Friday, June 28, 2013

Praxis: "Cleanliness is Next to Godliness."

"How do you spell Hoppes'? One 'p' or two?"
You betcha.


Slobyskysa Rotchikokov said...

Excellent article; I tend to buy arms that can be stripped and cleaned without much hassle, as I do want to maintain them in perfect shape. I HAVE on rare occasion, when totally drained and exhausted after a couple of hours of shooting in 90 degree heat, allowed a weapon to wait overnight, but never longer. I want everything to work perfectly if called on to defend my life. If I use a knife, machete, shovel or other tool, I will clean it well after use. Just as a centurion would never have left a spot of dirt, blood or rust on his gladius or spear, I know that my life may depend on my instrument's readiness. And fwiw, found that giving a seasonal coating of Sentry’s ‘bore kote’ makes that part of the cleanings in the future to go more easily.
Besides - I figure, when I take a shower, I clean every part of me, even parts that haven’t been used in years. I want all of me, to be in good working order, too

The Trainer said...

There is a newer compound on the market that makes field cleaning much, much easier. It's called, "Frog Lube."

Repels carbon, so the build up isn't as heavy. Worth checking out as it comes in a kit both as paste and a liquid. As it dries and adheres to the internal workings of your platform, it becomes a 'dry lube' which will help considerably on those platforms needing to be run wet.

Nice side benefit is that it smells like wintergreen, so there won't be any comnplaints about 'stinky' gun cleaning solvents.

I degreased the inside of my upper, the entire BCG, and bolt, then cleaned them with the liquid, let it dry, then put the paste on it and let it set for a few days....took it to the range to try it out and didn not coat the BCG with CLP. Ran a hundred rounds throught it, primarily rapid fire, controlled pairs with very small breaks between mag changes.

Let it set for a few hours before I cleaned it, took it down, and basically only had to wipe off the BCG and the inside of the upper. Clean. Still slick. Recoated it with the paste.

You might want to check it out if you're running something that requires lube or generic CLP.

Anonymous said...

M1 Garand, best rifle ever made.

Semper Fi

DC Wright said...

Anonymous at 1217:

In the hands of a Marine rifleman, the M1 Garand is the finest battle rifle ever made!!!

Semper fi,

D. C. Wright,
USMC Retired

The Trainer said...

I'd be willing to bet that Frog Lube paste would work very, very well on the venerable M1....