Sunday, March 4, 2012

Non-Toxic Gun Care


       Due to Pantheon Chemical taking M-Pro 7 & Hoppes Elite Gun Oils & CLP's down a toxic turn, I'm looking for some new non-toxic gun care products once my stock of M-Pro 7 CLP is completely used up. I'll continue to add(or delete)products as I come across them or find out more information regarding their safety and efficiency.In determining if a particular product is non-toxic........
                    1.) The first thing to do is look at the label itself. If it's truly non-hazardous and non-toxic, then it will be on the label since that is a big plus in any circumstance that the company will want to advertise. According to Gunzilla website "no hazardous chemicals" is what you shoukd specifically look for as that indicates it complies with regulations outlined by the Federal Governement.
                   2.) Second, look for any warnings on the label regarding inhalation of vapors, using adequate venilation, exposure causing brain & nervous system damage, harmful or fatal if swallowed etc. If it's truly non-toxic, it shouldn't have these warnings. (Ballistol has such a warning about ingestion, but according to the company it's actually consumed elsewhere in the World for medicinal purposes, but since it hasn't gone through the legal processes and expense to have it approved here, consumer laws mandate the label. I've poured over the ingredients many times and can find nothing hazardous about it, especially in liquid form which is what I'd recommend)
                3.) Third and most important is too look over the MSDS sheet as this will alert you of any hazardous chemicals. It's true the companies themselves prepare their own MSDS, but they must be law list any potentially hazardous ingredients. If they don't and get caught leaving something out,they will face major consequences. Some companies will tweak the MSDS to make it not sound as bad as it really is or mislabel Health risk ratings, so look up the ingredients listed yourself.

Weapon 3X(formerly Weapon CLP)
Slip 2000 ELW
Firepower FP-10
Green CLP
Pro-Shot 1 step solvent/lube

Shooter's Choice (lots of non-tox products)
M-Pro 7 (Cleaners only)-Gun Cleaner & Copper Remover
Hoppes Elite(Cleaners only)-Gun Cleaner & Copper Terminator
Blue Wonder
Slip 2000
Limbsaver Ecosafe Gun Oil
Militec (referred to this, but haven't read information or MSDS for it yet)

Here's a quote from the Gunzilla website ...

"Gunzilla meets the USDA Bio-Preferred product standards and it contains no hazardous chemicals, is non-flammable, and non-corrosive.  Just because a product says "biodegradable" or "non toxic" doesn't necessarily means it contains no hazardous chemicals. So it is important for the product to say "no hazardous chemicals" because hazardous chemicals are regulated by the federal government. A hazardous chemical is defined by OSHA as any chemical that is a health hazard or a physical hazard. 

OSHA defines a health hazard as a chemical for which there is a statistically significant evidence based on at least one study conducted in accordance with established scientific principles that acute or chronic health effects may occur in exposed employees. Chemicals covered by this definition include carcinogens, toxic or highly toxic agents, reproductive toxins, irritants, corrosives, sensitizers, hepatotoxins, nephrotoxins, neurotoxins, agents that act on the hematopoietic system and agents that can damage the lungs, skin, eyes or mucous membranes. 

Gunzilla contains NO HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS, is non flammable, and non corrosive. It is also air shipping safe and is legal to carry in your checked baggage on an airliner."

Like many people, I use plain white mineral oil to protect my knives, but you seldom see it recommeded for gun use. My knives have never experienced rust or corrosion problems, so I see no reason why it wouldn't protect guns just as well. The same might be said about petroleum jelly/Vaseline as a protectant or gun grease. In fact, if you look up the MSDS for Hoppes lubricating oil, it lists nothing but white mineral oil nor making mention of any propriety ingredients. I contacted the company and they confirmed that White Mineral Oil is all that is in it. I suspect many "gun oils" are simply plain mineral oil. Most people have never considered it, but I've asked several gunsmiths and gun manufacturers and almost all have said it should work fine although it is a bit light in terms of handling friction and heat. It might have some limitations as a lube and it may not offer the best rust/corrosion protection in extreme conditions, but if your not a Navy SEAL operating in extreme environments, you really don't need extreme protection. If you're an average shooter, CCW holder of simply keep a gun for home defense wanting to avoid toxic chemicals, it should work fine and it's obviously non-hazardous. For extended range time where you plan on doing a lot of shooting, you might consider using something heavier and more durable limited in use just during those occasions to deal with the excessive heat and friction. I've even read where some people even clean with mineral oil, effectively using it as a "CLP", but for exceptionally heavy fouling or you don't clean your guns often or immediately after shooting, an alternate product just for cleaning may be considered. 

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