If you're like us, you keep a steady flow of lead and copper zipping through the barrels of your favorite guns but might not find time to keep them clean.
While it might seem tedious, regular maintenance is key to sustaining reliability and preserving your guns for long-term usage. Some guns such as .22LR semiautos are prone to malfunction due to excessive fouling, and it's important to keep them clean and lubed during range sessions.
To support your gun care needs and maximize your time at the range, we've chosen the best gun cleaning products to make regular maintenance quick and easy.
For shooters who want an environmentally friendly lubricant that works on more than just guns, Ballistol
is an option. Although many use Ballistol for firearms maintenance, the company also suggests that the lubricant works on leather products, for an assortment of home and garden applications, for fishing rods and reels, and for a host of other miscellaneous products and uses. For firearms applications, however, Ballistol cleans and removes all types of bore fouling, minimizes the need for brushing and forms a protective film on guns.
$8.99 for 6 oz. aerosol; $17.99 for 16 oz. liquid
Brownells AR-15 Chamber Brushes
Featuring bronze bristles to clean the chamber and longer, stainless steel tufts to clean locking lug recesses, Brownells M16 and AR-15 Chamber Brushes
are original Mil Spec chamber brushes designed for use with AR-15 rifles. The chamber brush has an 8-36 thread for direct thread into Brownells Small Arms Cleaning Rod
while the brush has an 8-32 thread to fit standard rods. Brownells also offers an AR-10 chamber brush for AR-pattern rifles chambered in .308.
$3.99 for AR-15 and M16 brushes; $5.99 for the AR-10 brush
Odorless, biodegradable and non-toxic, FIREClean
is a patent-pending, performance gun oil. FIREClean cleans and lubricates firearms while also repelling carbon to keep guns running smoothly. Instead of trapping fouling as other products do, FIREClean "blows out" fouling without requiring the use of wire brushes and picks.
$29.90 for 2 pack
is a convenient carry tube that houses a complete gun care system. Included in the tube are one ounce of FrogLube
solvent, four ounces of FrogLube CLP Paste, a 1.5-ounce FrogLube CLP Squeeze Tube, a brush and a towel. FrogLube is a biodegradable lubricant, cleaner and protectant and contains no petroleum or other hazardous material.
Instead of using wipes or a wire brush, the GunSponge
collects and removes fouling with an absorbent sponge. Grit and grime adhere to the GunSponge for quicker, simpler cleaning. The GunSponge also features a flexible shaft for accessing harder to reach areas.
$9.95 for 20 pack
Hoppe's No. 9 Synthetic Blend Bore Cleaner & No. 9 Air Freshener
original No. 9 formula is a staple of gun cleaning, and the No. 9 Synthetic Blend Bore Cleaner
expands on that tradition with a cleaner specifically designed for modern firearms. The No. 9 Synthetic Blend Bore Cleaner removes carbon, lead and copper fouling and is completely biodegradable and non-flammable. The cleaner is safe for use on anodized aluminum, titanium, steel, chrome, nickel, plastic, polycarbonate and rubber and features the same traditional Hoppe's No. 9 smell as the original.
$4.99 for 2 oz. bottle
For those who love the smell of Hoppe's No. 9 solvent so thoroughly that they want to take it wherever they go, Hoppe's now also offers the No. 9 Air Freshener
. Hang the freshener in your home, office or vehicle to enjoy the well-known scent whenever you want. Just don't be upset if those unfamiliar with gun care don't share your enthusiasm.
Hornady Hot Tub Sonic Cleaner
Much like a hot tub rejuvenates the body, Hornady's Hot Tub Sonic Cleaner
is designed to give new life to gun parts. Featuring a 9-liter capacity, the Hot Tub is long enough to accommodate a 16-inch AR-15 upper. When paired with the One Shot Sonic Clean solution, the microjet action of the Hornady Hot Tub removes carbon residue and other debris from cartridge cases, gun parts and other metal equipment. The Hot Tub features integrated drain pans in the lids, a small parts basket, a degas function and five temperature settings from 100-140 degrees Farenheit.
JP Enterprises Bore Guide
This bore guide from JP Enterprises, Inc.
helps take the shooter from table to range more quickly. Designed to fit any .223 AR-15 type rifle, the JPRG-1
is a valuable tool for anyone who runs a traditional rod and patch through their AR-15 barrels.
M-Pro 7 Tactical 3 Gun Kit
For the avid 3-Gun competitor, the M-Pro 7 Tactical 3 Gun Kit
offers the equipment necessary to quickly and effectively clean firearms. The kit includes two ounces of M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner
, two ounces of M-Pro 7 Gun Oil LPX
, one 5.56mm M-Pro 7
BoreSnake, one .40 cal/9mm M-Pro 7 BoreSnake, one 12 gauge M-Pro 7 BoreSnake, one nylon utility brush, one foam gun pad and one weapon maintenance product guide.
The Otis Ripcord
is perfect for the time-conscious shooter. The tool cleans from breach to muzzle in one quick pass. The Ripcord is heat resistant up to 700 degrees Farenheit and features a molded rubberized core and Nomex fibers to trap and remove fouling particles. The tool is available in .223 cal/5.56mm, .30 cal, 9mm, .40 cal and .45 cal.
Real Avid Gun Tool Plus
The Real Avid Gun Tool Plus
comes with all the tools of the original Gun Tool
and a lot of additional features: a ballistic nylon belt sheath that carries five extra hex bits, an adapter that fits any standard 1/4" bit and the Magnetic Bore Light that lets you keep both hands on your firearm while examining the bore and action. As with the original Gun Tool, the Gun Tool Plus also features 18 of the most frequently used tools for rifles and shotguns in an ergonomic body. Includes a magnetic 3/16" bit driver with Phillips® P00 & P1, Flat 1/8" & 3/16" drivers in a spring-loaded hatch; Torx® T20, T15 and T10, Allen® 5/32" and 3/32" wrenches; a scope turret windage & elevation tool; a universal choke tube wrench fits .410, 28, 20, 16, 12, 10 ga.; a 420 stainless claw point blade; and a pin punch.
Remington Rem Oil Wipes
Convenient for any range bag, Remington Rem Oil Wipes
are convenient for on-the-go lubrication. Rem Oil wipes are available in a 12-count Clampack, a 100-count Display or a 60-count Pop-up Canister. The wipes are 6 'x8 ' (except for the wipes in the Pop-up Canister, which are 7 'x8 ') and are saturated with Rem Oil, which cleans dirt and grime from exposed metal surfaces while displacing non-visible moisture from metal pores.
$4.95 for 12 wipes; $8.99 for 60 wipes