Conclusion: G96 CLP Synthetic Oil is a good lubricant but certainly not the best. There are several CLP’s and gun oils that surpass it at reducing metal wear. However it does reduce friction and wear much better than bare metal and it does clean metal surfaces very well.