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Clean Up Your Act

With some elbow grease and the right products, it’s easy to keep your sidearm in tip-top condition.

August 01, 2004  |  by Dave Douglas

Birchwood Casey

Birchwood Casey has been making outstanding gun cleaning products since 1948. Its take-along Gun Maintenance Kit delivers everything you need to keep your gun looking and working like new. This is a really handy kit to keep at home or take with you out in the field. The kit includes a complete selection of Birchwood Casey’s quality chemicals and cleaning products, and virtually everything else you need to maintain your firearm’s accuracy.


I waited until my kids were grown and out of the house before I bought my first premium quality set of tools. Dewey Manufacturing Products gun care supplies are in the same category. The company makes the Rolls Royce of gun cleaning tools. Dewey’s cleaning rods are nylon coated or brass to prevent bore damage and the rod rotates on ball bearings contained within the screwdriver-type handle. Dewey offers a 6-inch Handgun complete cleaning kit. It contains an all-caliber looped rod and an all patch loop, half an ounce of Shooters Choice oil, a benchrest-style bronze brush, cotton flannel patches, mil-spec double-ended nylon cleaning brush, silicone cloth, and a brass muzzle guard. Dewey’s handgun rod is the perfect size for law enforcement guns and it’s also perfectly balanced. Dewey even makes a 40mm brush, mop, and rod for your tactical unit’s gas launchers.


The new Hoppe’s Elite technology was originally developed to clean the $28 million F-16 fighter for the U.S. Air force. It penetrates the pores of metal through a non-toxic solvent base. In fact, a firearm treated with Hoppe’s Elite is cleaner than when it shipped from the factory, and the company says the stuff is so non-toxic that you could drink it. I don’t want to drink it and neither should you, but one of the great things about Hoppe’s Elite’s non-toxic formula is that it doesn’t have a smell, chemical or otherwise.

KG Industries

KG Industries, formerly Kal-Gard Coating and Manufacturing Corp., not only makes just about anything you might need to put on your gun, it makes it very, very well. Some of the best gun finishes available on the market today have a big KG right on the label, including KG-1, KG-2, KG-3, KG-4, etc., which when used in conjunction comprise an excellent cleaning system. KG’s superb quality is why gun makers like Accurate Arms Inc. and Browning Corp. use KG products in their research and development departments as well as in their factories. Most of the KG products were developed and improved by the people who use them. For example, when KG’s customers decided they needed a product that would attack copper and not contain ammonia, KG developed KG-12.


Since 1985, it has been MIL-COMM’s mission to provide shooters with some of the highest-quality lubricants, sealants, and specialty coatings. MIL-COMM’s TW-25B and its sister formulas deliver solid performance. TW-25B is an outstanding all-purpose, non-toxic lube that provides protection from extreme operating temperatures, corrosion, high pressure, and excessive loads.

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