FireCLEAN have published a statement regarding “CanolaGate“. They have said (emphasis added to important paragraphs) …
We would like to address recent false or misleading allegations that range from simply misguided to false, defamatory, and libelous. These attacks have been made by competitors and others that paint our product in a false or misleading light. The allegations do not focus on actual performance or relevant tests, and draw a misleading picture.
FIREClean™ Advanced Gun Oil is a specifically formulated, technically superior weapon reliability solution that resists the harshest firing with enormous heat and carbon overload that seize most weapons. It is a formulation- made specifically for exceptional reliability in firearms and weapons- not a re-labeled or re-packaged product.
FIREClean™ has been proven in combat in Afghanistan by US Special Operations Forces, and is in use by Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force Special Operations. It is also in use by elements of the FBI, DHS, DEA, CBP, Secret Service, Department of State, various intelligence agencies as well as numerous State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies.
FIREClean™ has been successfully tested on and is in use on weapons from handguns and shotguns to fully automatic and suppressed individual weapons. It has also been successfully tested on and is in use on crew served weapons from 5.56mm M249s to 40mm Automatic Grenade Launchers.
In addition to over 3 years of Combat and Service/Duty usage, FIREClean™ has been used on the competition circuit by the best shooters in the world, including the US Army Marksmanship Unit. It has been used to win multiple National Championships in Pistol, 3 Gun, Sniping, and many other competitive shooting disciplines.
We are proud to be of service to those that bear arms in defense of our freedom, those that serve to keep us safe in our communities, and those that carry firearms for self defense. We are also pleased to be of service to tens of thousands of competitors, hunters, and recreational shooters- all of whom appreciate the highest possible levels of reliability and safety.
We believe that our performance speaks for itself. We offer what we and many others regard as the best, highest performing product on the market. We have not commented on the formulation, nor will we do so now. We have focused on performance, and we will continue to do so.
Rest assured that we will defend our good name against false, defamatory and libelous allegations using the full measure of remedies available to us.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
For what is it worth, here is my opinion on “CanolaOilGate” …
By all accounts, FireCLEAN works well. They have many followers who love their product. We know, based on the patent application filed by the company founder, embedded below, that FireCLEAN is likely to be 100% vegetable oils that have a high smoking point.
The spectral analysis appears to confirm this and shows it is all, or mostly, Canola/Rapeseed oil. I am not qualified to interpret spectral analysis results, but I take Andrew’s word for it.
My own opinion, for what it is worth, based on my reading of the patent, it is probably mostly Canola oil by weight with one or two other common vegetable oils mixed in.
I know I might be shattering people’s worldview, but most, if not all, gun lubricants and cleaners on the market are high mark up products made from cheap chemicals. Nobody out there is inventing new chemicals to use with guns.
Now if you are a FireCLEAN user who is worried you are being duped into paying more for FireCLEAN than you should, you can very cheaply determine if this is the case. Buy a bottle of Canola Vegetable Oil for a few dollars and try cleaning your guns with it. If it works the same as FireCLEAN, stop using FireCLEAN. If it does not, resume using FireCLEAN. It is literally that simple. Canola may work better for some people than others, depending on the types of shooting they do, the local environmental conditions and the type of ammunition they use etc.
In fact, this is what I am going to do. Tomorrow when I visit the supermarket I am going to buy a bottle of Canola and see if it works the same as the Hoppe’s No.9 Lubricating Gun Oil I have been using for most of my life. Worst case scenario, I waste a few dollars at the supermarket. Best case scenario: I save a lot of money in the future.
On the other hand, I will continue using Remington Rem Oil wipes, despite the price, because I like having oil wipes on hand and the convenience is worth the price. And as far as solvents go, you can take my Hoppe’s No.9 Solvent from my cold, dead, smelly hands.
Below is the patent application for FireCLEAN. It is essentially a patent for packaging either one vegetable oil, a combination of two or a combination of three vegetable oils into a bottle for sale as gun lubricant.