Whether you enjoy it or not, cleaning your firearms after each use is absolutely necessary for the preservation and maintenance of the gun.
Cleaning your guns is generally a fairly enjoyable task, but when you shoot frequently it can begin to seem a bit tedious to make sure each firearm is clean and properly lubricated.
Luckily, Swab-Its Firearm Cleaning Products has recently come-out with some products that are incredibly innovative and practical for a quick and easy cleaning of any gun.
I got the chance to try several new Swab-Its products, including their Bore-whip, Bore-tips, and Gun-tips. I was very pleased by their products for several reasons – they are extremely quick, clean, and easy to use, and they are also able to be washed and reused.
The Bore-whip is basically a one-piece plastic cleaning rod, with a foam tip. It’s very durable because it has such a simple construction. The long plastic whip can be bent and twisted and will still not break. It can be articulated through the barrel or chamber of a gun, and can be used over and over again. Like all the other products made by Swab-Its, the tips are washable, and fit the bore perfectly. The foam tip is able to cover the entire inside of the bore evenly. It cleans in a way that the traditional cotton patches just wont match. Another aspect of these foam tips is that they don’t leave the fuzzy residue that cotton does.
Bore-tips are my favorite piece of cleaning equipment by Swab-Its. They are screw-in tips for use with pretty much any standard cleaning rod. This way, I can use my Bore-tips with the same cleaning kit I have been using for years. Once again, like all their other products,the foam tips are great. As opposed to having a plastic base, these are polypropylene, giving each Bore-tip a very strong construction, rigid threads, and the ability to be disposed. These are great to just throw in my pack along with my backcountry cleaning kit. They give my bore a quick and complete clean with a single pass through the barrel – sometimes that is all I need after a long day in the brush. The peace of mind of a clean bore goes a long way with me.
There are a lot more parts to a gun than just a barrel. In fact, if a bore is cleaned too frequently, then there’s a chance to foul the barrel. However, there are many other parts of a firearm that need to be cleaned and lubricated often. That’s why Gun-tips are Swab-Its’ answer to cotton swabs. Gun-tips are unique because not a ton of companies even make something like this. They are an array of foam swabs of all shapes, sizes, and lengths. I could see these being most useful for use of a semi-automatic gun, or just a gun with multiple moving parts. I cannot really see myself bringing more than one or two small Gun-tips on a trip, but I definitely like having them in my gun cleaning arsenal. They are best for getting into tight spots on an action or receiver of a gun. When cotton swabs would get caught and torn up on sharp corners, these things are extremely clean and allow the user to be very precise.
When I first saw these products, I was in fear of another company that uses tons of plastics and foams in a disposable cleaning kit. I did not expect these products to be 100 percent reusable and washable.
The construction of these products are rugged enough for just about any trip, and they are extremely light as well. My only concern is for folks who buy tons of these and then end up using it like they would a disposable kit. That would just add to the plastic problem that our world is currently experiencing.
If Swab-Its made all of their products in a form that minimizes the use of plastic or oil-based construction, then I think they’d have the perfect product line on their hands. But until then, they do have a pretty incredible idea with these cleaning tools. The idea of a completely washable and reusable foam tip that fits your bore perfectly is great, and I really enjoyed using all of these products.
Big Sky Overhead Rack
For a variation on the rear-window theme, consider an overhead mounted rack. One of the best is produced by Big Sky because it’s equipped with padding at the stock, handle and most importantly the scope. Fastened down with Velcro, a rifle in this rack isn’t going anywhere. It’s also more concealed in the overhead position and can still be easily accessed. MSRP $69-$89
Now here’s a rack that requires no installation. Simply slip the two components of the Cabela’s Hunter TackleBack behind the seat backs of the two front seats and you’ve got a readymade gun rack, bow holder and supply storage device. The best part is when you’re not using this rack, it can be easily removed. This rack also has the added bonus and making your guns easily accessible and well-padded to avoid any damage. MSRP $29
Rugged Gear Removable Floor-Mount
This rack puts the guns right at your disposal. With the Rugged Gear Removable Floor-Mount Compact Gun Rack, two rifles or shotguns can be mounted right next to the gear shift. This setup might get in the way for some drivers and could obscure your view a little, but it puts your guns at an easily accessible position and you’re able to keep tabs on them at all times. This mount can also be removed and assembled on an all-terrain vehicle. MSRP $79
Behind the Seat Rack
Probably the simplest solution to portable gun storage is the DU-HA Under/Behind-Seat Storage rack. Simply a bin that you can put fit a couple full length rifles or shotguns along with any supplies, this rack is one of the most concealed racks on the market. Able to stow under the back seat or behind the passenger seats, this rack will keep your guns safe and secure even when you’re away from the rig. MSRP $29-$179
Rackbone by Condition Zero
For all you assault weapons enthusiasts, the Rackbone by Condition Zero is just for you. This stout mounting device can be installed overhead, behind or across the seat back. Milled from aluminum and hard-coat anodized black, this rack is as rugged as the weapons it’s meant to hold. The rackbone also comes with accessories depending on what type of gun you pan to mount. MSRP $189
Pistol Clamp Mount
Since we haven’t covered pistols yet, here is a rack specifically designed for concealed handguns. With the Pistol Camp Mount by Condition Zero you can holster your pistol along the side console of your pickup, on the inside of the door or along a handlebar. Due to the universal clamping system, this device can be mounted just about anywhere. MSRP $89
Door Mount Pair
Here is a rack specifically designed for an open door setup. This Door Mount Pair rack by Condition Zero looks like something you’d have on an African big game hunt. Created from solid steel and powder-coated, this rack easily slips into the door hinges, putting your weapon right at your fingertips when you need it in a hurry. MSRP $395