Axelson Tactical – Gun Cleaning Kit Review – Pt 2

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Axelson Tactical recently provided me a number of their new products to test and review. I did a full cleaning using their kit and products. You can read part 1 of the review for my initial impressions.  This review will focus on the Seal 1 performance and second cleaning with the Field Weapon Maintenance Kit.

After the initial cleaning described in part 1, I took my guns to the range and gave them quite a beating. I attended a Military Combat Handgun Class hosted in the Nevada desert. It was a hot, dry day, filled with wind and tons of gritty sand. My magazines and guns landed in piles of sand, over and over throughout the day.  Two guns, six magazines and nearly 500 rounds in one afternoon – it was a busy day.

Time to Clean

I was dreading the extensive cleaning process that would ensue. These pictures speak for themselves.  What a mess!

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Seal 1 Performance

As you can see, there was sand and grit in every part of the gun.  The good news is, I never had a single malfunction related to the grit.  Seal 1 performed like a champ.  Lubrication was never an issue during the class.

Cleaning

Looking at the mess you can see there was a ton of cleaning to be done.  I used the Axelson Field Weapon Cleaning Kit and Seal 1, only this time I used the Seal 1 aerosol as well. I needed a little extra oil penetration and aerosol pressure to clean grit out of the internals. One thing that would have been helpful is a straw to direct the aerosol (think WD-40 red straw).  Without it things got a bit messy with over-spray. Looking at the nozzle, you couldn’t even use a borrowed straw from another product.

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The nylon brush in the kit was very helpful in accessing those hard to reach places and as you can see, everything cleaned up nicely.

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Conclusion

Overall, it was a standard (if not totally tedious) cleaning.  All the carbon wiped off easily and there was no gunky build-up from Seal 1 CLP.

I remain a fan of both products and they have become a regular member of my range kit.  I am also a fan of Axelson Tactical’s customer service.  After reading part 1 of my review, they responded and said they took my suggestions under advisement and are looking into ways to improve.

Axelson Tactical – Gun Cleaning Kit Review – Pt 1

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Axelson Tactical recently provided me a number of their new products to test and review. They provided me two gun cleaning kits featuring Seal 1 CLP products. I have never used Seal 1 and until recently hadn’t even heard of them. But I did have plenty of dirty guns to test it on.

Seal 1 CLP is a is a non-toxic bio-based cleaner, lubricant, protectant product:

  • USDA BioPreferred
  • SDA Certified Bio-Based
  • ASTM-D6866 Bio-Based Tested and Certified
  • Non-Toxic Biodegradable
  • Provides excellent rust and corrosion protection
  • Substantially reduces friction
  • Increases muzzle velocity 3-8%
  • Reduces / eliminates weapon malfunctions-jams, miss-feeds, etc.

In this review, I will cover the unboxing and use of both kits and my initial impressions during cleaning. In the next review I will cover the products performance in the field.

Kit 1: Seal 1 – Complete Gun Care Kit

For more information or to purchase this kit: Visit Axelson Tactical Store

Contents

This kit includes:
1 – 4oz. container of multi-purpose CLP Plus® Gun Care Paste
1 – 4oz. container of multi-purpose CLP Plus™ Gun Care Liquid
1 – Package of SEAL 1™ CLP PLUS® Pre-Saturated EZ-Cloth™ (4 – 6 inch square cleaning cloth Pre-saturated with SEAL 1™ CLP PLUS® paste.)
1 – 12″x12″ square micro fiber cloth
1- Nylon bristle brush
2- Cotton swabs
2- Small pouches of multi-purpose CLP Plus™ Gun Care Liquid

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Kit 2: Axelson Tactical – Field Weapon Maintenance Kit

Contents

This kit includes:
5 – Reusable Foam Bore-tips (.357/9mm, .45, .22/5.56mm, .40/10mm, .30/7.62mm)
3 – Gun tips – Cleaning foam swabs with precision tips
1 – Bore cable
1  – Double-Ended Cleaning Brush (nylon)
1 – Seal 1 CLP Liquid Pen
1 – 1 oz. Seal 1 CLP Paste
1 – Package of SEAL 1™ CLP PLUS® Pre-Saturated EZ-Cloth™ (4 – 6 inch square cleaning cloth Pre-saturated with SEAL 1™ CLP PLUS® paste.)
1 – Lint-free Cleaning Cloth

Feature: This kit has very unique packaging.  It’s tubular shaped and actually unscrews the length of the tube.  This allows the package actually expand if you wanted to add extra items but allows it to be very compact and perfect for a range bag.

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Initial Impressions

All the products seem to be good quality and made in the USA  – which is a huge plus in my book. Seal 1 CLP is also non-toxic and bio-degradable which may be why it smells so good.  It has a slightly sweet minty smell and doesn’t have the off-putting chemical smell of some other cleaners.

Personal note: There are other non-toxic and bio-degradable gun cleaning products on the market.  There is definitely an appeal for this type of product.  For a mom like me, who cleans her guns on the dining room table (don’t judge me) a non-toxic product is definitely preferred. There are other non-toxic  products but they have failed in certain performance tests according to anecdotal evidence. In all honesty, I have never used them. When I researched it, user feedback said it didn’t perform well in cold climates.  Well, where I live at 6,500 ft. altitude we can have brutally cold winters and I shoot year-round.  Cold weather performance is a must for me.

Cleaning

I ran about 300 rounds through my Springfield XD(m) last weekend so it was due for a cleaning.  As you can see in the pics below, there was definitely carbon buildup and lots of residue to clean. I also cleaned my Howa .308 rifle with these kits, but I did not include it in this review in the interest of brevity. If the Seal 1 CLP performance varies in this rifle, I will note it in the Field Testing review.

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Feature: When I opened the bottle of liquid I discovered it has a red plug inside the bottle. This is actually a really nice feature.  If you decide to throw this bottle in your range bag, the plug will ensure you wont have to worry about the cap opening and spilling. Nice!

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I used the Liquid Seal 1 on all the Slide and Frame internals in conjunction with the nylon brush.  I applied the Seal 1 Paste to the Barrel using the foam bore tips and Spring. I wiped down the outside of the frame, trigger, magazine well, etc. with a patch of SEAL Skinz™ EZ Cloth™.

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I let everything sit for about 10 minutes while I was pulled away to help the kids with homework which seems irrelevant but is actually a big deal. Since the Seal 1 products are non-toxic and not “chemical” smelling, my kids were nearby while I was cleaning. And when they needed assistance, I just wiped my hands with a paper towel.  I wasn’t worried about contamination or residue. I also didn’t have to worry about oils soaking through my mat onto the table. I like that!

Results

I returned and began wiping everything down.  Immediately I noticed that the Seal 1 paste I had used had virtually liquefied. Not to a dripping state but definitely not a “paste”.  It had also dissolved all the carbon reside on my Barrel and Spring.  There was very little I had to do other than wipe it off!

The slide and frame internals just needed a few passes with the nylon brush to get in the nooks. Then I wiped everything down with the red cloth that was included, ran a clean patch through the bore, swabbed out the frame and “Presto!” my gun was clean.  See for yourself:

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I used the Seal 1 liquid pen to add a bit more lubrication to the contact point on the slide and frame afterward.  I like how precise you can be with this pen! Puts it only where you want it.

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Impressions

Overall, I was very pleased.  I have always used a liquid or spray cleaner which can be quite messy.  I was very pleased to not have a mess to clean afterward.  You can see how little residue is left on my mat afterward. Seal 1 does make a spray application as well but I did not test it during this round.

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Pros:

  • Smells good
  • Great compact design for range bags
  • Good value and variety for a kit this size (applies to both kits)
  • Bio-degradeable & Non-Toxic
  • Made in USA
  • Good Quality
  • Bore cable vs cleaning rob (personal preference)
  • Foam bore tips in various calibers.  I prefer these to copper brushes.
  • Innovative – Seal 1 Liquid Pen is a winner!

Cons:

I had to get three items out of my standard cleaning kit:

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  1. Cleaning Eyelet for Patches
  2. T-Bar for Bore Cable
  3. Clean cloth patches

None of these items were deal-breakers for me. They are very easy to purchase separately and add to the kit but it would be great if they were included. Hint, hint.

Conclusion:

I was really impressed with both of these kits.  There was a lot of thought put into the products and the packaging on the Axelson Tactical kit is a winner!  I was quite impressed with Seal 1 as a cleaner and I appreciate that it comes in many forms and sizes.

I will be testing this gun on the range this weekend and will write part two of this review regarding the performance Seal 1 in the field. Stay tuned! Read Pt. 2