As any astute reader of TTAG knows, the issue of gun rights issue tends to be a black and white one. Republicans = good on guns. Democrats = bad on guns. Every conservative everywhere agrees that everyone, everywhere should have guns. And those stinky, no good, liberal hippies won’t be satisfied until we’re all disarmed so every gay pot farmer can marry their box turtle. As such, any victory for the gun rights side results in a copious river of tears that God fearing conservatives can use to lubricate their firearms. Luckily, some enterprising Americans went to the trouble of bottling all those liberal tears for your lubrication pleasure . . .
Okay okay, I’ll put my snark away. I’ve racked up my share of haters in the comments section this year for suggesting that gun owners should bring civility to the table, so calling a product Liberal Tears doesn’t do great things from an image standpoint. But, I like objective testing and frankly, if a product works well, I don’t really care what the name on the bottle says. Unfortunately, Liberal Penetrator solvent and Liberal Tears oil didn’t show the kind of results that would lead me to leave my ever favorite KG products behind.
Above is a bolt from my “EDC” AR 15, the one that sits next to my bed, gets torn apart for hand guard reviews, provides the basis for pretty much all my testing. I treat it like the tool that it is, and as such, its usually pretty dirty. I know that I can clean it up in a jif if company is coming over, so I leave it be most of the time.
The photo above is after a thorough dousing of “Liberal Penetrator” Solvent that I scrubbed on for a bit with a brass brush. The bolt as it came from the gun is the opening picture of this review. After slathering and scrubbing with Penetrator, I flushed it with automotive brake cleaner, wiped it with a clean rag, and took this picture. As you can see, there is still baked-on carbon that refused to yield. Definitely cleaner, but not sparkling. I doused it in KG1, gave it the same scrubbing, and it was magically clean. For my solvent needs, KG 1 continues to be my gold standard.
Upon reassembly of my rifle, I made sure to coat everything with “Liberal Tears” Gun Oil. It appears to be a very lightweight gun oil. Great for keeping rust at bay, and an excellent assembly oil, but it quickly disappeared once I started firing the gun a week later. My AR will still run dry, so I didn’t experience any ill effects, but the tears don’t seem to stick like my old standby choices, KG 4 Gun Oil, and Sil Glyde silicone grease.
Overall Rating * *
I’ll give the guys at Liberal Liquids a nod for packaging their wares in very handy spray bottles as I felt like I wasted far less liquid using that system. As a gag gift for your favorite gun person, these are top notch. But I hope you like that person a great deal as each 6 oz bottle of liquid retails for $16.95 + S&H from the folks at TacticalShit.com. These are passable chemicals for cleaning and lubricating guns. Taken as standalone products, I’d give them three stars, but given how expensive this stuff is, in a market filled with better performing, less expensive alternatives, I only feel comfortable handing out two measly stars.