I’ve been using some form of CLP since it was introduced to me in the Marine Corps. The military uses some sort of no-name brand, but I’ve been using BreakFree CLP for years because it just works. It’s nothing special and is a jack-of-all-trades and master of none.
CLP stands for Cleaner, Lubricant, and Preservative. CLP works as all three. The problems I’ve found with other things is that they work well at one thing but screw up the others. Hoppe’s 9 works great as a cleaner, but leave it in your gun (i.e. don’t wipe all of it off) and it turns to goo. Other products do the same thing. The preservatives seem to eat up lubes like a solvent, and mixing chemicals is not always the greatest idea anyways.
I’ve been told about Frog Lube a bunch and told I need to try it. Along with a plethora of other junk that has been on the market and will come on the market that someone is always trying to get me to try. I’ve decided to test Frog because it claims to be a CLP. Living in south Texas gives me a unique area to test things. During the summer, the humidity is like being next to the ocean. The semi arid desert in the south gives us a lot of dust. Now that it’s summer, my sweat will supply something akin to ocean water (if not worse).
So I started the test with the preservative. I got a piece of steel.
Then I busted all the rust. If you aren’t worried about the metal it’s actually pretty easy and you can use power tools. I would never do this with a gun, but it was fun on a piece of steel.
Once I got the rust off, I painted some lines to let me know which was which.
Then I applied Kleen Bore CLP on one side and Frog Lube on the other side. I used 10 drops of each. The first thing I noticed was that the Frog Lube is substantially thicker than other CLP. I used Kleen Bore because it was what was left in my cleaning kit. Somehow I ran out of BreakFree and haven’t replaced it. So I used Kleen Bore. I’ve used it on my guns before and it works okay.
Then I put the steel out in my garden.
Then I watered it.
Then it rained and rained and rained. It was one of the wettest days in San Antonio history, so I left it out in the garden.
At the end of 5 days, I took the steel out of the garden and left it wet under the cover of my porch. It sat there overnight because the weather was so bad I couldn’t get any pictures, so I just left it. After the test, I got this picture.
Then, I took a couple of drops of the cleaner that was used on each side and wiped that area off. Then, I took Gun Scrub and cleaned it off.
It’s hard to see but there was some rust on the Kleen Bore side and some on the Frog Lube side. It looks like there was a little more on the Kleen Bore side. Not bad for an unfinished piece of steel in a San Antonio rainstorm sitting in a garden for a week. You can see what the unprotected steel looks like in the center. So this should work very well on my guns.
I’m going to try it next weekend in my Advanced Beyond Concealed Carry class to see how it works on my Glock. It should be nice and humid over the next couple weeks, so I’ll put just a little bit on the gun for this weekend and then let it sit all week and then use it again in my class the following weekend. No, I won’t be using my carry gun for this test, but my extra/back up gun. At the end, I’ll see if the lube lasts after three extensive shooting sessions.