Top positive review
A great product, enough said.
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2015
I started using Frog Lube in the fall of 2013. Initially, I just wanted to try it out because my wife was just starting to get into shooting, and she hated using the "CLP" products to clean her pistol.
I followed the directions from Frog Lube's website, and "undid" every bit of cleaning I had ever done to 2 rifles. I also did an initial clean and Frog Lube regimen to 2 new pistols (Brand new from factory, never fired). The weapons that were treated were:
1x Colt LE6920 MPBFDE-Anodized
1x Mini-14 With Hogue Overmolded stock.
1x FNH-FNS 40 (New)
1x Ruger SR-9c (New, Wife's pistol)
The initial cleaning (or should I say de-cleaning) of the 2 rifles took a while. I Used Frog Lube's solvent as per the directions on FL's website. I scrubbed the 2 rifles down until I knew for a fact that there was not one bit of oil or grease left on any part of either rifle. This took the better part of 2 hours.The 2 pistols didn't take as long, as they just had factory oil applied, and it was much easier to remove. All weapons (disassembled, only metal parts) were placed on a cookie sheet (wife's idea) and placed in an oven set at 170°F. They were left there for about 25 minutes, and then we started the FL application. Each metal piece was removed from the oven, and coated with Frog Lube. We tried both the paste and the liquid. Each was applied to a microfiber cloth, and the weapon part was wiped down thoroughly.
We found that the paste melted instantly into the liquid form when it touched the hot metal, but that the paste was easier to apply into small areas with a Q-tip (Like in the polymer lowers of both pistols that were not heated in the oven.)
As each part was wiped down, we would set it aside, and grab another part from the oven, and apply the FL to the new part. Occasionally we would check each FL'd part to see if it had cooled enough to handle with bare hands, and we would wipe the excess FL from that part. After the cooled part was wiped down, it was set aside in the "finished pile" and the process continued until the oven was empty. We were very thorough with the FL application...if it was made of metal, it got coated and wiped down. After everything was cooled and all the excess was wiped off, everything was reassembled and function checked.
First trip to the range with all 4 freshly Frog Lubed weapons was without incident, and save for a minty fresh smell on your hands, you wouldn't know that you hadn't used any other weapon lube. It worked just as well as any other lube I have ever used in my 20+ years of shooting. The real difference came when we got home and it was time to disassemble and clean everything. We just wiped everything down. That was it. I cannot begin to explain how easy it was...all the weapons just wiped down (including Bore/chamber and barrel). I ran bore snakes (new ones, no CLP of any kind on them) through each weapon's barrel and each barrel was like new. No scrubbing, no residue anywhere on any weapon...just a wintergreen mint smell that was pleasant compared to anything else I have ever used.
The next test came on a trip to the U.P. of Michigan in December/January 2013/2014. Our family has approximately 200 acres of land with a house that we use for vacations, etc., and I wanted to test the cold weather reliability of Frog lube. I did not plan on the extreme test that we were able to give it, but it worked like a champ. You may remember the "Polar Vortex" of Late 2013/Early 2014...that happened to be the time that we were "up north". We were able to test Frog Lube in -30°F temperatures on several days.
Did the FL solidify? Yep, it sure did. Did it cause any weapon malfunctions? Nope. As we fired the weapons, they would heat up enough to melt the solidified FL, and then as the weapon cooled off, the FL would solidify again. After we came back inside and disassembled everything to clean, we noted the same ease of cleaning as earlier. Wipe everything down, run a bore snake through the barrel, all good.
I now use FL on all of my weapons. Shotguns, Lever actions, Semi autos, pistols, you name it, it's Frog Lubed. I no longer wear gloves when applying FL to anything, it just makes your hands soft and minty fresh, and my wife loves cleaning her weapons now as well. When I'm done wiping down a gun, I use that Microfiber cloth to wipe down the wood stocks and my Lever actions as well.
I cannot comment on long term storage of weapons without firing...the longest any weapon of mine has gone unfired while being Frog Lubed is 6 months. It showed no ill-effects, but then 6 months may not be your definition of "Long Term". I cannot recommend Frog Lube enough...just make sure and follow the directions to a "T". Don't skimp...over clean everything the first time, and it will work. It has for me, anyhow. I now do a fresh "like new" application of FL once a year for all weapons, but I doubt that is necessary...I'll probably switch to just reapplying when I think it needs it.
I apologize for the long-winded review, if anyone has any questions please feel free to ask.