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Compact Cleaning Kit

Off-the-shelf cleaning kits are pretty crappy. I don't ask for a whole lot.  I don't need a giant bag full of cleaning gear, and I don't want something that is 3 feet long. Nor do I want to rely solely on one of those little snakey Otis wires. I'm primarily concerned with having a solid rod that I can use to dislodge an obstruction from the barrel, should I need to. Other stuff is gravy.

This minimalistic kit, based around an extended length OscarDeltaGo Tube has been pieced together components from various places. It fits snugly and securely, nice and self contained, no rattles and no worries about the elements.

From top to bottom, left to right:
  • GoTube lid with a length of shock cord
  • GoTube - this is an extended length. SnakeDr will hook you up if you ask nicely. Wrapped with:
  • Single serving of Frog Lube
  • Spare battery for my Aimpoint - expires 2021
  • Cleaning patches
  • Brush and patch loop thing from a USGI-style cleaning kit
  • Glock 9mm nylon brush
  • 3 cleaning rod sections from the same USGI-style cleaning kit


  1. AnonymousJune 09, 2014

    Real nice kit. I like the assembly.

    If you want to make a no-knot wrap on the outside, it can be done. Just lay a loop along the length of twrapping and start the wrap near the tail. Continue wrapping up toward the loop. Not too tight. When you get to the loop, put a few inches through the loop. Then pull the tail and the loop will draw the end underneath the wraps. Secure and no knot. Trim the tail if desired.

    1. AnonymousJune 09, 2014

      Forgot the name! Sorry...
      Its called the "common whipping"

    2. Yep, those tend to fall off for me with much use, especially on something slick like PVC

  2. Only thing that bothers me is the single serving lube. In my mind it really limits the kit's usefulness. Given that most weapons fail primarily due to dirt/ crud and or lack of lube this is a critical omission. I would prioritize lube over patches and the patch pull thingie, simply using the brush to get big chunks out of the bore. Might not win 1000 meter tourneys but a brass brush will keep a gun in the fight just fine.

    My small kit has a tiny thing of oil in it, like the size of the tiny neosporin tube, but it would probably work for basic maintenance for a week or more. YMMV.

    1. Single serve is perhaps being conservative. It has 5mL of lube in it. The little Otis CLP tube that I think you're describing has 14 mL of lube in it.

      One to three clean/lubes is what I expect out of the consumables contained within this kit, then new stuff would need to be replaced or improvised. This packet could certainly be rationed - a little goes a long way.

      I could ditch the cleaning patches and maybe fit another single serve, and have considered it, but then I lose the self contained nature of the kit. Have considered it. The patch loop is inconsequential in size and losing it would not allow for more lube.

      I do try to carry additional lube in grip/stock compartments, which supplements the expendables that I have in this kit. More can be improvised (motor oil, etc.) if needed, though if I'm planning on sustaining myself for > a few days, it'd be out of some home base, where I'd have a spray can or two of CLP waiting.

  3. AnonymousJune 10, 2014

    I carry a weighted cord type pull-through and an eye dropper oiler bottle for the outside / lubrication and call it good. Its for emergencies only, cleaning the bore will spoil your zero the 1st shot or two, so I don't clean it unless I suspect the bore was fouled.

    1. As I mention, my primary concern is clearing an obstruction in the barrel (squib, mud or crud in the bore). You can do that kind of clearing with a bore snake.

  4. AnonymousJune 10, 2014

    I like this...makes me want to put one together soon.