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A Brief Guide To CLP

According to the US military and their testing, CLP works well enough to keep their weapons maintained and operating in the field across a number of different conditions. To meet their standards, it can’t dry out or stiffen in the heat, can’t let in much dust or sand, nor can it give in to humidity, high pressure nor saltwater immersion.

It must also work in temperatures as low as – 65 degrees F to well over 130 degrees F.

As far as the typical civilian is probably concerned? Yeah, it’ll work!

Some people, however, will note that it’s an all-in-one product; in other words a jack of all trades and this much has some truth to it. There are plenty of products that have been specifically formulated to do one task and one task only. Bore cleaners are surfactant-rich; they are made to get carbon and other deposits out of the chamber and bore of a firearm. Lubricants are just made to lubricate and do that job well.

That’s why those old Hoppe’s kits come with bore cleaner AND lubricating oil. You clean with the former and then oil up the gun with the latter. You should also bear in mind that CLP was developed for use with some rather specific firearms like the AR-15 and M9/Beretta 92FS pistol. Older firearms such as M1 Garand rifles require actual grease to operate correctly; CLP would not get the job done.

Plenty of people in the service found it worked just fine and, at that, under wartime conditions. Others found they needed a different product to supplement it, such as additional lubricant or a more strenuous cleaner. Others still had to resort to other products to get the best function.

This has been much the same in the civilian realm. Some people find Break-Free CLP or a different brand of it is all they need; some find that their gun seems to work best when a general purpose cleaner/lubricant is used in conjunction with a more abrasive cleaner for the bore and a stronger lubricant.

Ask car guys about what oil they prefer and you’ll get different answers. Some prefer Castrol GTX (their high-mileage formula has been outstanding in my experience) and others Mobil, and still others Valvoline. It’s the same thing with gun oils and lubricants. Many are good. Many work well. Some just find one that works best for them.

So it’s worth getting, to be sure…but your results may vary.

What The Gun Writer Uses

If you wanted to know what I use? Some people are going to laugh, but I use Rem Oil. It’s actually just like CLP in that it’s a general purpose cleaner/protector/lubricant (albeit petroleum-based) and in fact has been on the market in exactly that capacity for more than a century. However, I only use it as a cleaner and to wipe down the surface of my guns. Since my guns are almost all older design platforms (I’m a sucker for walnut and metal) I find a bit more lubrication is necessary on frame rails, barrel lugs and so on. Since I’ve acquired a decent store of Hoppe’s lubricant, that’s what I use. This combination works so well I haven’t really felt the need to change it.

However, if Break-Free, Gunzilla, FrogLube, Otis or someone else wanted to change my mind…I’d give it a shot and a review while I was at it.

Source: Alien Gear Holsters

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