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A Simple Solution


Shooting guns is fun. Cleaning guns isn’t. Still if you’re going to shoot, you need to clean your firearms when you are done. If you carry a handgun for personal defense, you need to clean it regularly because they tend to collect dust and small debris even sitting in your holster.

If you own a semi automatic handgun, you know that they have lots of crooks and crannies that are hard to get to. You can use a toothbrush, but I’ve always found that messy. You can, but shouldn’t, use a small screwdriver to push patches into the areas like the slide rails. There’s always the risk of scratching the finish, even if the gun is made of stainless steel. If the frame is made of an alloy or blued carbon steel, there is a greater risk.

I’ve long thought that there would be a market for something like a dental tool, but made of plastic, to get into those tight spaces. Thought about it, but never did more than that.

Apparently the people at  Calbico LLC, or more specifically one person, not only thought that there was a need, but answered it.

I saw a brief review of the “Channel Cleaning Tool” on line and thought to myself, “I should have done this.” As noted, shoulda, coulda, woulda, but didn’t. Fail on my part.

I ordered two, just to have a spare on hand in the unlikely event that the company fails at some time in the future.

The package came yesterday and today I decided to clean one of my semi automatics.

Here are a few not so great pictures of me using the tool.[IMG]http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f349/garys2/Channeltool_zpsc52f088e.jpg[/IMG]This is the tool. As you can see there is a thick end and a thin end. The thin end will get into all but the tightest spaces in a semi automatic. The thick end fits well into some areas, but is not as versatile. One end or the other fits into just about any area of a semi automatic pistol.[IMG]http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f349/garys2/channeltoolframe2_zps273b65e9.jpg[/IMG]The narrow end fits neatly into the slide rails on the frame of a Smith & Wesson 3rd generation firearm. Nice for getting the gunk out of the slide rails without the risk of damaging the finish.[IMG]http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f349/garys2/channeltoolslide_zpsee2faa28.jpg[/IMG]Here the tool fits into the corresponding rail on the slide of the firearm. This makes cleaning the rails much easier.In addition, I was able to clean the breach fact, the lugs on the frame where the barrel engages, the slot in the slide where the barrel engages, and other spaces in the frame of the firearm.As an added bonus the thin end works well as a sort of spatula to spread lubricant along the slide rails evenly.There are more, and much better, pictures of the tool and instructions at the website.I expect that Calbico will sell a lot of these neat little tools.I highly recommend then for anyone who has a semi automatic pistol.I haven’t tried it yet, but I expect that this tool will also be helpful cleaning AR15 pattern rifles and other semi automatic rifles as well.


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After a long career as a field EMS provider, I'm now doing all that back office stuff I used to laugh at. Life is full of ironies, isn't it? I still live in the Northeast corner of the United States, although I hope to change that to another part of the country more in tune with my values and beliefs. I still write about EMS, but I'm adding more and more non EMS subject matter. Thanks for visiting.