As a Firearms Instructor, I am often saddled with the responsibility of cleaning longarms after shooting at the range. I also own several handguns which I disassemble and clean following every use. During my time in the Marine Corps, cleaning firearms was a tedious task that was scrutinized in detail that was somewhat ridiculous. White gloves just don't belong on a firearm. But, that's the way our firearms were often inspected. In the past, I have used Hilco Lube wipes to clean my firearms, but I recently discovered Remington Rem Oil Wipes which work just as well.
Recommend this product?
Rem Oil Wipes are easy to use. They come in individually wrapped packages. Each wipe is 6" X 8" which provides just enough product to clean a handgun after average use. A rifle or shotgun will require more than one wipe. When cleaning a handgun, the wipes can be twisted and inserted in one end of the barrel and pulled through the other end to clean and lubricate the inside of your barrel. This does not require the use of a bore punch or patch attachment. For a rifle, the wipe can be cut into smaller pieces to be run through the barrel like a regular patch. On the other surfaces of the weapon, the wipe can be used to clean and lubricate areas where carbon accumulates. This product can be used in conjunction with cleaning tools or by itself. Without the use of additional tools, Rem Oil Wipes will remove the majority of carbon from your firearm. Used regularly, these wipes can prevent build up of carbon in your weapon.
Rem Oil Wipes have protective qualities. These wipes are infused with teflon lubricant. This helps to repel moisture to prevent rust and corrosion. For firearms (like my Glock) that do not require an excessive application of oil, these wipes will provide adequate lubrication for the firearm to function properly. Rem Oil Wipes are intended for use on metal surfaces but can also restore the luster on wood stocks.
Rem Oil Wipes come with a Caution about ensuring the firearm is unloaded before cleaning. I would hope I didn't remind anyone about that. I was kind of surprised at the grammar on a box sold by a reputable company like Remington. The warning says "Make sure firearm is unload before use." There are also warnings about wearing gloves while using this product and not using it to clean cooking utensils. These are good warning to heed...here's why:
The United States starting warning people about the dangers of lead exposure when I was still young. We no longer use lead paint, but ammunition still contains lead. This lead accumulates on the firearm with the carbon. This lead can be introduced into your body without proper care to avoid contamination. Gloves will protect your hands from direct contact with lead. The human body treats Lead as it would Calcium, storing it in your bones. This lead is sometimes leached into the bloodstream with calcium. This can cause contamination in your bloodstream with various health risks. In the short term, high lead levels can cause cognitive issues including memory, attention span, abstract thinking skills and fine motor skills. Later in life, this can lead to faster aging and cognitive decline. I would strongly recommend washing your hands with soap and water after using this product on your firearms to prevent introduction of any lead traces into your bloodstream.
Rem oil is combustible so you should be careful to dispose of these wipes carefully after use. You don't want them to seep lead into any other products you handle, nor would you want them to catch fire. They should be used in a well ventilated area.
You can purchase Remington Rem Oil Wipes at WalMart. I purchased a pack of twelve wipes at WalMart for under five dollars. This seems a little bit expensive for twelve wipes, but not prohibitively expensive. I found these wipes at Amazon for nearly twelve dollars, so WalMart has a far better price.
My overall impression of Remington Rem Oil Wipes is favorable. They are easy to use and make the task of firearms maintenance less tedious. I would rate Rem Oil Wipes four stars out of a possible five.
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