This synthetic lubricant
comes in a convenient 6-ounce aerosol can. Each can has a red plastic
tube attached with a rubber band. The tube enables reaching into
almost inaccessible spots to deposit lubricant without spraying
indiscriminately. One common application for gun owners is inside the
barrel and cylinder of a revolver.
The label claims that it's a lubricant, anti-sieze, penetrant,
and cleaner. It's also non-flammable, according to the label.
This product is an ester synthetic, which means that it's not
refined directly from petroleum, but goes through a proprietary process.
Restructuring the molecules gives some advantages over natural oil:
1. Higher flash point.
2. Higher boiling point.
3. Lower volatility.
4. More temperature stability.
This last point is valuable. It's another term for a
multi-weight oil, which retains the same viscosity over a wide range of
temperatures. In this case, TSI 301 will stay liquid well below the
freezing point of water, and lubricate well above the boiling point of
Field testing was simple: Members of the test panel
cleaned their guns with it after an intensive firing session. It
worked well, when used with the conventional brush and patch. TSI 301,
being both a cleaner and lubricant, eliminated the need to clean first with
a solvent, then lubricate with an oil. Although it's hard to be sure
without a standardized laboratory test method, the impression was that it
cleaned the powder residue off faster than the usual solvent. Despite
using hard-cast bullets, there's always a minimal lead residue, and the
TSI 301 eliminated this too, with a slight amount of elbow grease. In
practical use, it worked well. The only claim not immediately
verifiable was that it dissolves rust. All members of the test panel
kept their guns in impeccable condition, and a speck of rust would be a mark
of shame. This resulted in no rusted guns being available, and
therefore it was impossible to confirm this claim.
Testing for the accuracy of the claim regarding flammability
was simple. Spraying a jet of TSI 301 through the flame of a butane
lighter failed to produce ignition. This product delivers what the
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