It’s a good idea to use a little solvent and a lot of elbow grease to clean guns, and then to use the manufacturer recommended amount of lubricant to actually, well, lubricate the gun. That said, for guns that are used regularly, it’s pretty handy to use some kind of CLP (Clean/Lubricate/Protect). EEZOX has created their Ultimate Gun Care Solution to do it all, and over the last six months or so, I’ve put it to the test on a wide variety of firearms.
EEZOX is a synthetic CLP, which is about all the website tells us as far as what it’s made of. I’m no chemist, so scientifically, all I can tell you is it smells nice. For those of you familiar with Load Factor measurements, EEZOX’s 4,500lb “Peak Load Pass” sounds impressive, at least by comparison to other common lubricants.
For an “All In One” product, EEZOX sure does come in a whole lot of different formats. From very small precision droppers to big aerosol cans, you have a wide variety of delivery methods.
For the best cleaning effect, the big cans are the way to go. They have a pretty forceful stream, and you can really blast away carbon and grime with it. The big aerosol cans are what I used for my home cleaning kit, and I put the little droppers in my gun bags and the cleaning kit I keep in the truck.
The big spray cans make work easy. Just spray the holy heck out of the gun and wait a few minutes. And I do mean a few minutes. Not hours, and not seconds. Letting the liquid set just three or four minutes really helps remove heavy fouling. After a few minutes, wipe it all off.
This is not a true solvent, but it works well as one. Used as described, I’ve been more than satisfied with how EEZOX loosened up fouling. It’s a lightly viscous fluid, so it runs right off, taking most of the fouling with it. A light wipe with a rag takes care of the rest.
If all you have is the smaller dropper containers, a light flowing amount will work just fine to clean, you’ll just have to wipe the grime off a bit more. Either way, it will get the gun clean with a minimal amount of work.
For the lubrication side of things, EEZOX is definitely a “dry” lubricant. I found the volatile liquid evaporates rapidly, leaving behind a very thin film. That means that too much is a bad thing. EEZOZ makes it clear that only a light film on the material is all that is needed.
I have some guns that prefer to be absolutely drenched in lube, like my old Colt Series 70, and a few that prefer a very light lube to keep going, like the Wilson Combat GLOCK 19. Both of those guns have been back in my regular rotation over the last couple of months, so I’ve used EEZOX as the only product to clean and lubricate them over that time.
I could run 40 weight motor oil in the Colt and it would run, but the “Wilsonized” GLOCK is a bit pickier (and more accurate). The G19 does fine with dirt and grit, but a “gummy” lube will make it fail to return to battery.
With either the 1911 or the GLOCK, I’ve seen no issues at all. It was enough to clean and lube the Colt, and it wasn’t so much as to gum up the G19. I’ve run a few 500-round weekends with both guns, and the lube stayed put and was effective the entire time. Considering the last two months have featured 100+ degree days (it’s billed as working down to -95, too), that’s impressive.
Take note that it really takes only a very light film to adequately lubricate firearms. I haven’t seen an application of too much of EEZOX actually stop a gun from running, but I can attest first-hand that too much will leave a suppressed firearm awfully smoky. And it persists for hundreds of rounds. I guess that’s a good and a bad thing, but it’s an issue that’s easily resolved by wiping off the excess in the first place.
For a lot of folks, rifles and shotguns tend to sit dormant between hunting seasons. The generally practice of cleaning a firearm well and lubing it before putting it away for a few months is well advised. Unfortunately, some lubricants become sticky over time and gum up moving parts. I’ve had this happen myself, especially with AR15s, where a lubricant I was using partially solidified, turning the semi-automatic rifle into a bolt action. I’m sure anyone who’s bought an older gun that’s been in storage for some time has encountered the same issue.
The last time I shot my Schmidt and Ruben Swiss Infantry Rifle was back in March, and I sprayed a coat of EEZOX on the bolt and into the barrel and action and lightly wiped it down. I then set it aside in a corner of the gun room. I pulled it out for this review and inspected the internals. No buildup of any kind of was present, but a light film of lubricant was still there. I couldn’t really see it, but I could feel the film left behind. Test passed.
Finally, EEZOX bills itself as a rust preventative. Considering its viscosity, and that it leaves a very fine dry film behind, that makes sense. I’ve had no rust or fingerprint marks with any of the guns I’ve used it with over the last few months, but then again, I clean and wipe down my guns. I can attest that it does not discolor fine wood, and it shines up quite nicely. It will streak on mirror polishes, like a window, unless you take care to use a very thin coat and wipe it clean carefully, as any fine firearm deserves.
EEZOX is safe for wood, metal and polymers, but the instructions say to wipe any rubber grips dry. I’ve used it on rubber Hogue grips on a couple of my revolvers without issue, but you will definitely want to dry them. It may be harmful to the rubber, but it does seem to persist on the rubber for an extended period of time as they tend to remain very slick.
I shoot or hunt just about every day. Consequently, I’m cleaning a gun just about every day. I occasionally still use a solvent bath for belt-fed guns, or any time I have several heavily fouled firearms. The new larger ultrasonic cleaners have been an absolute miracle.
Still, they all have issues, especially with things like wood stocks and Tritium sights. I’m fairly stuck in my ways, but EEZOX has me reconsidering my constant two-step, solvent then lubricant process. EEZOX has billed itself as an the only product you’ll need for cleaning your firearm. They appear to be right.
Prices range widely, depending on size and type.
1.5oz dropper: $3.79
7oz spray can: $9.99
18oz spray can $25.99
Rating (out of five stars):
Overall * * * * *
EEZOX works as advertised. That’s quite a lot, as they make some bold claims. Used for going on six months now on dozens of different firearms, it has proven to clean and adequately lubricate a wide variety of guns. As an added bonus, it comes in every size and delivery type you could need.