Guns are dirty, filthy objects. Physically speaking, that is — I’m not making a moral judgement here. And after a long day on the range, there’s nothing better than sitting down and thoroughly scrubbing your shootin’ irons until they’re in optimal working condition again. Just about everyone and their brother makes a cleaning product these days, and one of the newer entries into the market is Italian Gun Grease. They sent me a test kit so I can find out for myself if it works as advertised . . .
The Italian Gun Grease (hereafter referred to as IGG) guys offer a number of solvents and lubricants, from a copper solvent to a carbon solvent and several types of CLP. But for the purposes of this review we’ll be talking about the two most people will care about: the carbon solvent and the lube.
First up is the carbon solvent, and to give it a real test I ran this Miltac Alpha series AR-15 (review coming later this week) for about 500 rounds without any lube or prep whatsoever. Normally I’ll slather the bolt in FireClean before any hard use, but in this case I didn’t do a single thing to prep the surfaces. As a result they were completely covered in caked-on carbon, as the opening picture can attest. But after about 30 seconds with the carbon solvent…
For lack of a better word, the carbon melted straight off the bolt. With normal CLP it would have taken a few minutes of effort with a wire brush to get that effect, but all I needed with the IGG was a little bit of the solution on a soft cloth and I was back down to the nickel boron coating in no time flat.
After all of the
crap carbon is off your bolt, it’s time to lube it up so the gun functions. IGG sent along a whole slew of lubricants, from something resembling normal CLP to a syringe full of a more viscous greasy substance. Which one is better depends on specifically what you’re looking to lube, but after using both in my guns for a few weeks I can confirm that they work and they keep the gun nicely lubed. Especially the “tactical”lubricant did a great job of leaving a thin enough layer of lube to keep the gun running but not gather much dirt and dust.
Personally, I don’t see any reason not to use their stuff. It’s in the same price range as the rest of the lubricant and cleaning products out there, and does a darn good job. And while the marketing seems to be making fun of my greasy haired ancestors, I can live with that.
Ratings (out of five stars):
Ease of Use * * * * *
Simple to use, instructions right on the bottle, and so effective that you don’t need to use much.
Utility * * * * *
It works, and it works well.
Overall * * * * *
Is it better than good ol’ Brake Free CLP? Damned if I know. But it worked fine in my guns and kept them running even in the Texas dirt and dust.