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Hoppe’s Gun Medic — When a Full Cleaning Isn’t in the Cards

Hoppe's Gun Medic

Once upon a time, there was a day when I used to joke that the criminal who broke into my house never had to worry about infection from a dirty gun, but lead poisoning was a serious concern. That was a time when after the gun went bang!, it immediately took a trip to the cleaning bench. Monthly, the guns came out and were cleaned whether they needed it or not.

Hoppe's Gun Medic
Hoppe’s Gun Medic
There is nothing wrong with being a clean freak—until you have multiple gun safes jammed with more firearms than they were designed for. Cleaning would be a fulltime affair. Besides, just because a box of ammo went through a pistol or your favorite rifle, does not mean it has to be completely stripped, scrubbed, and cleaned. However, that does not mean it is okay to neglect it either.

Hoppe’s has the solution with the release of its new 

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Comments (21)

  1. Reads like a Hoppes Adertisement. Have you used it ? Is it really worth using, or does it just mix with the dirt and gum up your gun.

    1. It is an advertisement, there is literally no way it “Scrubs away powder residue then evaporates away” without some scrubbing on your part and then wiping the grime away.

      Reminds me of an infomercial where they dump a clear liquid into a dark liquid and it magically turns completely clear.

    2. Sean, You don’t believe a clear liquid can be poured into a colored liquid and have it turn clear? Yes, it can be done. Just google phenolphthalein. I would, however, tend to agree with you if it is in an infomercial.

  2. Already in my 4th safe, fortunately no wife to argue.
    At one time I would question “new and improved” till they worked out the kinks in the armor.
    With the advent of new technology comes a new way to care for those very tech advances. It seems that even jet engines would need to be cleaned from time to time and considering the tolerances they are forced to deal with would necessitate a cleaner and lubricant that doesn’t gum things up. Hoppes couldn’t possibly stay in business if they didn’t stay absolutely current with tech and cannot afford to put their name on something that would harm our hardware. Perhaps it’s worth looking into, if nothing more than novelty value.

    1. Just refresh it before you submit your comment, you can do that by clicking the circle with two arrows right next to the math problem.

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  3. Maybe you two should consider a “safe room” with an expanded meaning. You could either remodel and build it in, add it on or build a new house with it built in. It would eliminate the overstuffed/too many safes problem, make your firearms easier to access and give you someplace to work on them. You would also be ready with an emergency location in case of tornadoes, hurricanes or… a zombie apocalypse. Hey, I’m just trying to be helpful!

  4. Looks like it could be great if you were out camping/hiking and brought a gun or 3 to shoot. however, im not sure why you would worry about cleaning guns that have been in a clean safe and have not been fired. and unless you shoot a dozen guns in a single outing it doesn’t take that long to clean with a normal home sized cleaning kit.

  5. keep in mind, every product on the market is there for two reasons. the second being a product that may help you. the first is to make money.

  6. Since it’s “bio-based” I’d assume it did not contain petroleum products which could damage or degrade the chemicals which Polymer (oil-based) guns are made from these days. However, being a plastics guy who works in the injection molding industry I Know that there are polymers which are Completely resistant to oil based lubricants and solvents. Think about the plastic fuel tank and parts in your car. Most cars have intakes made out of polymers. I would believe that Hopps has thought about this through.

    1. Kerosene isn’t good for many plastic, polymer or wood gun parts. Also you might want to add some automatic trans fluid to your kerosene when using it to clean metal parts.

    2. Matt, I don’t know about long term effects of kero on o plastics. But harmful to stocks? I’ve washed many with kero prior to turpentine and boiled linseed oil fonishes. I’m not a chemist, but I believe it’s one of the less toxic petroleum based solvents. Also, I burn it in the winter to keep warm.

  7. I am old and my knowledge of gun cleaning chemicals is largely dated from the ’70’s and before. Obviously, out of date. Anything else, in the way of other products for different purposes you can recommend?

  8. Completely cracked me up reading,”…gun safes jammed with more firearms than they were designed for.”

    This hit home because it is so true for me. I even impress myself with new found skills I’ve developed for remembering the exact special orientation required of each rifle in order to close the safe’s door without anything binding up.

    Don’t know what I’m going to do if I get one more rifle. Debating the cost of a new safe, or attempting the impossible squeeze on more time.

    1. G-Man,
      There is an ebb and flow to my final count due to testing and evaluation guns that are sent and returned, but many more guns than my wife realizes give up their travel visa to become “permanent residents.” However, adding a fourth safe would be noticed and the piece of jewelry she would likely purchase to pay me back would be devastating… It’s going to have to happen eventually though! ~Dave Dolbee

    2. @ Dave Dolbee

      I completely understand the necessity for marital treaties which involve jewelry in order to preserve the balance and peace required for men to pursue their rather expensive hobbies. Such treaties have been entered into within my home as well, but more so for my electronic gadgetries. For when it comes to guns, I am incredibly lucky to have a wife that quite appreciates the shooting sport and would be helping me lug in a new safe. If for anything else, so she could lay early claim to the new safe’s internal real estate for her rifles.

    3. G-Man,
      You are a lucky fellow indeed. My wife is far from opposed to my firearms and worked in the industry (Copy Chief for Guns & Ammo) for over 20 years. I think she just derives watching me squirm when she sees a piece of jewelry and knows she has me over a barrel — keeps things fun. You two have fun shooting together, maybe we’ll see each other at the range some time. ~ Dave Dolbee

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