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Suggestions for compact gun cleaning kit

Post by zombieapocalypsegame » Tue Nov 24, 2015 6:22 pm

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I'm interested in finding a gun cleaning kit that is as small as possible while still retaining the capability of properly cleaning & lubricating pistols, rifles and shotguns.

Most of the ones I have found are downright terrible - the packaging is FAR more tailored to being displayed in a store prominently than fitting in a BOB as compactly as possible.

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Re: Suggestions for compact gun cleaning kit

Post by ineffableone » Tue Nov 24, 2015 9:38 pm

The Otis kits are pretty decent.

Or you could buy all the parts individually or from a bigger kit and put them into a small pouch like a maxpedition or vanquest organizer to build something similar to an Otis kit but more personalized to your needs.
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Re: Suggestions for compact gun cleaning kit

Post by Boom40mm » Tue Nov 24, 2015 11:54 pm

I second the Otis kits but I will very strongly suggest one of the Hoppes green/red pull-through bore snakes as an additional piece of kit. They are way more convenient than punch rods + brush + patches. (though I would keep those with as well)
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Re: Suggestions for compact gun cleaning kit

Post by 91Eunozs » Sat Nov 28, 2015 11:20 am

If you have the cash, it's hard to beat an Otis kit specific to your firearm...or one of their multi-caliber kits.

Truly compact? Cut down brass "toothbrush" and a caliber-specific bore snake wrapped around it. Add in a small bottle of the lube of your choice and you're covered for 99% of any field cleaning that I can think of.

Use anything from scrounged motor oil to ATF/kerosene concoctions if you don't want to worry about carrying lube.
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Re: Suggestions for compact gun cleaning kit

Post by zombieapocalypsegame » Sun Nov 29, 2015 8:55 pm

The Otis kits seem put together pretty well, but they sure have a spotty reputation for being the right size / compatible with a variety of calibers. Was that an early customer response that they fixed, or is it ongoing?

I wouldn't expect to have to buy more accessories when I buy the "all rifle calibers" version of their kit.

I am eyeballing the bore snakes more now, too.

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Re: Suggestions for compact gun cleaning kit

Post by JeeperCreeper » Sun Nov 29, 2015 11:25 pm

I just use the brass rods from a bigger kit and my favorite gun oil wrapped in a rag (I use cut rags to clean the barrels when I'm away from home). Tuck it into a pouch and you're good to go.

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Post by zombieapocalypsegame » Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:28 pm

I was at Walmart today and checked out the Otis kits. They aren't as much as the ones I saw online, so they're a bit more economical than I originally saw.

I'll keep checking them out.

I also found the Winchester compact pistol cleaning kit. I was hoping to find something THAT small for rifle, but it looks like the Otis kit is the smallest one for long guns - at least so far.
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Post by teotwaki » Wed Dec 02, 2015 12:44 am

Lots of new/old stock mil surplus Otis kits on Ebay at good prices.
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Post by teotwaki » Wed Dec 02, 2015 11:20 am

Forgot to ask: what caliber and weapon type?
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Re: Suggestions for compact gun cleaning kit

Post by PistolPete » Wed Dec 02, 2015 11:27 am

If you need a cleaning kit in your BOB, another vote for the caliber specific Otis kits. The biggest thing they lack though is a cleaning rod, and in my opinion a cleaning rod is more important than a cleaning kit in a bug out or emergency situation.

Why? If your gun can't go a couple hundred rounds without cleaning it probably shouldn't be your bug out gun. An AR or a Glock or most modern semi-auto guns can easily go a thousand rounds between cleanings. But however, if you get a case stuck, a squib, a muzzle full of mud or rip off a rim your soft snake cleaning kit won't help. In a BOB if you keep anything, I'd recommend a tiny bit of oil and a cleaning rod. You're more likely to need to clear an obstruction in the field than have to clean the bore and scrub whatever you want to scrub with brushes.
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Post by teotwaki » Wed Dec 02, 2015 12:37 pm

The newer Otis I-MOD kit and the IWCK kit have rods but are a little bulkier. Another option is to buy a surplus GI rod set and add that to the the small round Otis kit
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Re: Suggestions for compact gun cleaning kit

Post by JeeperCreeper » Wed Dec 02, 2015 12:49 pm

I shoot an AK. What's this "cleaning kit" that you speak of??
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Re: Suggestions for compact gun cleaning kit

Post by ineffableone » Wed Dec 02, 2015 1:13 pm

JeeperCreeper wrote:I shoot an AK. What's this "cleaning kit" that you speak of??
You know the thing that is in the spring loaded hole in buttstock of an AK. That little tube of cleaning goodness that goes with the cleaning rod that is under the barrel of your AK. Typically also carried is a small plastic or metal oil bottle that goes in your magazine carrier.

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Re: Suggestions for compact gun cleaning kit

Post by Dabster » Wed Dec 02, 2015 2:00 pm

PistolPete wrote:In a BOB if you keep anything, I'd recommend a tiny bit of oil and a cleaning rod. You're more likely to need to clear an obstruction in the field than have to clean the bore and scrub whatever you want to scrub with brushes.
Does anyone make a better, lighter, smaller, faster &/or more Ninja-like cleaning rod? The USGI model is adequate but I wonder if better exists...
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Re: Suggestions for compact gun cleaning kit

Post by PistolPete » Wed Dec 02, 2015 2:26 pm

Dabster wrote: Does anyone make a better, lighter, smaller, faster &/or more Ninja-like cleaning rod? The USGI model is adequate but I wonder if better exists...
I haven't found one, but I'd love to know if one exists. The USGI units are good enough to clear a barrel, but not great cleaning rods in general.

[EDIT]
Here are two products which may work in place of a GI threaded rod. First is a plastic rod, if it'll bend in a circle it'll bend enough to fit in your pack:
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/934494 ... -32-thread

And here is one made to be carried in the field and deployed quickly, whether it's better or easy to pack than the GI system I can't say:
http://www.brownells.com/gun-cleaning-c ... 25573.aspx
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