Frog Lube Review
A few months ago I made a Christmas purchase for my stepfather. He’s a difficult man to purchase gifts for, and I am always looking for something besides the standard box of shells. This year I had been reading in the forums about Frog Lube and how some people love while others hate it. I figured “What the hell?”, let’s grab some and see what it does!
I purchased some for my stepfather and some for myself. When the package arrived I read the instructions and placed the product to the side. No time to go through this lengthy process just to try out a new gun lube, sorry Froggy, you just got bounced.
When Spring started poking it’s head up out of the snow I decided it was time to knock some dust off the gun cabinet. I pulled out the guns and commenced to giving them a good cleaning. As I was grabbing all of the cleaning equipment I spied the bright green Frog Lube CLP sitting in the back. After a few seconds of thought I decided to go ahead and try it out, since I was already about to go through a complete cleaning anyway.
Cleaning – First Impressions
It took me about 3 hours to completely clean (using the Frog Lube Solvent) and then re-lubricate my guns using the Frog Lube paste and CLP. Honestly the process isn’t too bad, just takes some time and makes you smell like Pepto Bismol. Cleaning the old gun grease off the weapons with the solvent is necessary as the Frog Lube does NOT play well with other products. Mixing the two creates a very nasty paste from what I have heard. Applying the paste is time consuming because you have to heat the metal parts of the weapon, apply the paste and then wait for it to cool and dry. Once this is done you run a clean microfiber towel over it and “buff the paste” away.
Although I wasn’t pleased with the whole process, it really didn’t add any significant time to my normal process of cleaning and re-lubricating my guns. I probably would have finished 30-45 minutes earlier had I not been doing the Frog Lube, but that’s not really that much time if the product works as reported.
On the Gun Range
Out on the range the Frog Lube proved itself in moderate testing. I am not as wealthy as I would like to be so I don’t have thousands of rounds to blow through every time I go down range. That being said I put approximately 6 mags through my pistol and another 6 through my rifle. I didn’t get a chance to bring out the shotgun but after seeing how everything else performed, I am sure it would have been fine. I didn’t have a single issue with the Frog Lube. It worked perfectly fine on that day with temperatures in the low 30’s and it has worked fine since then as well. There were no FTF, FTE or mag issues that I can remember.
After the Gun Range
The biggest bonus of the Frog Lube is AFTER you go shooting in my opinion. You see, Frog Lube is INTENDED to make your firearms function properly, so saying that it works is kinda like thanking a car salesman for selling you a car. IT’S THEIR JOB! However, something the Frog Lube does that I haven’t found with other gun cleaners is it makes your gun easier to clean after a day at the range! Seriously, I wiped down my guns in less than 5 minutes after leaving the firing line and they were pretty much clean! A couple of bore snakes later and I could have thrown them in the gun locker and been done with it for a while!
The Negative Reviews
So why does Frog Lube get a bad rap at some forums? I think it’s a couple of reasons. The first reason is people talking about something with which they have no personal experience. They’ve never used it before, why should they use it now? Their <insert product here> has always worked just fine they don’t need no fancy green cleaner with a pretty smell!
Secondly it’s the dreaded “process”. This is the biggest crap excuse of all of them to talk bad about Frog Lube. EVERY gun cleaning you do is a “process”. The fact that you have done it enough that you remember it easily doesn’t matter. Maybe you are doing it wrong and Frog Lube is bringing that to light when you are faced with the fact that NOT doing this right might cause failures. If anything, making you concentrate on doing it is liable to make your gun cleaner than it has been in years!
Lastly I think it is bravado. This is a new product that comes across as being a “green technology” so the manly men of the gun world couldn’t possibly use it. I have seen lots of people saying things like “Forget the Frog Lube, I’ll use this same old <insert name here> and be just fine!” As a matter of fact, it gets so absurd that people start talking about axle grease and brake fluid being just as good for their rifles as the highly prices, hippy dippy Frog Lube. What a freaking joke.
My Opinion on Frog Lube
This stuff is good. Is it perfect? No way. Is it easy to screw up? Sure. Does it work the way it says it works? As far as I can tell this stuff lives up to the hype. Quick searches online of people torture testing this stuff on reputable sites prove it out as well. In my opinion, this is a good product.
Lastly this product has something the other gun cleaning products doesn’t have, an FDA approval. Whereas all of the other gun cleaners are not only smelly and messy, they are dangerous if ingested or something even if soaked into your skin, Frog Lube is completely safe and can be eaten if one so desires, (I don’t recommend that).