GunGenics – Making Gun Cleaning Easier

GunGenics is a new family of products designed to make easier work of a common chore.

GunGenics is a new family of products designed to make easier work of a common chore.

http://www.gungenics.com

In the shooting sports we can divide ourselves a thousand different ways. Between rifle vs. pistol – revolver vs. semi-auto – and on and on. Sometimes it feels like there are no commonalities that cross some of these boundaries. Except one. If you shoot – then you clean guns. At least, you do if you want to keep shooting them for long and protect your investment. And if you’ve been shooting and cleaning guns for a long time, then you’ve accumulated a lot of tools and products, and doubtlessly have formed some opinions. This can make it challenging for a new company to enter the market and offer something different.

The full set includes the cleaning rod with quick-connect and 3 attachments.

The full set includes the cleaning rod with quick-connect and 3 attachments.

Enter GunGenics. At first glance, I thought, “oh look, another gimmick for gun cleaning” – but on closer examination I became more than just a little interested. What caught my attention were two key elements of the GunGenics system: The rod and all non-brush parts are glass-reinforced nylon; and the shaft uses a quick-connect/disconnect or “Quick-Change” system for the brushes, jags, and other attachments. I like the nylon components because I hate to hear metal on metal when I’m cleaning my guns. Even when it is brass or aluminum, which I know is softer than the case hardened steel of the pistol, it still irritates me to hear them scrape. The idea of the quick-change system means I don’t have to fumble around with screw-in parts with oily or grimy fingers.

The simple system consists of the shaft with handle that has a small rectangular opening on one end, and a slightly curved “T” handle on the other end. The rectangular opening accepts the male end of the attachments and a small plastic ‘hook’ catches it and holds it in place. A starter kit contains the “T” handle and shaft along with a bore brush, plastic jag, and plastic eyelet. Caliber accessory kits are available that include either just the bore brush or the brush and a jag.

I approached my first use with some slight skepticism, because a well-fitting brand new bore brush can be a tight squeeze, and I wondered how the plastic against plastic design would hold up to that. I had no problems at all, and the quick-connect held fast. My favorite thing about the shaft and handle is that the shaft is free to spin while you hold the handle. This allows the bore brush to turn gently with your barrels rifling regardless how snug the fit or how tightly you’re holding. Not forcing a brush “against the grain” of your rifling will prolong its life and accuracy. Even with the jag and a patch, you can feel the shaft gently twist to follow the lands and grooves as you clean – meaning you are not pushing harmful carbon deposits up over the edges and causing wear.

The bronze bristles of the brush do an excellent job cleaning the bore and are well sized to provide a tight scrubbing fit. The jags appeared to me at first to be slightly too small, but surprisingly when a flannel patch is used, the fit is very good and the bore is wiped clean. The three piece kit also includes a Quick-Connect eyelet that is used for running patches through the bore. Many people use this attachment with a solvent-soaked patch to apply CLP or other de-fouling solution to the bore before scrubbing. I’ve never used them much, but it’s good to see them offered.

Each caliber set is a different color. This makes them easy to keep track of.

Each caliber set is a different color. This makes them easy to keep track of.

I shoot a lot, and spend a lot of time cleaning guns. I have used the GunGenics kit to clean about a dozen pistols as of this writing, and I am impressed with it. I was afraid it would be flimsy and hard to work with, but no so at all. If anything, I am saving time and zipping through the job faster, thanks to the Quick-Connect system.

GunGenics is a new company with a nifty new approach to an old chore. I think they are on the right track with their simple and quick use, affordably priced tools. Currently offered in the popular pistol calibers, they are planning coverage for .22 rimfire soon as well as rifle kits. There is even a Quick-Change Universal Adapter coming soon that will allow you to use all the brushes and jags you already have with the GunGenics shaft.

Pricing: Full 4-piece kit – $24.95; 2-piece caliber kit (brush and jag) – $8.49; Replacement brush – $4.29.

In addition to each caliber being a different color for easy identification, the caliber is marked on each part.

In addition to each caliber being a different color for easy identification, the caliber is marked on each part.

Close-up of the Quick-Connect.

Close-up of the Quick-Connect.

 

The jag attachment - blue is for 9mm / .357.

The jag attachment – blue is for 9mm / .357.

The jag fits tightly enough to get all the grime on your first patch.

The jag fits tightly enough to get all the grime on your first patch.

And the second patch comes out nice and clean.

And the second patch comes out nice and clean.

Coming in the future - an adapter that lets you use the brushes and jags you already have.

Coming in the future – an adapter that lets you use the brushes and jags you already have.

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • 4x4moses April 26, 2016, 10:50 am

    Am I the only one who’s noticed that the gun picture on the packaging looks like a plastic TOY?

  • MJ Andress April 25, 2016, 4:07 pm

    Interesting concept and something that immediately grabbed my attention and kept it right up until the pricing was related. IMO – The startup kit and especially the caliber specific addons are over priced by a factor of 2X at least.

    When this product catches on and mass production allows the producer to bring down his prices I’ll probably check this one out but not until then.

  • max hoyle April 25, 2016, 1:12 pm

    I got this from an vhs tape put out my the Bill Wilson, about 20 years ago, for cleaning lead from barrel, use a small peice of the COPPER pot scrubbers wrapped around an correct sized brass bore brush and scrub a little, this will pull out a pile of lead shavings! May need to put a cloth under end of barrel to catch shavings. Doing this will clean bore in 5 or 6 strokes thru barrel, its amazing how much comes out, with NO damage to an modern barrel! Barrel steel is much harder than the copper in the scrubber, so its safe for any modern steel barrel.

    • Donald Conner May 20, 2016, 12:58 pm

      Thanks a MILLION Max. See what you learn when you hang around the right people? I almost didn’t read this because of the price comment, but I’ve got Dewey rods and loads of tips. I wonder what she’ll think when her coper pot scrubbers start to shrink? This is one of the best posts I ever read on any gun site, and I’ve got a lot in my favorites. Been shooting 35 years around nice ladies like Nancy Middleton-Tompkins and here daughters, President’s 100, High Masters, Masters, and other assorted “gun cases”, and have NEVER HEARD THIS. I DON’T HOB-NOB WITH THESE FOLKS – THEY ALL SHOOT AT VAN METER, IOWA. 20 MINUTES FROM MY HOME. I KNOW NOW I DIDN’T KNOW IT ALL WHEN I THOUGHT I DID, AND NOW I KNOW I KNOW EVEN LESS THAN I EVER COULD HAVE THOUUHT I DID. GREAT POST,MAX!!

  • j dougan April 25, 2016, 12:33 pm

    Please enter me in the Thompson give away
    Thanks

  • Bamp April 25, 2016, 9:52 am

    Ever hear of a boresnake? Solvent to clean, then dry with a portion and oil on the end. Clean, dry and oil all in one pass!!

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