Real Avid master cleaning station universal
Dan Z for TTAG
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We’re fans of Real Avid’s gun cleaning and maintenance tools. Their latest brain storm is the Master Cleaning Station Universal. It combines an oil-resistant cleaning mat with a complete kit to clean and maintain guns in every popular caliber.

As Real Avid describes it, the kit is . . .

Designed for comprehensive cleaning of handguns and rifles (.22 – .45 caliber) as well as 20 & 12 ga. shotguns. It combines a Next-Gen cleaning mat with an intelligently designed cleaning kit filled with an extensive set of cleaning tools. It keeps easy-to-lose gun parts organized while you work. It provides a huge work area for a completely disassembled long gun, yet rolls up for compact storage in the included bag.

MSRP is $49.99, so expect to see it retail for something less than that. Quite the bargain.

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  1. I thought metal bore rods were a big no-no, as they can damage bores and crowns?

    • Multi-piece metal bore rods are a no-no.

      Stainless or coated steel, one-piece rods are just fine.

      The military style “screw it together” rods are horrific if you catch the joints of the rod on the crown or chamber features.

      For rifle cleaning, I use one-piece hardened stainless steel rods.

      • How about ‘coating’ a multiple-piece metal rod with a piece of heat-shrink tubing to pad and protect the bore and crown?

        • You need to be careful with soft rods or coatings picking up small, hard, debris. It seems counterintuitive. The rod doesn’t do damage, but the debris acts like sandpaper.

  2. 49.99 is cheaper than most parts put together. That said, you’d have to buy their picks and brushes for replacements because of the way they snap in the case. Not a big deal really. A pretty cool setup.

    Personally though, I’ve had the same “kit” for years. Put together when I was military and added to it little by little. I have a feeling most people won’t need everything this kit offers unless they are new to guns and buying multiple ones for whatever reason. Otherwise, just get a toothbrush, some oil, q-tips, a couple old towels, some pipe cleaners, and a bore snake then call it good. Probably about $20 worth of stuff stored inside a plastic bag will hold up for years. Or even a cheap plastic ammo can to store it, maybe one of those cool tactical pouches you can mount on your range bag, or even just get a range bag with enough storage to keep it all in one simple spot.

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