Break Free CLP ?


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chetrogers
March 12, 2014, 10:50 PM
I am going to be getting back info firearms, and I see a product a lot on the internet. The product is called Break Free CLP. From what I am seeing that it will clean your firearm. Then after you clean the barrel and parts, you can leave the lubricant/preservative. Looks to me like in all in one type product. Does anyone know if this stuff works. I like the easy part, but if its not good I don't want to purchase it. Thanks for your time.

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1911 guy
March 13, 2014, 12:03 AM
I still prefer a good solvent. Breakfree is a decent lube and it will clean, but not as efficient as a decent solvent.

Drail
March 13, 2014, 01:04 AM
It's nowhere near as good as the original Breakfree CLP that met the old Mil Spec but it's not bad. Safariland bought the brand name and "improved" it. I wish I would have bought a couple of gallons of the old stuff (had a buddy in the USMC back in the 90s who could "appropiate" it for us in 1 gallon jugs). The only CLP currently on the civilian market that meets or exceeds the new Mil Spec is G-96 CLP. I haven't tried it yet but reports are very good. There is a company called Royco that still produces the old formula CLP but only sells it in 6 gallon buckets and 55 gal drums to the industrial market and the military. (I read that the State of California and the EPA had a problem with the original formula) You can find Royco CLP repackaged in small bottles once in a while on Ebay. The new Breakfree CLP still works pretty well but Safariland has removed the Teflon that the old CLP had in it. It doesn't seem to cut powder fouling as quickly (no big deal for me) but it is still a very good lube and I have had no corrosion problems on any guns using it so far. The G 96 CLP is more expensive but it could be worth it. I plan on picking some up as soon as I come across it at the gun shows. Ask anyone who served in the military about the old Mil Spec CLP. I know the Marines loved it. Especially the guys on the machine guns. It was very good stuff and it really did clean, lube and protect.

DM~
March 13, 2014, 09:10 AM
I guess I'm still using the "old" CLP, but I absolutely love the stuff.

I've used it in everything from below zero in the Alaskan bush, to the heat of the deserts in Texas and parts inbetween, I only have good things to say about CLP.

DM

herrwalther
March 13, 2014, 11:46 PM
The only thing I like about the new Breakfree CLP is the aerosal can and it is easier to find than the older formula. Did manage to swipe a gallon of the old military formula when I was picking up my new uniforms for the year. Will have to have a reason to open it eventually.

Milkmaster
March 14, 2014, 02:48 PM
I have to agree with Drail on the newer Break Free. I bought a couple of aerosol cans thinking I was buying the same stuff I had previously used. It is Okay, but nothing as good as I had become accustomed to before. I will use up the cans I have but mostly now I have just went to Ballistol. Makes for one can does all for my uses. So far I haven't had a problem with it.

Nick Burkhardt
March 14, 2014, 03:31 PM
A can of BreakFree CLP goes in my range bag for a quick after practice cleaning. For deep cleaning BreakFree also makes a citrus based PowderBlast which smells like oranges which I use on my shotgun. I like BreakFree CLP better than RemOil for lube but for my concealed carry I use a Synthetic Grease with Syncolon so I don't have to worry about the CLP running off and staining my clothes.

chetrogers
March 14, 2014, 06:37 PM
I appreciate the posts. I bought a can of Break Free CLP. Gonna clean my .45 tonight. I assume that when im done cleaning It is it ok to use a cotton swab to preserve the firearm. I don't want to make it really wet , but enough.

Drail
March 14, 2014, 07:19 PM
A very thin film of oil is all that is necessary and yes, you can apply it with a Q tip. I like to use a small brush, it gets into the nooks and crannies and doesn't leave "fuzz" from a rag or Q tip. It does not need to be dripping with oil. It is more economical and much less wasteful to buy CLP in non aerosol containers and use by the drop instead of spraying it everywhere. A 4 oz. bottle should last quite a while.

Goju
March 14, 2014, 08:32 PM
Unless there is some need for space saving (travel, or gear bag, etc) or need a product for temporary maintaince, I see no reason to utilize a CLP product for primary maintainence - as they are invariably a jack of all trades, master of none. My firearms are to valuable to me to entrust any aspect of maintainence to a mediocre performing product. Especially when there are many great products out there that excel at a specific task. YMMV

AWorthyOpponent
March 14, 2014, 09:16 PM
Wouldn't use cotton swab...might leave behind fibers. I use microfiber a cloth to wipe off excess/polish them up.

BigG
March 14, 2014, 09:28 PM
It's nowhere near as good as the original Breakfree CLP that met the old Mil Spec but it's not bad. Safariland bought the brand name and "improved" it. I wish I would have bought a couple of gallons of the old stuff (had a buddy in the USMC back in the 90s who could "appropiate" it for us in 1 gallon jugs). The only CLP currently on the civilian market that meets or exceeds the new Mil Spec is G-96 CLP. I haven't tried it yet but reports are very good. There is a company called Royco that still produces the old formula CLP but only sells it in 6 gallon buckets and 55 gal drums to the industrial market and the military. (I read that the State of California and the EPA had a problem with the original formula) You can find Royco CLP repackaged in small bottles once in a while on Ebay. The new Breakfree CLP still works pretty well but Safariland has removed the Teflon that the old CLP had in it. It doesn't seem to cut powder fouling as quickly (no big deal for me) but it is still a very good lube and I have had no corrosion problems on any guns using it so far. The G 96 CLP is more expensive but it could be worth it. I plan on picking some up as soon as I come across it at the gun shows. Ask anyone who served in the military about the old Mil Spec CLP. I know the Marines loved it. Especially the guys on the machine guns. It was very good stuff and it really did clean, lube and protect.
Thanks. I asked the same question a while back on some firearms site and got a bunch of happy talk about "no difference." I can tell you guys are much more into shooting like I am because the newer Break Free CLP is totally bogus compared to the teflon containing product and the military issue stuff we got back in the 70's.

carbine85
March 14, 2014, 10:37 PM
I use Breakfree as one of my lubricants. I still use Hoppes for cleaning and RIG to wipe down and preserve. I also use BreakFree in the barrel for storage.

Scott1964
March 15, 2014, 10:57 AM
Chet,
Buy a small quantity of CLP and try it, I think you will like it.
I have 2 gallons of it and I think it is great.
We used in in the Army like it was going out of style.

Sorry to hear about you having a stroke, I know it is frustrating but keep driving on.

Fremmer
March 15, 2014, 12:38 PM
The "new" breakfree CLP works just fine. It cleans well, and so far it is preserving finish just fine. I like the convenience of a one-step cleaning/oiling.

Drail
March 18, 2014, 09:49 AM
Yup. But I miss shaking the bottle to mix the Teflon back in. (shake it mama!) The new stuff is still better than a lot of the crap on the market. I have run 1000 rounds in one afternoon with the old CLP and when the gun was torn down there was still plenty of CLP on the rails and the barrel. And I have never seen a speck of rust on any of my guns that had nothing but a thin coat of CLP on them. A lot of people refuse to believe that Breakfree CLP will clean, lube, and protect, but it does.

skoro
March 18, 2014, 11:37 AM
I mostly use CLP to lube and to coat the finish on my non-SS firearms. It'll do a decent job of cleaning on a not-too-fouled weapon, but I normally use Hoppe's for that job.

romulus
March 19, 2014, 08:20 PM
I guess I'm in the minority but I find that Break Free seems to improve with every new formulation. However Safariland moved from all syn PAO basestock to semi synthetic, and there's no way of knowing if that affects the lubricating properties...

Captains1911
March 20, 2014, 03:16 PM
It serves 3 purposes: Clean, Lubricate, Protect. It does an ok but not great job at the first two, but it does an excellent job at preventing corrosion. I prefer Slip 2000 because it's non-toxic.

readyeddy
March 25, 2014, 12:19 AM
It's good but get a solvent bore cleaner to remove copper.

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