Hi, my name’s Ben, and I used to be a Hoppe’s No. 9 addict. That and Rem Oil were the only CLP products I used on my guns. The toxic, noxious fumes of Hoppe’s mixed with the motor-oil-like film of Rem Oil were my cleaning ritual. Until I discovered the world of non-toxic CLPs. I’ve used Frog Lube for over a year, and I love that minty miracle cleaner. I didn’t believe the hype until I tired it for myself. And I never went back to Hoppe’s.
So when I discovered Tec-Shield Elite, I was again skeptical. An odorless, non-toxic CLP in a simple spray bottle? I wondered how much scrubbing I would have to do to actually use the stuff to clean my Glocks. And a “dry lube?” Not my style.
Then I tried it on my Timberwolf. First, I cleaned Pauline with Tec-Shield to remove the Frog Lube and any leftover fouling. This pre-treatment was easy. I just sprayed Tec-Shield on an old cotton rag–I haven’t used cleaning patches since meeting Frog Lube–and wiped down the metal parts of the gun. The spray actually has a very slight “clean” smell to it–not chemically by any means. And it sprayed on thin, like water. And it didn’t seem to leave any “oily” residue on the gun. I wondered how well it would actually lube.
Then, I took Pauline to the range. I shot only about 150 rounds of Aguila 124gr FMJs–not the dirtiest ammo, but not clean by any means. I then cleaned Pauline again with Tec-Shield. There was no scrubbing involved. Reminding me of Frog Lube’s miracle cleaning power, a simple wipe down with a cloth wet with Tec-Shield was enough to clean off the fouling. In about 10 minutes, I had a clean gun. And I didn’t smell like a chemical plant. A few sprays is enough to wet the rag, so it seems the 4-ounce bottle will last a long, long time. At about $20 a bottle, it’s not cheap like Hoppe’s–but I’ll take no scrubbing and no fumes any day.
Like an idiot, I forgot to get some before and after pics of the cleaning. Rest assured, I’m headed to the range again today, so I’ll snap some photos for sure. I’m sold on the cleaning power of Tec-Shield, but I wanna give it’s lubrication properties more of a test.