Weapons Grade Synthetic Lubricant
A test and evaluation report by Hugh G. M. Love & Don Smart
|SYNTHETIC OILS and greases were viewed with some suspicion by engineers and artisans for many years. Today almost all highly stressed, fast moving machinery is lubricated by very expensive. sophisticated man-made products which out perform their natural counterparts many times in reliability at extreme pressures and temperatures. |
It is not very surprising that some of this super lube has found its way onto the shelves of our local gun shops. MILITEC gun oil is the latest produce of the alchemists' laboratories, and comes with some excellent reports from the United States. The US data concludes with some remarkable claims - increased velocity and significant shrinking of group size. We resolved to put it to our own testing procedures to see just how good it really is.
Our test samples of MILITEC - 1 came in 1 fluid oz. plastic dispensers. The oil being of amber colour and having that unique scent common to all synthetic oils and greases. A little of the oil pressed between finger and thumb to test the basic feel of the product became slightly annoying as it took some five hand washings to remove the tenacious fluid from the finger and thumb. An excellent point to have in a weapons lubricant! If it stays on the firearms as well as it survived on
|my digits... Evaluating weapons lubricants is a necessary but not very exciting part of a reviewer's task. In recent years a standard set of test procedures have been established to ensure a continuity of results which is biased towards the application of the product in everyday use by the shooter. |
Test procedures are in three stages
Protection offered to carbon steel (blued or browned) weapons against oxidation.
Rust in all its various forms must be the most common destroyer of ferrous artifacts prized by man. The feelings of total dismay when the first rust spot is discovered on a favourite weapon are never forgotten. All tests in stage one are devised to allocate a rust prevention factor to the product under review.
Weapons Grade carbon steel discs are cut, polished and blued. These discs are then coated with lubricant and subjected to various corrosive and oxidizing agents. The time the lubricant takes to break down under attack and rust to appear decides the Factor number to apply. Higher numbers indicate the best results. To accelerate the breakdown of the applied test lubricant the
|method used include: resistance to salt water spray: normal weathering exposure to varying strength solutions of nitric acid, and weak solution of hydrochloric acid. |
Tests in this stage to evaluate protection against oxidation (rust) were very encouraging. Control media used in rust tests is a proprietary industrial slush and is rated for test purposes at 30. Experience has shown that this product will protect bright (i.e. unblued) steel machine parts against corrosion for many years. Our expectation of the sort of rating for gun oil applied to test discs at 4. An average rating of 8-9 across the tests would be considered to be outstanding.
MILITEC performed as follows:
The "across the board" average was 9 - this is, as has been said, an excellent result.
Lubricating Properties of oils and greases are
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