Like the old Ford, Chevy, Dodge debate with car guys, weapon lubricant is a touchy subject with shooters. Everyone has their own opinion of “the BEST.” Well sit back and enjoy while I fill you in on what I spend my money on and what everyone else should too.
Slipstream was developed by a small company out of Utah called Crusader Weaponry. These guys are always on a continual quest to redefine perfection. Not satisfied with the run of the mill lubricants already on the market, they set out to define a new standard for weapon lubrication. Their quest led them out into other industries, beyond where other lubricant companies failed to go–into space, literally. They soon found a nano-lubricant used in the aerospace industry that fit the bill and brought it back to the firearms industry. Mixing it with another lubricant they created their own proprietary blend and Slipstream was born.
Have you ever picked up a gun and racked the slide and thought “man this needs some lube it feels like there’s sand in it?” After using Slipstream you will never think that again. The amazing part about Slipstream is that it stays with the metal once applied. Metal is a porous material, once heated up the pores start to open. If you have Slipstream applied to your gun, the nano-lubricant will over time permanently fill those pores creating an ultra slick surface that basically eliminates friction.
I have both the grease and the oil that I use in combination with one another on various guns. The biggest difference seen so far is on my AR rifles. The bolts on both are extra smooth and super quiet. The last rifle I built had one of the noisiest buffer springs I have ever heard. A short day at the range with a few drops down the buffer tube and it is nearly silent. Also that annoying “twang” that is common with the AR platform is gone on both, which I was ecstatic about.
For a quick experiment, 4 days before I wrote this, I put my container of grease in the freezer just to see if it would freeze or harden up at all. I can happily report that the cold had no effect on it. After I shoved a q-tip into the center and it was just as pliable as it would have been at room temp, I went on a search to find out the operating temps of Slipstream. After a brief search I found that the operating temps for the nano-lube is between -450 F and +1200 F. I think it is safe to say that it is well within the range of the majority of conditions most firearms are operated in.
One other great thing about Slipstream is that a little goes a long way. Here you can see Joe Chetwood applying slipstream to a brand new Glock. At the end of the video you can hear the difference just after applying it. I did my own video on my Glock 19 long ago but I think it was deleted at some point. If I can find it I will post it up but I am still planing on applying it to the Stoeger 12 gauge that I picked up awhile back and hopefully I will be able to pick up the difference on camera.
Another service offered by Crusader is the permanent Slipstream treatment. You can find out more about it here. There is a good chance that I will be sending a couple items in the future I just haven’t decided yet what I want done. If anyone would like to give a new Glock to me I would be more than willing to use it as my test dummy.
There are many options out there for weapon lube, but I have found what I think works best for me. When a guy picks up your Glock and asks “why doesn’t this sound like there is sand in it like everyone elses?” it makes your realize that you might have found something to stick with. I have applied it on everything from AR’s and bolt guns to shotguns and pistols and haven’t found a gun yet that didn’t run better after I applied Slipstream.
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