Black Rain Ordnance Gun Care Products Review
you are familiar with Black Rain Ordnance, then you know the company is
all about assuring top end quality of every component that goes into
each rifle from the polygonal rifled stainless barrels to the billet
uppers and lowers. What most people do not know it that Black Rain also
has created a premium line of weapon care products which it
specifically recommends to care for its rifles.
ABOUT BLACK RAIN ORDNANCE
Rain was founded in January 2008 by two gun enthusiast with retail
management backgrounds. Their original goal was to offer the finest
custom billet upper receivers for AR-15. They then expanded that goal
to custom billet lower receiver models called “Fallout15” and now
complete Fallout15 rifles. Today Black Rain is striving to manufacture
each of their rifles parts on site, but in the interim has partnered
with the top AR part manufacturers to assure any part not made on site
is of the highest quality possible on each of their rifles all while
assuring each part is made here in the US. As of late 2012, Black Rain
has now expanded its line to .308 SR-25/DPMS-308 variant big bore rifles
and just introduced an AK-47 at Shot Show 2013 like only Black Rain
could build. Ever since my original review article of the Fallout-15,
Black Rain still remains the best deal for a fully loaded premium
keep these top tier AR15s running at optimium Black Rain Ordnance has
developed a line of premium weapon care products including a solvent,
standard and synthetic gun oils, a rather unique water displacing
protectant, and a lens care solution for optics when find homes on
these fine rifles.
FEATURES & FUNCTIONS
is without a doubt an entire industry devoted to cleaning and lubing a
firearm, however I think Black Rain’s approach is a bit different.
Instead of guessing which lube, oil, solvent and protectant is best for
the particular finishes of your firearm, Black Rain has done the
testing to understand which tweaked formulas work the best on the
finishes and parts of Black Rain’s Fallout-15 rifles. Of course Black
Rain does not have a refinery in the back of the facility and is having
several industry leaders manufacturer their tweaked and tested formulas
of each product. One this was certain through testing; these are all top
performing products in their own right and in some cases the best I
have ever tested.
Premium Gun Oil and Lubricant - $7.99 - This
is a standard style lubricant similar to Rem Oil, but thicker. I used
this oil for all the typical spot lubrication, wipe downs, and was used
for the bore cleaning treatment on a number of firearms including my
Fallout-15. In cold weather and hot weather I had no issues with
gumming as you might have with a mid or low grade oil. All around a
great oil with a very convenient spray bottle, although the oil is just a
bit heavy and delivers a strategic spit of oil versus a spray.
Premium Cleaner and Solvent - $7.99 -
This is probably the best and most aggressive cleaners I have ever used
to clean a firearm. Generally my test of a new bore claner is to
re-clean my Mosin Nagant after being cleaned with the last latest and
greatest bore cleaner. In this case I was stunned to pull dirty patch
after dirty patch out of what I thought was a clean bore. A word of
caution that this solvent is very aggressive and may affect some
Duracoat finishes however anodized, Ceracoat, and Black Rain’s own
finishes are fine, so test a spot before you go soaking down your rifle.
A little thing, but I like the flip-top lids versus a nipple top or
screw off top, however on this solvent I would prefer just a screw off
top if you were going to throw this in the range bag.
Premium Synthetic Gun Oil & Lubricant - $7.99 -
For those who prefer the sythetic oils, such as myself, this is one of
the best I have tested. First off it does not stink to high heaven, but
still provides ongoing lubing qualities even after high heat is applied.
Subjectively, I believe this is one of the better bolt lubes out there
and for $8 in a simple to use squirt bottle, it makes it a breeze to
use although the oil is just a bit heavy and delivers a strategic spit
of oil versus a spray like the standard oil above.
Premium Anti-Fog & Lens Cleaner Solution - $7.99 -
OFten forgot and neglected, optics do require a little TLC once in a
while. Unlike weapon lubes, there are not a lot of lens cleaner
solutions out in the firearms space, so I applaud Black Rain for adding
this excellent solution to the mix. I have never had a high quality
optic fog on me, so that would not be much of a test, however I did have
a set of Rayban sunglasses which always fog on me in cold weather...
that is, I did have. The cleaner works as well as other optical glasses
cleaners to clean smutz off your lens, however the Anti-Fog additive
works awesome. Definitely a product you should have in your range bag.
Water Displacement for Firearms Spray - $11.99
- As a kid I spent a lot of time around WD-40. We lit fires with it,
put the straw on and made flame throwers to burn off all the cobwebs in
the garage, and also used it for general firearms cleaning &
lubrication. It was not the best, but it was what we had. One thing I
was generally annoyed with was that it really did not displace water was
well as I think a namesake product should. The Black Rain Water
Displacement Spray is unlike any WD type product I have tested. As this
animated image shows, after being sprayed on top of the water, the Black
Rain WD formula actually pushes down to the bottom of the container of
water. Yes, I said it, the water ends up floating on the oil. I am not
sure what witch and wizard they had whip this up, but it truly displaces
water on a firearm like nothing I have ever seen. If you and your
favorite Fallout15 or hunting rifle are caught out in the rain, this
product could truly save your finish and protect your firearm.
a sum total under $50 you can have a complete set of all of these
weapon care products and based on my rate of use, it will probably last
you 2-3 years. More importantly, if you own a Black Rain Ordnance
rifle, they only recommend these care products for the rifle, so it make
sense to protect your investment with what the manufacturer recommends.
So ask you Black Rain retailer for the Black Rain care products line.
these products to others on the shelf, they are priced at or below many
other competing premium weapon care products and are packaged in easy
to use containers. If you run across these at your sporting goods store,
I would recommend you give them a try as each of these formulas is as
good or better than any premium firearms care product I have tested
… AND NOT THERE IS MORE
I originally wrote this article, I wanted to provide an update. Black
Rain Ordnance is continuing to expand its line of products and is
introducing component level kits as well beyond just charging handles
and hand guards. In a time when everyone if busy building AR15s from
the ground up as fast as they can or in need of replacement parts, you
always need those tricky little parts which can be tough to find. Black
Rain now has Roll Pin and Spring kits available which are the same
premium quality as used in their own rifles. I picked up a set, just
because... you know, it is always good to be prepared.
Premium Gun Oil and Lubricant - $7.99
Premium Cleaner and Solvent - $7.99
Premium Synthetic Gun Oil & Lubricant - $7.99
Premium Anti-Fog & Lens Cleaner Solution - $7.99
Water Displacement for Firearms - $11.99
Roll Pin Kit - $9.99
Spring Pin Kit - $14.99
Black Rain Ordnance