Welcome to the most comprehensive gun cleaning kit guide on the internet. We will be looking at the best gun cleaning kits currently on the market and find out what makes them the best. The gun cleaning kits we’ll be looking at contain everything you need to prevent metal and powder fouling, rust prevention, corrosion, lubricating and more.
You will quickly become acquainted with the various cleaning components necessary to keep your firearm in pristine condition. If you take care of your gun properly, it will not show any effects of old age and will function for many years. However, many people make the mistake of thinking that cleaning and lubricating their firearm before they store it away, it will stay that way. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Your firearm must be taken out time to time and thoroughly cleaned if you wish for it to stay in pristine condition.
The biggest problem many gun owners face with gun cleaning kits is getting cheaply made components or the incorrect gauge or caliber cleaning kit. We have found that many kits come with cheap plastic cases that are difficult to fit all the pieces into. The other problem is having brushes bend or break while cleaning your gun. We have looked at thousands of reviews to avoid these issues and bring you only the best gun cleaning kits that will withstand the test of time.
Anatomy of a Gun Cleaning Kit
Bronze Brush – Each kit comes with a number of bronze brushes. The bronze brush is generally used as a first pass down the barrel to remove heavy carbon buildup. When purchasing a kit pay attention to they materials of the brushes. The best brushes are made from high quality bronze.
Nylon Brush – Included in the larger cleaning kits you will find brushes made of nylon. These are designed for the sensitive parts of the gun, where using the bronze brush may not be a good idea. Nylon brushes are designed to reach carved areas and other hard to reach spots.
Cleaning Swab – Used in the same way you would a brush, the cleaning swab or gun mop, is made of cotton and is designed to remove any left over residue in the barrel. Once you’ve removed all of the buildup, the cleaning swab is great for removing access oil that is in the barrel of your gun.
Cleaning Jag – A cotton cleaning patch is placed in the center of the jag and you are able to get a 360 degree clean with bore surfaces. Most jags are nickle plated or brass, which prevent from scratching the inner barrel. It’s very important to make sure all solvent is removed, as it can dry out and cause the metal to rust.
Slotted Patch Holder – Rather than providing a cleaning jag, many kits will include a patch holder which is designed to perform the same function as the cleaning jag. Used for the same purpose as the jag, you put the cotton on the end and it helps to remove access solvent.
Cleaning Patches – Are dipped in your favorite cleaning solvent and then placed on the end of the cleaning jag or in the slotted patch holder. Then you slowly push it through the chambers and bore with a jag. Patches come in a variety of different fabrics and some are thinner than others, so pay attention to the details when you purchase these.
Cotton Swabs – Are a popular choice for detailing all firearms. The long wood handles make them easy to push down a barrel and you can apply more pressure. Gun cleaning cotton swabs usually come with 6″ wooden handles and cotton tips in packs of 100.
Double-End Brushes – Similar to the brushes that you attach to your cleaning rod, these are toothbrush style brushes that you can use to clean the exterior of your firearms. They come in a variety of different materials, including stainless steel, nylon, and brass.
Cleaning Rods – Possibly the most important tool in your gun cleaning kit, the cleaning rod is used to attach all of the above components. Cleaning rods come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and materials. In our top 5 cleaning rods list, we look at the best cleaning rods and explain what makes them the best.
Cleaning Solvent – This is used to clean, lubricate and protect your firearm, also referred to as CLP. Please refer to our gun cleaning solvent guide to learn how important a good CLP is. Solvents come in a variety of different types and you should familiarize yourself with the different kinds.
Bore Snake – Many people think that only a bore snake kit and some cleaning solvent is all that’s required to clean your gun. Not true! Use a boresnake after firing you gun each time for a quick clean. Each bore snake is suited to the particular caliber or you gun.
Top 5 Universal Gun Cleaning Kits
The universal gun cleaning kits are the most popular because you only need one kit to clean all of your firearms. If you are unsure if a certain kit will clean your firearm we have included the caliber of brushes for each kit. The universal kits are designed to clean about 95% of firearms, which include common handguns, rifles, and shotguns.
You want a universal gun cleaning kit with high quality components that won’t break under the stress of heavy duty use. We have taken the time to look at all of the popular universal kits currently on the market and narrowed our list down to 5. This was not easy because there are so many good brands out there but five of them stand out from the rest
1. DAC Winchester Super Deluxe – Universal Gun Cleaning Kit
Have you ever seen reviews where some people say it’s the best thing ever and then right below it someone complains that it’s junk? With the DAC Winchester Super Deluxe gun cleaning kit, you won’t find any complaints. It comes with a high quality, well-organized carrying case made of nylon, velcro carrying strap, and heavy duty zipper. This may be one of the best reviewed gun cleaning kits, so let’s take a closer look at each of the tools to find out why.
This universal kit includes brushes and mops for 14 different calibers, including:
Small calibers: .17, .204, .22, .243, .270/280, .30
Medium calibers: .357 / .38 / 9mm, .40, .44 / .45
Large calibers: .50, .540
Shotgun calibers: .410, 12 gauge, and 20 gauge
- Each bronze brush has the caliber size stamped on the plastic bottle that holds it.
- 68 piece set which accommodates the majority of firearms.
- Made in the USA using high quality materials.
- Amazing reviews and very affordably priced
- Carrying case is made of high quality nylon with a heavy duty zipper
- Case contains sections for brushed, rods, mops, oil and snake.
- Each section is attached with velcro, so that it can be removed from the case and placed on a table.
Important items this kit does not have include a bore snake, Cleaning Solvent, and Lubricating Oil. These items must be purchased separately. This kit does not come with instructions but you can find tutorials on YouTube regarding how to use everything inside.
Overall this is the best universal gun kit we came across. No gun kit is truly universal and if you have an uncommon firearm you may need a special gun cleaning kit to accommodate you. If you have several common firearms and don’t want to deal with using a kit for each of them, then this is the best option.
2. Otis Elite Gun Cleaning Kit – Universal Gun Cleaning Kit
The Otis Elite Gun Cleaning Kit comes with everything you could possible need to clean all of your firearms. This gun cleaning kit is designed for advanced gun owners and includes one of the most comprehensive assortment of cleaning tools of any gun cleaning kit.
The bronze brushes are very well made with the caliber engraved into the base of the rod. Every tool in this kit has a place to fit in the carrying bag. If you happen to break any of the brushes you can get replacements for a few dollars.
The carrying bag is made of high quality nylon and the zipper is very high quality. The one thing that could possibly be improved is the carrying case. Many people seem to prefer a more durable hard cased bag but I like the nylon bags more. You can use the shoulder strap to carry the bag rather than having to carry it like the hard box kits with the handle.
This universal kit includes 22 caliber specific bronze core brushes, with the caliber engraved on the stem.
Rifle Calibers: .17mm – .50mm
Pistols Calibers: .17mm – .50mm
Shotguns Calibers: .410 – 12/10 gauge
- Twenty-two (22) bronze bore brushes remove copper deposits and other fouling allowing you to clean over 40 different firearm calibers.
- 6 Memory-Flex Cables – 100% cotton cleaning patches, a bore brush, and an all-in-one cleaner, lubricant, and preservative
- Brass Scraper Tool Set- scraper, a locking lug scraper, a straight pick, a pin punch, a nylon end brush, a compact receiver brush and two rod handles
- Lens Cleaning Kit – Clean and protect the lenses on your scopes, rangefinders, laser sighting devices, binoculars, cameras and eye wear
- Two 5-ounce tubes of Otis O85 Ultra Bore solvent.
- All products are made in the USA
The only thing people tend to complain about with this kit is the carrying case. The kit is very compact for being so large and has a lot of components, meaning you can’t just throw everything in the bag and zip it up. You want everything to go back into its place before zipping up the bag.
Additional items you may want to add to this kit would include Hoppe’s No. 9 Gun Bore Cleaner or a different CLP cleaner and 6” Cotton swabs with wooden handles. These are inexpensive items and necessary to add to this kit to make it complete.
3. Ohuhu 28 Piece – Universal Gun Cleaning Kit
Many people prefer the hard aluminum cases and this one looks like something James Bond would use. The foam padding inside of the kit safely holds all 28 pieces, with room for other items such as lubricants.
This set is ideal for beginners who are looking for an inexpensive kit and aren’t in need of a larger gun cleaning kit with a lot of pieces. The brushes are made from high quality bronze.
Overall this kit is much better than you would expect for $20 and has just about everything you need for common firearms. Ideal for beginners that are just starting out and aren’t looking to spend a lot of money or time maintain their firearms.
This universal kit includes 10 brushes and mops for 10 different calibers.
Rifle and Pistol Calibers: 45, 40, 357/38, 17, 30, 270/280, 22
Shotguns Calibers: 10/12, 20/28, 410
- 10 brushes, 5 cleaning brushes, 3 shotgun rods, 3 pistol/rifle rods, 2 slotted tips, 1 accessory adapter, and 1 carrying case
- Nice looking aluminum carrying case weighing 2 pounds.
- Instruction booklet detailing the contents of the kit.
Although the aluminum case is stylish, some people don’t like that the case only opens to 90 degrees. Keep in mind that this kit is one of the least expensive on the market, so you’re not going to get the best quality materials.
The cleaning rods are not the highest quality and there have been complaints of them bending and breaking. Several complaints have been made regarding the riffle components not fitting.
Overall the quality of this kit is a little below average when comparing it with the best gun cleaning kits. Perfect for beginners that are just starting out and don’t want to spend a lot of money on a cleaning kit.
4. Outers 28 Piece – Universal Gun Cleaning Kit
One of the only Universal Gun Cleaning Kits to come in a handsome wooden box, this kit is designed mainly for pistols. This is not a heavy-duty kit that is meant for extreme conditions but does have a large variety of brushes for many different calibers.
This is a very impressive kit for the price. The quality of the components are average and there have been complaints mainly with the rods bending and breaking, which is the occurrence that happens often with the less expensive kits. The bronze brushes are durable and are your standard bronze brushes.
A few complaints have been made regarding the box. It is a bit thin and weighs 1.5 pounds and has 1/8” oak. Perhaps a heavier box would have been nice but again you get what you pay for. Overall, a great kit for beginners who need it mainly for .22 caliber as there have been complaints that it doesn’t fit all sizes with only eight brushes.
This universal kit includes 8 bronze brushes and 5 mops for a variety of different calibers.
3 Brass Rods for: .22 cal and up
Rifle and Pistol Calibers: 45, 40, 357/.38, 30, 270/280, 22
Shotguns Calibers: 10/12, 20/28, 410
5 Cleaning Mops fit: 22-25 cal, 38-.357 cal, .41ga, 28/20ga, 12/10ga
- 8 bronze brushes, 5 cleaning mops, 5 spear pointed jags, 3 brass rods, 3 pistol/rifle rods, 2 slotted patch tips, 1 accessory adapter, and 1 aged oak box.
- Instruction booklet detailing the contents of the kit.
The biggest complaint with this kit is that the cleaning jags are made of plastic and not brass. Many people have said that the rods are too lightweight for leaning shotguns. It seems to be more so designed to clean .22 caliber rifles and hand guns. Many of the parts are made of high quality plastic and not brass or other metal. Also not included in this kit is cleaning lubricant or cotton swabs, which should be purchased separately.
5. Hoppe’s No. 9 Deluxe – Universal Gun Cleaning Kit
The Hoppe’s number 9 kit is a simple 18 piece kit designed for the beginner. This is one of the least expensive gun cleaning kits, so you can’t expect it to come with a heavy-duty carrying case and a lot of pieces. This wooden case is handsome and is meant to be used indoors and a little on the cheap side. It is very thin material and feels like 1/8” wood, so you need to be careful when handling the case.
This kit comes with a nice set of instructions for beginners to learn all of the components of the various types of firearms.
Like all things, you get what you pay for. Some people want to pay $20 and expect a kit with everything they will needs to clean their firearms and then complain when that doesn’t happen. That being said, this kit does include much of what you’ll need to clean many common firearms.
The Hoppe’s No. 9 Deluxe includes a 3-piece brass rod, 4 slotted ends, 5 phosphor bronze brushes to fit the following calibers.
Rifle Calibers: .22 and .30
Pistol Calibers: .38
Shotguns Calibers: 12, 20 ga.
- Five (5) Phosphor bronze brushes to fit the different guns and a three-piece brass rod
- Wooden carrying case measures 26” x 8” and weighs 2.4 pounds.
- Includes lubricating oil and a silicone cleaning Cloth
- Hoppe’s No. 9 gun bore cleaner – used to used remover of powder, lead, metal fouling and rust.
- Instruction manual on how to use all the components in the kit.
Most everything you need to keep the firearm clean; about the only thing missing is a boresnake and brushes, both of which can be ordered separately. Several complaints have been made regarding the quality of the wooden box cracking and being to light and flimsy.
Doesn’t include everything you need to clean a shotgun and doesn’t include a 9mm or .45 brass piece. Regarding the quality of the bronze brushes, several complaints have been made that the bristles on the brushes fall off after heavy use. Overall it’s a decent kit that comes with fairly sturdy components and does what it says. The wooden box is a bit cheap and complaints have been made concerning the quality and well as the quality of the brushes.
Top 5 Handgun & Rifle Gun Cleaning Kits
While the universal kits are designed to handle a wide range of firearms, they can be a bit large and contain many different components. They are not ideal to take with you to the range or on the road. That is why we wanted to also take a look at the best smaller gun cleaning kits that can fit in your back pocket and are meant for the field.
The following list contains our favorite picks for universal rifle and handguns. We looked at all the top kits and read through hundreds of reviews to arrive at the top five. As always, be sure to check the caliber of the kit you are looking at to make sure it accommodates your firearms. Many people purchase a kit, only to find out that the caliber of their gun is not included.
1. Otis Tactical – Best Pistol / Rifle Cleaning Kit
The most popular pistol/rifle cleaning kit for 2018 still goes to Otis. This kit is popular for a good reason. It has everything you need to clean just about every type of handgun. This kit is very compact and measures 4” x 4”, making It one of the smallest kits on the market. Not only will you be able to clean all handguns with this kit but most rifles and shotguns as well. We really wanted to include other brands than Otis in this list but after looking at all the cleaning kits, we can’t deny that Otis has become one of the best brands. This cleaning kit is Amazon’s choice, so we had to take a look at it and see why. Usually, Amazon chooses the best product based on user reviews and number of purchases, which seems to be the case here.
My people love the compact case design and other don’t love it so much. Personally, I like it and it has everything neatly arranged and easy to find. The quality of the brushes and other components are what you would expect from Otis and if one breaks you can always buy a new one on their site for a few dollars. Designed to clean all 0.17 to 0.50 caliber handguns, it’s the perfect kit to put in your pocket and take with you on the road to clean the majority of your firearms.
Rifle / Pistol Calibers: .22, .270, .30, .38, .45 cal., 12/10 ga.
Does not include: .223, .243, .40
- 8 inches, 30 inches and 34 inches memory-flex cables
- 6 firearm specific bronze bore brushes
- System versatile enough to handle every condition from .17 to .50 caliber
- T-handle and obstruction removal tools for jammed cases and other barrel blockages; All-caliber cotton cleaning patches for 0.270 caliber and larger
You’ll always find complaints about any gun cleaning case. They are not the highest quality and it can take a little time to learn how to use it properly. If you’re not gentile, you can damage parts of the case. As always, be sure to read the specific caliber that this kit cleans. There are always people complaining that the kit doesn’t clean their firearm, when the details are labeled on the box.
2. Real Avid Pro Pack – Best AR Cleaning Kit (.223 / 5.56)
This kit is designed for cleaning your gun in the field or range and is not meant to be your primary cleaning kit. The case is made from nylon and small enough to fit into your pocket. Each of the tools snaps into the case or are held down by the polyester rubber bands.
The tool everyone, including myself, likes most about this kit is the MSR scraper. The scraper has 12 precision cut surfaces that will clean every square inch of your rifle. The scraper is one of the best we have used to remove accumulated carbon on the internal parts. scraper tool to get at this accumulated carbon build-up on these internal parts.
A neat addition to this kit is a field guide that shows you how to disassemble your rifle, how to clean the carbon parts, how to clean the chamber, use a bore, where to apply oil and many other useful tips. This guide is perfect for all new AR platform owners that have not become intimately acquainted with their firearms yet. Overall, probably the best kit designed exclusively for AR style rifles, also accommodating any other popular 223 Rifles such as the Remington and 5.56 NATO. Calibers include: .223/5.56
- .223/5.56 Field Guide for cleaning and maintenance reference, 8 star chamber cleaning pads, 50 patches, and 3-in-1 green bore illuminator/pin punch/safety flag
- zippered, weather proof case with a ballistic nylon shell
- 7-section 33” brass cleaning rod, angled pick, and stuck round extractor plus a nylon cleaning brush, and .223/5.56 phosphor bronze bore brush and chamber brush with brass connection points
This may be the first gun cleaning kit where I have not seen any complaints regarding the case design. Many of the cases we review are thin material and this one is a hard ballistic nylon that’s waterproof and pretty much bullet proof. Certainly one of the best rated AR cleaning kits on the market and has everything you need for .223/5.56. The only additional items we would recommend is a good bore cleaner and the good old cotton swabs with handles.
3. – Best Rifle Cleaning Kit (.223 / .308)
The Otis modern allows you to choose from either 7.62 / .308 or 5.56 / .223. We really like the AVID for the 223, so we will be looking at the 7.62 / .308 cleaning kit designed for the 308 Winchester / 7.62 NATO Rifles. Both kits come with everything you will need to clean all MSR/AR rifles. The case has an amazingly compact design and stores a wide variety of different tools. One of the highlights of this kit is the B.O.N.E. tool which allows you to clean the bolt carrier assembly. Many people who have used this tool say that it’s worth its weight in gold.
This kit has everything you need for your rifle and the pack is a nice compact design which allows you take it with you wherever you go. One thing I like about Otis is that they have an excellent warranty policy and very helpful customer support. If you have any questions they are always there to answer them.
223 caliber and 5.56mm rifle cleaning kit Or 308 caliber and 7.62mm rifle cleaning kit
- O.N.E. Tool for cleaning of the bolt carrier assembly
- Remove Copper deposits and fouling with a Copper bore brush
- 8” and 30” Memory-Flex® Cables for effective and correct Breech-to-Muzzle® cleaning
- Bronze bore brush and Mongoose® G2 brush removes copper deposits and other fouling
It was tough to find complaints about this one. By far this is most popular AR cleaning kit on the market and for good reason. As usual, you will get complaints about the pack. Not everyone will like the style of the compact design which can be too compact for many. Making it difficult to access all of the tools. Like the majority of gun cleaning kits, some items will need to be purchased individually, such as boresnakes, cleaning solvent, and cleaning patches.
4. Waydan – Best 9mm Gun Cleaning Kit
The Waydan 16 piece handgun cleaning kit is one of the best 9mm gun cleaning kits currently on the market. It is designed to clean all common handguns. All cleaning mops and brushes are labeled for easing cleaning. This kit includes five bronze brushes and five cleaning mops.
When looking for a 9mm gun cleaning kit there are several things you really want to look at carefully. The case is made of high-quality polyester fabric and has a heavy-duty zipper. Personally, I am a fan of the smaller cases that you can easily take with you. This case is 6.5″ x 7.5″ and weighs 8oz with all tools included.
Comes with almost everything you need to keep your firearm clean and operating smoothly. The quality is average and there have not been many big complaints on the rod or brushes which you can usually expect with the lesser known brand but now so here.
Pistol Calibers: 22, 357, 38, 9mm 40, 44, 45
- Two-piece 10 inch brass rod with handle in this cleaning kit. All metal rods are engraved with the appropriate size to avoid confusion.
- Compact, padded, zippered case holds all the necessary cleaning tools.
- 22, 357 38.9 mm 44 45 Brushes. 22 and 38 caliber slotted tips and patches , 22 38 44 caliber swab
Overall, not too many complaints with the Waydan but like usual there are always a few. Since it’s so inexpensive it’s not the best gun cleaning kit on the market but it will do the job. When it comes to gun cleaning kits you really want to spend a little extra to get the best quality if your firearms are important to you. Several complaints have been made regarding the quality of the tools. A few didn’t fit the right caliber, such as the .45. For the vast majority of pistols, I would say 95%, this kit will do the job. It’s a great kit for beginners or for those that don’t use their pistols often and need to give it a good clean once in a while.
5. Otis Deluxe – Best Pistol / Rifle / Shotgun Cleaning Kit
We looked at many different rifle / pistol kits and decided to go with the Otis Deluxe at the top spot for cleaning both rifles and pistols. It comes with Seven (7) bronze bore brushes and can be used for .22 – .40 caliber rifles and pistols.
This kit is very compact measuring 10” x 10x and weighs 10 ounces. The carrying case is a soft nylon with a belt loop, so you can carry it on your belt anywhere you go. It has everything you need to clean all of your pistols and rifles and I’ve spoken with gun owners that have been using this kit for years and love it.
Overall this kit does what it says. It cleans about 99% of rifles and handguns and the materials are very high quality. A great addition to this kit that many kits don’t include is the ultra bore solvent and cleaner. I really like the design of the kit and it’s very functional. Each piece has a place in the kit and I don’t think you can go with using the Otis Deluxe kit as a universal handgun / rifle cleaning kit.
- Ultra Bore® solvent helps clean, lubricate and protect the barrel in one step
- Seven (7) bronze bore brushes remove copper deposits and other fouling
- 8 inch, 30 inch and 34 inch Memory-Flex® Cables for effective and correct Breech-to-Muzzle® cleaning
- SOLVENT and cleaner
- Good warranty and return policy
As always we try to find the flaws with each cleaning kit and this one didn’t have many. This kit is not designed for shotguns. A few complaints were are the pack, which has a foldable design which is a bit ineffective and difficult to use. Other than the pack design there have not been many complaints regarding the quality of the tools, which seem to be very high quality.
Things to consider when choosing a gun cleaning kit
Shopping for just about anything these days can be a blessing and a curse thanks to the internet. There are literally hundreds of gun cleaning kits to choose from and many times the reviews may be deceptive or paid advertising to promote their products.
It’s, for this reason, we decided to create this website, in order to give you clear-cut information on popular gun cleaning kits with no affiliation to any particular brand and no hidden motives. We only want to test out and review all the best gun cleaning kits to see which ones are really the best.
One of the essential things you should consider when looking at any gun cleaning kit is the caliber. I can’t tell you how many complaints I have heard of people buying a kit and finding it will only clean one of their three guns. Don’t make this mistake and check the fine print of the kit.
Ease of Use
It’s important to become acquainted with the various components of each kit. You can spend a couple of hours reading or watch a YouTube video on your particular firearm to learn what you need to clean in properly. Using a gun vise is one of the least expensive tools that can make everything so much easier.
We try to go into as much detail as possible with each gun kit we review. We take the time to watch the videos and read all the reviews, for example with the AR cleaning tools. Each tool and kit is a bit different and we carefully read through hundreds of reviews before saying something good or bad about a tool.
We have not purchased every gun kit and that would cost thousands of dollars. Nor do we have all the variety of firearms to test out each kit, so the best we can do is compare reviews from gun owner’s that have used these kits and do our best to judge them accordingly with no bias.
The biggest complaints are always about the case. We take this into account when reviewing all of the cleaning kits but if you really don’t like your case we review the best gun cleaning boxes and cases. If you want a good case you’re not going to get it with your kit because that would raise the price. Most people spend the money to buy a good case separately and use the carrying case for traveling or range shooting.
Before you buy be sure to check the warranty policy and length. We cover these things on this site and you will learn if you can return your kit if it breaks or you don’t like it.
Why Gun Cleaning Kits Are Important
If you’re good to your gun, it will be good to you. This means preparing it for field conditions and cleaning it each time after using it. Do this and it will reward you with excellent performance and perfect accuracy. If you take proper care of your gun and use your gun cleaning kit regularly, there will be no effects of old age on your firearms.
Moisture is the enemy when it comes to maintaining your gun. If you let condensation collect on your gun long enough, it will become completely useless. This usually occurs when shooting in cold weather and then going indoor where it’s warm. Other common occurrences are from rain, snow, fog, and saltwater. Salt water is an even bigger problem and if you’re shooting near a large body of salt water, the salt can collect in the air and you have to learn how to take precautions against this.
You will find that antique firearms perform remarkably well, even after hundreds of years. This will only happen if you take the time to correctly maintain and clean your firearms. The process is simple and enjoyable, as well as necessary.
Our verdict: What’s the best gun cleaning kit to buy?
It’s very difficult to determine which kit is the best gun cleaning kit. Each kit brings something a little different to the table. It all comes down to how many types of firearms you have or plan to have in the future. We wanted to take everything into account when deciding out top pick and went with the Otis Elite. It has everything you need for a huge variety of different firearms. We are also a big fan of their flexible cleaning rods and bronze brushes.
When you think of a big universal gun cleaning kit, this is the kind of kit that you tend to imagine. If the carrying case is a problem, a common option is to replace it with a tackle box. This allows for more water protection and you can add more things to the box such as cleaning solvents and cleaning rods.
Don’t forget that non of these kits come with a gun cleaning mat, which should be purchased separately if you like your tables. It’s very easy to spill a little CLP onto your surfaces and once it’s on there it can be very difficult to get out.
The downside of this kit is that it may be more than people want to spend. If that’s the case, consider how much of an investment it is to have several firearms. Many people spend thousands of dollars on their gun collection and don’t want to pay a hundred dollars to ensure that they are clean and functional. Cleaning your guns regularity is the most important thing you can do to ensure that they last a long time.
For those that are looking for a more affordable option. We did cover the Best Universal Gun Cleaning Kits Under $40. While these kits are nowhere as complete as the Otis or Winchester kits, they will get the job done. It’s up to you to decide how much you are willing to invest in maintaining your firearms.
10 Frequently asked questions about gun cleaning kit
1. What are gun cleaning kits?
Gun cleaning kits come with almost everything you need to properly clean and maintain your firearms. The great thing about kits is that you can clean a variety of guns, including rifles, shotguns, and pistols. Purchasing each component that comes in a kit is very expensive and you can plan on spending close to double if you buy each component individually.
2. How does a gun cleaning kit work
Each gun cleaning kit usually comes with instructions that detail each tool. It’s actually very easy to learn how to use a gun cleaning kit and if you are having trouble cleaning your firearm be sure to go to YouTube and search for videos, you can always find something there. Otherwise, there are hunting and shooting forums that will help you.
3. What are the benefits of gun cleaning kits?
As mentioned earlier there is a quick clean that you should give your gun after shooting, and there is a full clean. Every couple of weeks you should perform a full clean using a gun cleaning kit to keep your firearms in perfect condition. This will ensure that they do not misfire or become damaged by the elements. The other big advantage of a kit is saving money. Purchasing a kit is cheaper than buying each component by itself.
4. What types gun cleaning kits can I buy?
There are gun cleaning kits for every type of firearm but here we wanted to review the most popular kits. The kits reviewed here will cover 99% of firearms. If you have a gun that falls into that 1% then you should buy specific tools for that caliber. Otherwise just check the caliber of your firearms and be sure that the kit includes it.
5. Is everything I need in a gun cleaning kit?
No, most kits do not include cleaning solvents, CLP, lubricant or cotton swabs. These items do not fit well in many of the cases and are therefore sold separately. The total cost of these items is less than $10, so it’s not too big of a deal.
6. What kind of guns can I clean with a gun cleaning kit?
The Universal gun cleaning kits are designed to clean all guns. The smaller kits are specifically designed for rifles, shotguns or pistols. As always double-check the caliber on the kit to make sure it works with your firearms.
7. How do I store my gun after I clean it?
After cleaning your gun you are most likely going to store it somewhere. The ideal place is somewhere dark and warm, such as a gun cabinet or safe. Be sure to apply lubricating oil to prevent rust. The best place to store your gun is a locked gun cabinet.
8. How long does it take to clean my gun?
Once you get the hang of it, you can do a quick clean in about 2 minutes. That includes taking out the boresnake, putting oil on it and running it through your gun and then wiping it down. A full clean will depend on the size of your gun but commonly, takes several minutes. If you’re not in a hurry you should take your time when cleaning all your guns.
9. What’s the best gun cleaning kit for beginners?
We made it easy for beginners and experts to find a kit here. Beginner kits generally have fewer components and simple instructions on how to clean your guns. Even the more advanced kits are not very difficult to use and you will get the hang of it in no time.
10. Is it expensive to buy a gun cleaning kit?
Most of the universal kits cost between $20 – $100, which is not too bad considering your guns can cost thousands of dollars. The rifle, shotgun, and handgun kits generally cost around $20 – $50. If you have one or two firearms you can opt for the single cleaning kits or just go for the Universal if you plan on purchasing more firearms.