Several months back I contacted Andrew Tuohy of Vuurwapen Blog and offered to do some chemical analysis for a variety of firearms lubricants. Now that the last of the results have been posted, I wanted to write up some sort of conclusion for the project.
Except it looks like this project is far from over…
Shortly after the Fireclean/Canola oil comparison was posted, there were a lot of hurt feelings, some name calling, and even a few valid points made. As I have said before, if I haven’t posted something that upset or offended you yet, just wait a little while and it will change. That said, some people did bring up some valid points related to the chemical analysis of triglycerides (the plant based oils that make up Fireclean, almost all food based oils, and a lot of fats). So, this project isn’t over yet.
I am still confident in the results that I and Vuurwapen Blog posted, but some people aren’t. I was contacted by several people, some making some very valid points and suggesting other test methods that could provide further clarification and answers in this debate. As such, I’m going to try to go back in the lab and do more testing. Due to some organic chemistry and biochemistry lab classes that use the space, I can’t promise when this will happen, or even if I can get access again for sure. But I’ll try.
For those that care, here is an overlay of all the IR spectra from the tests I did. Apparently some people had asked Andrew to share a comparison of some different oils so they could see clear differences. Until I can get back in the lab (on one of the two computers that has the program to work with the data) this will have to do (Left click and “Open Image in New Tab” to see it full size).
Sharing The Data:
For those that would like to share the results of my testing further, I encourage you to do so as long as proper credit is given. To make it easy, watermarked images and some pictures taken during my time in the lab can be found in an album HERE. I haven’t yet switched out the original graphs for watermarked ones, so I would prefer that anyone reposting the images use the watermarked ones over the originals.
One other interesting result from this project came after the FrogLube/Seal 1/Track Lube results were posted. As I hinted on the Granite State Guns Facebook Page, I was contacted by a source very close to the companies involved, and after several emails and a phone call I have gathered some very interesting information regarding the relationship between these companies and their products. I still have to finish checking the facts as they were told to me, but this should help answer why the IR spectra of those three lubricants appear almost identical. I hope to have this story ready to go within a week or so. If you want to be notified when it’s out, like my Facebook page or use the “Follow” option on the top right of the website.
By the way, I’m sorry I sort of put the results out there and then didn’t respond to anyone for a while. I had an internship from October through December and on top of working 40-50 hours a week, the hotel where I was staying had horrible wifi. Now that I’m back at school I should be better about that stuff.