Every trip I take to the range ends the same way. I come home, change into something comfortable, lay out my cleaning supplies on the table, unpack and clear all the toys, grab a beer, put on the TV and start cleaning. By the time every piece is back in the safe my hands are black and the whole living room smells like gun oil (or mint if I use Frog Lube). Some people hate cleaning their guns. Some people see it as the the price you pay for going to the range, but I actually enjoy it . . .
However, I do occasionally have other things to do besides cleaning guns, so over the years I have tried many different items designed to simplify the cleaning process. I have bought and tossed out various products over the years and finally settled on the things I really like (Boresnakes are wonderful, for example). Of course, if The Truth About Guns gear reviews had been around back then, it might have saved me some money and wasted time.
For example, I’ve been using regular, generic Q-tips in my cleaning kit for years and I’ve just accepted the fact that they aren’t long enough to reach some places, they brake easily, and they can leave a linty mess. If I had known about RamRodz Gun Swabs, I would have saved myself some headaches.
The bamboo shafts aren’t invincible, but they hold up much better than the paper sticks that most Q-tips have. The heads are wound pretty tightly so I didn’t have any trouble with lint. In fact, I went ahead and threw out all of the cloth barrel mops in my cleaning kit because most of them were dirty and they always leave lint behind.
Calibers: .22, .38, .40, .45, .50
Ratings (out of five stars):
Fit, Finish, Feel * * * * *
The bamboo shafts are sturdy and the heads don’t leave lint everywhere.
Overall Rating * * * * *
These will have a permanent place in my cleaning kit. I wish I’d had a pack of these to carry around when I was in the Corps.