How Killer Is CLP, How Suck Is FireClean? Here’s How:
Well, here’s the military specification surrounding current CLP performance requirements. MIL-PRF-63460E_AMENDMENT-2
It doesn’t matter what FireClean says they are selling. Specially formulated is a flat lie. The infrared spectrometry showed undeniably that they’re doing nothing more than pouring rapeseed oil into a little plastic bottle and charging a huge amount of money for it. They’re hucksters, charlatans, snake-oil salesmen of the lowest kind.
There are very good reasons why one should not use FireClean as a gun oil. Most predominately is that most people shoot their guns, then clean them, then store them away. They could use mineral oil for all it’s worth and it’d cost them about 2 cents per application. Next, when poly-unsaturated vegetable oils like rapeseed oil oxidize or are exposed to UV light the oils break down to form a particularly nasty kind of sludge. The sludge they form is very chemically stable and thus hard to clean. That sludge also lacks useful lubricity since the viscosity is off the charts when it goes to sludge, and that doesn’t take long. Vegetable oil is a very poor agent for cleaning carbon fouling. It has no detergent or solvent characteristics to speak of other than being a liquid at room temperature. It is capable of suspending a bit of grit and grime but that grit isn’t well dispersed and so forms sludge and becomes actually abrasive even easier. Vegetable oil is terrible under high pressure conditions and high temperature conditions (some people use it as fuel in internal combustion engines for this very reason). The smoke point is below the burning temperature of paper and in the presence of oxygen and high pressures, like from firing a gun soaked in it, it does something called Dieseling which is to say it combusts violently (this is why there’s so much smoke from the FireClean gun in Larry Vickers idiotically termed “test”). Whatever preservative/rust-inhibition characteristics the oil has, it’s prone to fairly rapid degradation by simply being on Earth, it’ll go actually rancid quickly, and so we have to consider that preservative quality to be so short lived as to be arguably useless. It’s not that FireClean won’t keep a gun running with some level of lubrication, provided the gun is cleaned constantly and relubricated. It’s that it provides shitty lubrication and is not capable of being a decent cleaning agent and has no preservative qualities to speak of.
FireClean is snake-oil, plain and simple. It doesn’t matter what your buddy that shoots a lot says. I shoot a lot too and I’m a competitor here in the UNITED STATES where we know how to shoot a lot. Your buddy is not a materials scientist, a chemist, a tribologist or anything else that might qualify him to have an opinion. He’s some masked man in Finland (Finland, long known for their amazingly advanced lubrication technologies, NOT). Anyone that uses FireClean immediately loses credibility with me because their credulity had at some point overcome their ability to ask even the most basic of questions. One key question that’s never been answered by FireClean (and admittedly I don’t know that it’s been directly asked) is, what exactly are the performance characteristics as compared to MIL-PRF-63460E? Another question clearly not asked by FireClean users, why the hell would I spend that much on Crisco when I could buy real CLP which is about the most awesome (and this has been pretty clearly demonstrated for 30 years) cleaner, lubricant and preservative for firearms from pocket pistols to 8 inch cannon. If anyone had at some point come up with anything even nearly as awesome, the US military would be ordering it by the tanker load and would have already come up with a specification that described its performance so that they’d be sure to have the same thing every time they ordered a few thousand gallons of it.