I’ve been meaning to share some updates with my readers for a while now, but between finishing college finals, getting a summer job, and a lot of other stuff, I kept putting it off. Hopefully this post can answer some questions for people and prove that I haven’t quit posting.
A few years back I bought some old steel flechettes from a military surplus store because they looked cool, and I could use them in a presentation for a history class I was taking at the time (but mostly because they were cool). Recently, I got the idea to send some to the Youtube channel Taofledermaus to load and shoot out of a 12 gauge shotgun. If you haven’t seen his channel before he shoots all sorts of odd things out of a shotgun, including a lot of projectiles that are custom machined by some of his viewers. Many of them aren’t aerodynamic enough to stabilize at supersonic or near-supersonic speeds, and end up tumbling, resulting in poor accuracy and key-holing on impact. But the flechettes I have were made to be projectiles, so maybe they’d do better.
Over the past few years I’ve noticed a trend in the shooting and concealed carry industry to promote first aid gear as part of your EDC gear. Unfortunately, some of the people promoting this idea are missing some key ideas or in some cases promoting an entirely wrong set of ideas. While I’ve read up on a lot of this information over the years, it was not until I earned my national EMT certification last June that I fully understood some of these errors, and why it is so important to correct them in the shooting community.
Well, it’s been a week since I posted about the FrogLube/Seal 1/Track Lube controversy. Since then another story has come out regarding FrogLube being coconut oil with an added minty scent. Since I haven’t run my own IR of coconut oil or NMR of the pair to compare them, I can’t say for sure on that one just yet. But that doesn’t matter as much to me. What matters is that I already accomplished my goal. I didn’t expect my original testing of lubricants with Vuurwapen Blog to go very far on its own. I just wanted to show people that they could do their own testing, and bring some actual science into the discussion of these “wonder lubes.” And now that people are doing their own tests, I can say I was successful. Everything else that’s happened since then is just a bonus. The main point is that I tricked people into doing science. So haha, I won.
A few weeks ago I received an email through the “Contact Me” tab at the top of my blog’s home page. The person claimed that they “have a point of view that would be very valuable to you and your findings,” regarding my FrogLube/Track Lube/Seal 1 testing. A few follow up emails and a phone call later, I got quite a bit more than I had first expected.
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…
NOTE: A few minutes after this was posted I received a message from FIREClean to my personal Facebook page. They sent a well worded and reasonable response stating that they will “wait and see what will be published or shared” regarding their products. I still have some research to do regarding the Iodine Value testing (I love that ASTM makes you pay to read what their standards are) so this post may be edited later, or followed up. We will see how this goes.
So I’m a bit late to the party, but Andrew Tuohy posted the results of the FIREClean/Crisco testing. I’m sorry I didn’t post this earlier, but I was traveling and starting an internship. Maybe it’s a good thing that I didn’t get to writing about this right away, all things considered…
Before I discuss the results, I want to make it clear that I put a lot of thought into it before I even volunteered to test these samples for Andrew. I am a firm believer in free market economics, and I love to see small businesses get going and do well. If my testing showed FIREClean to be standard canola oil, I was concerned that I would play a part in the downfall of a business. Regardless of your feelings towards any company, I don’t like to see companies fail. On the other hand, if my testing showed that FIREClean was different than canola oil, I would likely be accused of faking my data (more on that one later) or being paid off by FIREClean. In the end, I decided that no matter the outcome, I would do a fair and honest test in the name of scientific fact. That being said, on to the results.