SEAL 1 Products

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While it is true there are a number of cleaning and lubricant products for firearms on the market, it is also true they are not all created equal. Some work better than others, some do not work at all, and some actually create the opposite effect the user is hoping for by gumming up the gun rather than helping it run smoothly. Due to those issues – the saturation of such products lining the shelves of local gun stores and their hit-or-miss tendencies – it’s only natural to react with some skepticism when faced with something new. In this case, however, that something new just happens to be something good. That something good is SEAL 1.

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SEAL 1 is being produced by a family of veterans who have been in the industry in some capacity for three decades. The company’s managing director, Dwight Settle, is a former US Navy SEAL and Brandon Lee, who was available for a chat during SHOT Show, is himself on active duty in the Army Reserves. Brandon has served in the Army in some capacity since 2000 including time spent in Iraq. If the military background of the men running this company don’t seem applicable, they are. To put it simply there is simply no one who better understands the demands and wear of heat and grit on the working parts of a firearm than someone who has bet their lives on a gun needing to get the job done. Combat veterans are uniquely qualified for the gun industry in more ways than one, and if this seems an unusual area for them to apply their expertise it really is not. Keeping guns clean and functioning is paramount.

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The first thing you notice when you walk up to the SEAL 1 booth at SHOT Show is the fish tank full of water placed in the center of the table. Inside that tank, submerged slide-down under a couple gallons of cold water, is a handgun. Apparently that handgun has been submerged in that tank for four years, coming out only during travel time for the sake of less mess in transit. You wouldn’t know the gun had spent years cold and wet by looking at it, though. It’s been coated in SEAL 1 and looks as new and untouched as the day it rolled off the production line.

So what makes SEAL 1 unique? First of all, it has no vegetable-based esters in it. Esters are derived from various sources and used in a number of things from solvents to waxes to perfumes. Using esters derived from vegetables in CLP can result in a sticky or gummy residue. SEAL 1 can be used wet or dry and the company advises you wipe down your gun after range time. Using their CLP also cuts cleaning time in half, something Brandon tells me but that I have also experienced for myself.

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There are a number of products in the SEAL 1 lineup including but not limited to SEAL 1 CLP Plus Paste, SEAL 1 CLP Plus Liquid, a pre-saturated EZ-Cloth and perhaps their greatest item, SEAL SKINZ which are 100% cotton pre-saturated bore-cleaning patches (which come in various sizes). They even have a full line of products for archers.

Take a look online at http://www.seal1.net/index.html

From SEAL 1:


ABOUT US

SEAL 1, LLC’s managing director, Dwight Settle served 20 years as a Navy Seal working in the most extreme environments.  As the (AW-automatic weapons) M-60 gunner in his platoon the only way to truly clean the weapon was using dry cleaning solvent.  This became no longer available due to how toxic it was to the user and the environment.  He remembers his fingers and hands being dry and cracked after every cleaning.  The switch was made to Break Free CLP but it just wasn’t’ as effective.  

For the M-60 and any of the weapons the SEALS carried to perform properly there needed to be a liberal amount of lube on the rails.  This created a situation where they had to be very cognizant of how they carried their weapons.  It was critical that great care was taken in protecting their weapons from dirt and sand; otherwise the weapons could jam and become useless.

The SEAL 1, LLC development team came together  to bring a high end  green engineered gun cleaning and gun care line to the military, law enforcement and shooting industry that would all but alleviate corrosion and jams in weapons and make cleaning more effective and much quicker.

With SEAL 1™ CLP PLUS™ all these concerns are a thing of the past.   When using SEAL 1’s new generation CLP PLUS™ your weapon will perform at a more proficient level and virtually eliminate jams and corrosion and make cleaning a much more enjoyable task.  

Our testing confirms that your weapon will perform in the most extreme environmental conditions.

  Thank you.


katie.ainsworth

Katie is an avid shooter, hunter, military journalist, and Southern girl. Firearms are her passion whether at the range or on a spot-and-stalk after a big buck. She’s a staff writer at The Firearm Blog and writes about guns, hunting, and the military for various publications both online and in print such as Outdoor Life, Handguns, and Shooting Illustrated. Shoot her a message at ainsworth.kat@usa.com


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  • Drambus ambiguously

    I hope it’s not someone leveraging their service to sell snake oil. There’s a lot of “bro-science” in the gun industry.

    A good synthetic oil with a good additive package will outperform most “gun oils”. They’re designed for high heat, pressure, and lubricating metals with different rates of thermal expansion. Mobil 1 truck/SUV diesel 15w40 has an amazing add pack for example. Both redline and amsoil make great greases.

    bobistheoilguy is a great place where people and chemical engineers do wear analysis of different oils greases and other lubricants.

    • drambus ambiguously

      Just as an aside. While not necessarily needed for firearms, esters are great for keeping petroleum based products like rubber seals “fresh”. In “high mileage” marketed lubricants, you’ll find a lot of esters to swell seals and gaskets to keep them working longer.

  • Gene

    Fishtanks are nice and martket-y, but how about against ATSM B117 or other standards?

    • RocketScientist

      B-b-b-b-but these guys are SEALs!!! They KNOW about thermodynamics and chemistry and tribology from, like, shootin guns and stuff!

  • Marc

    I’d rather have a chemist develop my gun lube than a soldier, in the same way an engineer is better suited to build a race car than a truck driver with a CDL.

    • Nairb

      MR Lee’s father is the chemist. He developed it in the 80’s, Scott Lee

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Jesus, how many “advances” can there possibly be in lubrication technology?
    An AR even on F/A does not generate the heat and pressure of many other machines that work on internal combustion and Mobil 1 seems to work fine for them for years without issue.

    • drambus ambiguously

      In all honesty, the really big advances in lubrication have been in material science. Things like teflon impregnated coatings. The next step in lubrication is going to be in nano technology where individual additive molecules within a lubricant solution can be suspended in perfect proportion and position.

      But yeah, when it comes to firearms, the lubrication demands are relatively light compared to combustion engines or industrial machine tools.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I have no doubt these guys know what works and what doesnt. I assume something had to keep their guns up and running so if they want to make a recommendation I can respect that but I am skeptical about their ability to invent a new product with no background in chemistry.

        • Nairb

          Scott Lee invented it in the 80’s he still is making gun stuff. Good thing he owns Seal1

  • Budogunner

    I appreciate their service, but in my experience the SEALS and SPEC-OPS folks tend to not leverage their unit names for personal gains. I don’t mean anything personal, but the branding feels kind of tacky.

    • Jon

      The seals didn’t invent this Scott Lee is the man behind the product. You just have military families backing up his product.

  • Slim934

    Relevant comparison data (preferably an ASTM standard) or it didn’t happen.

  • Bill

    I’ve gotten to the point where I refuse to buy anything associated with “SEALs” just on general principles, except for an actual seal, the pinniped kind.

  • stephen

    ” the company advises you wipe down your gun after range time”

    Seriously? I’m glad they cleared that up.

    There is too much focus on magic potions that are on the market today. I ended up using Liberty Lube and its all good. Why? It works and in all honesty I’m tired of trying anything else. I spent time in the desert and we ran out of CLP so we used motor oil and it worked great. With that said I find it hard to believe that one cleaning product is so good it outshines all others.

    I also agree that just because one is a soldier, was in Afghanistan & or was a spec ops guy that doesn’t mean they are chemical engineer. The minor differences in lubes is NOT noticeable to the average joe. Matter of fact unless you do a chemical analysis of it, you won’t know the difference. I bet if you used 3 in 1 oil and packaged it with a spec ops high speed low drag operator you could convince people it was the best thing in the world and it would fly off the shelves.

    What was the lube that was made up of vegetable oil? At least that stuff you could lube your gun while cooking eggs.

    Just saying.

  • sean

    I have used this product line for two years now and i really do love it! It is also good for my hunting rifles because its smell goes away after a day

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Are they tribologists? Do they have at least one degree’ed tribologist on staff? Or are they just repackaging an OEM product and marketing it from their service records?

    Because if they don’t have a tribologist on staff, they can GTFO.

    I’m also sick and freaking tired of all these new wonder products conflating cleaning, lubricating, and protecting. They are three completely different things. There is no one product that is good at all three. It might be good at one, but it will generally then be mediocre at the other two, at best.

    You want to clean, you need a good solvent that can cut carbon and strip copper and not damage carbon or stainless steels and preferably doesn’t damage plastics and rubbers.

    You want to protect, you need something that doesn’t oxidize and doesn’t migrate.

    You want to lube, you need something with good AW/EP additives and oxidization resistance. Light greases are good for rails and sliding parts, and you want to choose something with very low migration. Oils are great for rotating and hard to get to parts, where you actually do want migration.

    And if you’re using it on a gun, you absolutely want everything to be chlorine-free.

    Also, stop freaking over-lubricating your AR15’s, people!!! A couple drops of oil through the gas ports in the carrier onto the rings is all you really need.

  • SD

    I drink ALG Purple Go-Juice.

  • Joe

    Seal1 works fine and it priced right, not like Frog Lube that is expensive and becomes sticky and stinky after a couple of days.
    It works better than simple oil.

    • G0rdon_Fr33man

      Not to mention the fact it does not work at all in sub-zero temperatures on guns with tight tolerances.

  • Kefefs

    Who needs science when “SEAL” is right in the name?

    • 2hotel9

      Yea! Operators operating operationally in the area of operations! Murica!

      I’ll just stick with remoil spray and 3in1 oil, cleaning with WD40 and a splash of Hoppes bore cleaner.

      • HSR47

        RemOil is garbage: It is extremely thin, it evaporates quickly, and it doesn’t protect the part from corrosion.

        If your goal is to constantly be cleaning surface rust off your firearms, then RemOil is for you; If that isn’t your goal then there are far better products on the market.

  • derpmaster

    I really wish TFB would stop posting all these snake oil gun lube articles. They are nothing but clickbait crap.

    • 2hotel9

      Firearms accessories is a huge market and the hucksters always love that, the gullible usually having large quantities of cash and little idea what they are seeing. I would like to see TFB being a bit more reality and fact oriented, that takes time. Which is why I keep sending people to Andrew’s blog when it comes to this kinda crap.

    • 2hotel9

      Oh, and I click’em cuz they are usually good for a laugh.

  • Chris Floyd

    So not actual testing, data or facts? Well unless you just take the manufacturer at their word. Nice fluffer ad and thanks for reminding us why TFB has lost all credibility for actual reporting.

  • Rodney Steward

    So what class does the military oil fall into? The O-190 oil.