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Snake-Oil Salesman?

Butter flavored?  🙂

(in part from Bayou Renaissance Man)

Another controversy is brewing in the firearms industry, this time over the alleged nature of a firearms cleaning and lubrication product.  Andrew Tuohy of Vuurwapen Blog (“Firearm Blog”) reports.

If you have been on the internet and have visited a sampling of firearm related blogs or social media sites in the last few weeks, you have most likely come across reports or claims that FireClean is nothing more than Crisco vegetable oil.

. . .

I did not – and still do not – believe that FireClean is Crisco, but not for the reason you might think. Although such statements make for shocking arguments, it wouldn’t really make sense to buy a name brand product at a high price if the goal was to resell and make money.

Still, the claim that FireClean is nothing more than Crisco is not one to be taken lightly by anyone … I sought to undertake my own testing to determine whether or not these claims are true about FireClean. Trust, but verify.

. . .

I contacted a professor at the University of Arizona – a very nice man with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry – and he agreed to help with an infrared spectroscopy test of FireClean and two types of Crisco.

. . .

What did the tests show?

FireClean is probably a modern unsaturated vegetable oil virtually the same as many oils used for cooking.

I don’t have the time, ability or money to test the myriad gun-cleaning/lubrication chemicals out there.  I still utilize Hoppe’s #9, WD-40 and Remington gun oil for crissakes!  And that runny white stuff for ARs…

And lithium grease for final lube.

AND, I no longer have the firearms I used to have on which to test such things.

I DO like some of the ads I see for modern, high-fallutin’ compounds, though…

Which is why I appreciate Bayou Renaissance Man and Andrew Tuohy!

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About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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2 thoughts on “Snake-Oil Salesman?

  1. I don’t know enough about the chemistry to determine if a non-petroleum based product – like Fireclean – which obviously comes from sources that can *only* be plant, animal or synthetic based, ( what’s left to make it?), would test out the same as a veg oil.
    They have patents. Now maybe that’s based on adding PTFE or other chemicals to the mix, thereby justifying the patent but I certainly don’t have enough education to say one way or the other.

    It will be interesting if this story has legs or just fades away.

    Posted by KM | September 15, 2015, 10:28 pm

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