Gun Oil Friction Test – Break Free CLP

I have used Break Free CLP on some of my guns and I have to say I like it. It seems to clean, lubricate and protect well. BUT HOW WELL???

The real test of any lubricant is a friction test. So that’s what I did.

I used a simple inclined plane and sled to scientifically measure how much friction Break Free CLP reduces, if any.

Here is what the friction test looked like…

Break Free CLP Friction Test

I used a metal inclined plane measuring 1/2″ thick by 4″ wide and 24″ long. It’s filed true and polished with 400 grit wet sandpaper to simulate the finish on most firearms. The sled is 1″ thick by 2″ wide and 4″ long. The sled is also polished with 400 grit wet sandpaper. I used a Wixey digital angle gauge to measure the angle or slope of the inclined plane.

If you want more details about the friction test, you can read it here….Gun Oil Friction Test.

To begin the friction test, I put a few large drops of Break Free CLP on the inclined plane and the bottom of the sled. I used a clean patch to spread the Break Free evenly. I then took several more clean patches and wiped the excess Break Free off. I wiped as much off as I could. A very thin film is optimal. If you want to see what happens when you use too much lubricant, take a look at the Rem Oil Friction Test.

Anyway, after wiping the excess Break Free off, I did the same to the sled and then placed the sled on the inclined plane. I raised the inclined plane until the sled moved or started sliding. I then placed the digital angle gauge on the plane to record the angle. I repeated this procedure 8 times (12.6, 12.5, 11.7, 11.5, 12.3, 11.4, 11.9, 12.0) and ended up with an average angle of 11.9 degrees. Remember bare metal averaged 15 degrees. So Break Free CLP is much better than bare metal…about 20% better or reduced friction by 20%.

Break Free CLP Friction Test 2

Based on my past experience and the results from this friction test, I would conclude that Break Free CLP is a very good lubricant. I would recommend it without any reservations. It’s also very cheap…if you want to pick some up, here is a great online store…Shop for Break Free CLP at