A couple of months ago, I received a free bottle of FIREClean Gun oil to review. They sent me a free bottle (I love free stuff) after doing a review of Frog Lube Gun Oil. My initial reaction was that the marketing was a little over the top. They seemed pretty aggressive about how many pro shooters and professionals were using it, even though I hadn’t heard of it yet. But since they sent me a free bottle, I told them I would try it out.
I started the test after getting my brand new Smith and Wesson M&P 9. I love the gun, but that’s a different article. I stripped the gun down, cleaned it up and oiled it with FIREClean.
Just a couple drops of oil is all I use on any gun. I hold the slide up and put a drop inside each rail. I let gravity spread it down the slide. I also put a drop around the front of the barrel and then use a drop on a patch to wipe down the outside metal parts of the gun for rust prevention.
I then started training and carrying the gun everyday this last December. On April 15 (tax day I needed something fun to do) I finally broke down the gun and cleaned it. After 4 months of carrying the gun and 1,280 rounds, the gun looked dirty, really dirty. But I was surprised that the gun was running so well.
I run my guns hard and since this was a new gun I was trying to break it in. I generally have a 5:1 ratio of dry fire to live fire. So during the same period, I probably dry fired the gun over 5,000 times as I put 1,280 rounds through the gun.
The big thing is that I had zero malfunctions during the entire time! When I did this same test with a Glock 19 and Frog Lube, I had to clean the gun at 600 rounds or so to make sure it kept running. With BreakFree CLP I got the Glock to go to 1,100 rounds before it started to malfunction. At 1,280 rounds the FIREClean was still going.
The gun didn’t seem to be cycling slow, but after I cleaned it, now it’s super slick again. Cleaning the gun wasn’t hard, in fact the FIREClean worked great! It was really easy to use as a cleaner and just cut the carbon and dirt out. The gun wasn’t half as dirty looking as when I used Frog Lube.
The only weird thing is that when I was using the FIREClean as a cleaner, it seemed to dry up faster and I used more drops on a brush than I normally use with CLP. I don’t know why, I just needed more to keep the brush wet and cleaning. But in the end, it worked great.
I’m going to start using this on my carry guns all the time. Right now I have it sitting in the back yard on a bare piece of steel to test it as a preservative. The company says FIREClean is a “conditioner” but I need something that will keep the rust off here in the Texas humidity. So I’ll be watering my steel for the next couple of weeks and we’ll see how it goes. I might have to change back or try something different after that.