Gun lubricant for a CHL holder in the warm Texas climate?

The debate on which lubricant to use on firearms has been around for decades.  Almost every gun owner has some type of opinion on what to use or how much to apply.   The lubricant debate has schools of thought that range from drowning a gun in lube to barely putting a drop or two where the slide and frame meet.  Firearm manufacturers have recommendations for proper lubrication for their specific products which of course one would be wise to follow.

As for my two cents on the subject, I have become a fan of using a lithium based grease instead of oil.   Why grease?   Because oil is thin, runny, and thus does not stay where you put it.   Oil is fine for a fully enclosed system like a car engine.  However, a gun isn’t a closed container.  Oil will drip off of ones gun and on to ones clothing.  You will sooner or later end up with a dry gun and oily clothing.  Grease on the other hand does a much better job of staying where you put it.

Oil has its place in firearm use of course.  Because oil is thin and runny, it fares better in extreme cold.  Grease is thicker to begin with.  In frigid climates, a thick grease being less viscous could impede the movement of the slide perhaps just enough to cause a malfunction.   Oil may also be a better choice for firearms with weaker recoil springs such as some .22’s.

However, we are in Texas.  Operating in arctic conditions isn’t something that we’re likely to encounter.   A lithium based grease will stay precisely where you put it.  You won’t end up with oil spots on your clothes.   The grease will stay where you put it which means your gun will be lubricated when you need it and your clothing will not.

There are several brands of grease marketed specifically for firearm use.   Wilson Combat UltimaLube is a white lithium grease that I’ve found to do an excellent job lubricating all manner of pistols.  And, unlike some of its competitors, Ultima Lube doesn’t have any sort of foul odor.   However, you can also find white lithium grease products at nearly any automotive supply store.  White lithium grease is often used on car door hinges to keep them from squeaking.

If you opt for a white lithium grease marketed specifically for firearms like Ultima Lube, you’ll find that the grease often comes in a small syringe that dispenses only a very small amount of grease.  A single tube that costs $5 to $10 can last for months or years.   Give lithium grease a try and see what you think.

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