What brought me to the board in the first place was looking for "the best" gun cleaner to eliminate carbon without it taking forever, and one of the threads on this site about this came up in a google search. I read Fr. Frogs test page, and I had no reason to doubt his axiom about gun cleaners and lubes, but I would feel very selfish if I kept this to myself, and I would like to see it in stores rather than having to order it.
Dad raised me right. After putting them downrange your first stop is the bench to disassemble, clean, lube, and reassemble.
I've done allot of internet searching, talked to many guys in many gun shops, and tried just about everything out there. Fr. Frog seemed to be right about everything.
Then I tried this: Q20. WD40 knock off? Who knows? Who cares?
I hadn't heard of this stuff, and no one I have talked to had mentioned it. No one on line, and no one in the gun shops. The whole gun community seems to be oblivious (correct me if I'm wrong) to it (except for the US Shooting Team), which I just found endorses it after googling it and going to this website: Q20 Super Multi-Purpose Lubricant - Displaces Moisture, Stops Rust, Protects and Lubricates A guy shooting an AR at the public range had a 2 oz bottle of Q20 in his range bag and I asked about it. He gushed, and told me where I could get it locally here: http://www.qmaxxfulfillment.com (a local distributor). I have no idea if there are distributers in other states, but they may be able to put it through the mail (maybe not).
I looked for it online and the main page came up immediately.
Ok, so it's a superior lubricant. I wasn't really looking for that, but great. I don't usually submerge my guns in water (saltwater), or take them on a cruise, but whatever, I'm glad it's good...
The Black Diamond stuff, with the cleaner in it, IS a "magic cleaner", period. I don't know that whatever is in it is anything different, but paired with the lubricant somehow it works better than I would have thought possible. I sprayed it on, wiped it off, and ALL the carbon came off in one wipe. No scrubbing, no brass brush, no muss, no fuss. I didn't submerge the parts or give it any time to penetrate or work itself into the carbon. What was left was pure steel with a thin layer of lube on it. On the first pistol I cleaned it twice for no reason at all but habit, and I still couldn't believe it was clean that fast and to my standards. Now, I'm sure that if the guns weren't clean before I took them to the range, or had been rusting in a case in the bottom of a closet for years it would not have worked as well, and there would still be scrubbing, but if you take care of your equipment in the first place, and shoot and clean allot, like I do, you need to try this stuff.
Seriously, get a small bottle of it for $10 and try it out. You will be amazed. I would bet you that it will be in every gun shop in a few years (probably at double the price).
I'm NOT a salesman for it or affiliated with it in any way, so keep scrubbing if that's your lot in life. I've just tried about everything claiming to be great, and this stuff actually is. I thought you should know...