Ballistol Lubricant Learns Foreign Languages


The German product Ballistol is popular with shooters the world over as an effective cleaning, lubricating, and protecting agent. Now, its aerosol cans are available in many different languages. I saw the display at IWA and had to take a few photos.


Because I am male, I rarely read directions, so it does not matter to me if the text on a can of gun oil is something I can read. However, I think this is a neat idea, and I will probably buy a few cans in my favorite languages. This way, I might not be able to tell a Romanian girl that she is pretty, but I will be able to tell her what to do if she sprays Ballistol in her eye.

Andrew Tuohy

Andrew Tuohy was a Navy Corpsman with the 5th Marine Regiment. He makes a living by producing written and visual content within the firearm industry, and he also teaches carbine courses. He prefers elegant weapons for a more civilized age, and regularly posts at Vuurwapen Blog.


  • Lew

    However, they need someone to work on their Swedish. I’m free ^^

  • NikonMikon

    My father just started using this stuff. It smells so damn bad. I used to complain about him using CLP… man. I use Hoppes #9 myself… which also has a strong smell so who am I to complain? haha

  • Griffin

    I always read the directions, especially for anything firearm related. 🙂

  • Lance

    Looks nice but id stay with my Hoppies 9 lube and cleaner.

  • M.G. Halvorsen

    I’ll stick with Hoppes #9…I’ve used that for the last 50 years, and it ain’t failed me yet…and I’m too damn old to change.

  • Gun snob

    I’ve never smelt a bad gun cleaning product & sure this stuff smells distinctively intoxicating.

  • NikonMikon

    Hoppes #9 is pretty good. I think CLP is probably just as good but my father said he switched to Ballistol because he read CLP has carcinogenic properties. Coming from my dad I take it kinda seriously because he’s the type of person who says everything causes cancer these days haha. I don’t think I can get over the smell of ballistol though. I finally got tolerant of CLP and he switches! Go figure… haha

  • Jeff

    Ballistol is the SINGLE best way to keep the wimmin folk out of your man cave. Love the smell.

  • NikonMikon

    what you tryna say JEFF? lol!