PDN Contributor Kevin Dixie has a lot of experience with Ballistol firearm maintenance products. Here he presents an in-depth view of Ballistol’s product line and what we should look for in cleaners to keep our self-defense tools in good working condition.
EXTRACT AND LUBRICATE
First, Kevin looks for a firearm maintenance product that penetrates the metals of the gun to extract any gunk that has accumulated. Second, he wants a product that lubricates, because after the oils and other gunk are extracted, the metals can become too dry. Lubrication is needed to keep all parts in smooth working order, and Ballistol Firearm Cleaning Oil & Lubricant does the job.
Third, Ballistol doesn’t pollute the air with toxic chemicals. This may not be a concern if you’re cleaning your gun on the range after a full day of firearms training, but if you’re cleaning it at home around your family and pets, you don’t want to negatively impact their health (or yours).
In addition to metal, Ballistol also works on leather, rubber, and wood, so it’s truly multi-purpose.
FLEXCLEAN is a bore-cleaning rope that’s perfect for a quick but thorough cleaning and lubrication when you don’t have time to field strip the gun. You don’t need any other tools when using this, just a can of Ballistol Firearm Cleaning Oil & Lubricant.
Kevin does a field strip of his handgun and demonstrates cleaning it with Ballistol, stressing safety procedures. Ballistol also has Multi-Purpose Wipes if you don’t like using aerosol products. Ballistol offers good options for your firearm maintenance procedures.
MORE FROM BALLISTOL
On its site, Ballistol offers more details about their Firearm Cleaning Oil & Lubricant:
“Due to its slight alkalinity, Ballistol neutralizes and dissolves black powder and corrosive ammo residue. In addition, Ballistol will beautify gun stocks, and prevent them from drying out. As a lubricant, Ballistol will never gum up or harden. With Ballistol, your entire firearm will stay lubricated and protected.
Ballistol is fully compatible with all metals including aluminum. However, Ballistol dissolves traces of copper, zinc, lead and tombac and can, therefore, be used to clean brass, bronze and silver.”