My R&D guy is always looking for things that will make field maintenance on any of our equipment less tedious, and when it comes to our MBR’s, he’s very, very particular, because he knows I am as well.
That said, he did some sniffing around (no pun intended; you’ll understand why later) on this ‘new’ weapons lube (paste and liquid) called, “Frog Lube.”
I was dubious, to say the least. I am of the school that takes a four ounce bottle of CLP to the field and always comes home empty, because I’ve found through long experience, except in the coldest temperatures, that the Stoner platforms run best wet. The wetter the better.
I made him prove it to me.
Now, on my platform, I have a Fail Zero BCG and bolt, and a Nickel Boron upper. Just the Fail Zero is supposed to be able to run dry for 50,000 rounds without a malfunction, so the added Nickel Boron upper makes one believe he’s secure.
I ran my rifle dry for 300 rounds in the above configuration; some at rapid fire rate, some at sustained or slow fire rate. No runs, no drips, no errs, and no malfunctions. Works fine. Still had to scrub a bit when cleaning, but hey, it ran dry in 65 – 70 degree weather with no problems
Then I decided to go ‘old school’ and coat all the inside of the upper and the entire BCG and bolt, inside and out, with CLP. Ran another 100 or so rounds…..wow! Slick, fast, no malfunctions, and easier to clean.
So, my R&D guy keeps bugging me, and I break down and decide to try it. I clean the upper well as well as the entire BCG with the Frog Lube liquid. I wipe it down, then I coat it with the Frog Lube paste and let it set for a day.
Just function checking the rifle I notice a difference in the speed of the BCG moving through the upper.
I do the ‘Spock Eyebrow’ thing.
Then I fire 100 rounds.
Then I clean it by wiping the upper out and the BCG down. Done….save for the barrel.
Wow. And the neat thing is that this stuff adheres microscopically to the material to form a ‘dry lube’ on whatever steel your weapon is made. If you do this all summer, by the time winter comes and you wipe it down to run it dry in cold temps, like the ones we routinely have and train in here, you’ll be golden.
The mind boggles at the possibilities: M-14 type rifles; Garands, HK’s, AK’s, even the SKS could benefit, bolt guns, you name it.
So long as you lube or oil it, you can use “Frog Lube.”
Side benefit: Right out of the bottle or paste container, it smells like ‘wintergreen.’ Yeah, I know….you don’t even have to form the words you are thinking. HOWEVER, it does allow your HH6 units not to get irritated that you’re stinking up your house with various solvents.
Until “Frog Lube,” I was a Sweet’s 7.62, Barnes, and M-Pro 7 guy. Dyed in the wool.
Well, I’ve found a new way to keep my platform functioning in the field. I bought the kit that has a four ounce bottle of each. It also includes a brush and a cloth. Not too bad a price: $25 or so, depending on where you get it. But I won’t use the paste up for at least a couple, maybe three years (and I shoot whenever I can) and the liquid probably in 1/3 less time than that.
So, do yourself a favor, prepared person: Take the gamble and try it out.
We did and fully endorse the product.