Keep reading to get the details on my Sage & Braker CLP review.
My friend Fred (from FredBohm.com) recently informed me of a cool new type of CLP (Clean, Lubricate, & Protect) developed by Sage & Braker for cleaning guns. He promised that it would be a vast improvement over the military issue CLP I was familiar with and wanted to see what I thought about it. I’ve gotten a chance to test it out, so without further ado, here is my Sage & Braker CLP review.
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Anyone who has ever spent any time in the military is probably pretty familiar with CLP: it’s the solvent and lubricant used for just about every weapon in the military’s vast inventory. You usually see it in large spray bottles that everyone uses to soak their weapons with after a trip to the range. Then, they all spend the next few hours scrubbing their weapons to remove the fouling, dirt, and grime that was accumulated on them. It smells really bad and once you get it on your skin, it’s really tough to get it out. That being said, the military issue CLP works reasonably well.
So what is special about Sage & Braker CLP then?
Well, it’s much better at cleaning firearms than other gun cleaning products I’ve used and I now consider it an essential part of my gun cleaning kit. I’m not exactly sure how they did it, but it is designed to soak into the metal pores on a firearm at a microscopic level for better cleaning than anything else currently on the market. To test this out for myself, I applied some of the Sage & Braker CLP to a shotgun I had previously cleaned with traditional solvents and let it soak for a couple of hours. It was absolutely disgusting how much carbon I was able to get out of the already “clean” shotgun using the new CLP. If you really want a good demonstration of this aspect of it, let your firearm soak overnight with a coat of the Sage & Braker CLP. Just be prepared to remove a bunch of carbon, dirt, and grime the next day!
As far lubrication goes, traditional CLP is a pretty good lubricant. In the Army, the prevailing sentiment at times is that if your weapon is jamming, you just need to put some more CLP on it. Most of the time that works. However, military issue CLP is notorious for attracting sand and dust (which is terrible in places like Iraq and Afghanistan). It will work in dusty climates, but you’ve got to be very diligent about weapon cleaning. Sage & Braker CLP on the other hand, it has an anti-static property that is specifically designed not to attract sand and dust like other lubricants. Once again, I’m not sure how they did it, but it really seems to work.
It is also very good at protecting your weapon. The anti-static properties of Sage & Braker CLP seem to help reduce the amount of lead, carbon, and copper fouling in your weapon after a trip to the range. Less fouling means you can fire more shots before cleaning it without having problems with reliability or risking damaging your weapon. Obviously, this also makes the next round of cleaning easier as well.
To top it all off, Sage & Braker CLP is non-toxic, biodegradable, and made in the USA. It even smells good. Though it’s tough to precisely describe the smell, one guy said in an Amazon review that it smells like “bourbon with a squeeze of citrus” (smell it for yourself to see what I mean). What’s not to like?
If you want to buy some Sage & Braker CLP for yourself, head on over to Amazon or directly to the Sage & Braker web site. It is well worth the money to buy a bottle of this stuff to use on your firearms. It’s really simple to use as well, especially in conjunction with their other gun cleaning products from Sage & Braker like their bore snakes and gun cleaning mat.
Reliability & Durability: 5/5
Size & Weight: 5/5