Months ago I started a test on the new Frog Lube CLP. I put it against the Breakfree CLP I’ve been using for years. I started the test by using it as a Preservative (complete test here). It worked great on a piece of untreated steel in my back-yard garden. It worked better then the usual CLP I use (both preformed pretty amazingly).
I was then interested in how well it would work in the real world on a real gun. I used my Glock 19 Gen 3 that I’ve had for years and probably have about 30,000 rounds through it (yes it’s the Glock I broke a while back, and then broke it again). I used it as a range gun for a while and then started carrying it everyday. I have a little over 1200 rounds and 3 months of everyday carry to show for the test.
Above is the slide to my Glock 19 at about 600 rounds (when I decided to start carrying it). As you can see it started to build up crap in it. I wiped it down but did not put any more lube on the gun.
A couple months and 600 rounds later I cleaned my gun again and found the same build up of crap in the gun. The Frog Lube seems to be sticky and/or attract gunk to the inside of my gun. During the 1200 rounds I had not one failure of any kind and had no problems to speak of. The gun didn’t even slow down or feel like it was getting dirty. With other lubes I can tell when the gun is getting this dirty because the cycle rate seems to slow and the gun doesn’t feel like it’s running smooth when I work the action. Of course with a Glock “smooth” is a relative term.
I also used Frog Lube as a cleaner. Not really that great a solvent. Breakfree worked way better and easier. The Frog Lube also had a minty smell that was pretty overpowering. My wife normally makes me clean guns outside, so I thought the Frog Lube’s non-gun smell would work inside. Not really, it’s too strong and I still found myself on the back porch cleaning my guns. Then it took longer because the stuff wasn’t working all that great.
I’m not going to be using Frog Lube on my carry guns anymore. While it worked great as a lubricant and preservative, it didn’t do so well on the cleaning part. It also attracted more crap then I would expect my lubes to. I only put a tiny amount of lube on my guns to prevent this kind of build up. Even with just a touch of lube on the gun the Frog Lube seemed to attract everything and anything to the inside of the gun it came in contact with. I did a long-term test on Breakfree before just to see how well it worked. I never had the build up of crap and it wasn’t until about 1100 rounds that the gun started to cycle pretty slow and then failed to go into battery (but I was shooting 95 gr/super light bullets, which makes a difference). I didn’t have anything to clean it with at the range, so I just wiped it down with a rag and it started running just fine.
The Frog Lube is going to be used for my safe hangers. The guns that rarely come out and rarely get shot. With the extra thick layer of protection it should be nice so I can keep the rust down.
Bottom line is that I’m comfortable with cleaning my gun every 1,000 rounds with Breakfree and only 500 rounds with Frog Lube. I’m lazy and don’t want to do that much work, plus the Frog Lube is harder to clean with and I really don’t want a bunch of different cleaners in my cleaning kit I. I just want one.
Next I’ll be trying a couple different products. American Gun Oil sponsors Bob Mayne’s show and he says it fabulous. But he also says that Militec works great and I was less then impressed with it when I used it.
I also want to try Rand CLP. One of my friends from the gun shop turned me onto it. It’s a CLP that has no smell. He was using it the other day, and there was in fact no smell. It also seemed to stick a little different then normal CLP. So I’ll be getting a bottle.
Frog Lube did not do well trying to apply it in the cold on the range one early morning to a couple different rifles and pistols. It was the only thing I had in my bag and ended up asking someone else to borrow some CLP because at 30 Degrees it was like waiting for old school Ketchup to come out of the bottle.