In a world controlled by people who swear Hoppe’s No. 9 is the only product worthy of cleaning a firearm is it possible to use a different product? Yes, I would argue.
A Brief Word about Hoppe’s No. 9
Hoppe’s (pronounced Hop-pies despite it not actually spelling that) has been a favorite of shooters of all ilk since 1903. Their bore cleaner and lubricating oil are fan favorites. When questioning pals, almost ALL of them say they clean their firearms with Hoppe’s. Many will go so far as to say it is the best or the only effective product.
But is that true? eh, to each his own. No doubt the stuff works and, as a solvent, the bore cleaner is great for soaking metal bits. The only issue I have is the smell. The stuff reeks.
Many people will tell you it is the smell of a clean gun. Some even have it as an air freshener. Since my life philosophy is “let people enjoy things” I pass no judgement. But the scent makes me gag. So I prefer to find something (anything) else that still works.
How I Picked M-Pro7
Truth time. I didn’t. Mr. SiL picked it up because it had good packaging and description and he wanted to try something different, newer, and more “high tech” than the old favorite. He saw M-Pro7 on the shelf and brought it home. He loved it. I really didn’t know any better except it got things clean and it didn’t stink.
We rather like it,
The Story of M-Pro7
As I was researching for this post, trying to figure out how M-Pro7 and Hoppe’s were connected (their corresponding web sites don’t make it easy) I came across this article and fell deeper in love with my gun cleaner of choice.
M-Pro7 was development by a woman and her brother and they sold it at gun shows. Later, she led her deceased father’s former chemical company, under a new name (Pantheon Chemical), to record profits and incredible scientific discoveries. Amusingly, they partnered with Hoppe’s in 2003 to create the Hoppe’s Elite line. So, while M-Pro7 has only been around since 1995, it is clearly well respected.
A Brief Review of the M-Pro7 Products I Use
The M-Pro7 Gun Cleaner is a thin liquid that comes in a convenient spray bottle in several sizes. It retails for $18 for an 8 oz bottle. This usually lasts us a few months even sometimes twice weekly cleaning of many of our firearms. In our house, you shoot then you clean even if its just one round. M-Pro7 Gun Cleaner is great in that it works quickly, there is no reason for prolonged soaking, and it gets your firearm really clean. The product can remove carbon fouling as well as embedded carbon, which then allows you to get to the metal fouling beneath and scrub it out with a metal brush. The product is also said to condition the bore, which helps prevent future damage.
The M-Pro7 Bore Gel is really cool. It comes out of the bottle as a thin golden liquid, which is essentially the same as the gun cleaner. However, once you squirt some of this into your barrel and let it sit, it turns into a thicker gel that picks up fouling and embedded carbon. I usually then use a wire brush to get the bore really shiny and clean. This stuff makes it super easy, especially in small caliber firearms. This product runs about $16 for 4 ounces. A little goes a long way here and the product lasts us about 6 months.
Finally, the M-Pro7 Gun Oil LPX, is the most excellent gun oil I have had the occasion to use. It is designed fo heavy use firearms that are subjected to all manner of environments. As such, it has replaced all others in our house. It is very slick, easy to apply, helps get that last bit of grime off the firearm, and I have never seen it get gummy or cakey, even after months on a seldom used gun. It is excellent you really don’t need much. A 4oz bottle costs $9 and it lasts a very long time.
The best thing about all 3 of these products…they smell like pretty much nothing.
Summary: An Ode To M-Pro7
I’m not one to judge people on their life choices as long as it doesn’t harm others. So if you still feel pretty passionate about your love of Hoppe’s No. 9, rock on with your bad self.
But if you are willing to give something new a try or are tired of headaches from the smell or your significant other doesn’t appreciate the Eau De Solvent, give M-Pro7 a whirl.
The product is odorless, biodegradable, non-toxic, AND non-flammable. If those things are important to you, go with the M-Pro7.
In summary, I love M-Pro7 and think you might too.