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Gun Grease

Hoppe's No. 9 Gun Grease, 1-3/4 oz. Tube
  • Specifically compounded for protecting idle firearms
  • Perfect for storage
  • 1.75 oz tube
  • Displaces metal "sweat" when applied to bore and exterior

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Gun Grease and Its Effect on Your Firearm

Gun Grease can be a very desirable gun lubricant for shooting, primarily if you use your guns often. Gun grease also has a fascinating history behind it: during the First World War, gun grease was used as an agent to reduce the friction between the bullets and the barrel, reducing the wear and tear on the gun. Gun grease was also used as an agent to stop the primer from blowing during a gun malfunction, reducing the potential problems with a blown primer or misfire. The grease, Gun grease, can even be used in non-firearms today in the same way as it was used during the war. However, this greasing agent is no longer preferred for gun lubricants, as it tends to damage plastic parts when used excessively, making them unusable.

Gun Grease tends to resist normal cleaning methods because it forms a thick film that can only be removed by extremely high-pressure steam cleaning or a powerful solvent, most likely a very strong sulfur solution. Some firearm enthusiasts prefer gun grease for its excellent thick grease properties, including being excellent for long-term usage and remaining intact even in adverse conditions. In either case, Tetra Oil-based lubricant is preferred by many professional gun owners and technicians.

It is not surprising that gun grease also has a greasiness to it. Like all oils, gun grease has an oily feel when it comes into contact with the various moving parts inside a gun. If you clean the moving parts regularly (as recommended in the owner's manual), there should not be much problem with greasy build-up. If you clean the moving parts occasionally, say once every few months, then the greasy build-up is more likely to cause problems, particularly if the gun is frequently used, especially if it is loaded and unloaded without the lubricant having been reapplied. If the grease accumulates, then the moving parts may become clogged with gun grease and therefore stop working, failing the firearm. This can be very hazardous, so it should be well worth regularly checking that the moving parts of your firearm are free of grease build-up.

The main reason why gun grease causes problems is that it attracts grease to it. Gun lubricants have a greasy feel to them, and grease naturally adheres to moving parts, including moving parts such as gears and barrels. Since the lubricant is usually quite thick (and often contains several chemicals such as silicon), it attracts the greasy build-up, which results in a blockage and subsequent failure of the firearm. Grease build-up can also cause tiny abrasions on other surfaces of your firearm, making it unfit for use and posing a fire hazard.

Synthetic Gun Lubricant is a convenient and cost-effective solution to the problem of gun grease. Not only does synthetic grease reduce gun grease build-up, it also prevents rust from forming on the moving parts of your firearm, as well as from collecting on the moving surfaces of the case or magazine. Synthetic lubricants provide an easy and reliable way to increase the longevity and operation of your firearm. These lubricants do not contain any dyes, oils, or metals, so they are suitable for guns that utilize paintballs.

It is known that gun grease is vital to the proper functioning of your firearm. If you did not properly maintain your gun grease and other lubricants, your gun could cease to function and may even turn in a fatal direction. Greases cause problems with other moving pieces of your firearm, such as gears, moving parts, barrels, and cases. Greases also cause problems for the inner parts of the firearm, including trigger groups, moving parts, etc., and can damage the metal parts of your firearm.

Regardless of what type of gun you have or where you purchased it, there is a good chance that you may have gun grease or gun oils remaining on them. In some cases, this gun grease and oil are essential for proper and safe use, as it provides lubrication to the moving parts of your firearm. In other cases, this gun grease and oil can cause problems for the gun. Synthetic gun oils are available to provide the best lubrication, as they have been specifically formulated to keep your gun's moving parts running smoothly. These gun oils also reduce the likelihood of rust forming on your moving pieces, as well as on the case or magazine.