Yeah, I did it (at work).
Cleaning your gun with Brakleen® and WD-40®? Yes, it can be done and I’m here to show you how to do it. There have been many rumors about which cleaners and solvents you should and or more importantly shouldn’t use to clean your firearms. Some claims are validated, and some are just bullshit. Some people swear by CLP®, which is a Military favorite.
Initial application of Brakleen®
I have to admit that every time I open a bottle of CLP® and HOPPES no 9, I can’t help but get filled with the nostalgia of siting in that tight hot musty huddle we used to sit in on the floor in the dayroom while I was in Basic Training. Those where the days right? But even more than that there have been great technological advancements made with firearm cleaning and preservation solutions and two of the best options on the market are Fire-Clean® and Frog-Lube®.
But the real deal is that it all boils down to personal choice. Moreover, I would also like for you to keep in mind that this entry is not about which product is better than the other or vice versa. No, instead this article is nothing more than a testament that you have options – to include unconventional firearm cleaning solutions and or options (like the use of Shaving Cream on Bolt Carrier Groups). So, this brings us to using Brakleen® and WD-40®. The only thing that I can say about using these two products is that they work! Hear me out, seriously.
When using Brakleen® the first thing that I noticed was that the solution was compressed and under pressure in the can, so you know what that means? That upon spraying the solution, by it being compressed and under pressure it will be naturally forced into the crevasses of the gun, at a faster and harder rate as opposed to using a bottle based solution and dipping a Q-Tips® into a solution within the bottle and rubbing it on the firearm components. On top of the that, since the solution is under pressure it can possibly aid in somewhat “flushing” debris out of the crevasses of your firearms.
Internal Components - that's right it BLINGS BITCHES
Another great factor of using Brakleen® is it’s speed of application and its ease of use. When I talk about ease of use all I’m talking about is you Field Stripping the firearm into its basic components (pistol) or breaking down the bolt (rifle) and start spraying the solution. Make sure you utilize the stem (long red straw that can be fitted to the nozzle) by shoving it into the crevasses (hard to reach areas) of the firearm. When it comes to speed your just simply being liberal with the application of the solution when it comes to saturating the firearm with it. But another manifest function is that if you have multiple firearms to clean, especially when it comes to rifles you can significantly speed up the cleaning process.
Now this is not to say that you don’t need a cleaning rag of some sort because you still do. I mean depending on how much you have shot and how long the carbon has been sitting in the firearm you may have to use a wire brush to get the carbon off the metal. But the great news about using Brakleen® is that the carbon that gets built up in the gun seems to “cake up” or “clump” together making it easier for you to clean the remaining carbon out of the firearm. Look I’m a Sociologist not a Chemist – so what I will say is that the solution in Brakleen® appears to turn the carbon into a sort of “dust” that either “disappears” (I could be using the wrong term here) or "cake" that becomes super easy to extract (clean out) of the firearm). I personally love that shit.
Now out of all my years of cleaning pistols the guide rod has always been the most tedious thing to get clean. Not that it can’t be cleaned because I have done it. But it’s too time consuming. So here is when Brakleen® comes in and saves the day. Look here, after one 3 second application of Brakleen® my guide rod came out shiner than the chin of my slave back in the day after a throat fucking (BDSM) LOL. Can I say that? Shit yeah – I own this!
So, with that said I want to briefly touch on the WD-40®. Again, the only thing that I can say about this product is that it works. I would also recommend that you do not over saturate your firearm with WD-40® (or any kind of lubricant- you know better). After you are done, inspect each part for cleanliness, put the firearm back together and perform a Function Check and wipe the firearm down clean. As an added bonus if you can place your firearm in a warm place with no ammunition for a while do it. What this does is help the WD-40® (or any kind of lubrication) to be absorbed by the metal. Just lubricate your weapon system like you normaly do.
Just have to wipe off the Locking Lugs, but look at the Lands and Grooves of that Barrel though.
Be sure to clean your firearm after each use. Oh yeah to all those Safety Nazi’s out there, make sure you don’t have any ammunition present while you are cleaning your firearm and be sure that your Chamber is empty before you start the cleaning process. But, you knew that already – don’t need you being like a lot of Police Officers out here having Unintentional Discharges while they were “cleaning their gun”.