I have a goodly amount of gun cleaning gear. I have stuff I’ve bought on my own, vintage tools and potions I inherited from my gun-loving uncle and other dribs and drabs I’ve picked up along the way.
That’s probably not too different from the experience of most people who’ve owned guns for any length of time. But what I’ve also found is it’s incredibly convenient to have a single, portable, easily packable kit to throw in the car or a backpack. That way when you’re at the range and need to deal with a dirty gun, you’ve got everything you need easily at hand.
That’s where GuardTech Plus’s Universal Cleaning Kit shines.
The GuardTech kit comes with everything you need to deal with virtually any centerfire or rimfire gun you own aside from fluids.
The jags are made of solid brass and seem sturdy and well made (there’s a .50 cal jag, too, if you have a big boomer). The 14 bronze brushes range in size from .17 to 12 gauge, with nine cotton mops to handle all of those as well.
Combined with a multi-length cleaning rod, three brushes (stainless, brass and nylon), three plastic dental-style picks, swabs and patches, you really can handle any cleaning job you’re likely to come up against.
GuardTech — an American company — also includes plastic bottle. Use that for bore cleaner and throw in a few RemOil wipe packets and you’ll have everything you need. GuardTech even includes a handy bore snake for quick cleaning jobs.
The whole thing fits in a molded 10×15 case that’s secure and keeps everything in its place. You won’t have all of the bits and parts rattling around and then hard to find when you need them.
For everything that’s included, the price of the kit is downright reasonable. The kit is found online for about $48. The GuardTech Plus kit is one of the best buys in an all-in-one cleaning kit we’ve found.
Nope for me. As soon as I first tried out a BoreSnake, I ditched those classic 100-pc sets and take up a lot of room and require assembly. I now have BoreSnakes for several calibers to handle everything, and gun cleaning is no longer a chore.
Bore Snakes squirm too much and they bite. I’d do that too if someone tried to shove me into gun barrel.
Bore snakes dont work so good when you’ve got to hammer out a stuck cartridge case.
That’s what my squib rods are for. Forward to push out a squib, reverse to knock out a stuck case.
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I really like bore snakes too. Shy away from the Black Mamba and Water Moccasin brands, and you’ll be ok.
With the smaller bores, I sometimes had a bit of trouble getting the little brass weight and pull cord to feed through enough that I could get ahold of it at the other end. I threaded the end of the weight to match the threads on my cleaning rod. Now all I need to do is slide the cleaning rod down from the muzzle, twist the weight into the end of it, and then pull it back through.
ACK!! What about the crown? How many rules did I break? Relax. My barrels are all steel, except for one of the BB guns. Pretty tough steel. The cleaning rod is brass. Be realistic–I shove copper and mild steel jacketed projectiles through those things, some of them at a few thousand fps and with 60K psi of burning gas behind them, all driven by a contained explosion. None of my guns are designed to flick that errant fly off the thousand yard gong, and I seriously doubt that a few reverse passes with a brass cleaning rod now and then is going to affect the precision of my firearms, let alone noticeably affect it. Of course, YMMV, but think about it.
I would likely replace all those bronze brushes with nylon. The real problem with stuff like this though is that half of it wont get used at all. It would be helpful to design the case for more capacity allowing for more than 50 patches and a bigger bottle of lube AND a seperate bottle of bore cleaner. A more ruggedized case that will last longer and go though more use would be nice too. These things are all injection molded and can’t take much abuse. Many of these cases break in half at the hinge.
truth. i can’t tell if those are hinges, if so they’ll fare for a bit. if it’s a flap connected to both upper and downer the stress cycles will take their toll.
tiny wood screws and brass will still need rubber bands or a good o- ring. the asparagus purples are better than the post office ones.
old tshirts and toofbrushes.
And I did not see a 9mm brush.
The .357 is the one to use for .380, .38 Special, and 9mm.
Chris – yes – this kit DOES have 9mm specific items (Jag, Mop, Brush and Bore Cleaner) – the kit that was reviewed has been updated to include 9mm components.
Looks like a nice collection. I prefer either snakes or one-piece rods of the proper caliber. And does anyone actually use bore mops? If you soak them in solvent, you end up with a dirty, soaked mop. I assume they are reusable, so are they used for oiling the bore after cleaning, and if so, why are they better then running an oily patch or two?
I use the mops to get the solvent in the barrel. mop it back and forth then use a bronze brush and finish with patches.
And yup the mops are filthy, I wash them out with dish soap.
Dawn Powerwash. Merely a suggestion. Works a treat on boresnakes too.
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Good to see that kit comes with a bronze cleaning rod, them aluminum ones get bent to easy.
Yup. Although if you’d stop using them to stir around the garbage, they would last even longer still, Mr. Marsupial.
Made WHERE? By PLA in chicomland or somewhere acceptable?
Yes, it comes from China. And, yes, it is the quality you expect from China. Look at the reviews from real customers on Amazon, not the quick glance “review” of a free sample.
Interestingly enough GuardTech sells what appears to be the same kit at two slightly different prices. In the customer questions for the less expensive version they say the other kit costs more because they added 9mm-specific components instead of having you use the .357 cleaning components. BUT if you look at the questions for the more expensive kit where customers ask about cleaning 9mm GuardTech says to use the .357 components to clean 9mm guns.
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