One of the small perks of blogging is that you occasionally cross the path of someone who has a product that they think is pretty neat, and they’d like to give you a free sample review.
That works great if the product in question is something you know how to use and explain, but doesn’t work real well if you can’t understand what makes it tick.
That the position I find myself in reviewing CorrosionX for Guns (http://greatgunoil.com/), a cleaner/lubricant/rust preventative (CLP) that a nice gentleman by the Richard Watson sent me to try out. Actually, he sent me two formulations, two bottles of CorrosionX for Guns with the narrow precision applicator tip, and a spray bottle of regular CorrosionX.
There is quite a bit of science behind how CorrosionX, CorrosionX for Guns, other CLPs, and other gun oils and bore solvents work. The problem is I’m not remotely a chemist, I’m an English major with a college science background in geology. The CorrosionX Product Data Sheet and CorrosionX-Material Safety Data Sheet might make sense to those of you with a background in chemistry and engineering, but all I can do is look at them and go, “uh-huh.” When it comes to trying to explain molecular chemistry to me, you may as well be trying to explain it to a goat.
The bullet-point marketing stuff is more my speed:
- cuts through stubborn bore deposits for easier, more thorough cleaning
- Decreases fouling, even after hundreds or thousands of rounds
- Lubricates and protects mechanisms and bores even better and longer than products fortified with Teflon*
- Ideal for semiautomatics and automatics
- Sticks to metal like a magnet to prevent rust … even in the rain
That is the kind of stuff I can grasp, and luckily, I rarely clean my guns the way I should, so I had very dirty toy to work on.
I’ve had my Templar Custom MCWS “Gretchen” since 2011, and I’ve pretty much ignored her maintenance. I’ve simply shoot her, and put her away. Templar owner Bob Reynolds does that with his R&D guns because he wants to see how much abuse his rifles can take. I do it because I’m lazy and hate to take guns apart, but I justify it as an endurance test. In any event, I’d put about 900-1,000 rounds through this particular precision AR-15, and it was due for a cleaning.
As you might expect, it was pretty filthy, especially the bolt and chamber, and there was a bunch of burnt powder built up in the trigger assembly as well. I used carb cleaner to blast the gunk out of the trigger assembly, and gave CorrosionX for Guns it’s chance on my upper receiver parts.
Cleaning-wise, the CorrosionX for Guns worked well enough to get the burnt carbon off, but it wasn’t a magic bullet, and it still required quite a bit of work to scrape off the crud. The same held true in the chamber, and to a lesser extend when I bore-snaked the bore. Frankly, I was expecting some serious nastiness out of the bore, and after running the bore snake through a half dozen times, I was expecting the dry patch I ran through next to come out filthy… and it was.
But the next patch I ran through with CorrosionX for Guns was much better, and the doped-up patch after that seemed to be clean over everything other than the CorrosionX for Guns on the patch. I ran one more dry patch through the barrel to soak up any excess goop, and decided I was done with barrel. What will be interesting is my next cleaning session, which I plan in another thousand rounds or so. If it lives up to other reviews or CorrosionX for Guns that I’ve read, the next round of cleaning, with CorrosionX for Guns protecting the metal, should go much smoother.
While it wasn’t the best cleaner, CorrosionX for Guns was a funky, snot-slippy consistency that wasn’t light gun oil and wasn’t grease, but a slimy in-between. As a lubricant, it seemed like a winner as I soaked key bolt parts in it, and then reassembled the rifle after wiping off the excess with a clean rag.
The next time I took “Gretchen” to the range she shot great, though there was a slight bit of smoke after a rapid fire string… perhaps I hadn’t wiped off the excess as well as I thought. That was a very damp weekend in January that was icy on Saturday morning that changed over to a cold rain before drying out. The next time we went to the range after that was another soggy weekend in February, where she was shot a little and sat racked, presumably absorbing moisture, the rest of the time. Between trips, I didn’t crack open the rifle, clean it, or wipe it down in any way shape or form.
As of this morning, after more than two months in the safe after two weekends of being exposed to significant moisture for hours at a time, the CorrosionX for Guns seems to have done a great job as a lubricant and especially as a preventative. The metal it touched is still slimy-slick (again… maybe I put it on a little thick?), and there is no sign of any rust or other corrosion.
Bottom line? CorrosionX for Guns isn’t a magical cleaning product, but it gets the job done. Where it seems to excel is at a lubricant and especially as a preservative/moisture inhibitor. I think this is good stuff to use as a lube, and if you are going to store your gun for any length of time, particularly in damp environments, I would certainly recommend trying it.