Best Commercially Available Liquid Gun Lubricant
I have tried a few lubricants and seen many others, but thought I would ask what others have seen. I own six handguns so I need a good lube for them. Note this is not a discusion of grease versus liquid lube. Separate thread for that. I have a poll of the most popular and highly rated liquid lubricants. I know there are a lot of home-brew solutions and those are interesting, but really trying to get a measure of the best commercially available products. I apologize if I missed a particular product, but I did research Midway and CheaperThanDirt and some gun forums for this list. I think this list reflects the most popular and most of the highest rated. I am sure there are some expensive exotic lubes used for military and competition, but not trying to rate those here.
I have used Shooter Choice FP-10, Zero Friction, Militec-1, Hoppes #9, and RemOil. I noticed lower friction with Zero Friction, FP-10 and Militec-1, but they don't last as long as I had hoped. FP-10 is good but not thick enough, Militec is great but expensive. Zero Friction is great but difficult to apply.
Talked to Cz Custom Shop about cleaning and lube
The Cz Custom shop removes the grip covers and dunk the handgun frame in a mineral spirits bath to clean the frames and associated parts. They blow dry them off, then they apply a small amount of Synthetic CLP Gun Oil (G96).
Synthetic CLP Gun Oil.
They do not recommend grease as it tends to cause the slide to stick in colder weather and some can crystalize over a long time. (Although there may be some that work properly at those temperatures.)
I recently lubed up the Cz75 with FP-10 Shooters Choice and shot it for 350 rounds. The inside of the frame is not ready for cleaning, but I can see the carbon is sticking to the inside of the frame because the oil got spread around inside the frame. However, the slide and trigger and hammer maintained their low friction operation. The oil has not evaporated after two weeks, but not much in the slide. However, it was acceptable in my view and I would give it a rating of 8 out of 10.
I bought a small tube of Shooters Choice grease to try it out. I will let everyone know how it turns out.
I am purchasing a bottle of the synthetic CLP G96 soon.
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