Gunsmith Relies on QMaxx to Protect Against Rust and Corrosion, Fight Dirt’s Wear and Tear
by Jim Green, Downeast GunWorks
I’m a Marine Corps artillery combat vet. I served in Desert Storm, which is about the sandiest, grittiest place on earth. Our Marine-authorized CLP (cleaner, lubricant, protection) left a film on our weapons that picked up so much dirt, dust and sand we ended up running our weapons dry without any lubrication. So, yes, I’m sensitive to dirt, dust, grit and sand that accumulate in gun actions. The biggest part of my business when I’m not building custom rifles is cleaning. I get firearms whose guts haven’t seen the light of day since they left the factory. Inside I find years of accumulated carbon build up, dirt and even pine needles. Every gun leaves my shop with a treatment of QMaxx Blu or Black Diamond because it may be years before I see that gun again. QMaxx gives my customers’ firearms a little extra protection.
When I was the gunsmith for Willey’s Sport Center in Ellsworth, Maine, I’d often be asked about gun oil. To answer their question, I spray a little QMaxx on my fingers and go outside and rub my fingertips in the dirt. I invite my customer to feel my fingertips. There’s no abrasive feeling. I repeat the process with another gun oil, and they can feel the grit that always sticks to my fingers.
Water is No Match for QMaxx
Maine’s a wet state. We have rain, snow, ice, lakes, streams and miles of ocean coastline. Rust and corrosion is a serious problem. Some of the guns I see look as though guys had been paddling the marshes with their guns or just left them sitting in a canoe for weeks. But the worst gun I worked on was a Savage Model 24 with a .30-.30 rifle barrel over a 20-gauge shotgun barrel. A woman brought the gun in. It was her boyfriend’s, and she’d slipped and dropped it in a river. Even worse, the river is an estuary for a salt marsh so the water is brackish. For two weeks they searched for that gun, and by the time they found it the stock was swollen and cracked and the action rusted shut.
I wasn’t sure how much of the barrel and action I could salvage, but I worked on it every day. I’d heat the metal up and spray with QMaxx. The low viscosity helped QMaxx seep in, and after about five days I could open the action. I pulled the barrels off and used an old gunsmith trick buffing the metal with gun oil and 0000 steel wool. While any gun oil will work, the QMaxx BLU penetrated down into the pores of the metal, displaced any water and removed much of the rust and corrosion. I sprayed and buffed all the internal parts, and by the time I was finished, all I had to do was replace a couple of springs and the stock.
Putting QMaxx to the Test
The Marines have a lot invested in weapons oil for LAW (light anti-armor weapons) that’s supposed to be pretty good in extreme environments and especially harsh, cold conditions. Although it doesn’t freeze, the PTFE Teflon thickens and gets gummy. So I wanted to test QMaxx ICE under extreme Maine winter conditions.I took a Model 670 Winchester, pulled the barreled action out of the stock, sprayed it with QMaxx Ice and jammed it in a snow bank for a day. When I took it out, I snapped the action back in the stock, put a round in and fired. It didn’t freeze or gum up.
Now I’m thinking of torture testing QMaxx SALT: I’d like to take an old single-shot 12 gauge, spray it down with SALT, tie a string through the trigger guard, walk down to the beach and pitch it in the ocean. Once a day, I’ll pull the gun out, shake it off and test fire. I honestly think it will do just fine.
Cumulative Benefits of QMaxx
I’ve replaced all the gun oils and lubricants in my shop, Downeast GunWorks, with QMaxx because I believe it’s a superior product line. I’ve noticed that the more I use QMaxx the better the protection. It doesn’t cake up or break down under heat and stress. And the more I use it, the easier it is to clean my guns.It’s gotten to where with several of my black powder cartridge guns I don’t even bother running boiling water through them. I just bore snake the barrels, wipe everything down and spray it with more QMaxx.
I use QMaxx around the house and shop especially to keep my tools rust and corrosion free. But it’s my outdoor gear that I worry most about. Two summers ago, I started to use QMaxx Fresh on my fishing gear.
I’m a pretty hardcore fly fisherman, and if I have to get into the river chest deep, I’m game. When I’m fighting a good size trout or salmon, my gear gets wet.
Since QMaxx displaces water, I started using it in my fly reels. I’m careful not to contaminate the fly line with any weird artificial flavors. I spray a few drops of QMaxx Fresh on a Q-Tip and carefully treat the small gears, sprockets and bar spring inside my reel. I’ve noticed that at the end of the season when I break my reels down there is no rust.
QMaxx gun oils are this gunsmith’s Number One choice to fight rust and corrosion and reduce dirt and grit’s wear and tear.
QMaxx is a superior metal cleaner, lubricant and water displacement oil that protects against rust and corrosion.