Recently, I made a purchase of CLP (cleaner, lubricant, and preservative) to use with my new AR15 build: FrogLube. It appeared to be taking the gun industry by storm, so I looked it up online and found tons of YouTube videos about it. Five hours and a few slices of pizza later, I found myself heading out to my local gun store, Gun Gallery in Jacksonville Florida, to see what other shooters thought about it.
Many of the employees at Gun Gallery are former military, and have been through some of the Magpul Dynamics classes, and I value their feedback on what gun gear works and what doesn’t. The day I went to the shop, I discovered that all but one employee uses FrogLube on their personal weapons. That was enough positive feedback for me to take the leap. I purchased an 8-ounce tub of the paste and headed back home to test it out on my AR15.
What is FrogLube?
FrogLube, according to the manufacturer, is made from plant-based and food-grade components. It was made to be friendly to the environment. As a pet owner, I can appreciate that my CLP is environmentally friendly, on the off chance that one of my pets were to get into it. FrogLube also has a mint smell to it, which is easy on sensitive noses (which is not the case with some of my other gun cleaning products).
How to Use FrogLube
When you first apply FrogLube, it can be a time-consuming process. You’ll first need to remove all petroleum-based lubes on the firearm, then you’ll need to heat up the firearm. When you heat up the metal, the FrogLube paste melts into a liquid, which can better work into the metal of the firearm. This step helps protect the metal against corrosion. After applying, wait about an hour to let it cool, and then wipe off the excess. I like to use two “coats” when first applying, just to be thorough. After that, though, I generally just “touch up” areas of high wear on the firearm. FrogLube lasts for a while because of how it works. When I take my gun out to the range and start shooting, the metal heats up, melting the coating of FrogLube. The liquid CLP helps to keep the gun lubricated while I’m shooting, cutting down how often I need to reapply.
How Effective Is It?
After two applications of FrogLube, and a tough 500-round rapid fire at the range with my AR-15, only stopping long enough to load mags, I didn’t need to stop shooting periodically to lubricate the rifle. My rifle ran smoother than before. Even once the AR was dirty, the FrogLube kept the internals working easily. When I got home and let the rifle cool off, the FrogLube dried, but the rifle still operated smoothly.
FrogLube is a bit more expensive than many of the other lubes out there; the 8oz tub I purchased is listed at $22 on their website. But 55 guns, some mine, some friends and families, five dozen tools, and four pairs of hand cuffs later, I’ve only used a half ounce of the paste. My supply will likely last me a couple of years.
With seeing how effective this CLP is with my gun gear, I’m glad I took the leap and tried something new. FrogLube is a CLP that lasts.
Featured photo courtesy of FrogLube.com