Gunzilla, a Non-Toxic Alternative CLP

One of the cool things about SHOT is that you have the opportunity to see a bunch of competing products in the same category all in the same venue with the actual reps. Gunzilla was one of several “cleaning” product vendors, and was on my list.

Gunzilla has a CLP product advertised as “contains no hazardous chemicals, is non-flammable, and non-corrosive” (EDITED: MSDS card here–thanks Stephen). While I was at the booth, there was a pretty constant stream of people coming by to thank the owner or to otherwise extol the product. I do like the idea that it is made from natural ingredients. Don’t get me wrong, there is something nostalgic about the smell of Hoppe’s #9, but I’ve always thought that stuff has to be toxic.

Gunzilla states that their product doesn’t contain any acids or other chemicals that could etch the metal of your gun parts, so it is safe to leave on (though you should completely wipe it down), and will clean off the “carbon, copper, lead, rust, black powder and plastic particles (from shotgun sabots/wads)”. It leaves a dry coating behind which operates as a lubricant (and also a protectant). They cite a firing test where the temperature was measured with and without Gunzilla, and it showed a 53 degree reduction with the supposition that it was from reduced friction. That is a pretty substantial reduction. It is also rated to not freeze above -50F (though there was no mention of increased viscosity at low temps).


I understand that most shooters have their “favorite” product and all others are “inferior” for some reason or another… 🙂 That said, have any of you had a positive (or negative) experience with Gunzilla? I’m personally willing to give it a try (I’m currently on the SLiP2000 train). I’ve watched some of the “comparison” videos on Youtube and my thought is that those are really only a demonstration of long term storage results and don’t really address friction or cold.

They have a Facebook page at:

Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


  • Zachary marrs

    I just use whatever is handy/cheap, though SLiP 2000 is becoming my favorite

    Considering that 30-55° is the coldest its ever really been down here, the cold temperature performance is lost on me

  • Dan

    I got given some Gunzilla at the Australasian Mil expo and its the bee’s knees, not too sure on the improved accuracy claims but everything else is pretty much bang on.

  • Paul O.

    I’ve used it for years. It really shines as a cleaner. Once it’s used on a firearm subsequent cleanings go much faster. Lack of odor is a real plus. I don’t rely on it as my only lube though.

  • Limonata

    When I purchased my first shotgun for sporting clays, I was given a bottle by the shop as part of the purchase. Compared to the many foam products for shotgun cleaning, IMHO, it does a better job with wadding and grime with less clean up mess and smell. No idea about the friction claims. I use it exclusively on my shotguns and SLIP2000 on everything else.

  • Shootin’ Buddy

    Gunzilla has been widely used here in the Midwest for several years. I buy it at the Indy1500 gun show in Indianapolis. Recommended.

  • Limonata

    Ha! Thanks for linking to the Facebook page. I work on my own cars and lawn tractor. I am going to give their Superzilla a try for my cars.

  • Dan

    We have been using this for years at our police department for all our firearms. I’ve been really impressed with it as an all in one cleaner and it doesn’t collect dirt which is a plus on duty firearms. It also works great preventing rust if you let it soak in really good.

  • Fiveseven

    Can anyone here comment on how Gunzilla measure up to Ballistol for cleaning? I know some people who swear by Ballistol, including Hickok45.

  • jmkcolorado

    Tried a small bottle. Worked well, bought two large ones.
    run my ARs very wet. Never a problem.
    really like the non-msds aspect.

  • Mark N.

    I love the smell of Hoppe’s in the evening after a pleasant afternoon of shooting. It was in the first cleaning kit I bought, and between that and their lubricating oil, I’ve never used anything else, and it works well. I live in a dry climate, and have treated the exposed metal parts of my firearms with a Kleenbore silicone rod and reel cloth, so rust is never an issue. However, I would like a lube that does not evaporate so quickly.

  • Sean

    I have used Gunzilla for many years. Always works well. I still use Hoppes for more serious barrel cleaning sometimes. Like really dirty barrels. But overall, it is pretty good.

    • Sean

      Btw, I have shot sporting clays with this as my lube when it was below 25f(yes I shoot clays in the winter) with no problems at all.

  • doc way

    Not to be pedantic, but all chemicals for public use have to have a MSDS regardless of toxicity.

  • gyrfalcon

    Is TFB doing paid advertising in articles now? If you’re not the author forgot to get any information that proves this product is anything other than hype…

    Did they have a lab perform salt water corriosion tests that compare their product to other snake oils? How about ball bearing wear tests? This isn’t rocket science.

    • Doc Rader

      Nope. No paid advertising. We each had a list of vendors to visit and talk with. Since we had roughly 15-20 minutes with each vendor this was more of a highlight interesting things at SHOT.

      If we have availability and there is enough interest we can do an actual T&E of certain products. Cleaning products and lubes are one of those things that people get wound up over. FWIW, I also highlighted Sentry Solutions and I believe Katie did one for QMaxx.

  • Doc Rader

    Good find. WTH–the rep told me they didn’t have anything toxic listed on MSDS. I will update the article with your link.